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Theatre

Posted 23 Nov 2016 @ 11:55am

Embrace the entirely strange, completely absurd and somewhat baffling world of classic absurdist theatre as Ninefold and Glorious Thing Theatre Co present Tri-Beckett: Three Short Plays by Samuel Beckett at the historic Don Bank Museum in North Sydney. 

 

All three short performances are sure to set minds ticking and whirring as the simple becomes ever more complicated.

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Posted 18 Nov 2016 @ 12:26pm

The acclaimed arts venue has a whopper year lined up. 

 

The 2017 program for Carriageworks has just been revealed, and it looks like next year will be huge. 

 

Highlights of the program include the inaugural edition of The National: New Australian Art, a collaboration between Carriageworks, the Art Gallery of NSW and the Museum of Contemporary Art exploring the...

Posted 17 Nov 2016 @ 4:26pm

The Sydney-based Sport For Jove theatre company is about to enter its eighth year of showcasing theatrical talent with a schedule to make it the biggest year yet.

 

The 2017 season is set to bring 64 actors and four directors to the stage, where they'll be showing a combination of exciting new works and some of the most well-known theatre in history.

 

Over the...

Posted 16 Nov 2016 @ 5:10pm

It’s never easy for a performer to find themselves overshadowed by a co-star, but one can imagine that pain might feel particularly acute when the scene-stealer in question is completely inanimate.

 

That’s the predicament veteran performer Wayne Scott Kermond is currently mired in, thanks to his involvement in a multi-disciplinary cabaret performance named Spiegel’esque, due to...

Posted 16 Nov 2016 @ 2:16pm

Don't Look Away is set to continue its time-honoured tradition of an end-of-year pantomime with a brand spanking new production called Babes In The Woods. 

 

The play, developed specially for the Old Fitz Theatre, tells the story of a money-minded, selfish-at-best aunt and the events that unfold when her dead brother's children turn up on her doorstep with a will that leaves all...

Posted 15 Nov 2016 @ 3:09pm

Tell us about the romance at the heart of Mack And Mabel.

 

It’s definitely a complicated one. On one side you have Mabel, who wears her heart on her sleeve, and on the other side you have Mack, who’s very closed-off emotionally. Mabel chooses to pursue this relationship with Mack even though she knows from the start that it won’t be what she truly wants. But I guess it’s that...

Posted 15 Nov 2016 @ 1:59pm

★★★☆

 

Industry produces wealth, it is said; God speed the plow. 

 

David Mamet’s 1988 three-hander of morality, power and corruption within the Hollywood film industry has aged rather well, and in a month that has seen the election of Donald Trump, also feels oddly portentous. The adage that lends the play its title is indeed quite fitting: this is sharp and...

Posted 15 Nov 2016 @ 1:24pm

★★★☆

 

Darlinghurst Theatre Company closes out its season with a gentle love letter to the theatre; a delight that stokes the passion of those who consider the stage their home while reminding us of their strange existential position and the prospect of going forever unappreciated.

 

John (Akos Armont) and Robert (John Gaden) are at opposite ends of their acting...

Posted 11 Nov 2016 @ 4:42pm

A week-long theatrical process will culminate in a one-off performance next week. 

 

The latest Rough Draft from Sydney Theatre Company will focus on the theme of domestic violence. The process, which culminates with a staging of a new play, gives aspiring artists an opportunity to develop themselves professionally as they are given support, rehearsal space and advice to develop...

Posted 11 Nov 2016 @ 4:42pm

The production will be the first Australian performance of Edward Albee's work since he died earlier this year.

 

Theatron Group will be performing Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? over the next few weeks. 

 

Edward Albee's Tony Award-winning play will be brought to life in the Greek Theatre, Marrickville and tell the story of Martha (Deborah Galanos) and George's (...

Posted 11 Nov 2016 @ 12:50pm

Montague Basement, the young and fresh theatre company that sprung from the minds of Imogen Gardam and Saro Lusty-Cavallari, will stage two iconic works: Macbeth (directed by Lusty-Cavallari) and The Taming Of The Shrew (directed by Caitlin West). 

 

Both will feature leads Hannah Cox and Robert Boddington in what the company hopes to be an exciting fresh take on perceived gender...

Posted 11 Nov 2016 @ 12:45pm

Sydney Theatre Company's fresh resident director will take the first slot of the new season.

 

The first show on the bill for STC in 2017 will be The Testament Of Mary, a reworking of one of the oldest stories we know from Irish author Colm Tóibín. Nominated for the Booker Prize three times, Tóibín has received outstanding reviews across the board for his work.  

 

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Posted 11 Nov 2016 @ 10:04am

★★★★

 

In light of the last few days, it may feel to those on the progressive side of politics that we’ve seen and heard enough; that our fragile, empathetic hearts couldn’t possibly take another blow.

 

Balls to that, say Murray Lambert and co., blustering in on a tragicomic dervish so galling that, had its knife-edge gallows humour not been performed with such...

Posted 9 Nov 2016 @ 12:44pm

Legendary frontierswoman, notorious daredevil, profane storyteller, unwomanly radical, Calamity Jane is an instantly recognisable and integral part of the legend of the Wild West. With irrepressible spunk and a fierce disregard for gender expectations that was centuries head of her time, Calamity has captivated audiences for decades - and she's coming to Sydney this March.

 

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Posted 2 Nov 2016 @ 1:06pm

How did you first discover your passion for performing French cabaret?

 

I’ve always been inspired by the music of Édith Piaf since I was quite young, but back in 2002 my grandfather asked me to sing a French song for him at an important family event.

 

It was such a poignant moment that the memory has always stuck with me. As a natural progression, I lived in...

Posted 2 Nov 2016 @ 12:39pm

Never underestimate the voice of a woman who is determined to be heard. As women all around the world grow louder and louder in speaking about the issues that we face daily, theatre has become more and more bold in exploring them, and Dacia Maraini's Hurried Steps is poised to be one of the hardest-hitting plays of them all.

 

Comprising ten true stories from women all over the...

Posted 28 Oct 2016 @ 12:00pm

A Flea In Her Ear is a rather vintage production.

 

Written back in 1907, it will hit the Sydney Theatre Company stage just shy of its centenary, which is a remarkable achievement in itself and says a lot about the staying power of Georges Feydeau’s world-renowned farce. Adding to the anticipation is the fact it has been updated by outgoing STC artistic director Andrew Upton and...

Posted 27 Oct 2016 @ 11:35am

“It’s the end of the world as we know it,” Michael Stipe once sang, “And I feel fine.”

 

A small, smug part of me has always appreciated that cavalier attitude towards the apocalypse – why shouldn’t you take a selfie as we ride this roller coaster into the fire? With the premiere of The Turquoise Elephant, it seems I’m not the only one. This viscous, delightfully dark comedy...

Posted 21 Oct 2016 @ 1:22pm

The production looks at prejudice and identity through the light-hearted lens of comedy.

 

We live in a multicultural environment and proudly champion the fact, but how much of this cross-cultural influence do we see permeating through the arts? New production Lighten Up looks to tackle some of the prejudices and nuances of cultural identity through the light-hearted vehicle of...

Posted 20 Oct 2016 @ 3:52pm

Wonderful

Observant

Machines

Emotional

Never wrong.

 

Pop Up Theatre and the Depot Theatre are set to present a new play, Let's Talk About You. It's a black comedy about the love between women, written and co-directed by Rivka Hartman with dance maestro Christine Mearing and starring Anne Tenney, Elaine Hudson and Taylor Owynns. 

 

The...

Posted 19 Oct 2016 @ 2:38pm

Early next year, the hilarious comedy revue Senior Moments will return to Sydney for a second season. 

 

With two venues set to present the show, the fresh and funny Senior Moments looks to surprise and delight with its traditional revue style of comedy and songs.

 

Written by Angus FitzSimons...

Posted 19 Oct 2016 @ 2:16pm

The Old Fitz Theatre has announced the premiere of The Shadow Box by Michael Cristofer

 

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play, this compelling piece follows three terminally ill cancer patients living in the grounds of a hospital.

 

A courageous and...

Posted 17 Oct 2016 @ 9:51am

A contemporary farce by Uruguayan playwright Gabriel Calderón – My Little Doll (The Farce) – has been translated into English by director Veronica Barac, and will play at UNSW's Studio One theatre. 

 

The play centres around an elaborate revenge plot within a dysfunctional upper-middle-class family, narrated by the family's butler. 

 

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Posted 13 Oct 2016 @ 5:05pm

Watch one side of the battle unfold... or both sides. As the famous taco girl said: ¿por qué no los dos?

 

Rats is a double production consisting of two plays both written and directed by Chris Huntly-Turner and presented by the Fledgling Theatre Company. In the performance Dirt, men will fight enemies abroad; and in Moonshine, women will fight enemies within. Each play is fast-...

Posted 13 Oct 2016 @ 4:59pm

Schadenfreude is defined as pleasure derived from the misfortune of others.

 

The Turquoise Elephant by Stephen Carleton, and directed by Gale Edwards, is a political farce that focuses on the lives of three ladies struggling with catastrophic elements and endangered species, with one of them intent on saving the world through blogging.

Posted 13 Oct 2016 @ 12:57pm

If you can't dance, go watch people that can. I can guarantee it will not make you feel better about yourself, but it will be breathtakingly beautiful.

 

Carriageworks and Sydney Dance Company, with support from The Balnaves Foundation, presents New Breed 2016. Australian choreographers Rachel Arianne Ogle (Perth), Shian Law (Melbourne), Jesse Scales (Adelaide) and Richard Cilli...

Posted 5 Oct 2016 @ 6:00pm

Everyone has that one work of art they encountered as a teenager that changed them forever.

 

For some, it’s the Star Wars films. For others, it’s Jeff Buckley’s Grace. But there aren’t many folks out there who can claim the work that permanently altered their adolescent worldview is a centuries-old Greek play.

 

Terry Karabelas is the exception to the rule, then....

Posted 5 Oct 2016 @ 5:20pm

Tell us a little bit about the plot of Cymbeline.

 

James Smithers: Imogen, the daughter of King Cymbeline, secretly marries Posthumus. As punishment, Cymbeline banishes Posthumus to Rome, where he meets the devilish Iachimo, who bets him that he can seduce Imogen. Iachimo manages to get hold of evidence that convinces Posthumus Imogen has been unfaithful, and, enraged with...

Posted 1 Oct 2016 @ 9:00am

It would seem almost perverse to talk about Peter Weiss’ The Persecution And Assassination Of Jean-Paul Marat As Performed By The Inmates Of The Asylum Of Charenton Under The Direction Of The Marquis de Sade (or simply Marat/Sade if you don’t feel like casually dropping that weighty title about the place) without the conversation taking a dark turn.

 

After all, the play is...

Posted 22 Sep 2016 @ 12:40pm

NOTE: All productions are for adult viewing only. So leave your kiddie, tweens, and teens at home.

 

The upcoming October production season at NIDA promises to be mammoth one, with an enthralling and diverse mix of works including two original compositions, an Australian play, one German classic and an English play-turned-film. Check the mammoth list of productions below:

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