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Theatre

Posted 10 Mar 2016 @ 12:35pm

Ninefold and the PACT centre for emerging artists will present a new theatrical production titled The Tragedy Of Antigone in April.

 

Coming to the PACT Theatre in Erskineville, The Tragedy Of Antigone promises a unique take on an ancient story of morality, based off text from an adaptation of Sophocles' Antigone by Eamon Flack. It follows the story of Antigone, the sister of a...

Posted 10 Mar 2016 @ 11:56am

La Bohème, the opulent story of a tragic love affair that inspired the likes of Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge!, has returned to the Opera House as sumptuous as ever.

 

First premiering under director Gale Edwards’ stewardship back in 2011, Puccini’s perennial favourite has been a stalwart of Opera Australia ever since and shows no signs of retiring. Set in the fading days of the...

Posted 9 Mar 2016 @ 2:17pm

You’re about to star in 80 Minutes No Interval at the Old Fitz Theatre. Is the play really as simple as the title suggests?

 

Absolutely. Who else is tired of three-hour shows? OK – Jasper Jones was brilliant, but most shows are too long! This is short, sharp, heaps of fun and also moving. It’s the sort of thing theatregoers will love because it celebrates the indulgence of...

Posted 9 Mar 2016 @ 2:06pm

All indicators point to Lake Disappointment being anything but a letdown...

 

Lake Disappointment, a new play exploring the odd life of a Hollywood body double, is set to premiere at Carriageworks over the course of a limited four-night run. The work aims to tackle themes such as celebrity, brotherly love, and the elusive nature of success, but in a way that stops them from...

Posted 9 Mar 2016 @ 1:52pm

At first glance, a play written by UK comedian (and soon to be QI host) Sandi Toksvig promises to be a hilarious romp through all things cheeky and irreverent.

 

But as the opening of Bully Boy approaches, the story of lives undone by the psychological horrors of war is no light amusement. The traumas endured by returned servicemen and women is a growing scourge not only in the...

Posted 3 Mar 2016 @ 5:50pm

Presented by Sydney Theatre Company as part of its 2016 season, Noel Coward’s classic comedy Hay Fever looks to leave you in stitches.  

 

Wielding the wit and heart of Coward’s finest work, Hay Fever follows the bohemian Bliss family and their silly and suave highjinks.  

 

Joining the production are theatre veterans Heather Mitchell and Tony Llewellyn-Jones, who...

Posted 2 Mar 2016 @ 12:46pm

Though 'dysfunctional family reunites, forcing withheld trauma to bubble to the surface' might be the most cliched theatrical plot device in history, The Great Fire's humour and intelligence make it stand out from the pack.

 

The Great Fire, a tragicomic dissection of the woes and worries facing Australia's middle class, has been announced as part of Belvoir's 2016 season.

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Posted 2 Mar 2016 @ 12:43pm

Are you emotionally prepared to spend an evening with a group of savages?

 

Savages, a new play from celebrated and controversial Australian author Patricia Cornelius, has just been announced as part of the Darlinghurst Theatre Company's 2016 season.

 

The work, a confronting look at the bro culture and the changing face of misogyny, has already been performed to...

Posted 2 Mar 2016 @ 12:30pm

"Feeeed meeee Syddddneyyy." 

 

The mean green mother from outer space is set to hit Sydney once again. Due to overwhelming demand, the Australian production of Little Shop Of Horrors has announced a reprise season.

 

Featuring nine performers, some ridiculously memorable songs, and the most terrifying plant the world has ever seen, Little Shop Of Horrors is a...

Posted 26 Feb 2016 @ 12:58pm

After last year's sold-out run, rock musical Rent is set to return to Hayes Theatre Co.

 

Jonathan Larson’s award-winning musical opened off Broadway in 1996 and quickly became a cult phenomenon. It tells the story of a group of bohemian artists struggling to survive and make a living in New York City while dealing with love, loss and the threat of HIV/AIDS. 

 

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Posted 26 Feb 2016 @ 12:00pm

There is no denying the enduring legacy of Frida Kahlo. Her talent, trauma and charisma made her one of the most compelling artists to rise out of Modernism.

 

However, it was only decades after her death that historians began to examine her life and work. This belated recognition has seen Kahlo rise to the main stage of art and popular culture – her works are highly coveted and...

Posted 25 Feb 2016 @ 1:56pm

Under the lens of Griffin's intimate stage comes Replay, an unreserved tale of brotherhood, men and memory.

 

Griffin Theatre Company will present the world preimeire of the latest tale from acclaimed playwright Phillip Kavanagh, who has established a voice of exceptional delicacy through this work.

 

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Posted 24 Feb 2016 @ 12:31pm

Rather than silence-enforcing, dewey-decimal-devoted officers, your local library will be home to a series of comedians and writers.

 

If you're looking for a good time, head down to your local library for a series of cutting-edge talks and comedy nights. Hosted by the City Of Sydney, Late Night Library will see a diverse range of figures deliver presentations on subjects as...

Posted 18 Feb 2016 @ 12:47pm

Comedy queen and drag superstar Panti Bliss returns to Sydney with a special show for Mardi Gras.

 

Panti is back with a hilariously lewd narrative of her travels Down Under, creating a special Sydney Mardi Gras 2016 version of...

Posted 18 Feb 2016 @ 11:59am

Half a century is an impressive gestation time for a play.

 

To find success (or better still, notoriety) in any production is remarkable enough, but to stand the test of shifting cultural values and interests across 50 years and remain just as engaging – if not more so – is a feat few plays can achieve. The Killing Of Sister George returns to the stage right in time for Mardi...

Posted 17 Feb 2016 @ 3:11pm

Romeo And Juliet is arguably the most well-known and beloved tale of romance in recorded history.

 

Unless of course you’re looking at it from the perspective of high school students, most of whom want to burn the damn thing. Bell Shakespeare is once again revitalising this powerhouse of literary canon with the beauty and finesse that Sydney has come to expect of its local...

Posted 17 Feb 2016 @ 2:46pm

Sing it with me in your best Kate Bush voice now, folks: "Heathcliff, it's me, your Cathy!"

 

Riverside Theatres has announced the exciting addition of Wuthering Heights, an adaptation of the classic Emily Bronte novel, to its 2016 season. The new version of the story has been written and will be performed by Shake & Stir Theatre Company, the cutting-edge provocateurs behind...

Posted 17 Feb 2016 @ 1:01pm

A harrowing look at what humans will do when fighting for their life, Blonde Poison is a play like few others.

 

Following on from a sold-out string of shows at the Old Fitz Theatre last year, Blonde Poison, a one-woman play centred around real life Nazi collaborator Stella Goldschlag, is set to hit Sydney once more.

 

Returning to the Opera House for a strictly...

Posted 17 Feb 2016 @ 12:59pm

Hold onto your decks and prepared for the second annual Deckchair Arts Festival.

 

With a bumper crop of musicians, performers and acrobats, the Deckchair Arts Festival is looking to be bigger than ever this year. Presented in association with the Spectrum Now Festival, the event will feature shows from 11-piece jazz band Hot Potato, dancer Kaleb Taylor and the physical comedian...

Posted 17 Feb 2016 @ 12:58pm

May well be time for you to quit your job and run away with the circus, folks.

 

The circus is back! The iconic blue-and-yellow big top is heading our way, with Cirque Du Soleil announcing a string of Australian dates for its new show Kooza.

 

A throwback of sorts, the performance is all about embracing the origins of the travelling carnival, and will undoubtedly...

Posted 17 Feb 2016 @ 12:48pm

The most un-Kosher play imaginable, Bad Jews is an exploration of faith, grief, and the vilest kind of hatred. Sounds like fun!

 

Fresh off a celebrated American run, Joshua Harmon's Bad Jews is making its way to Sydney. The all-Australian production was heaped with critical notices and praise when it played Melbourne, so lovers of jet black comedy should prepare themselves for a...

Posted 17 Feb 2016 @ 12:47pm

Want to get involved with cultural discussion without feeling as poncy as this sentence makes that concept sound? Then get excited for the second run of Culture Club dates.

 

The Sydney Opera House has announced the return of Culture Club, a series of talks, lectures and roundtable discussions covering a staggering variety of themes.

 

With speakers ranging from...

Posted 17 Feb 2016 @ 12:38pm

Dust off your whip, empty your Stetsons of stray scorpions, and get ready for the musical theatre experience of a lifetime.

 

Calamity Jane, the hit musical adaptation of the film of the same name, is set to hit Sydney for the first time since 1982 as part of the Rockdale Musical Society's 2016 season.

 

The colourful and lovable work centres around the titular...

Posted 16 Feb 2016 @ 1:17pm

★★

 

At its core, Ladies Day, the new play from Alana Valentine, attempts to explore how we deal with the things we cannot deal with; how we come to terms with the unspeakable and the unthinkable. A rape serves as the fulcrum of the work, providing the moment reality itself splinters and a thousand cracked timelines spider out from that single point of contact.

 

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Posted 16 Feb 2016 @ 1:01pm

★★☆

 

Written by Daniel Keene and directed by Cathy Hunt, Life Without Me is a play built on fantasy realism that brings elements of existentialism, purgatory and loneliness to life.

 

The setting, like its storyline, is simple: it’s a hotel lobby complete with couch, table and reception counter, making it the perfect place for people to come, go or loiter, but not...

Posted 12 Feb 2016 @ 12:26pm

Sydney's newest theatre, Kings Cross Theatre (KXT), is teaming up with the young guns at the Bakehouse Theatre Company for an exciting 2016 program. 

 

KXT launched late last year on Level 2 of the Kings Cross Hotel, and now its curating company Bakehouse Theatre will continue its commitment to a broad range of productions as well as its long-held practice of arts events, think...

Posted 12 Feb 2016 @ 12:00pm

For 30 years, Henry Lawson’s profile was on the back of the $10 note.

 

When the design was retired in 1993, by sheer coincidence he was replaced with the face of Dame Mary Gilmore, a woman whose name has not achieved quite the same literary significance as that of Lawson, but whose life and work is just as vital to Australia’s cultural heritage. The coincidental aspect is that...

Posted 11 Feb 2016 @ 5:51pm

Machu Picchu, the new play by writer Sue Smith, will feature Australian favourite Lisa McCune, who returns to perform with the Sydney Theatre Company for the first time in over a decade.

 

Abruptly human and wickedly humorous, Machu Picchu follows two civil engineers, Paul and...

Posted 11 Feb 2016 @ 12:51pm

I first became familiar with Brent Thorpe, Sydney’s leading expert on all things Brenda Trolloppe, back in 2013 with his solo show, Too Old For TV.

 

With its humour based in outlandish storytelling, it seems quite a remove from Thorpe’s latest venture at The Shift Bar. There, Brenda hosts the Bizarre Comedy...

Posted 11 Feb 2016 @ 11:49am

Your biography introduces you as a “self-described sex clown”. What’s a sex clown?

 

I coined the term ‘sex clown’ in the ’90s. With my hyper-gendered, technicoloured persona I’ve been disarming the imbalance of power in a sexual, camp and humourist way ever since! I indulge in using sexuality as a weapon for social change and commentary, holding a mirror up to society’s sexual...

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