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Kiss of the Gallery Guard

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Romance, Thieves and Forgeries in an Art Gallery
Scene Theatre Sydney along with Sydney Philharmonia Choirs has launched a new play by Carol Dance. Kiss of the Gallery Guard explores various peoples' perspective of a painting in the NSW Art Gallery named 'Kiss'. Also from Amber's view, a young country girl who is a gallery guard on her first day on the job. This story is told in a minimalist form and spans eleven years.

When I say minimalist, believe me, the set is very minimal. One prop, four actors along with a pianist and lighting giving a soiree mood, this play leaves a lot to the audience and their imagination. It is the skill of the actors, especially Cara Severino as Amber, to give the impression of being in large art museums around the world.

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Cara Severino as Amber the Gallery Guard


Chloe Schwank and Jesse Northam play multiple characters and with clever lighting and direction by Murray Lambert, along with slight costume changes, they make it easy for the audience to understand which character they are playing and where they are in the gallery.

Amber, the main character and her love interest Charles, played by Justin Amankwah, take us on their journey of galleries; The NSW Art Gallery, The Maritime Museum London and The Guggenheim New York. It is Chloe Schwank and Jesse Northman who cleverly play several characters showing the audience the many different personalities who inhabit galleries, both employees and patrons.

Photo by John Leung


The music, a mix of jazz and classical, by pianist Philip Eames, also helps the audience to imagine each character and each room. Arabesque No 2 by Claude Debussy is played when we need to imagine the Modern Room. Beautiful Fresh Flower by Percy Grainger is played for the Asian Room. Each room in the galleries is set to music. Who needs a set when music can set the mood!

Photo by John Leung


This play is about interpretation, much like going to a museum because every person has a different opinion about what they see in a painting. The play also explores what happens behind the scenes in a gallery. What does a gallery guard actually do? In Amber's case, she becomes famous on her first day. How? Go and see Kiss of the Gallery Guard and you will find out.

Show dates and session times - Philharmonia Choirs Hall, Hickson Rd, Walsh Bay
Sunday May 13 at 3 pm
Friday May 18 at 8 pm
Saturday May 19 at 8 pm
Sunday May 20 at 3 pm
Friday May 25 at 8 pm
Saturday May 26 at 8 pm

To purchase tickets click here. Be quick, only limited tickets available for some sessions.


Photo by John Leung


There is metered on-street parking available on Hickson Road. Parking station information is available here.

Photos are courtesy of the Kiss of the Gallery Guard website.

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Why? Romance, humour and tragedy all in one play.
When: Fri 11 May to Sat 26 May 2018
Where: Sydney Philharmonia Choirs Hall at Walsh Bay
Cost: $45 adults - $35 students - $40 seniors
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