Culture: What's on stage at The Joan and Riverside Theatres

Once My Mother: Director Sophia Turkiewicz investigates why her Polish mother abandoned her in an orphanage as a child in this award-winning documentary.

Once My Mother: Director Sophia Turkiewicz investigates why her Polish mother abandoned her in an orphanage as a child in this award-winning documentary.

The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith

Music:Journey Into Romanticism on September 6.

Penrith Symphony Orchestra's subscription concert 3 features violin soloist Wendy Kong playing pieces including Brahms' Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 7. Its moods range from solemn reflection to joyful spontaneity. Tickets are $47.

Stage:Duets & Dancing on September 24.

A performance with energy to burn and a natural sense of humour by Adam Scicluna, Lisa Crouch and dance duo Latin Heat includes tributes to the swing era, stars of 1950s and '60s rock, the Beatles, Andrea Boccelli and Celine Dion. Tickets are $20, morning tea provided.

Event:Carnevale on September 27

Meet the actors and enjoy a live performance and canapes at the Emu Heights Theatre Company's Venetian Carnevale-inspired fund-raiser. The evening will also include a silent auction and raffles. Time: 6.30pm-9pm. Tickets are $70 and include entry to the opening night of the company's next production, The Merchant of Venice, on November 7.

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Riverside Theatres, Parramatta

Theatre:Still Awake Still! on September 19 and 20. Ms Ivory Tinklefinger is hired to sing the audience to sleep with lullabies, but fails and conjures two mischievous musical boys from the heart of her grand piano. A funny, original show inspired by songs from the book by Elizabeth Honey and Sue Johnson. Tickets are $15.

Screen:Once My Mother on September 1

Director/writer Sophia Turkiewicz investigates why her Polish mother abandoned her in an orphanage as a child in this award-winning documentary, followed by a post-screening Q&A with Turkiewicz and producer Rod Freedman. Tickets are $12.

Music: David Campbell Sings John Bucchino on September 16.

Campbell performs with legendary Broadway composer John Bucchino and tells the stories behind some of the most emotionally compelling songs written for musical theatre and film. Tickets are $15.

Dance:Sketch and In Between Two And Zero on September 11 and 13.

A double bill of contemporary dance pieces by FORM Dance Projects.

Sketch sees three dancers, a visual artist and composer transform the theatre into a hyper-sensorial world, while In Between Two And Zero sees Matt Cornell and Miranda Wheen change the rules of play. Tickets are $28.

Comedy:A Rational Fear on September 15.

Fresh from the Festival Of Dangerous Ideas, this fast-paced comedy show sees host Dan Ilic weave through current affairs, politics and society with a panel that includes Lewis Hobba, Wendy Harmer, and Ben Jenkins.

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