Kiss of the Gallery Guard opens when Amber (Cara Severino) starts her new job as guard in a big city gallery. Amber has fled the country determined to make her mark in the city and is intent on learning the stories behind the art work that she is meant to be guarding. An unlikely but amusing twist with Amber thwarting a robbery sees her gain fame, she then travels to London and New York, working at even more famous galleries and museums in her travels.

Themes of forgiveness and reinvention reared their heads through the piece as Amber was reluctant to resume relations with her mother, much later, when she is a mother herself, her attitude softens.

Acting varied in the play, the enthusiasm was apparent, but more nuance is needed for some of the roles, apart from just reciting the lines. More experience and more shows will no doubt see these problems becoming less so as time goes on.

Highlights? Amber acting out poses of some of the sculptures with an art patron: priceless.

Kiss of the Gallery Guard is presented by Scene Theatre Sydney and on until 26 May, for more information and tickets see: www.kissofthegallertguard.net.au

Featuring: Cara Severino, Chloë Schwank, Justin Amankwah and Jesse Northam.

Tech/Creative team: Carol Dance (writer), Murray Lambert (director), Anna Greig (assistant director) and Philip Eames (pianist).

This Month in Sydney

18 Oct - 4 Nov
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Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, the world’s largest annual free-to-the-public outdoor sculpture exhibition celebrates its 22nd anniversary this year, returning to the spectacular Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk from 18 October – 4 November.

The iconic exhibition will see the coastline transformed into a two kilometre long sculpture park over three weeks featuring 100 sculptures by artists from Australia and across the world.

Aqualand proudly returns for its third year as Principal Sponsor, along with the prestigious Aqualand Sculpture Award, which has increased to AUD70,000 in 2018 and will be awarded to an exhibiting artist whose sculpture will be gifted for permanent public enjoyment in Sydney.

In 2017, Aqualand’s sponsorship was renewed for an additional five years and is the most significant in the exhibition’s history, continuing to support the growth of the iconic Bondi exhibition.

As one of Sydney’s most beloved and photographed events, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi attracts over 500,000 visitors over the course of 18 days and signals the beginning of summer in Sydney.