Adrian Spurr sculpture exhibition at Alex Theatre

Adrian Spurr sculptor / master printmaker at his Shakespeare Grove Artist Studio image by Kerrie Pacholli ©

Presented by GAS (Grid Art Space) courtesy of Vass Productions & Alex Theatre: 

24 February – 18 March 2018

To coincide with the Australian premier of the Robert Askins stage production of Hand to God  by Vass Productions, sculptor / master printmaker  Adrian Spurr  is exhibiting his extraordinary  sculptures  currently on display in the piano lounge / art space of the Alex Theatre in Fitzroy Street, St Kilda.

Originally from the UK Adrian has lived in Australia for over 20 years and is a local artist in residence at Shakespeare Grove Artists Studios which is part of Veg Out in St Kilda.

During the September 2017 St Kilda Art Crawl Adrian was invited to curate and exhibit his work along with 10 other artists at 33 Fitzroy Street St Kilda known as Punchinello Pop Up.  The exhibition was so well received  by locals and visitors, it remain open for a further two weeks on invitation by shop owner Jenni Li.

Adrian is committed to exhibiting his work and the work of other local artists to continue to enrich the St Kilda spirit and in turn landscape.

‘Art and its glorious influence is not fully realised until it is taken out of the studio and displayed for public viewing’. Adrian Spurr


‘Birnam Wood’

By Adrian Spurr
Sculptor / Master Printmaker
Carved red flowering eucalypt with pyro graph markings.

80 X 45 cms 2018

The title of this artwork is taken from Shakespeare’s play Macbeth.

The third prediction Macbeth is given by the witches is that he should not fear until Great Birnam Wood should move to high Dunsinane.

Of course, Macbeth cannot imagine that a wood might advance upon his fortress, but it does when Malcolm, the rightful heir to the throne, orders his soldiers to cut down the trees of Birnam Wood and move them as camouflage toward Dunsinane Hill.

Macbeth rightly starts to fear for his life…

The sculpture is of a man in Malcolm’s force, standing amidst the trees on a bright morning with the shadows of branches and leaves upon his face. The man is contemplating the endeavor he is about to undertake, the defeat of a tyrant.

Ecce homo! Behold the man!

By Adrian Spurr
Sculptor / Master Printmaker Rosewood & anatomical foot 50 x 35 x 35 cms

A found life sized anatomical model skeleton of the human foot.

Daniel Defoe’s fictional protagonist Robinsen Crusoe (1719) comes across a footprint in the sand and knows he is not longer alone.

The most memborable photographs of the first Moon landing are of the astronauts footprint,  Mary Leakey’s discovery of the 3.7 million year old Laetoli footprints in Tanzania or our contemporary concern regarding our ecological footprint. The references are multitudinous.

This particular skeleton of a foot is encased in a sealed nugget, a pod or a capsule with a glass front that emphasizes the act of observing, of visually recognising, perhaps even assessing. The beautiful colour and grain of the reclaimed Rosewood (which itself comes from ever increasingly endangered rainforest) felled in 1994, softens the hard edged geometry of their machined wooden shapes.


Head of a (Blind) Prophet’

By Adrian Spurr
Sculptor / Master Printmaker Adrian Spurr

Carved limestone and stucco 60 x 30 x 30 cms

The work itself pays tribute to the face in Medieval sculpture of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, work made by sculptors for the great Gothic cathedrals of France and Germany.

Many of the sculptures were smashed during bouts of iconoclasm and their heads now reside in museums across the world having been disinterred by archaeologists in latter years.

This work, Head of a (Blind) Prophet is set in an old wooden draw that I found in a dilapidated chicken shed in the Wimmera. The draw was a nesting box but formerly came from a Spice cabinet. The intention of the drawer is to reference the museum exhibit / item status of so many of these heads.

This head of a prophet though, also wears ear protectors, a necessary item of safety equipment for sculptors but metaphorically for this prophet, a defense against all the noise that litters our modern world.

By Adrian Spurr Sculptor / Master Printmaker

Found antique chair and macracarpa wood. 2017

This sculpture is a portrait of an elderly lady, a mother or grandmother.

The chair is representative of the woman and sitting in her lap is the sum total of a life’s experience.

Memories, sensations, echoes, reminiscences; the souvenirs of a long life that by necessity are ordered, collated and fixed.

But when the time eventually comes all this body of experience will separate and disperse back into the universe from where it was derived.

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Hand to God premier at the Alex Theatre St Kilda review

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Gyton Grantley with alter ego sock puppet Tyrone image by Angela Leggas

VASS Productions presents

Hand to God

by Robert Askins

Director Gary Abrahams

Venue: Alex Theatre | 1/135 Fitzroy St, St Kilda VIC 3182

Dates: 25 Feb – 18 March 2018


Robert Askins’ 2015 off Broadway hit comedy Hand to God premiered at the Alex Theatre in Fitzroy Street, St Kilda on the 24 Feb.

Produced by Vass Productions and directed by Gary Abrahams,  this often hard hitting dark comedy provides a very entertaining window into the deep complexities of disturbed and desperation human psyches.

Grant Piro & Alison Whyte image by Angel Leggas

Set within the seemingly safe parameters of a humble puppet workshop in the basement of a Christian Ministry in Cypress Texas, Askins lays bare menacing undercurrents of mental and emotional turmoil that arise from within this religious overlay; and when unleashed reveal resonating effects of horror, ecstacy and compassion.

Morgana O’Reilly & Gyton Grantley image by Angel Leggas

Gyton Grantely plays Jason, teenage son of Magery Alison Whyte, as well as his alter ego, the diabolical and revenge driven Tyrone, the sock puppet, who appears to self mend and grow teeth throughout the show…

Gyton’s performance as the repressed Jason also giving voice to Tyrone, is powerfully bought to life and reminiscent of Robert De Niro as Max Cady in Cape Fear, except with a hand puppet…go figure?

Just to give you a small insight into this play … In a fit of rage and jealousy Tyrone forces Jason to bite the ear lobe off Timothy (Jake Spears) lover of Magery. Jason is then locked in the cellar until the others can work out the best strategy moving forward.

Jake Speer & Alison Whyte image by Angel Leggas

Although I found all performances compelling, one of the stand out scenes was when Tyrone has lusty, opportunistic, hilarious yet strangely healing sex with hand puppet of Jessica,  Jason’s crush played by Morgana O’Reilly.  The synergy between the actors’ hand puppets was very intense!

Scene design by Jacob Billista, lighting by Amelia Lever-Davidson, costumes by Cloe Greaves and sound design by Ian Moorhead synchronised so well with the performances that we the audience were able to be totally absorbed by the story.

Big congratulations to director Gary Abrahams, Vass Productions and the entire cast and crew. Ending with a standing ovation Hand to God is a great night of entertainment. Don’t bring the kids…

Part of The George Hotel building, The Alex Theatre is a dynamic complex hosting three spacious theatres, a bar, a large piano lounge and an impressive art space. As the result of recent renovations The Alex Theatre fast becoming known as a St Kilda art hub, now has it’s own entrance on Fitzroy Street soon to be open to the general public.

The opening night boasted a full house of Melbourne’s theatre and art enthusiasts and it is believed that the season of Hand to God coupled with  its recent renovations will put the Alex Theatre in Fitzroy Street St Kilda  ‘on the map’ according to long time Food & Beverage Manager of Vass Productions, Philip Claassen.

Head of a (blind) Prophet 60x30x30cms by sculptor Adrian Spurr image by Kerrie Pacholli ©

Not to be missed by art lovers over this season of Hand to God is the extraordinary sculpture exhibition on show around the theatre’s plush piano lounge by local St Kilda sculptor / master printmaker Adrian Spurr, installed by GAS (Grid Art Space) on invitation by Vass Productions.


St Kilda Comedy Club ‘open mic’ Tuesdays from 8pm



St Kilda Comedy Club open mic on Tuesday night at 25 Blessington Street, St Kilda 8pm onwards

C J Fortuna MC at St Kilda Comedy Club image by Kerrie Pacholli © 3
C J Fortuna MC at St Kilda Comedy Club image by Kerrie Pacholli ©

The wonderful thing with comedy is that you don’t need a big stage or audience to have a good laugh and a great time.

Three weeks in and I haven’t missed a show so that must be testimony that the gig is good.

Hosted by the St Kilda Comedy Club, 25 Blessington Street, St Kilda is the place to be on a Tuesday night from 8pm.

Resident MC CJ Fortuna warms the crowd for a night of open mic with a smattering of seasoned pros.  With host Paul Blackburn working his butt off serving the odd free cocktail to punters that can hold the vibe and win the trick questions. Always the entrepreneur Paul suggests that you get there early to secure your seats.

Angela Green performing at St Kilda Comedy Club open mic, gaining momentum for her gig at Campari House 13-14 April during the Comedy Festival image by Kerrie Pacholli © pationpics.comAngela Green at St Kilda Comedy open mic image by Kerrie Pacholli ©
Angela Green performing at St Kilda Comedy Club open mic, gaining momentum for her gig at Campari House 13-14 April during the Comedy Festival image by Kerrie Pacholli ©
Old pro Andrew Goodone explaining to Simon Barnett from the complexities of being smooth and sexy image by Kerrie Pacholli ©
Old pro Andrew Goodone explaining to Simon Barnett from about the complexities of being smooth and sexy image by Kerrie Pacholli ©
Redneck Abhishek Panchel lassoing us in at St Kilda Comedy Club open mic image by Kerrie Pacholli ©
Redneck Abhishek Panchel lassoing us in at St Kilda Comedy Club open mic image by Kerrie Pacholli ©


Bill Tolson & The Learners CD launch 10 March 2018

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WHEN: 10 MARCH 2018 – 8pm onwards

Bill Tolson at St Kilda's Luna Park image by Kerrie Pacholli ©
Bill Tolson at St Kilda’s Luna Park image by Kerrie Pacholli ©

Bill Tolson has been in and around Melbourne’s rich music scene from when he was at school with Nick Cave, who would perform in their school cafeteria at Caulfield Grammar.

Not long after leaving school Bill launched and operated the iconic Greville Records that today is still opened as a funky eclectic shop for second hand vinyl & CDs.

After working in music management and starting his indie label Rampant Records Bill’s journey took him to the corporate world where he stayed for a long time.

About three years ago he re emerged as a prolific full time singer / songwriter as a way of dealing with the cataclysmic and tragic death of his son Conor Tolson also a prolific songwriter musician.

Since 2015 Bill has written, produced and release 50 songs and 8 albums. He has performed many solo and support gigs with bands and artists including The Badloves, Hugo Race, Stephen Cummings and Glen Shorrock.

His new CD “A Few More Summers Here” showcases eight of those songs.


St Kilda Latin Festival

When: 23 – 25 February 2018.

Where: O’Donnell Gardens St Kilda opposite Luna Park.

Opening Night for Festival / Latin American Art Exhibition St Kilda 2018:

23 February at 4Diverse Hub, from 6 – 10pm, at 118a Carlisle Street, St Kilda. 




The first annual St Kilda Latin Festival will take place 23-25 February with music, dance, food and art from Latin America.

The festival will begin with an opening night at 4DVerse Hub featuring an art exhibition with works by talented local Latin American artists, along with music and food from local Latin American restaurants, starting 6pm on 23 February.

The festival, organised by Casablanca Events and supported by City of Port Phillip Local Festivals Fund and 4Dverse, will continue with a full weekend of festivities hosted in St Kilda’s O’Donnell Gardens next to Luna Park.

Pedro Holder, who has spent most of his career working in creative arts promotion in Venezuela and China, said that he noticed that Latin American cultural events in Australia usually include only music, dance and food, so his inclusion of an art exhibition aims to showcase more creative diversity from the region.

“This exhibition brings together some of the great talents of Latin American visual art who reside in Australia, and in doing so helps to overcome some of the stereotypes about Latin American culture as only dance, music and food.

“In future Latin events, we hope to expand even further to include performing arts, film and literature”.


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Vass Productions present ‘Hand to God’ at the Alex Theatre


Australian Premiere  at The Alex Theatre – St Kilda

Strictly limited season from Feb 22 – Mar 18



The funniest and filthiest broadway show in years finally arrives in Australia.

An irreverent, occasionally shocking, and perpetually hysterical romp to hell and back, Hand To God’s exploration of the ideas of faith, morality, and human nature will leave you sore with laughter.

Susan Popov & Aleksander Vass from Alex Theatre producers of Hand to God mage by Kerrie Pacholli ©

With an all star cast in a brand new Australian production. Featuring Logie and Helpman Award winner Alison Whyte, multiple AFI and Logie award winner Gyton Grantley and Grant Piro, Vass Productions are thrilled to present the Australian premiere of Hand To God, the wickedly funny broadway smash hit.

Nominated for 5 tony awards, and garnering ecstatic reviews,

Hand To God is a wild, subversive, shocking and sidesplittingly funny black comedy that has made waves around the world.
Hand to God producer Kate Whitbret & director Gary Abrahams at Alex Theatre media preview.  


Produced by Kerrie Pacholli for St Kilda News SKN