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Posted 8 Jul 2013 @ 2:52pm

Melissa Bubnic’s Beached is a new Australian work that takes on some big issues – the play’s protagonist, a boy named Arty, is the fattest teenager in the world. 

 

“Arty is house-bound because of his size,” director Shannon Murphy explains, ahead of the play’s Griffin Theatre Company debut. “He lives with his mother JoJo, who is taking care of him. He needs to have gastric...

Posted 3 Jul 2013 @ 10:35am

Seventeen-year-old Chloe (Ava Torch) is starting again – another small town, another new school, another man in her white trash mother’s life.

 

Although initially presenting a façade of pure bravado, Chloe’s inability to read and her unstable home life soon reveal her vulnerability. Chris (Yalin Ozucelik) has his own problems as he struggles to satisfy his overbearing father....

Posted 2 Jul 2013 @ 4:45pm

Before the creative team behind Sydney Theatre Company’s Mrs Warren’s Profession had even put their heads together earlier this year, the production had sold out. The subscriber base went nuts for it and when single tickets went on sale there weren’t many left to grab. The only fair solution? An extra season in the middle of the year.

 

Lizzie Schebesta plays the young Vivie...

Posted 2 Jul 2013 @ 4:34pm

Pinky is an internet demon, born from social networking and online shopping. His skin is the colour of fairy floss and he’s got a head of wild, crimped pink hair. When he smiles, he reveals a mouth of jutting USB sticks – he uses these to devour his diet of diamantes, adoration and electricity.

 

OK so Pinky’s a little over the top, but performance artist Justin Shoulder who will...

Posted 1 Jul 2013 @ 12:23pm

Before the creative team behind Sydney Theatre Company’s Mrs Warren’s Profession had even put their heads together earlier this year, the production had sold out. The subscriber base went nuts for it and when single tickets went on sale there weren’t many left to grab. The only fair solution? An extra season in the middle of the year.

 

 

Lizzie Schebesta plays the young...

Posted 26 Jun 2013 @ 9:44am

Angels in America (Part One: Millennium; Part Two: Perestroika) is the most engrossing, inspiring, epic piece of theatre you’re likely to catch this year. If you can afford it, go see it. If you need more convincing, keep reading.

 

Tony Kushner’s 1993 play won that year’s Pulitzer (and ten-plus other awards) and has entered the theatrical canon as one of the greatest plays of...

Posted 18 Jun 2013 @ 4:01pm

Bell Shakespeare’s mission seems to have changed over the years. In the days when you’d see Romeo and Juliet with your classmates and snobbishly roll your eyes at the people who snickered when they kissed, Bell was sticking to works by the man himself.

 

These days, the company’s desire to bring epic classics a new life reaches further than the plays of the Bard of...

Posted 18 Jun 2013 @ 3:57pm

Has it ever occurred to you that running a marathon while standing in the same spot is slightly absurd? It’s only as absurd as paying to pick up a heavy object and put it down again … Then pick it up again … and put it down again.  If you’re not training for Olympic gold then why do so many of us put ourselves through it?

 

Circuit currently showing at the Old Fitzroy Theatre is...

Posted 18 Jun 2013 @ 3:51pm

"I feel like I've just been trapped in a vagina for two hours." After an erotically-charged mindfuck of a performance, audience members exhaled in the Sydney Theatre lobby, laughing off the sexual tension of The Maids like an awkward group of teenage friends who’ve just watched a porno together for funsies. 

 

Dirty and disturbing, the complex new adaptation from Sydney Theatre...

Posted 18 Jun 2013 @ 2:49pm

Griffin Theatre Company’s new production, This Is Where We Live, is a modern-day reflection on the tale of Orpheus and Eurydice. A story of two teens trapped in small-town hell, and their attempts to break out, it is an original and surprising new Australian work. 

 

“Everyone has their own version of hell when they’re a teenager,” director Francesca Smith tells me. “For Chloe...

Posted 14 Jun 2013 @ 3:59pm

Bell Shakespeare and the State Theatre Company of South Australia have announced they will collaborate to bring the great Bard’s Comedy Of Errors to town.

 

Directed by rising star Imara Savage, the Shakespearean classic will tour nationally and will present at the Sydney Opera House Studio from November 14 – December 7. Responsible for brining one of the Bard’s most bawdy...

Posted 14 Jun 2013 @ 3:53pm

Huzzah! It’s here! After three years in various stages of production, Natalia Savvides’ The Light Box, a freewheeling epic linking the real tragedy of fractured family life to the bizarre world of talking birds and spoons in lab coats, lands at 107 Projects on July 10.

 

Fusing surreal imagery, soundscape and actors’ performances, the James Dalton-directed production will lead us...

Posted 14 Jun 2013 @ 3:46pm

In 1993, Relative Merits opened for a two-week season at Stables Theatre.

 

Now, 20 years on, the play returns to present at King Street Theatre from July 5, for a special 20th anniversary revival of Barry Lowe’s little play that could. Relative Merits is an emotionally charged play about Adam (Jeff Teale), a gay footballer coming out and struggling to deal with his confused,...

Posted 11 Jun 2013 @ 11:20am

Some theatre classics get under the skin, enter the blood stream and become part of the artistic consciousness. In Australia, for reasons unknown, Phedre has not been one of them. 

 

An intense tale of mythological demigods, sex, love, curses, bloodiness, incest, slaughter and family, it remains a mystery to many a theatergoer as to why Phedre hasn’t cultivated a resonance...

Posted 11 Jun 2013 @ 11:11am

Benedict Andrews has been a defining force on the Australian theatre scene in the last decade. His audacious productions like Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf and War Of The Roses stand out in the theatrical memory as landmark events. One need only look at the current main stages, to the productions of Simon Stone or Matthew Lutton, to see the long shadow of Andrews’ influence.

 

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Posted 5 Jun 2013 @ 3:23pm

An Alphabet Of Arousal is the 20th installment in Sydney Theatre Company's Rough Draft series.

 

A collaboration between STC co-resident director Sarah Giles and writer Angus Cerini (Wretch, Drill Down), the production is the result of a week long creative development program where theatre makers come together to try out new ideas and ways of working and collaborating. Giles and...

Posted 28 May 2013 @ 6:21pm

Tony Kushner’s Angels In America may be the defining American play of the 20th century.

 

An epic and sprawling work, it takes on the AIDS crisis, and through this, expands into philosophical questions about the nature of life itself. At seven hours across two parts, it’s also one of the biggest and most ambitious plays you could attempt. Belvoir Street Theatre regular Eamon...

Posted 16 May 2013 @ 10:38am

Van Badham’s latest The Bull, The Moon And The Coronet Of Stars starts with the actors strolling onto the set, engaging in a moment of light banter and launching into 75 minutes of intimate, comical and lyrical storytelling. The characters tell us their story in a fun, conversational tone that manages to drop in and out of poetry and chat almost flawlessly. 

 

The play is a...

Posted 14 May 2013 @ 7:18pm

The independent scene in Sydney has been a bit rattled lately. With important venues like B Sharp and the Old Fitz falling by the way side, there’s been a sense of fear about where future artists would present their shows. But where there are artists desperate to make work, it is inevitable that venues will emerge for them to fill and the Old 505 Theatre, with its handy three minutes from...

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