Suburban Apparitions | Magic Lanterns at Calthorpes’ House: Contemporary Performance

Festivals and Celebrations

13 Mar 2020

Join us for a magical experience at Calthorpes’ House. Artists, musicians, actors, singers and performers will create a special entertainment using all the latest technology — from 150 years ago!

Play hide and seek with musicians and artists in the intimate surroundings of the gardens before gathering for a special show of beautiful hand painted glass slides projected through authentic magic lanterns.

Inspired by the pianola songs, radio broadcasts, picture shows and cracker nights of last century, pictures will dissolve one into another as stories are told and songs are sung. There will be high melodrama and low farce, whirling colours and spooky surprises, startling graphics and dreamy visions as some of Canberra’s most internationally accomplished performers and artists bring to life mahogany and brass apparatuses that are usually only seen in museums.

Prior to the commencement of the show Artist Martyn Jolly will discuss the team’s approach to re-enactment and creative re-use incorporating the work of contemporary artist such as the painter Waratah Lahy, and contemporary musicians such as the composer Alexander Hunter.


Broadband Internet Access Disabled access available Museums Australia Museums Galleries Australia Non Smoking Public Toilet


From AU$45.00

$50 (members $45) Ticket includes one free bespoke cocktail, performance, artists talk and seating at the venue. Additional drinks available for purchase.

Event Times

13 Mar 2020

Once Only Event


Calthorpes' House

24 Mugga way, Red Hill, 2603

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