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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...

Posted 2 Jan 2017 @ 8:00am

Most theatre entreats you to take your seat, to surrender your imagination for however brief a time and let the performance wash over you – there are worse ways to spend a night out. 

 

And while Kaleidoscope is theatre – in part – it is a style of performance you’re unlikely to have seen before. The story of Ethan Hugh – who, at age four, was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome –...

Posted 1 Jan 2017 @ 8:00am

For some, playwright Nathan Maynard’s description of his new work The Season as a “muttonbird story” might be a little confusing. 

 

After all, the history and importance of the muttonbird – a dark-feathered species of shearwater mainly found around Tasmania and New Zealand – is yet to be comprehensively covered in mainstream channels, and the significant role the animal plays in...

Posted 31 Dec 2016 @ 8:00am

Dallas Dellaforce is busier than ever.

 

The cabaret, drag and stage show performer otherwise known as Daniel Squires Cater is in charge of costuming for Briefs: The Second Coming, an upcoming production that aims to combine the rich history of musical theatre with some deliciously risqué and renegade flair. As you’d imagine, being in charge of all that fabric is proving to be a...

Posted 30 Dec 2016 @ 10:00am

Julius Caesar is
 one of William Shakespeare’s most famous plays. As a director, how do you breathe fresh life into it?

 

With any classic text
 you need to look for elements within it that mean something to a contemporary audience; elements that are part of the ongoing discussion of what it is to be a human being, what it is to live in
a society in the here and now. For example...

Posted 23 Dec 2016 @ 10:23am

A powerful new work of theatre is having its world premiere at a Blacktown multi-storey carpark as part of Sydney Festival.

 

Penned by Andrea James, Peter Polites and Gaele Sobott, Home Country will see audiences guided through various levels of the car park (and fed a communal feast) to explore the meaning of “home” and our multifaceted national identity.

 

It...

Posted 22 Dec 2016 @ 9:43am

In a world where Mummy knows best and Daddy should know better, I Hate You My Mother is set to make waves when it premieres at the Old Fitz Theatre next year. 

 

The play begins as a 16th century Breton Bishop lays his hands on his illegitimate daughter and sets off an epic, torrid chain of events that inspires four centuries of secrets, hatred and revenge-seeking. 

 ...

Posted 19 Dec 2016 @ 7:14pm

★★★★

 

Let’s face it, 2016 has been a real trash fire of a year. As we finally slip into the silly season, Babes In The Woods offers a very welcome haven of hilarity and frivolity, counterbalancing a season at the Old Fitz that’s been crammed with heavy-hitters.

 

Written by Phil Rouse, the play is based on Tom Wright’s pseudo-colonial pantomime Babes In The Wood....

Posted 15 Dec 2016 @ 12:26pm

Patricia Cornelius talks the way she writes: colourfully, with an occasional splash of language blue enough to make the sheltered wince.

 

It would perhaps be foolish to expect the mind behind plays called Shit and Slut to communicate in any other way. But for Cornelius, cursing isn’t about eliciting cheap shock value, or merely trying to sustain the attention of strangers – it’s...

Posted 14 Dec 2016 @ 1:42pm

Glen Street Theatre is set to kick off its 2017 season with a heart-warming production of Alan Ayckbourn’s much-loved comedy Relatively Speaking.

 

Set in 1960s London, Relatively Speaking tells the hilarious story of a blithely misinformed young man who turns up on his girlfriend's parents' doorstep to ask for her hand in marriage.

 

Things, however, are not as...

Posted 9 Dec 2016 @ 9:00am

Christa Hughes is a barrage of anecdotes and reminiscence.

 

She has emerged as one of the most celebrated cabaret/vaudeville acts in the country, and when your crowd can be as raucous as the stage, well, it helps to be able to talk the talk. She reams off stories and observations as though a dam has burst within her chest, and more often than not, my questions are swept away as...

Posted 8 Dec 2016 @ 3:04pm

Most people would agree that the politics around Australia’s acceptance of refugees and asylum seekers are divisive.

 

Sure, our discourse is not quite as vitriolic as the jingoistic tone heard in the USA these days, or various European capitals trying to sidestep the plight of Syria, but we’re also not the most empathic of people. Often that’s because asylum seekers are couched...

Posted 6 Dec 2016 @ 2:06pm

★★★★☆

 

Perfectly capturing nostalgia, the drama of adolescence and the passing clarity of dreams, Girl Asleep makes a triumphant return to the stage after its seamless transition to the screen.

 

Turning 15 is difficult enough, but thanks to the move to a new school and the meddling of her parents, Greta’s worst nightmares are swiftly coming to life. That is, until...

Posted 3 Dec 2016 @ 11:00am

Alife of adventure, adrenaline and risk is not one actively sought by many, but for trial bike artist Thibaut Philippe, it’s one he cannot live without.

 

The French-born performer stages a dazzling and exhilarating show as part of the Cirque Éloize troupe, living the daredevil existence and quite literally running away with the circus every day. 

 

But how does one...

Posted 1 Dec 2016 @ 12:44pm

One of Australia's most renowned pieces of theatre will be taking over the Sydney Opera House in February. 

 

Away's story of immigrants struggling in an adopted country has continuously captivated audiences with its unique perspective of Australia after the Vietnam War in 1967. 

 

With a lot of talent in the cast and crew including Matthew Lutton as director,...

Posted 1 Dec 2016 @ 10:37am

Though they might seem invisible, we’ve all seen them.

 

Ghosting away down school corridors, hiding behind shields of books, tablets or phones. Some of us have even been there, and remember the terrain. Adolescence can be a raw and unsettling time, but as Girl Asleep’s playwright Matthew Whittet suggests, it can also be a period of intense creative growth and speculation. The...

Posted 1 Dec 2016 @ 10:32am

Tell us about the concept behind Lighten Up and your character, John.

 

I conceptualised Lighten Up with the hope to shift racial perceptions in Australia. My character John Green is a brown Aussie struggling to define himself. He has dreams of being an actor but first must find a way through the racial and social dislocation that permeates his world. 

 

It’s a real...

Posted 24 Nov 2016 @ 12:30pm

In the world of contemporary theatre, Complicite stands alone.

 

The pioneering British company is a formidable collective of singularly talented writers and performers led by co-founder Simon McBurney. Their aim is simple: to buck the preconceptions associated with the dramatic arts by embracing a range of technological...

Posted 24 Nov 2016 @ 12:10pm

After an overwhelming response from audiences in Brisbane – where it was hailed as the best Aussie musical since Priscilla, no less – Ladies In Black is soon to arrive for Sydney Festival.

 

It’s quite fitting, given our city is where the actual story takes place, and in light of recent events in world politics...

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