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Theatre

Posted 15 Jun 2016 @ 1:19pm

The Bard is back. Well, he never really left - even 400 years after his death, the jokes are still ringing as true and cracking as crisply as if it were the 1600s all over again. The Belvoir St Theatre is to bring the parted siblings, music, food, love and the wisest of fools to the live stage again in its adaption of Twelfth Night. 

 

Fortunately and unfortunately, many of us...

Posted 15 Jun 2016 @ 1:04pm

Freefall Productions and the New Theatre are set to bring David Auburn's brilliant work Proof to the stage come July. An intelligent and raw exploration of family, genius, love and mental illness, Proof won the Pulitzer Prize for drama, cementing its status as a pivotal 21st century work. 

 

Aristotle's exhortation that "No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness"...

Posted 15 Jun 2016 @ 11:36am

Acclaimed Australian playwright Paul Gilchrist has created a spellbinding work in Christina In The Cupboard. Following main character Christina, it a work of immeasurable insight, exploration and questioning, culminating in a captivating experience. 

 

Gilchrist has been tirelessly campaigning for the Australian arts scene in providing a company championing its creations, as well...

Posted 15 Jun 2016 @ 11:35am

Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the gang frolicked about most of our childhoods inducing daring adventures that sometimes ended in glorious disaster. Come July, Hayes Theatre Co. is set to bring Charlie and his crew to the stage in a bright, engaging and hilarious production for young and old. 

 

Reaching back into those early years, it's likely that Charlie, Snoopy and the whole...

Posted 14 Jun 2016 @ 12:54pm

★★★★

 

Dear Diary. Heathers: The Musical has hit the Sydney Opera House. How very!

 

Based on the 1988 cult film, this musical exudes energy from the second the curtain rises. We follow Veronica (Hilary Cole), a pensive teen struggling to survive on the battlefield that is high school. After her talent for forgery is discovered, she finds herself inadvertently...

Posted 12 Jun 2016 @ 9:00am

Almost 40 years since its premiere, Louis Nowra’s Inner Voices is returning to the stage.

 

Playing in a perfectly intimate space at the Old Fitz, the piece is an allegory of Nowra’s own struggles told through the character of Russian historical figure Ivan VI. 

 

Imprisoned since infancy, the would-be king has been tortured through deprivation for two decades under...

Posted 9 Jun 2016 @ 1:50pm

Following unprecedented success in its Perth production, Those Who Fall In Love Like Anchors Dropped Upon The Ocean Floor heads to Sydney.

 

Coming to Sydney for the first time this July as part of the Griffin...

Posted 8 Jun 2016 @ 2:01pm

Side Show, the musical that pays homage to the conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, is set to bring its deeply touching and ambitious production to Sydney through the vision and hard work of the Hayes Theatre Co.

 

Side Show is a sweeping tale of the real-life rise of conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, from 'circus freaks' to megastars. 

 

The twins...

Posted 8 Jun 2016 @ 12:32pm

A famous play about 12-year-olds and their particular penchant for spelling is set to hit Sydney come November. Competitive spirits, consonants and vowels are all sure to mix into a blissfully raucous performance.

 

Having started off-Broadway in 2005, it didn't take long for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee to take Broadway and then the world by storm.

 

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Posted 6 Jun 2016 @ 8:08pm

★★★

 

Bright Those Claws That Mar The Flesh begins in complete darkness.

 

Lightning flashes and the audience is unsettled by a young woman, Leda Swann – wearing a black wig, maroon velvet blazer and dodgy slip-on shoes – standing motionless and way too close. Swann is an unsettling character, as is the ancient Greek tale from which her name is derived – y’know, the...

Posted 2 Jun 2016 @ 10:00am

Renowned Australian playwright Justin Fleming is bringing the world of 17th century France to modern-day Sydney with The Literati.

 

An adaptation of the great Molière’s Les Femmes Savantes, this silly yet deeply poignant piece explores the relationship of two characters, Juliet and Clinton, in the face of disapproving, snobbish family members. Will love prevail or will our...

Posted 27 May 2016 @ 10:41am

Courses on offer:

 

The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) is Australia’s leading centre for education and training in the performing arts. For those wanting to start a career in the creative arts, we offer full-time accredited Bachelor courses in Acting, Costume, Design for Performance, Properties and Objects (props), Staging, and Technical Theatre and Stage Management;...

Posted 25 May 2016 @ 2:03pm

From the nuanced and edgy hands of indie theatre company, Two Peas comes a raw new play Drift, which tackles head on the taboo topics of youth suicide, grief and loss.

 

In challenging new work, Drift, writers Tara Clark and Kieran Foster were moved by the unavoidable statistics coming out of Australia and the sheer numbers of young lives lost to...

Posted 25 May 2016 @ 1:55pm

From the visionary mind of the man who conjured up Broadway smash musical Hamilton comes his earlier work In The Heights, a Latin and hip hop infused energetic exploration of getting by, having a dream and how to move forward. 

 

Lin-Manuel Miranda has made his mark on the musical theatre scene. His works, noted for being boldly vibrant and theatrical, are daring, genre-bending...

Posted 25 May 2016 @ 1:51pm

Back At The Dojo is the new play from quirky creative Lally Katz, whose playwrighting pursuits have seen her conjure up side-splitting dramas revolving around her colourful family. 

 

Katz has written to the beat of her own family drum and it has turned out marvelously. With notable works Neighbourhood Watch and The Cat displaying a talent for hilarious storytelling punctuated...

Posted 20 May 2016 @ 2:52pm

Production company Sport For Jove has planned a short run of shows for the 30th anniversary of Australian theatre staple Away.

 

Michael Gow's classic tale of death and renewal will be reimagined by co-directors Samantha Young and Damien Ryan, and includes acting talent from Georgia Scott, James Bell, and Sarah Woods.

 

The play will see two runs; the first being at...

Posted 20 May 2016 @ 2:46pm

Mixing original works with Shakespearean classics and international plays, The National Institute Of Dramatic Art has a diverse month planned for its annual June production season.

 

At the starting line is The Olympians with a timely premiere on Saturday June 11. The original work by Stephen Sewell dips into themes of national identity and power on the world stage on the eve of...

Posted 17 May 2016 @ 12:07pm

★★★☆

 

The Events is an Australian incarnation of David Greig’s award-winning play that opened at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2013. 

 

Propelled by the acts of the lone Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik in 2011, Greig references elements of his story: the shootings, his personal manifesto, his racist anti-Muslim rantings and references to Viking...

Posted 17 May 2016 @ 11:42am

★★★★

 

Griffin Theatre Company’s As We Forgive, co-presented by Tasmania Performs, traverses the complex terrain of morality.

 

It is the work of playwright Tom Holloway, a name that seems to be in constant earshot on the Australian theatre scene. Robert Jarman takes the stage as thee separate characters, each concerned with an emotional truth on the one hand, and “...

Posted 13 May 2016 @ 9:00am

In 2014, Red Line Productions took over the management of the beloved pub theatre at the Old Fitz.

 

In what feels almost like a homage, actors Andrew Henry and Sean Hawkins – Red Line’s artistic director and associate producer, respectively – are reprising their roles in one of the theatre’s favourites, Howie The Rookie, set in the city of Dublin. We chat to Henry about the play...

Posted 12 May 2016 @ 12:05pm

Sydney-based disability-led theatre ensemble Ruckus will present their latest production at the PACT Centre.

 

Ruckus are a six-member, disability-led ensemble who are breaking down stereotypes with their original and powerful theatrical performances. Now, in partnership with Epic Arts, Cambodia, Ruckus are set to open a limited season of their latest production Speed Of Life....

Posted 12 May 2016 @ 11:01am

What does it mean to forgive, and does moral ambiguity have a place within forgiveness?

 

This is the key concept explored in Griffin Theatre Company’s As We Forgive.

 

“It’s very grey and it’s very dark,” says legendary Tasmanian actor Robert Jarman. “Without giving away too much of the plot, you get introduced to three men throughout the course of the evening....

Posted 11 May 2016 @ 5:01pm

Don't Look Away, in collaboration with Red Line Productions, is bringing vintage Australian genius to the stage. Inner Voices, the complex and viscerally arresting work penned by Louis Nowra is set to once again plunge into the psyche of man.

 

Nowra came to the fore as a playwright through the unapologetic and powerful tones and twists of Inner Voices. Unafraid of tackling...

Posted 11 May 2016 @ 12:59pm

Complete with seven daring women and one strapping man, the Bare Productions take on Jane Martin's Vital Signs is sure to be as achingly funny as it is thought-provoking. 

 

Fresh from their smash hit Cinderella and Talking With productions last October, the theatre ensemble Bare Productions just can't keep away from a solid script and stellar acting. From Thursday May 12, the...

Posted 6 May 2016 @ 4:26pm

★★★★☆

 

Even though Queen are not onstage tonight, their spirit is, and it’s ready to slay.

 

Penned by Ben Elton in 2001 in collaboration with Queen, We Will Rock You takes the band’s most legendary tracks and imbues them deep into its heart, leaving before us a performance of champions. Like the band, it’s spirited, rebellious and accessible in the face of...

Posted 5 May 2016 @ 1:35pm

The Taming Of The Shrew is arguably William Shakespeare’s most controversial play.

 

Rife with overt sexism and misogyny, it can be difficult to perform to modern audiences who bear such seemingly different values to those of the Elizabethan era. But has that much actually changed? It’s possible the emotions and opinions that Shrew invokes are more relevant than a cursory study...

Posted 5 May 2016 @ 12:53pm

The Sydney Opera House will host the Sydney premiere of the politically charged cabaret show Hot Brown Honey.

 

Hot Brown Honey has shocked and delighted audiences in Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide in the past year, and now the stereotype-destroying cabaret show comes to sydney for a five-night season this June.

 

With a captivating combination of dance, poetry,...

Posted 4 May 2016 @ 2:07pm

Courses on offer:

 

Advanced Diplomas in Acting for Stage and Screen; Music Theatre;

Screenwriting, Directing and Producing; Cinematography; and Stage Management.

 

What makes us different: 

No other acting or film school provides more opportunities for graduates. This industry only cares about two things: your portfolio (what have you done?) and your...

Posted 29 Apr 2016 @ 2:24pm

A fundraiser event has been announced to help support an upcoming production about Brett Whiteley's life and art.

 

Two of Australia's leading theatre companies, Legs On The Wall and Theatre Of Image, have announced a new project on which they'll collaborate, bringing the life of artist Brett Whiteley to the stage in a new Kim Carpenter-directed production called Brett And Wendy...

Posted 28 Apr 2016 @ 12:43pm

The Arthur Miller-written play All My Sons will premiere in Sydney on Saturday June 4.

 

Featuring a who's who of theatre castings, Sydney Theatre Company will run a month-long season for All My Sons this June and July. Set following the end of World War II, the play features legendary television and theatre actor John Howard alongside co-star Robyn Nevin. The plot follows the...

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