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Theatre

Posted 10 Feb 2016 @ 4:42pm

Get ready to start reciting 'to be or not to be?' in an overly theatrical voice, folks.

 

The Bard On The Beach theatre company has announced plans to stage a performance of William Shakespeare's classic Hamlet. Directed by lauded theatrical talent Kylie Rowling, the show will undoubtedly take on added pathos and weight in the intimate confines of the Greek.

 

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Posted 10 Feb 2016 @ 1:18pm

Given playwrights are often under-represented when it comes to writers' festivals, a playwriting festival is an exciting proposition indeed.

 

The NSW Writers' Centre has unveiled the full lineup for its 2016 playwriting festival, a celebration of theatre and the men and women who are shaping its current direction.

 

The program will feature such established...

Posted 10 Feb 2016 @ 1:16pm

Given that her most famous work was named BITCH!DYKE!FAGHAG!WHORE, it's probably safe to describe the title of Penny Arcade's new show as on the subtle side.

 

Legendary stand-up comedian/Warhol contemporary/free speech advocate Arcade is set to return to Australia with a brand new show, Longing Lasts Longer.

 

The work, a self-described call to action that Arcade...

Posted 9 Feb 2016 @ 12:49pm

★★★★

 

Certain productions come with built-in difficulties. Just ask anyone who has ever faced the wrath of Samuel Beckett’s estate, or staged Sarah Kane’s Cleansed. While The Secret River is burdened with neither rigid fidelity to text or extravagant stage directions, its 2013 debut saw the production heralded as one of the most popular and engrossing plays in recent memory....

Posted 5 Feb 2016 @ 3:04pm

A fundraiser with a difference.

 

With a fundraising target of $25,000 for its 2016 season, the Squabbalogic theatre group promises Mystery Musical #3 to be a one-off staged reading (and singing) of a top-secret musical theatre classic that has long been waiting in the wings. 

 

Artistic director Jay James-Moody says, "The enthusiasm for our Mystery Musicals in 2015...

Posted 5 Feb 2016 @ 11:30am

Everybody loves owls, right? Those big, wise eyes. Their ability to navigate to Hogwarts. The fact David Bowie could transform into one at will (although that may have just been in Labyrinth).

 

But should you find yourself posting an advertisement for a willing stranger to dress up as an owl and watch over you while you sleep – because let’s face it, those bed sheet voles aren’t...

Posted 4 Feb 2016 @ 3:02pm

In a professional theatre first, the Glen Street Theatre is bringing to the stage All My Love, the untold love story between two of Australia's most famous writers, Henry Lawson and Mary Gilmore.

 

Revered across the country as two of the nation's favourite writers, Lawson and his contemporary Gilmore shared a secret love story, lesser known to the population as are their heroics...

Posted 3 Feb 2016 @ 4:29pm

The plight of a playwright is an odd one. You labour over a work for months – years, even – only to give it away at the last moment, placing your faith in the hands of the strangers who will then bring it to life onstage.

 

Given this odd working method, you’d expect lauded playwright Alana Valentine to be nervous about the upcoming premiere of her new play, Ladies Day. Or at the...

Posted 3 Feb 2016 @ 4:20pm

You’re appearing as part of The Pride at Eternity Playhouse during the 2016 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. What can you tell us about the play?

 

The Pride is a beautifully written play by British writer and actor Alexi Kaye Campbell. It is set across two time periods in London – 1958 and the present day – and it follows two parallel love triangles. In 1958 we meet a married...

Posted 3 Feb 2016 @ 1:49pm

Not going to tie the knot this year? Then live vicariously through Giant Dwarf, and watch weddings go awry in the most delightfully cringey way possible.

 

Giant Dwarf is celebrating the unfathomable horrors we politely refer to as 'weddings' with a night of comedy designed to showcase all the cringe-inducing awfulness that goes on behind nupitals. 

 

With stand-up...

Posted 3 Feb 2016 @ 12:51pm

Kaleidoscope is an intimate and tender play, deeply rooted in the trans experience.

 

The new play from Charles O'Grady, is set to premiere at the Kings Cross Theatre as part of the 2016 Mardi Gras program. A strikingly stripped down story, the two-player piece is centred around Gabriel, a young trans man, who finds himself engaged in a deep conversation with his own reflection...

Posted 3 Feb 2016 @ 12:50pm

If the internet has taught the world anything, it's that the addition of cats improves every single human endeavour.

 

Space Cats, an 'intergalactic feline musical' from the theatrical troublemakers behind Vampire Lesbians Of Sodom, is set to be performed as part of the 2016 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras season.

 

A suitably bizarre tale of a stranded astronaut...

Posted 3 Feb 2016 @ 12:47pm

Given her background is in cinematography, perhaps it's unsurprising that Tania Lambert's work combines vague narrative elements and dark, striking beauty.

 

Photographer and cinematographer Lambert is set to unveil her brand new exhibition at Surry Hills' M2 Gallery. Similar to the work of Gregory Crewdson or Bill Henson, Lambert's photographs hint at narratives that viewers are...

Posted 3 Feb 2016 @ 12:44pm

The Local, a play about a local, by a local author, is set to be performed at your local. How's that for synchronicity?

 

The Local, a new play set in a pub that is inexorably becoming yuppy-fied, is set to debut as part of Insomniac Theatre's new season.

 

A perfect example of the incredible range of talents smaller-scale theatre has to offer, The Local has been...

Posted 3 Feb 2016 @ 12:41pm

Dizzy Bility promises to either have you rolling in the aisles laughing or turning to the bottle. So, win/win?

 

Sydney's only deaf and blind drag queen Dizzy Bility will premiere her new show at King Street Theatre. 

 

Tits, Wine And Hearing Aids: Confessions Of A Disabled Drag Queen is an exploration not of disability but of triumphs against the odds: a crude,...

Posted 3 Feb 2016 @ 12:31pm

80 Minutes No Interval is a play that runs for 80 minutes and contains no interval. How's that for helpful information?

 

80 Minutes No Interval, a new play from enfant terrible Travis Cotton, is set to hit the Old Fitz Theatre as part of its 2016 season. A self-referential piece centred around a theatre critic/failed novelist and his slow unravelling, the work combines biting...

Posted 2 Feb 2016 @ 11:53am

★★★

 

If you believe “drama changes lives”, and find yourself using phrases like “Coffee, coffee, coffee before we teachy, teachy!” or “It’s G time, not free time!”, then The Mr. G Summer Heights High Singalong was made for you.

 

Almost ten years on from the series premiere of Summer Heights High, this award-winning mockumentary about Australian high school life...

Posted 31 Jan 2016 @ 9:00am

You’re returning to play Lionel Bart in Reviewing The Situation. What makes Bart such an interesting subject for cabaret?

 

Lionel Bart was a great (and flawed) character. In London’s Swinging Sixties he made a lot of money very fast with the success of Oliver! and he spent it just as quickly on...

Posted 30 Jan 2016 @ 11:00am

Nathaniel Dean is truly in the thick of it.

 

With Sydney Theatre Company’s season revival of The Secret River just days away, the cast and crew have battened down for one of the most anticipated productions in recent memory. The reason behind this is simple: with a lineage bestowed with six Helpmann Awards, including both Best Play and Direction, the bar has been set at a...

Posted 29 Jan 2016 @ 3:19pm

After a sell-out run and Herald Angel Award at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014, Australian choreographer Caroline Bowditch presents Falling In Love With Frida in Western Sydney.

 

This intimate performance explores the life, loves and legacy of the Mexican artist. At the same time, it invites the audience to challenge their ideas around disability, sexuality and humanity....

Posted 28 Jan 2016 @ 2:35pm

When people hear the term ‘Mardi Gras’, it tends to conjure images of a glorious parade that dazzles the senses and a long night of carefree partying.

 

And although these aspects really are worthy of celebration, there is also more to the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, and LGBTQI culture, than what mainstream television feeds depict. Samuel D. Hunter’s The Whale highlights...

Posted 27 Jan 2016 @ 10:09am

★★★★★

 

How do you review a show where the audience takes an oath of silence? Standing with the rest of the crowd, I held my hand high and promised not to tell; not to let what was said leave the room.

 

Four people over 65 had entered the stage from the stalls and sat at a table, press conference-style, with a (much younger) host placed to their left. He began to...

Posted 27 Jan 2016 @ 10:00am

★★★★

 

Gareth Davies and Charlie Garber return to the Old Fitz and face the post-apocalypse in Masterclass 2: Flames Of The Forge.

 

Things go disastrously awry when Gareth attempts to power an entire city’s energy grid via the greatness of his acting and ends up wiping out every living thing on the planet. Lonely, he decides to revive his greatest character,...

Posted 25 Jan 2016 @ 1:32pm

Get ready to laugh your farce off with a play more determinedly nutty than an elephant's dinner.

 

New Theatre, in association with the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, has announced the debut Australian production of Terrence McNally's The Ritz as part of its 2016 season.

 

An uproarious mess, The Ritz centres around a put-upon businessman on the run from the mob...

Posted 20 Jan 2016 @ 2:25pm

It's a very special opportunity to experience a unique element of Japanese culture up close.

 

Further reinforcing its reputation as one of Sydney's most innovative theatrical outfits, Monkey Baa Theatre Company has announced a special one-off show titled Jewels Of Kyoto.

 

The event, produced in association with The Japan Foundation, is a showcase of Japan's...

Posted 20 Jan 2016 @ 12:16pm

Get into some good ol' fashioned theatre as part of the 2016 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

 

The acclaimed G.bod Theatre company has just announced it will stage a new production of Frank Marcus' landmark play The Killing Of Sister George, in conjunction with the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

 

The play, a darkly comic exploration of the place where...

Posted 19 Jan 2016 @ 2:10pm

Masterclass 2: Flames Of The Forge is a sequel to your earlier comedy, Masterclass. Are the characters we know and love returning in this one?

 

GD: Both Charlie Garber and Gareth Davies are back! Plus we’ve managed to wrangle the same actors (Charlie Garber and Gareth Davies) for this one, too!

 

CG: We couldn't kill those characters. Well, that's not true. One was...

Posted 19 Jan 2016 @ 1:13pm

★★★★

 

The Rabbits is an Australian opera adapted from a picture book that is anything but child’s play. 

 

The original story was written by John Marsden, who penned the Tomorrow series, and was illustrated by Shaun Tan (The Lost Thing). It’s an allegorical tale that examines the colonisation of Australia with the titular characters playing the invading British...

Posted 19 Jan 2016 @ 1:02pm

★★★☆

 

Two works by Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker are being performed at this year’s Sydney Festival. 

 

The Opera House is hosting Fase, the work that catapulted De Keersmaeker into the big league in 1982 when she was just 22. Fase established the young dancer’s interest in looping, repetitive organisations of movement set to contemporary...

Posted 18 Jan 2016 @ 7:06pm

Griffin Theatre Company has announced the intriguingly titled Ladies Day as their first show of the year.

 

A new play by Alana Valentine, Ladies Day aims to explore issues surrounding tolerance and self-respect, and was drawn from a series of interviews with the gay community in Broome.

 

Given Valentine's impressive track record to date, the show promises to be a...

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