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Theatre

Posted 22 Sep 2016 @ 12:33pm

A Midsummer Night’s Dream has a curious reputation.

 

It’s part fantasy, part comedy, part drama, renowned for producing some rather questionable costuming over the ages. It’s also a tragic counterpart to the film Dead Poets Society, and in today’s age of incremental equality, has some rather dubious character motivations. Yet out of all the works in Shakespeare’s canon, it...

Posted 14 Sep 2016 @ 12:53pm

Can you tell us a little bit about the plot of Disco Pigs?

 

Pig and Runt are two inseparable, violent creatures, born at the same hospital only seconds apart. With a bond stronger than friendship or family, they live in a world of their own. As their 17th birthdays draw closer, Pig’s violent nature becomes more obvious, and his romantic intentions towards Runt emerge. Runt,...

Posted 14 Sep 2016 @ 12:42pm

Can you tell us a little bit about the plot of Edit?

 

Edit tells the life story of Stephen Dedalus, the semi-autobiographical protagonist of two of James Joyce’s novels, A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man and Ulysses. Edit loosely follows Stephen’s life as written in Joyce’s work, though it does deviate from Joyce’s novels to accommodate wishful fantasies from my own life...

Posted 10 Sep 2016 @ 3:09pm

Hope you like your theatre dark and troubled!

 

Peter Weiss’ The Persecution And Assassination Of Jean-Paul Marat By The Inmates Of The Asylum Of Charenton Under The Direction Of The Marquis De Sade ( or Marquis/Sade if you don’t fancy dropping that lengthy title into casual conversation) is one of the most groundbreaking and influential pieces of theatre to debut in modern times...

Posted 10 Sep 2016 @ 11:00am

Is there anyone out there who enjoys their birthday? I mean, actually enjoys it?

 

For most of us, it’s just another day – a sad, morbid marker signifying nothing but our slow procession towards the absolute cessation of our being and the undoing of our bodies. Worst still, birthday parties suck. Just ask Saskia, the hero of Michael Booth’s new production Thirty-Three. For ole...

Posted 8 Sep 2016 @ 1:40pm

These days, opening a dialogue on technology is in itself an act of provocation.

 

At its best technology represents convenience, cooperation and content. But at its worst, it is capable of utterly dehumanising and alienating us, of unravelling the delicate emotional fibres that make up our relationships as human beings in the blink of an eye (or a Tweet).

 

Craig...

Posted 8 Sep 2016 @ 1:32pm

Blackbird is a dark, disturbing work. Can you tell us a little about the plot?

 

15 years ago, Ray and Una had a relationship when she was 12 and he was 40. He abandoned her and they haven’t seen each other since, but now she’s found him again. After three years in prison and subsequent hardships, Ray has a new identity. Una, 27, has thought of nothing else. Upon seeing a photo...

Posted 1 Sep 2016 @ 12:03pm

Sydney Fringe Festival 2016: show profile #5

 

The show: Our show is about how identity is created through decision making, and how the decisions we make in our youth effect the outcome of our lives as adults. We follow the lives of a young 15-year-old couple who meet in the small town of Yackandandah and who are still together as a married couple 20 years later. We switch...

Posted 1 Sep 2016 @ 12:01pm

Sydney Fringe Festival 2016: show profile #4

 

The show: Journey back in time todiscover the dark side of your favourite city. Sly grog haunts, opium dens, ladies of the night and revenge are all on the agenda! It takes place at Sydney’s most picturesque area with great views of the Harbour, Rocks and plenty of pubs to calm your nerves after the bone-jangling tour.

 

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Posted 1 Sep 2016 @ 11:59am

Sydney Fringe Festival 2016: show profile #3

 

The show: Sydney-based seven-piece Facemeat is delighted to be involved for the first time with the Sydney Fringe Festival. A show specifically prepared for the festival, Facemeat – The Musical is a spoken-word tale of entrapment narrated by the band’s writer David Sattout and interspersed with new music.

 

The hour-...

Posted 1 Sep 2016 @ 11:57am

Sydney Fringe Festival 2016: show profile #1

 

The show: Albert & Jameson: A Play with Vampires is a new absurdist comedy from the gang at Dire Theatre. The story centres on Albert and Jameson, a pathetic pair of vampires, as they explore the meaninglessness of life. The play is structured around the duo as they struggle with the three big E’s: eternity, enraged peasants and...

Posted 1 Sep 2016 @ 11:52am

Sydney Fringe Festival 2016: show profile #2

 

The show: Cycology is a cabaret journey inside the mind of American composer Cy Coleman, the man behind the music of Sweet Charity, City Of Angels, Barnum and other Tony-winning musicals. The work looks at the volatile relationships he had with his various writing partners using his wonderfully complex music.

 

From his...

Posted 31 Aug 2016 @ 4:06pm

There are plenty of things out there in the world that can’t be explained: giant tracks in the Himalayan snow, shadowy shapes in Loch Ness, lights in the sky over Roswell, monstrous pink worms in South Gippsland.

 

But every so often, an intrepid explorer-cum-theatremaker comes along to unravel the mystery. 

 

Enter Melita Rowston. Back in 2013, The Giant Worm Show...

Posted 25 Aug 2016 @ 11:51am

Bleh, bleh, bleh. I vant you to go watch this.

 

Leave your shades at home because these vampires, Albert and Jameson, don't sparkle. They might suck your blood though...

 

Join the world's most infuriating immortals for a night (or three nights if you're an eager beaver) of absurdist theatre. Watch as the pair struggle with their undead lives after awakening from...

Posted 24 Aug 2016 @ 1:36pm

Wherefore art thou, Melbourne Ballet co?

 

Heads up, you lot: the Melbourne Ballet company are heading to Sydney, bringing with them their fascinating production of Romeo And Juliet.

 

The plot itself is as old of time, of course (you know that movie Gnomeo And Juliet? Yeah, Romeo And Juliet is a bit like that), but the new production has been choreographed by ...

Posted 23 Aug 2016 @ 4:32pm

Your show, The Songs That Got Away, is a celebration of the life of Harold Arlen. How did you discover Arlen’s work?

 

A while ago I was preparing for a big band gig and needed to give the musical director a song list of standards. I had several of my favourite songs piled around me – ‘Stormy Weather’, ‘The Man That Got Away’, ‘Old Black Magic’, ‘One For My Baby’ and of course ‘...

Posted 19 Aug 2016 @ 5:11pm

The team behind last year's highly successful season of Aliens reunites with the Australia premiere of James Fritz's Olivier Award-nominated play.

 

The Old Fitz Stage is set for the debut of James Fritz's acclaimed production, with director Craig Baldwin overseeing this highly topical examination of technology and its varied effects on modern society.

 

Directly...

Posted 19 Aug 2016 @ 1:52pm

Red Line Productions is set to open the second level of the Old Fitz Hotel with the debut of a new production from Michael Booth and Alistair Powning.

 

A new initiative sees the Old Fitz Hotel opens its second floor as an intimate, dynamic performance space, seating thirty audience members. Thirty Three, directed by Michael Booth (Wonderland, Pandemic) and written by...

Posted 16 Aug 2016 @ 1:25pm

★★★☆

 

Disney’s latest Broadway adaptation has made it to the Capitol Theatre, this production proving just as much of a spectacle as the original.

 

This version comes replete with astounding stagecraft and a couple of its precursor’s brightest American stars, and though many of its new additions are competent rather than instantly classic, it’s a visual...

Posted 11 Aug 2016 @ 12:36pm

"The Hippopotamus Song: The very first of the animal songs. Some people think the title of this song is irrelevant. But it's not irrelephant, it's a hippopotamus!"

 

During the 1950s and '60s, the most sophisticated musical satirists in England were Michael Flanders and Donald Swann. Their revue At The Drop Of A Hat ran for over two years on London’s West End. In 1964, Flanders...

Posted 10 Aug 2016 @ 5:13pm

There are some out there who claim Damien Ryan doesn’t actually exist, and despite having interviewed him once before, I’m starting to feel there is truth to the rumour.

 

Finding time to speak with the man is like being granted an audience with the Pope, and with good reason; not only are his energies focused on the 60th anniversary of Look Back In Anger, which he co-directs at...

Posted 10 Aug 2016 @ 2:11pm

From playwright Leah Purcell comes an adaption of Henry Lawson's The Drover's Wife.

 

Lawson’s story of The Drover’s Wife paints her stoic silhouette against an unforgiving landscape. In Purcell’s new play, the old story gets a very fresh rewrite. Once again the drover’s wife is confronted by a threat in her...

Posted 9 Aug 2016 @ 12:40pm

★★★

 

It is, naturally, a dark and stormy night. Arriving at a theatre rain-bleary with clothes in dramatic disarray isn't what one would ordinarily hope for when mingling with the industry's most glamorous, but tonight it seems rather apt. After all, The Hanging is a production with both feet firmly secured in Australian Gothic; all we needed was a well-timed lightning strike or...

Posted 5 Aug 2016 @ 4:28pm

Kate Gaul and Suzanne Millar, two of Australia's most recognised and provocative theatre auteurs, bring a slew of plays and performances to KXT with their Invisible Circus season.

 

Invisible Circus is a coming-together of some of Australia's most esteemed women in theatre, including AWGIE Award nominee and seven-time winner Nöelle Janaszweska, Jessica Tuckwell and Sunny Grace....

Posted 3 Aug 2016 @ 4:40pm

A story as ancient and timeless as Aladdin carries a strange sense of simulacra as it comes to the Sydney stage.

 

This mammoth production, itself an adaptation of Disney’s latest Broadway musical, finds its roots in both the animated film that enchanted a generation and the mythos of One Thousand And One Nights.

 

Naturally, finding one’s own voice within such a...

Posted 3 Aug 2016 @ 1:33pm

From acclaimed French choreographer Olivier Dubois comes a meticulously constructed minimalist dance work, Tragédie, which brings together women and men in a chorus of hypnotically repetitive movements backed by a pounding bass.

 

In his first visit to...

Posted 3 Aug 2016 @ 12:32pm

You’re appearing in Broken at Darlinghurst Theatre Company this month. How have preparations been going so far?

 

Preparations are going great! We have such a fantastic team on board for this production who are professional and enthusiastic about unique storytelling. We’ve also had the writer Mary Anne Butler with us early on and she was extremely supportive and open to our...

Posted 1 Aug 2016 @ 4:06pm

★★★☆

 

Eddie Perfect’s The Beast has unleashed itself on Sydney audiences after achieving critical acclaim during its debut for the Melbourne Theatre Company in 2013.

 

Perfect’s first offering as a playwright is a feast for the eyes and ears, and it comes complete with lashings of satire, irony, and sharp social and moral commentary, combined with a healthy dose of...

Posted 28 Jul 2016 @ 1:06pm

Directed by Lucinda Vitek and choreographed by Jennifer Poon, this new production of Before The Water Gets Cold will explore notions of love and intimacy through dance, poetry, music and monologue. 

 

Drawing on various disciplines including original music from Josephine Gibson and poetry from Charles O'Grady, the play will tackle love and loneliness in the 21st century.

Posted 28 Jul 2016 @ 11:20am

For most theatre directors, the staging of any play begins with a simple table read.

 

It’s generally accepted as the easiest way to give all those involved a broad understanding of the text at hand, while helping to solidify the basics of the play’s who, what and where. By that measure, Kevin Jackson, the man behind Sport For Jove’s upcoming production of Anton Chekhov’s Three...

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