Potter tales

Potter tales

Celebrate the 110th Anniversary of Beatrix Potter's beloved classic with Happy Birthday Peter Rabbit, a mischievous musical about the world's most loveable bunny (pictured).

Adapted by Australian writer and producer Garry Ginivan (Possum Magic, Wombat Stew, My Grandma Lived in Gooligulch) and with an original score by Mark Jones, the tales of Peter Rabbit, Benjamin Bunny and Mr Tod are interwoven into an enchanting live theatre experience for children and adults.

Details: Q Theatre, Joan Sutherland Centre, 597 High Street Penrith.

Performances: Saturday, 10am, noon and 2pm. Tickets: Single, $18; group of four, $64.

Bookings: 4723 7600 or jspac.com.au.

Glam up

Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy is organising its annual fund-raising event Frocks at the Trots at Penrith Paceway on August 2.

"This is the fourth year we have held this event," said western Sydney fund-raising manage Rebecca Hedger.

"Over the last three years the event has raised close to $90,000, which is a phenomenal result. We hope to be able to build on that result this year."

The event will be sponsored by Zac Homes, Hitchens Removals and Storage and Financing Hope.

Details: Rebecca Hedger on 0425 231 665 or visit nordoff-robbins.com.au.

Gaga show

Born This Way is the Lady Gaga show with a difference, with two backing singers and two dancers.

Tickets are on sale at Penrith Panthers reception; members $20, visitors $25 and children (ages four to six) $15. Doors open at 7pm.

Aussie art

The latest exhibition at the University of Western Sydney's art gallery provides a chance to see inside the university's art collection and to celebrate Aboriginal design.

The My Country exhibition features the works of 10 Australian artists.

Curator Monica McMahon says land ownership is a running theme.

"This exhibition covers screen prints, etchings, dot paintings and large, textured ochre-painted canvases," she said.

Ms McMahon said the exhibition is a collation of the university's latest acquisitions of indigenous art.

Among the works are prints by Michael Cook's Undiscovered series, which reflects upon the lives of the first European settlers.

The exhibition also features paintings by Tiger Yaltkangki, an emerging artist whose talent was discovered two years ago when he wandered into a South Australian art centre.

Details: Open until Friday, September 21, UWS Art Gallery, Building AD, Werrington North Campus, Great Western Highway, Werrington

See: virtualtours.uws.edu.au/uwsartgallery/mycountry.

1932 film

To celebrate Family History Week Penrith Library will host a free screening of Ken Hall's 1932 film of Steele Rudd's classic, On Our Selection.

The film was shot on location at Castlereagh and Agnes Banks in October and November, 1931.

It starred Bert Bailey, one of the original cast members in the theatre production that was performed in Penrith in 1919.

Council information librarian Lorraine Stacker will give a brief talk about where the film was shot and the local community's involvement in the production. Morning tea will be on offer. Bookings are essential.

Details: Penrith Library, 9.30am-noon, Tuesday, July 31, 4732 7891.

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