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The ASTRA Awards are back in 2011 to be held at the acclaimed Sydney Theatre in Walsh Bay. With finalists announced yesterday, the ASTRA Awards are delighted to reveal that Rove McManus will fly home to participate in the event and David Speers of SKY NEWS will return to the ceremony that he hosted last year.

Rove will take to the stage to present an award at the ninth annual event that honours and celebrates the best of subscription television. One of Australia’s top television personalities, Rove will return to Australian screens in September with his new FOX8 show, ROVE LA.

“As a new recruit to the world of subscription television this has a first day of school feel to it, although my first day of school didn’t have canapés and if it did I wouldn’t have left,” says Rove from Los Angeles.

David Speers is one of the busiest political journalists in Australia and last year walked off stage with a standing ovation for his great performance as host of the ASTRA Awards. As SKY NEWS Political Editor he hosts “Agenda” each weekday and regularly interviews the nation’s top politicians. At this year’s ASTRA Awards, Speers will return to the stage in front of the subscription television industry to present ‘A Year in Review’ during the theatre-style ceremony. The reel will feature breaking news headlines that have captured our attention in the past year.

“We’ve experienced some of the biggest stories over the past year; capturing the triumph and tragedy, awe and excitement, and providing viewers with a view and perspective on our ever changing world. I’m excited to present a snapshot in time at the ASTRA Awards ceremony,” says David Speers.

The 9th Annual ASTRA Awards will take place on Thursday 21st July at Sydney Theatre, Walsh Bay. The theatre style ceremony will showcase the talent, production and best programming categories of subscription television.

About ASTRA  

ASTRA is the peak industry body for subscription television in Australia. The subscription TV industry is the undisputed market leader of digital broadcasting with 200 channels (including HD and Plus2) broadcast on the FOXTEL, AUSTAR and OPTUS subscription TV platforms received by 34% of Australians through their homes and over a million more through hotels, clubs and other entertainment and business venues.

‘Proof that Sydney indie theatre doesn’t always need to be curated within an inch of its life, bouffed with a $400 haircut and wrapped in a Palestinian neckscarf to be awesome. Phew and Yay.’ – Iain Sinclair, theatre director.

Thirty Three revolves around that morning-after-the-night-before moment of realisation that the truth genie has been let out of the bottle and can’t be stuffed back in. This was not the 33rd birthday Saskia imagined. It’s a night she’ll struggle to remember… yet somehow never forget.

Dolled up in her op-shop birthday frock, the beautiful Saskia opens her cool Newtown terrace to a handful of her closest friends for a low-key dinner party to celebrate her 33rd birthday.

When her estranged little brother Josh shows up out of the blue the night takes a sharp turn for the worse.

Loaded with booze and late-night party supplies, the revelry begins. Add into the mix a couple on the verge of divorce, a gatecrashing narcissistic cokehead and a hyperactive lesbian flower child, and sit back and watch as a friendly evening erupts into a wild night of drinking, game-playing and shocking revelations.

Secrets are spilled, bombshells are dropped, friendships are challenged and sexual tensions reach fever pitch.

Cathode Ray Tube burst onto the Sydney theatre scene last year with sell-out seasons of That Old Chestnut. Now they return with a raucous, debauched and shattering fresh urban drama about sibling rivalry, grief, marriage, sex and the eternal fight for love and acceptance.


22 June – 17 July (Weds to Sat only)
The TAP Gallery – 278 Palmer St, Darlinghurst
8pm (approx. 90 mins, no interval)
$20 at the door

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