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What's on: Sultans of Swing, Time for Heroes, Faith Healer

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InDaily’s hit list of events and shows, including The Dire Straits Experience at the Thebby, the awe-inspiring art of Chiharu Shiota, an ASO tribute to heroism and war, and intriguing play Faith Healer – directed by Judy Davis and featuring Colin Friels.

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Faith Healer

After a sell-out season across the east coast, Irish writer Brian Friel’s play about a travelling showman who performs “miracle healing” will be presented by the State Theatre Company at the Space Theatre from Wednesday. Faith Healer is directed by Judy Davis, with Colin Friels playing central character “The Fantastic Francis Hardy”. The play comprises four monologues performed by three characters – Francis, his wife Grace (Alison Whyte) and his manager Teddy (Paul Blackwell) – with a web of half-truths and personal myths revealed as the intertwining stories unravel. Performances run until October 13.

The Dire Straits Experience

Dire Straits original band member Chris White and musician Terence Reis will perform at the Thebby tonight.

Original Dire Straits band member Chris White (saxophone) and six other musicians will perform a catalogue of the band’s hit songs at the Thebarton Theatre tonight. Expect tracks such as “Money for Nothing”, “Walk of Life”, “So Far Away” and “Sultans of Swing”. Last time we checked, tickets were still available for purchase here.

Embodied, by Chiharu Shiota

An installation view of Embodied by Chiharu Shiota. Photo: Saul Steed

Three projects from prominent contemporary Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota are currently on on show at the Art Gallery of SA – including large-scale installation Absence Embodied, in the Melrose Wing, which is made from 180km of red wool and sculptural elements moulded from Shiota’s body. Three red dresses – each measuring more than 6m in length – are also on display outside the gallery’s front entrance. Embodied is the first major solo survey of Shiota’s work in an Australian public gallery, featuring work spanning 25 years in multiple artforms including photography, installation, drawing and the moving image. Embodied continues until October 21. Read more about the exhibition here.

Pianist Paul Lewis

English classical pianist Paul Lewis will perform his signature Germanic repertoire at Space Theatre tomorrow night. Lewis has garnered a reputation as one of the leading interpreters of central European classical repertoire for his cycles of core piano works by Beethoven and Schubert. Tomorrow night he will perform Beethoven’s Eleven Bagatelles op. 119, Haydn’s Piano Sonata in E flat major Hob XVI/49 Interval and Piano Sonata in B minor Hob XVI/32, and Brahms’ 4 Klavierstücke op.119.

A Time for Heroes

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra will perform its sixth Master Series concert for the year – A Time for Heroes – tonight and tomorrow night at Adelaide Town Hall. Conducted by Mark Wigglesworth (pictured above) and narrated by Mark Leonard Winter, the concert focuses on the theme of war, starting with Holst’s The Planets: I. ‘Mars, the Bringer of War’, followed by Walton’s Henry V: Suite and Beethoven’s Symphony No.3 ‘Eroica’. One hour before the concerts start, broadcaster and conductor Graham Abbott and ASO principal trumpet Owen Morris will discuss the works of the three composers as part of the ASO’s Classical Conversations program.

Welcome The Bright World

Terence Crawford reprises the role of Max in Welcome the Bright World.

State Theatre Company and House of Sand Theatre is presenting Australian playwright Stephen Sewell’s geo-political drama Welcome The Bright World at the Queen’s Theatre until October 6. Set in 1980 Berlin, the play tells the story of two prominent Jewish scientists whose obsessive pursuit of the truth draws in their family and friends and sees them heading towards a frightening collision with the power of the state. Read InDaily’s interview with director Charles Sanders here

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