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Theatre

Posted 28 Jul 2016 @ 11:12am

The Sydney-based independent theatre company Collaborations Theatre Group is just one of many organisations doing a whole lot of good for the health of the Australian arts scene, even if it doesn’t make headlines every week.

 

But for writer/producers James Balian and Roger Vickery, their time is now. A Nest Of Skunks,their new edge-of-your-seat play about a refugee family taking...

Posted 27 Jul 2016 @ 12:42pm

There’s a lot to be excited about over the next six months in local theatre, with Sydney Theatre Company arguably leading the charge with A Midsummer Night’s Dream and David Mamet’s Speed-The-Plow (though the Judy Davis-directed Belvoir production of Faith Healer is a likely standout).

 

Another production that has STC audiences talking, however, is an entirely fresh and dark...

Posted 26 Jul 2016 @ 12:26pm

★★★

 

This long-titled play from Finegan Kruckemeyer is a light-hearted and meandering journey through love and time. 

 

Presented by Griffin Independent, the Sydney production follows two seasons at Western Australia’s Blue Room Theatre and the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts. The play sweeps through a spectrum of different lives, gently prying open the...

Posted 25 Jul 2016 @ 2:16pm

They're back... Back in black.

 

Ladies In Black, the acclaimed Australian musical that features original tunes penned by Crowded House's Tim Finn, is doing a victory lap of the country next year, following on from news that the production has been nominated for a slew of Helpmann Awards.

 

Adapted  from Madeleine St John's 1993 novel, The Women In Black, the...

Posted 21 Jul 2016 @ 3:21pm

Helpmann and Green Room award winner Luke Joslin will be directing Songs For A New World next month, starring Teagan Wouters, Sophie Carter, Christopher Scalzo and Cameron McDonald. 

 

The production, originally written by Jason Robert Brown, takes audiences from a 1492 Spanish sailing ship to a ledge 57 stories above Fifth Avenue. Stories range from a young man who is counting...

Posted 21 Jul 2016 @ 12:31pm

Kip Williams has already put on successful productions of Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet and Macbeth, and now the Sydney Theatre Company resident director will take on A Midsummer Night's Dream.

 

Williams will bring to the stage the universal story of yearning and desire that comes forth when young people defy parental expectations, pursuing a different future for themselves. ...

Posted 21 Jul 2016 @ 12:19pm

Winyanboga Yurringa will premiere at Carriageworks in August, featuring video portraits by Bindi Cole.

 

The play, written and directed by Andrea James, centres around six Aboriginal women, through which the intergenerational pulse of Aboriginal women today is explored. 

 

On a camping trip, the all-female cast of six take on women's struggles, desires, temptations...

Posted 20 Jul 2016 @ 2:18pm

On the 60th anniversary of the original production, Red Line Productions brings Look Back In Anger to the Old Fitz Theatre stage this year.

 

Co-directed by acclaimed award-winning director ...

Posted 20 Jul 2016 @ 12:39pm

Western Sydney's Powerhouse Youth Theatre will present Tribunal, a new performance project telling the parallel stories of indigenous Australia and newly arrived refugees. 

 

In collaboration with Griffin Theatre Company, Tribunal brings together...

Posted 19 Jul 2016 @ 12:51pm

★★☆

 

Proof, as a play, has a lot going for it. It won the David Auburn the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2001 and bagged a Tony Award for Best Play. If a script were ever to comprehensively establish itself in the world of performance, this is the way to do it. 

 

Tackling the foggy mirage between genius and madness, family intimacy and discord, love and fear, Proof...

Posted 15 Jul 2016 @ 2:16pm

Never Did Me Any Harm premiered in 2012 at Sydney Festival but now it returns to the stage with director and choreographer Kate Champion (Not In A Million Years, The Age I'm In) overseeing its reproduction. 

 

The fears and complexities of contemporary family life will be danced, voiced and performed at Glen Street Theatre by creatives from Sydney Theatre Company. 

 

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Posted 15 Jul 2016 @ 10:31am

★★★★

 

Almost six years ago I saw Paul Capsis appear in his autobiographical one-man production at Griffin Theatre, Angela’s Kitchen.

 

It would go on to not only win Best New Australian Work at the Helpmann Awards, but Best Male Actor as well. As such, the prospect of catching him in another solo show is pretty darned enticing, even if (to be entirely honest) I...

Posted 14 Jul 2016 @ 4:00pm

Nikki Shiels has just come from a sword fight.

 

The actor is rehearsing the part of Viola for Belvoir St Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s swashbuckling comedy, Twelfth Night Or What You Will. It’s week three, and the rehearsal room is a flurry of words and weapons – “Our tongues are flapping,” says Shiels. In the midst of these linguistic aerobics and exercises in physical...

Posted 14 Jul 2016 @ 11:54am

The performance will transform the gardens as part of an art installation project that will run across a month. 

 

The performance, entitled barrangal dyara (skin and bones), is a response to the loss felt throughout Australia due to the destruction of these culturally significant items. 

 

The performance will take place within the footprint of the original Garden...

Posted 8 Jul 2016 @ 9:39am

★★★★

 

Originally premiering in 1967, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown began as a concept album of songs inspired by the Peanuts cartoon strip before becoming an off-Broadway musical. Told as a series of vignettes, it explores the lives of our favourite characters, including Charlie and Snoopy, as live people.

 

With a small cast and bare setting, Charlie Brown has...

Posted 7 Jul 2016 @ 12:54pm

Celebrities' acting and comedy skills will be put to the test this August for Celebrity Theatresports. 

 

Celebrities and improvisers will get onstage sans script to make up comedy scenes on the spot from audience suggestions. 

 

This night of whim will take shape with theatre games, challenges and comedy skits, and professional actors will battle it out for the...

Posted 6 Jul 2016 @ 2:27pm

From Force Majeure, Australia's leading exponent of dance theatre, in collaboration with Dance Integrated, comes a bold new work, Off The Record.

 

 

Co-produced in partnership with...

Posted 6 Jul 2016 @ 12:20pm

From the creators of Bard To The Bone comes the next epic addition to the improvised Shakespeare canon, The Post-Haste Histories.

 

The latest offering from Sydney's improvising Shakespeare gurus The Post-Haste Players,...

Posted 6 Jul 2016 @ 10:00am

Quentin Crisp isn’t an instantly recognisable name these days, even within the LGBTQI community.

 

This is something of a tragedy, because for the majority of the 20th century, Crisp was the epitome of individuality. Starting his career as an androgynous nude model in 1930s London, he eventually became a controversial gay icon, a writer, and an infamously opinionated, witty and...

Posted 5 Jul 2016 @ 4:25pm

You’re playing the title role in Paul Gilchrist’s Cristina In The Cupboard. What kind of secrets does Cristina have to share?

 

Hmm, secrets hey? It wouldn’t be a secret if I told you, now, would it? I guess you’ll just have to come and watch to find out.

 

How much of a challenge have you found it performing Gilchrist’s words?

I have to say, the words Paul...

Posted 29 Jun 2016 @ 5:56pm

How daunting is it to bring the classic characters of You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown to the stage?

 

I have most definitely felt a responsibility to get it right. I’ve always known that before anything else, the production needs to honour Charles Schulz’s work. His canon of work is our first and last reference point. He wrote the Peanuts every single day for 50 years, so there...

Posted 29 Jun 2016 @ 2:05pm

The Sydney Theatre Company is set to present the world premiere of Angela Betzien's The Hanging.

 

Exploring an Australian gothic motif of lost children and the loss of innocence, The Hanging presents a vast and uncompromising landscape that draws on themes of mystery.

 

This latest work from 2014's...

Posted 28 Jun 2016 @ 1:01pm

★★★★

 

“Fighting the power / Never tasted so sweet…”

 

Such is one of many call-and-response moments from cabaret extravaganza Hot Brown Honey, though in terms of theme you'd be hard-pressed to find another quite as fitting. Sure, we may ostensibly be gathered here for a night of song, style and burlesque (though the production is more cheeky than debauched), and in...

Posted 24 Jun 2016 @ 11:16am

Darlinghurst Theatre Company's next play, Broken, has won the Victorian Premier's Award for literature, one of the most sought after awards in Australia. 

 

The Darwin-based writer Mary Anne Butler has won both the drama and literature prizes, and now Darlinghurst Theatre Company is producing its Sydney premiere and first staging outside of the Northern Territory. 

 

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Posted 23 Jun 2016 @ 12:11pm

The Sydney Opera House will host the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company's Horses In The Sky. 

 

The leading Israeli dance company is set to premiere its new work, delivering a distinctive style of dance with gritty, exuberant and raw movements accompanied by an electic soundtrack that includes Björk, Ólafur Arnalds and Tim Hecker. 

 

Kibbutz was founded in 1973 by...

Posted 21 Jun 2016 @ 4:38pm

Your new play Back At The Dojo takes inspiration from your own parents. Was your family always supportive of your pursuit of a career in the arts?

 

My family have always been super supportive of my writing. They always encouraged my brother and I to follow our hearts (as long as we worked extremely hard at it). I was really surprised when I was in my 20s and met friends whose...

Posted 21 Jun 2016 @ 12:08pm

★★★★

 

With more than a century of accolades under its belt, it can be easy to forget that Georges Bizet’s Carmen was the Bold And The Beautiful equivalent of 19th century opera.

 

Considered by its contemporaries to be scandalous and erring on the side of trashy, it was only celebrated as a convention-breaking masterpiece after the composer’s death. John Bell has...

Posted 17 Jun 2016 @ 10:00am

Michael Gow’s Away is one of the most iconic plays in Australian cultural history.

 

Capturing the tumultuous period of change that occurred during the 1960s, it depicts three families and the struggles they face during a Christmas holiday – everything from the loss of love to the Vietnam War and death is explored with a solid injection of teenage angst....

Posted 15 Jun 2016 @ 4:08pm

The Old Fitz Theatre is set to host the foul-mouthed, funny and unapologetic Low Level Panic, the work of bold and daring playwright Clare McIntyre. LLL is set to dive headfirst into the ways in we perceive women’s lives, their bodies, safety, and oh yes it goes there, their sexuality.

 

In a world where a breakfast show host can wear the same navy suit for a year straight and...

Posted 15 Jun 2016 @ 1:31pm

What is the concept behind Godface?

 

We’ve spent the last two years developing Godface. During that time we’ve watched and groaned about the political stupidity on all sides in our own government. So on one level, Godface is a critique of that – political games, wars on young people, show pony politicians and disillusioned voters. But on a larger level we were interested in...

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