Arts Features

Posted 28 Jul 2016 @ 11:20am

For most theatre directors, the staging of any play begins with a simple table read.


It’s generally accepted as the easiest way to give all those involved a broad understanding of the text at hand, while helping to solidify the basics of the play’s who, what and where. By that measure, Kevin Jackson, the man behind Sport For Jove’s upcoming production of Anton Chekhov’s Three...

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 23 Jul 2016 @ 10:00am

In 2013, Michael McIntyre was revealed to be the world’s highest-grossing comedian, and his popularity certainly hasn’t waned since then.


Last year he sold out London’s 20,000-capacity O2 Arena an astounding ten nights in a row. Such widespread approval could easily go to one’s head, but McIntyre’s success hasn’t alienated him from his core fan base. His stand-up isn’t...

Posted 20 Jul 2016 @ 11:53am

There is no holding back when it comes to Australia’s love for homegrown comedians.


If history shows us anything, it’s that the more outrageous and politically incorrect the jokes are, the more Aussie crowds love them. As proven on festival stages by the likes of Rodney Rude and Jim Jefferies, there is something so appealing about hearing someone make jokes you really shouldn’t...

Posted 19 Jul 2016 @ 2:29pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. Another key franchise entry for the year takes to the silver screen this week, along with classic adaptations that make this cycle truly anachronistic.


With a timeline spanning from 18th century England to the Wild Wild East, the present day and the distant future, there's...

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 13 Jul 2016 @ 5:37pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. The holiday schedule has finally righted itself and we're back on track for some flippin' fun!


But look, there's really no contest this week. Aykroyd called it, man. AYKROYD. I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW HE WAS IN THIS PICTURE. And yeah, he...

Posted 13 Jul 2016 @ 10:00am

It’s not much of a stretch to say Swiss Army Man is unlike any other film.


Think of your favourite buddy cop movie. Now, transplant the action to an uninhabited island, lose the cops, ditch the bad guys, replace one with a gassy, slowly decaying corpse… 


Hmmm. OK, what about this – think Apocalypse Now, but instead of Vietnam we have magical bodily functions,...

Posted 9 Jul 2016 @ 10:00am

Dallas Frasca has just returned from a week-long songwriting camp at her parents’ house in north-east Victoria when she speaks with the BRAG.


Her voice sounds hoarse over the phone, but that is probably to be expected when you’ve toured 50 of the 52 weeks in the past year.


“It’s actually insane, and I don’t know how I’m still sane – maybe I’m not,” says Frasca,...

Posted 7 Jul 2016 @ 4:00pm

The Persian Pink Panther is a nickname that’s not only hard to ignore, but straight-up irresistible for journalists.


Names are clearly important to Iranian-American comedian Maz Jobrani: with tours such as The Axis Of Evil under his belt, and a book titled I’m Not A Terrorist (But I’ve Played One On TV), he’s comfortable making waves. But sadly, the Clouseau sobriquet he’s...

Posted 7 Jul 2016 @ 11:48am

In case news of its release has not yet swamped your Facebook feed, the long-awaited Pokémon Go is officially in the wild, and as addictive as expected.


But if you’re only just jumping in, here are a few helpful hints to make your grand adventure a little less confusing. You wanna be the very best? Like no-one ever was? This is the place to start.




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 @ 5:41pm

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We are one of Sydney’s leading live music venues and watering holes located smack-bang in the hubbub of King Street, Newtown. We host a range of live music, in-house events and offer a tasty seasonal food menu and great drinks. Our staff are by far the coolest cats in town, knowledgeable on all things food, drink and music, and go to great lengths to...

Posted 5 Jul 2016 @ 2:25pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. Now that the election has simmered into a compote of confusion, it's time to get back to the business of cinema.


Unfortunately, quality...

Posted 1 Jul 2016 @ 1:00pm

David Icke is a man whose name is often accompanied by controversy.


Once a professional footballer, then a sports commentator, Icke now focuses his energies on lifting the veil of perceived common knowledge. After spending a quarter of a century researching and writing in excess of 20 publications, the British conspiracy theorist and speaker is coming to Australia as part of...

Posted 29 Jun 2016 @ 5:42pm

It’s a rare day off between shows for Jinkx Monsoon.


“I think we’re just going out for dinner and then sitting in our rooms crying!” she jokes. Monsoon and her drag sisters have been dominating the globe on the RuPaul’s Drag Race tour, Battle Of The Seasons, sashaying and shantaying across international stages with their witty and zealous drag personas. 


In 2013...

Posted 29 Jun 2016 @ 3:11pm

Whether it’s in music, the arts, filmmaking, design, acting, teaching or anything else in the creative spheres, we asked the best education providers around town to share their plans for your future. Here's Part 2…



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Posted 29 Jun 2016 @ 3:10pm

Now that those winter winds are blowing through Sydney, maybe the time has come to embrace the change.


If you’re looking for a new start, fresh inspiration or a different career entirely, Sydney’s specialist education institutions and courses have you covered. Whether it’s in music, the arts, filmmaking, design, acting, teaching or anything else in the creative spheres, we...

Posted 29 Jun 2016 @ 1:49pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. It's a big week for European cinema, further compounding the #Bregret of more than half of England as they realise the BBC can't do everything.


It's election week -...

Posted 22 Jun 2016 @ 11:15am

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Posted 22 Jun 2016 @ 10:55am

“Have you ever eaten something that’s so good that you make a nasty face, like the fuck face? It’s so fucking good that you scrunch your face up? It’s so nasty. It’s so delicious. It’s a great time.”


This is US comedian Craig Robinson describing how he came up with the name for his band, The Nasty Delicious, who will be hitting Sydney later this year. Clearly, it’s going to be...

Posted 21 Jun 2016 @ 2:01pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. With this year's Sydney Film Festival all wrapped up, this week promises more attention to the month's big-budget blockbusters, as well as some SFF content getting broad release.


Everybody Wants Some!! hits the mainstream on Thursday, but we've...

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 @ 12:04pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. It's the second and final week of Sydney Film Festival, so get your butts to the cinema pronto!


My festival has thus far been a delight - only one film has disappointed out of ten, a stellar record. For the discerning cinemagoer...

Posted 15 Jun 2016 @ 11:49am

Brianna Hildebrand blasted her way into the geek world this year with her role as Negasonic Teenage Warhead in the film adaptation of Deadpool.


Packing plenty of punch and attitude, she became an instant fan favourite, and Sydney devotees will be able to see her at the Supanova Pop Culture Expo this month. We chat to Hildebrand about the film, her plethora of other talents and...

Posted 15 Jun 2016 @ 11:44am

Holly Marie Combs has forged her acting career by appearing in shows with strong female leads.


From Charmed to Pretty Little Liars, the focus has always been on women, and the former was still subversive even in the ’90s. To have a hit family-orientated show that didn’t stigmatise witches or Wicca was an incredible thing. In fact, Charmed was so magical that people still flood...

Posted 15 Jun 2016 @ 11:23am

Sean Astin’s family is as close to Hollywood royalty as you can get.


His mother Patty Duke was a star of stage, film and television, winning her first Academy Award at the age of 16. She went on to become president of the Screen Actors Guild, while also winning three Emmys and two Golden Globes. His adoptive father John Astin is most notably known for his role as Gomez in the...

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 11 Jun 2016 @ 11:00am

The 2014 film Boyhood took us through a young man’s life from the tender age of six to his first day at college.


Now that the 12-year project has concluded, writer/director Richard Linklater is telling the story of the next phase in life.


Adulthood? Not exactly. Everybody Wants Some!! (named after a song by Van Halen) follows Jake – a cipher for Linklater – as...