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Theatre

Posted 28 Mar 2017 @ 2:58pm

Fallen is set to open in Sydney this April. What’s the play about?

 

It’s set in 1848 in a home established by Charles Dickens to reform ‘fallen’ women from the streets and give them a second chance at life in the colonies of Australia. This play is not about Charles Dickens, not naturalistic and is not a factual retelling of this history. It can’t be, as history has never...

Posted 28 Mar 2017 @ 11:47am

★★

 

Quality aside, there comes a time when no great actor, director or production team can justify the mounting of a particular play – and that time is now. No longer satisfied with dominating Sydney’s main stages, the values of ’70s Middle America have made their way onto the independent scene for little discernible reason.

 

Lenny (Laura Pike) isn’t using to...

Posted 28 Mar 2017 @ 11:23am

★★★★

 

Whereas satire aims to hold a mirror up to the flaws of our society, this wildly un-PC farce, The Homosexuals, Or 'Faggots', does away with subtleties and goes straight for the throat, like a javelin hurled straight at Darlinghurst.

 

Warren (Simon Burke) and Kim (Simon Corfield) have it all – a well-located apartment, financial comfort, and each other. But...

Posted 15 Mar 2017 @ 12:02pm

Two shows in one, The Dog / The Cat, will be coming to Belvoir's Upstairs Theatre this April and May.

 

With a rivalry as old as time itself, cats and dogs will be swallowing their pride for the sake of romantic comedy in Belvoir's production of The Dog / The Cat. 

 

These two separate plays will be brought to life by the one cast and crew. Brendan Cowell’s The Dog ...

Posted 9 Mar 2017 @ 11:29am

5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche opens in Sydney this month. What’s the play about?

 

Catherine Alcorn: It’s 1956 and the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein are having their annual quiche breakfast. The society have gathered to honour and celebrate their most sacred of dishes: quiche. 

 

Shortly after the event commences, a nuclear bomb drops and...

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 2:19pm

After blowing away audiences in South Australia, The Popular Mechanicals, a play inspired by Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, will debut at The Wharf this April.

 

Based on characters from A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Popular Mechanicals was written by Keith Robinson and Tony Taylor in 1987. The play follows the backstory of the Mechanicals, a group of characters...

Posted 3 Mar 2017 @ 11:26am

Talk, a play that addresses the pressures of the 24-hour news cycle, will debut at the Sydney Opera House this coming April.

 

Directed by Jonathan Biggins and presented by the Sydney Theatre Company, Talk covers the relationship between journalism, the justice system, the political establishment and social media. 

 

Talk stars John Walters, with the veteran...

Posted 1 Mar 2017 @ 2:21pm

Tell us about the concept behind Superhal, opening in March at NIDA Parade Theatre.

 

Hal, AKA King Henry V, is one of Shakespeare’s most popular characters. We wanted follow his story, usually told over three plays, and tell it in a single sitting, keeping the richness of Shakespeare’s language but finding a way to connect this material with audiences who might not otherwise...

Posted 28 Feb 2017 @ 1:23pm

★★★★

 

Set in 1920s Sydney, The Trouble With Harry is based on the true story of Harry Crawford. Born a woman, Eugenia Falleni, she fled Italy to live in Sydney, carrying on with life as a man and marrying twice. 

 

Harry’s daughter Josephine (Bobbie-Jean Henning) – a product of a rape – has arrived following the death of her adopted mother. Harry’s wife Annie (Jane...

Posted 25 Feb 2017 @ 12:00pm

The 1989 pro-democracy protests in China gave us the iconic image of ‘Tank Man’, the anonymous shopper staring down a wall of Type 59s the day after the Tiananmen Square Massacre.

 

In February 2017 we have an alarmist, belligerent leader of a superpower at the onset of his presidency; who knows what image may come to define the uncertainty ahead? Relations between China and the...

Posted 23 Feb 2017 @ 11:22am

Returning for its fifth year, the Sydney Opera House's All About Women festival will be shaking things up on Sunday March 5.

 

Thousands of women are expected to attend the annual All About Women festival, a day of talks and performances that will shine a light on the voices of women. Many of the major talks and performances have already had their allocations exhausted. But never...

Posted 22 Feb 2017 @ 4:50pm

Most theatre seasons are blessed with a production that generates buzz long before opening night rolls around.

 

Be it the calibre of the cast and crew, or the esteem of the play itself, some productions just have a knack for getting tongues talking. Early in the year it may be, but already Bell Shakespeare’s production of Richard 3 has those in the industry on tenterhooks. With...

Posted 17 Feb 2017 @ 2:30pm

5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche, the highly praised comedy stage show, is heading to the Glen Street Theatre in Belrose this March.

 

Set during the '50s, 5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche is a comedy about five women celebrating their annual quiche breakfast, even with the threat of nuclear annihilation.

  

It will star Catherine Alcorn, Lauren Galloway, Lauren Jackson Ashlee...

Posted 16 Feb 2017 @ 10:00am

Slowly but surely, society is making progress towards eradicating homophobia, raising its voice for equality and encouraging acceptance across the board.

 

But for many members of the LGBTQI community, these advancements have come too late.

 

In the 1980s, Australia bore witness to some terrible homophobic activity, especially along the coast of New South Wales....

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 5:28pm

When did you first encounter Michael Gow’s iconic play, Away?

 

I first read Away in high school. At the time it didn’t make much of an impact on me. I think analysing the play through the limited lens of ‘themes’ and ‘discourses’ all in preparation for some dreaded essay distracted me from its heart. I read it again some years later in drama school and found myself really moved...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 3:11pm

Carriageworks will premiere a production of Lady Eats Apple, the highly praised play from Back To Back Theatre Company.

 

Lady Eats Apple, taking place in a large inflatable structure, is inspired by stories like Hamlet and Genesis and focuses around the myths and illusions of death. The play will be directed by Australia Council for the Arts award winner Bruce Gladwin. 

Posted 13 Feb 2017 @ 4:13pm

Next month, Sydney Theatre Company is set to wow new audiences as it shares Griffin Theatre Company's production of Angus Cerini's The Bleeding Tree.

 

It's a gothic thriller and ballad in one that reunites the original cast of Paula...

Posted 9 Feb 2017 @ 4:49pm

Ellie, Abbie & Ellie's Dead Aunt explores sexuality and school formals, with just a touch of magic.

 

Starring Margi De Ferranti and directed and written by Monica Zanetti, some of Sydney's most promising local performers will come together for this charming and unconventional comedy.
 
With an all-female cast, the play looks to put a new spin on the romantic...

Posted 9 Feb 2017 @ 4:48pm

Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King And I will be brought to life by a community theatre group this March. 

 

This award-winning musical has been perfomed on some of the world's most famous stages, and now Rockdale Musical Society is bringing the show to Sydney's south. One of the city's premiere community theatre companies, the all-ages cast consists of almost 60 singers, actors...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 1:01pm

Carriageworks is bringing a performance about gender fluidity titled MDLSX to Sydney audiences this March.

 

MOTUS, the Italian theatre company behind the performance - which recieved high praise when it debuted in New York early last year - is on its way to Sydney next month.

 

MDLSX is amoung the long list of projects MOTUS has produced, and stars performer Silvia...

Posted 7 Feb 2017 @ 11:34am

★★★☆

 

Griffin Theatre Company is kicking off its 2017 season with a bang.

 

No, sorry. A band.

 

Andrew (Justin Smith) is a former rock musician, floundering in his first ‘real job’. Bureaucracy, red tape, funding issues and shitty colleagues are getting in the way of his big plans for the youth music program he’s been hired to head up. It’s clearly...

Posted 6 Feb 2017 @ 8:43pm

★★☆

 

12 years on, the debut play from now-staple British playwright Dennis Kelly has lost none of its fire, its relevance and its visceral impact. At least on the page. Brought to the Australian stage today, it is missing two key factors: the relevance of its geographic location, and the subtleties of its narrative, lost in a well-intended but cacophonous production.

 ...

Posted 1 Feb 2017 @ 3:31pm

What’s the story behind your new play, Losing You (Twice)?

 

Losing You (Twice) tells the journey my family and I took from July 2011 when my brother Daniel disappeared up until his remains were found in March 2016. I speak about how I felt at the time he went missing and how my family and I coped through the long years of not knowing what had happened to him. I talk of the hope...

Posted 1 Feb 2017 @ 1:26pm

NIDA Parade Theatre, along with The Puzzle Collective presents Superhal, an alternative version of Shakespeare's Henriad.

 

Based on a series of plays written by Shakespeare that surrounded several English kings, Superhal is a supernatural take on the classic literature.

 

Superhal is writen and directed by John Galea, who directed an alternate version of...

Posted 27 Jan 2017 @ 5:00pm

Throughout the ’90s, the most iconic moments of global media numbered Nelson Mandela being freed from prison, the death of Princess Di, the O.J. Simpson circus and the suicide of Kurt Cobain – personal stories.

 

Of course, this was also the era of the First Gulf War and the Oklahoma City bombing, so war and terrorism certainly weren’t unknown. But the terror of the previous few...

Posted 27 Jan 2017 @ 3:08pm

Get wild with Wilde in David Hare's acclaimed play.

 

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has teamed up with Red Line Productions to develop a four-week run of Hare's The Judas Kiss. 

 

The scene is set: 1895 London, and Oscar Wilde is the toast of the town after The Importance Of Being Earnest blew away the West End. The play takes us through the mind of Wilde as...

Posted 26 Jan 2017 @ 11:00am

The reality is that for a lot of folks out there, office work is inevitable.

 

Sometimes that ain’t so bad – those jerks at Pixar seem to have a pretty sweet deal – but peer behind the curtains of your favourite music label or theatre and, well, the commercial practicalities of bringing art to life can be rather humbling. Maintaining your sense of inspiration and creative...

Posted 25 Jan 2017 @ 11:58am

Chimerica, a play written by Lucy Kirkwood and surrounding the famous Tiananmen Sqaure 'Tank Man', makes its way to Sydney this year.

 

Chimerica premiered at London's Almeida Theatre in 2013 and has since received positive reviews from The Guardian and The Telegraph.

 

In his first piece as Sydney Theatre Company artistic director, Kip Williams will oversee the...

Posted 24 Jan 2017 @ 5:51pm

I Hate You My Mother opens at the Old Fitz this week. What’s the background of the story?

 

It’s a little piece born of the notion that sex crimes are a bit like radiation poisoning. The repercussions can reverberate for centuries.

 

How much has femininity changed across the time period the play covers?

That’s a difficult one to answer in relation to this...

Posted 21 Jan 2017 @ 12:00pm

Carol Brady. Anjezë Bojaxhiu. Malory Archer.

 

The world has no shortage of famous mothers, yet few – in fact, none – have become so mythologised and cherished as Mary, mother of Jesus. 

 

Step beyond the New Testament and the Quran, and her legacy – cobbled together across various interpretations, speculations and faiths though it may be – is indisputable. From...

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