The Voice winner

The Voice winner

Harrison Craig, fresh from his performances on The Voice Australia, has been sweeping the country off its feet with his silky tones and heart-warming vocals.

The 18-year-old Victorian has grown up without his father, becoming the man of the house at a young age.

On top of family responsibilities, Harrison has had to deal with a severe stutter he has had since he began talking.

This courageous artist began to find peace in his singing when he realised he could do it without stuttering.

Harrison's vocal development began when he joined the Victorian Boys Choir in 2005. With the help of his private singing teacher David Jaanz, he continued to refine his ability until he was ready for a television debut.

Harrison will perform and sign copies of his new album at Westfield Penrith at noon on July 6 in lawn area.

He will be available to give autographs.

Strauss works

After the resounding success of their sell-out 2011 tour, the Johann Strauss Ensemble returns to Australia in July to perform the captivating waltzes and polkas of Austria in Vienna on Fire.

Audiences will hear authentic Viennese interpretations of many of the most famous works of Johann Strauss and his family, under the directorship of Australia's very own waltz king.

Details: 8pm, July 17, Joan Sutherland Centre.

Box office: 4723 7600.

Fresh play

Australian playwright Lachlan Philpott (Truck Stop, Silent Disco) will have the Sydney premiere season of ALIENATION at the Q Theatre on July 18-27.

This thought-provoking and bitingly funny piece of theatre is a co-production between the Perth Theatre Company and the Q Theatre.

It is directed by Melissa Cantwell and stars Robert Jago, Naomi Hanbury, Luke Hewitt and Natalie Holmwood.

ALIENATION is inspired by interviews with Australians who claim to have been abducted by aliens and informed in part by the research of Mary Rodwell, subject of the provocative 2010 SBS documentary My Mum Talks to Aliens.

This controversial play is likely to interest sceptics, believers and those in between.

ALIENATION beams into the Joan Sutherland Centre, Penrith on July 18-27.

Tickets: $29 to $39.

Bookings: 4723 7600 or

Blasko home

Sarah Blasko returns to Australia after spending time in Paris, supporting the release of her album and performing throughout Europe.

Accompanied by her

longtime band, Sarah will hit Penrith this month

Tickets are on sale now.

Details: Tuesday, July 23, Joan Sutherland Centre.


Filipino tenors

The Philippine Arts Festival, an exhibition of the best works of six artists, will culminate in the Australian debut performance of the vocalist group The Filipino Tenors in Penrith this month.

The festival will promote Filipino-Australian visual and performing arts.

The artists will be on hand to talk about their collections.

The works will be for sale.

Details: Joan Sutherland Centre, Saturday, July 20, from 5pm.

Contact: 8064 2422, 0424 662 668 or

Mersey beats

The Bootleg Beatles: July 6, 8pm at Panthers.

Described by many as the best Beatles tribute band ever. Tickets are $47. Call 1800 061 991

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