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Theatre

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.

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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...

Posted 19 Jan 2017 @ 4:04pm

Mark Covin's Kidney deals with an unlikely friendship that forms during the Murdoch News International phone hacking scandal.

 

Mary-Ellen Field's career was destroyed after she was accused of leaking private information to the press, so when the Murdoch scandal came to light, she set out to clear her name. 

 

In the play, this leads her into the path of Mark Colvin...

Posted 18 Jan 2017 @ 2:27pm

Burlesque performance artist Glitta Supernova will feature at this year's Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival with her new show Body Map. 

 

Body Map is the lastest project from Supernova, who is known for pushing boundaries of theatre and perfomance art since the '90s with gender, sexuality and humour.

 

Body Map is promising to be an objectionable,...

Posted 18 Jan 2017 @ 11:29am

Home Country is an Urban Theatre Projects production taking place in a multi-level car park. What is the story about?

 

Home Country is made up of three stories, written by three writers: Andrea James, Peter Polites and Gaele Sobott. Over the course of the night, audiences meet Aboriginal Elder Uncle Cheeky, who has lost his way. Uncle is visited by the Blacktown Angel who both...

Posted 18 Jan 2017 @ 11:17am

The Darlinghurst Theatre Company is teaming up with award-winning playwright Bathsheba Doran to present The Mystery Of Love And Sex.

 

From the mind of Doran (Masters Of Sex and Boardwalk Empire) comes The Mystery Of Love And Sex, a story of family, friendship and romance that will debut at the Darlinghurst Theatre this February. 

 

Tickets for The Mystery Of Love...

Posted 17 Jan 2017 @ 5:28pm

★★★

 

Along with another Sydney Festival show, The Season, Which Way Home is a funny and poignant dramedy showcasing indigenous family life.

 

Written and performed by Katie Beckett, the semi-autobiographical plot focuses on the relationship between single father and daughter.

 

On a road trip from Ipswich to the family’s original home in Lightning...

Posted 17 Jan 2017 @ 5:08pm

★★★★

 

I went to see The Season by coincidence on the same day MLA released its annual Australia Day lamb ad; our country both simultaneously proud and up in arms over the way our national holiday is represented, with indigenous suffering at the centre of its debate.

 

Following a day spent in the online opinion vortex, a spirited indigenous family comedy was the...

Posted 17 Jan 2017 @ 12:18pm

★★★☆

 

Future D. Fidel’s narrativisation of his own childhood displacement is a profound and impactful story that makes a bold statement as Belvoir’s first production for the year.

 

Congolese refugee Isa Alaki (Pacharo Mzembe), AKA Steve ‘The Killer’, is prepping for his biggest boxing match yet, to win the title of Australian Light Heavyweight Champion. But his...

Posted 17 Jan 2017 @ 11:42am

★★★★

 

Stepping into Measure For Measure, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect… which was fine, because what Cheek By Jowl showcased was something entirely unpredictable, anyway.

 

On one hand, delving into a Shakespeare play I was mostly unfamiliar with was always going to be refreshing. What better way to sink into The Bard than to step away from the page and see...

Posted 11 Jan 2017 @ 4:15pm

The beloved and completely nuts (yes, we went there), spectacle that is Puppetry Of The Penis is returning home for a whole lot of laughs and utter idiocy. 

 

Follow the strange and fantastical journey of two near-naked men (they do wear shoes) as they mould and manipulate their nether regions using the ancient art of Genital Origami. Yes, apparently it's a thing. Needless to say...

Posted 11 Jan 2017 @ 12:11pm

Brace yourself for impact as self-proclaimed angry feminist play The Inspection takes over Sydney's Old 505 Theatre this month. 

 

Starring Julia Christensen, The Inspection is a no-holds-barred satirical look at the Sydney rent crisis and the kinda-sorta-really messy reality of life as a 20-something woman when the landlord comes knocking. Especially when there's dirty laundry...

Posted 5 Jan 2017 @ 8:00am

If you were of the opinion that gin is a nasty, dry and bitter alcohol to be swilled about only by our elders at stuffy gatherings, then think again. 

 

The juniper-based drink is making the rounds onstage thanks to Maeve Marsden, who is on a mission to share her love affair with gin through song. Mother’s Ruin is a cabaret created by Marsden that revolves around her favourite...

Posted 3 Jan 2017 @ 8:00am

The connection between contemporary dance and football might not be entirely apparent at first glance. 

 

After all, dance these days tends to be thought of as belonging to the exulted uppermost crust of hoity- toity delights – all the way up there with such distinctly middle-class pleasures as fox hunting and fine dining. Football (or soccer), by contrast, is often frowned upon...

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