A Prior Engagement with Marina Prior

Marina Prior. Photo supplied.

Brisbane audiences are in for a special treat with Marina Prior’s one-woman show – A Prior Engagement – heading to Brisbane Powerhouse’s Visy Theatre this September 10 and 11. She has been a household name in Australia for many years, starring in over twenty lead roles in major musical productions including Les Miserables, The Phantom of…

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Review: La Traviata – Belvoir Downstairs

Emma Maye Gibson in La Traviata. Photo by Patrick Boland.

In the 2013/14 season, La Traviata was the most performed opera in the world, and it consistently ranks in the top ten of similar lists. Verdi’s enduring masterwork is never too far away from Sydney audiences; it launched the now- iconic Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour event, and it played…

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Volpone (or The Fox) at The STCSA

Paul Blackwell and James Smith in Volpone. Photo by Shane Reid

The work of Ben Johnson (1572 – 1637) is nowhere near as well-known as that of Shakespeare, but he is nevertheless a very important English playwright. So the language, even in this fine new adaptation, is not as accessible to the 21st century ear as that of his well-known contemporary.…

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MTC: Betrayal

Betrayal. Photo by Shane Reid

Following seasons in Adelaide and Canberra, Geordie Brookman’s production of Harold Pinter’s 1978 play Betrayal has opened at the MTC. Inspired by the writer’s own relationships, it’s a remarkable exploration of betrayal from the irrelevant to the heartbreaking, and the personal to the professional. It opens with Emma (Alison Bell)…

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Your Sunday afternoon zen: Zindzi Okenyo and “Just a Story”

Zindzi Okenyo and Nathan O'Keefe in Masquerade. Photo by Brett Boardman.

Zindzi Okenyo is an explosion of creativity. Just this year, you might have seen her (among other things!) on stage in Griffin Theatre’s Masquerade, Darlinghurst Theatre Co’s Gaybies, or Sydney Theatre Company’s Boys Will be Boys. You might have caught her on TV, on Play School. Or you might have heard the mystic neo-soul music she…

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What’s on for Queensland Symphony Orchestra 2016

QSO Season Launch

I am always surprised at just how excited I am at the launch of a new Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) season program and then disappointed that I have let another year go by. I have to concede that I am not a regular QSO subscriber and each year at the…

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Malthouse: Antigone

Antigone. Emily Milledge. Photo by Pia Johnson

In a desolate concrete yard where the only hint of humanity is a prefab building on stilts, a naked young body is dumped on the ground. Malthouse Theatre’s Antigone starts with the Classic story, but it’s not Sophocles’s Antigone but an Antigone for now that’s set in an isolated world where political power is its own reward and…

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Arts House chat: Kate McIntosh

Kate McIntosh. Photo by Robin Junicke

Musician Kate McIntosh was born in New Zealand and lives in Brussels. Her new work, All Ears, runs at Arts House in North Melbourne from 3 to 6 September. Her live music is described as an “improvised laboratory for unusual recordings and acoustic experiments” where everyday objects like glasses, paper…

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