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Theatre

Posted 28 Apr 2016 @ 12:42pm

Nick Enright's final play will be on show at the Eternity Playhouse this June.

 

Inspired by the documentary 7-Up, A Man With Five Children follows the lives of five diverse Australians who become celebrities on reality television. The plot of the play follows their lives in the public eye from childhood through to adulthood. 

 

Written in 1999, Enright's play was...

Posted 27 Apr 2016 @ 12:37pm

You’re the playwright behind Dirty People as well as an actor in the production.

 

Is it difficult to divorce yourself from the acting side of the equation when you’re writing a character onto the page?

Originally it was a little difficult. Particularly for the character I’m playing – I had a very specific horrible part of me, myself, that I wanted in there. Thankfully,...

Posted 26 Apr 2016 @ 12:38pm

★★★★★

 

The cathedral-like halls of Redfern’s Carriageworks are a blessing and a curse to prospective narrative theatremakers. How could you possibly create an intimate experience in so enormous a space without criminally underusing it?

 

If you’re struggling with that question, you may want to ask the team behind Lake Disappointment, as they have what may well be...

Posted 20 Apr 2016 @ 7:00pm

Ben Elton’s career has been so varied that it’s hard to predict just how people are most familiar with him.

 

His groundbreaking television work on The Young Ones and Blackadder is one facet, but then there are his achievements in musical theatre, including Love Never Dies and the phenomenally successful Queen musical We Will Rock You – not to mention his 15 novels and film and...

Posted 20 Apr 2016 @ 11:51am

The lauded Red Line production of Mark O'Rowe's play Howie The Rookie is returning for a reprise season.

 

The high-velocity and suspenseful play, set in Dublin, was nominated for six Sydney Theatre Awards after Red Line Productions debuted it in 2014. Its two actors, Sean Hawkins and Andrew Henry, formed the company in order to show Howie The Rookie at the Old Fitz Theatre, and...

Posted 18 Apr 2016 @ 4:14pm

★★★

 

In an indie theatre version of musical chairs, the Old 505 Theatre has set up shop at 5 Eliza Street, Newtown. 

 

Warming up the space is The Best Brothers, written by Canadian playwright Daniel MacIvor and directed by Gareth Boylan. The play teases out the comedy of an absurd tragedy, excavating family tensions and rivalries along the way.

 

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Posted 14 Apr 2016 @ 12:15pm

Critically acclaimed Australian play Motherland is set to play Glen Street Theatre from Tuesday May 17.

 

Premiering in Brisbane in 2013, Motherland has won a plethora of awards since its debut, including the Matilda Award for Best Independent Production and the Groundlings Award for Best Overall Production. 

 

The creation of Kathryn Lyall-Watson, directed by...

Posted 14 Apr 2016 @ 12:14pm

The Thailand Ladyboy Superstars Cabaret will come to the Big Top at the Entertainment Quarter for a limited season from late May this year.

 

Known for their flawless and flamboyant female impersonations, the entertainers at the Thailand Ladyboy Superstars Cabaret are coming to Sydney for the first time. The shows will feature more than 20 of Thailand's most glamorous ladyboy...

Posted 13 Apr 2016 @ 12:28pm

The Madam herself, Liez A'Plenty, is set to claim center stage and our hearts come the weekend. Complete with curtains that match the carpet, Struth & Liez is sure to be a night of laughing, crying and changed lives, all at the same time. 

 

Liez A'Plenty, the one-woman extravaganza, is getting ready to unveil - in song, dance, sound and sighs - the scandalous events of her...

Posted 11 Apr 2016 @ 8:48pm

★★

 

We need to talk about Australian men. It’s a conversation we’ve undoubtedly been avoiding, and one at the foundation of Patricia Cornelius’ Savages. But with its predisposition towards well-trodden masculine archetypes and lack of narrative catharsis, this is not the play for such a vital discussion.

 

Four blue-collar blokes set out on the trip of a lifetime,...

Posted 11 Apr 2016 @ 8:41pm

★★★☆  

 

John (Alfie Gledhill) and Peter (Anthony Gooley) are brothers preparing for Peter’s upcoming wedding. As they get ready for the big buck’s weekend, John recalls the death of their third brother Michael (Jack Finsterer), who died when they were teens.

 

Both witnesses to the event, as John and Peter rehash the details it becomes apparent that their memories...

Posted 8 Apr 2016 @ 11:33am

Kings Cross Theatre will open its doors to the Bakehouse Theatre Company with an Australian premiere.

 

Continuing a string of culturally diverse productions from Sydney collective Bakehouse Theatre Company, Anders Lustgarten and director Suzanne Millar bring political thriller Black Jesus to Kings Cross Theatre (KXT).

 

Set in Zimbabwe in 2015 after the fall of the...

Posted 8 Apr 2016 @ 11:00am

I first caught Josh McConville several years ago in what turned out to be, hands down, the funniest theatrical show I’ve ever seen.

 

It was called Noises Off, and saw McConville emerge with a Sydney Theatre Award for his performance. Now he has not one but two Sydney Theatre Company productions under way. As his role in Tom Stoppard’s remarkable Arcadia wraps, he moves deftly...

Posted 6 Apr 2016 @ 1:23pm

Grappling and exploring elements of life and belonging that are as core to us as they are avoided, Tribes, the new play from playwrite Nina Raine, is set to uncover taboo topics with startling dark humour and acute analysis, commencing in May. 

 

Tribes seeks to tackle disability, belonging and family, retaining the complexity, frustrations and nuances felt in the lives of those...

Posted 6 Apr 2016 @ 12:49pm

Lest she be tamed without you, head on down to the Riverside and Seymour Theatres in Sydney this May to catch this new production of one of Shakespeare's finest. 

 

In one wit-infused hit of sharp barbs and fierce sparring, The Taming Of The Shrew has enthralled audiences over the centuries. Both beautiful and boisterous, disturbing and delightful, this play tackles confronting...

Posted 5 Apr 2016 @ 10:59am

★★★☆

 

After more than a decade, Fiddler On The Roof has returned to Sydney starring the legendary Anthony Warlow. 

 

Admittedly, I was apprehensive about director Roger Hodgman’s casting choice for Tevye. Despite being a theatre favourite, particularly in The Phantom Of The Opera, it was hard see Warlow as a Russian milkman in 1905.

 

Such...

Posted 1 Apr 2016 @ 12:03pm

Let's do the Time Warp again, everybody.

 

After a ten-week-long competition searching for the finest emerging drag talent across Sydney, The Shift has announced that its five winners have been cast in its weekly cabaret extravaganza, The Rocky Horror Drag Show.

 

This is Rocky Horror, but not as you know it - it's an exciting and dangerous interpretation of the...

Posted 31 Mar 2016 @ 5:37pm

Pole dancers, aerial artists, circus acts and more will be on show when Cabaret De Paris comes to Sydney in May.

 

A Parisian-themed revue of international entertainers and exotic dancers will be playing at the Capitol Theatre in the form of Cabaret De Paris. 

 

The show will feature old school showgirl glamour as part of a semi-traditional lavish French cabaret...

Posted 31 Mar 2016 @ 3:06pm

“Two people could be at the same event but they’ll have a different memory of it,” says actor Jack Finsterer.

 

He’s speaking ahead of his starring role in Griffin Theatre’s latest production, Replay – a story of brotherhood and family that explores the notion of memory decades after the traumatic death of a sibling, asking audiences to decide if it is possible to truly recall an...

Posted 29 Mar 2016 @ 11:47am

★☆

 

Adapting a film for the stage is not an inherently terrible idea – just look at Legally Blonde. I was indifferent to the original, but even knowing the musical version had picked up three Laurence Olivier Awards did little to assuage that sense of “Who in their right mind would do such a thing?” as we entered the theatre. Suffice to say, by the end I was entirely won over...

Posted 24 Mar 2016 @ 11:29am

The Post-Haste Players will perform at The Old Fitz next month with a brand new improvised riff on Shakespeare.

 

Now in their fifth year of entertaining, the Post-Haste Players will present an improvised night of Shakespearian delights titled Bard To The Bone.

 

The Old Fitz will host the company's latest production, directed by Oliver Burton, on two Monday nights...

Posted 22 Mar 2016 @ 2:50pm

Savages is set to open at Eternity Playhouse. What’s the play about?

 

In short, it’s about misogyny and mateship. But deeper [than that], it deals with the question of what it is that lies within the male psyche that can make seemingly affable men treat women so horrifically. Especially when the pack mentality of ‘mateship’ is allowed to fester.

 

Is mateship an...

Posted 22 Mar 2016 @ 2:43pm

It's the most welcome adaptation of Austen since someone shoved zombies into Pride And Predjudice.

 

Operantics, the celebrated team behind 2015's staging of Cosi Fan Tutte, have just announced they will be staging an adaptation of Jane Austen's classic Mansfield Park. A study of intrigue, doomed romance and some very English traditions, the work will be well-known to the...

Posted 18 Mar 2016 @ 5:58pm

107 Projects in Redfern will host The Big Bruise, an abstract show aiming to derail the glamourisation of suicide attempts in Australian culture.

 

This comes from director Saro Lusty-Cavallari and Montague Basement, an independent theatre collective who will mix vaudeville, physical comedy, and experimental theatre to present The Big Bruise.

 

The show will place...

Posted 16 Mar 2016 @ 12:10pm

Israeli-born singer-songwriter Lior Attar has embarked on a career in musical theatre. The artist usually known as Lior is about to take the Sydney stage to play Motel in what might be the world’s best-loved musical, Fiddler On The Roof.

 

As it happens, he was headhunted for the role.

 

“The invitation came out of nowhere,” he says. “I hadn’t grown up in music...

Posted 15 Mar 2016 @ 3:44pm

You’re appearing in Lane Cove Theatre Company’s production of Away. What’s the play about?

 

My character, Tom, is a young man with a terminal illness chasing his last chance to experience love. Rowena McNicol plays a bereaved mother on the edge of sanity. Katherine Stewart is a survivor of the Great Depression who will go any lengths to fend off poverty. These characters...

Posted 14 Mar 2016 @ 7:55pm

★★★★

 

A couple are sitting down to dinner. They’re having a tiff. She’s losing patience as he annoyingly asks for every detail about each dish on the menu. He’s trying to keep her happy – tonight’s the night he’s going to pop the question.

 

So far so normal. It’s a perfectly rich situation for comedy, there are some funny quips, dry lines from the waiter, good old...

Posted 14 Mar 2016 @ 5:41pm

★★★★

 

Sandi Toksvig’s 2011 play Bully Boy is not what you might expect from the UK comedian. 

 

Written in a hot rage, the play explores the hypocrisies and psychological impact of contemporary warfare. Presented by independent theatre company A Night Of Play, which formed as a vehicle to develop “issue-driven” work, this intimate performance is being staged at...

Posted 14 Mar 2016 @ 10:43am

Now in its sixth year, the Reginald Season at the Seymour Centre is again supporting emerging talent and independent theatre with five massive productions.

 

Launching the annual program is Squabbalogic Independent Musical Theatre Company's new production, The Original Grease. It promises to be "raw, raunchy and risqué" with never-before-heard songs and previously unseen scenes...

Posted 11 Mar 2016 @ 1:58pm

Ayad Akhtar's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Disgraced premieres next month at Sydney Theatre Company. 

 

Directed by STC Resident Director Sarah Goodes, the sociopolitical drama explores notions of self-identity, politics and religion in modern America.

 

Amir Kapoor is a talented Manhattan lawyer about to land a big promotion. When he and his artist wife, Emily, host...

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