Review: Caress/Ache, Griffin Theatre Company

Ian Stenlake in Caress/Ache for Griffin Theatre Co. Photo by Brett Boardman.

Caress/Ache is high drama – half ‘ripped from the headlines’ and half ‘personal relationships’.  Unified by surtitles explaining the synapses and receptors on our skin that allows us to experience touch, the action slides from character to character, all of them in crisis. Unfortunately, it’s unimaginative and emotionally manipulative. There’s…

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Adelaide Festival: Beckett Triptych

Peter Carroll, Pamela Rabe, Paul Blackwell. Image supplied by State Theatre Company of South Australia, Adelaide Festival of Arts

An extremely influential towering figure of 20th century literature, Samuel Beckett has challenged recent generations of students, actors and theatre directors, but nobody would ever say that understanding Beckett is a walk in the park. These three one-act plays are no exception, but were considerably enlightened for me and a…

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Adelaide Festival: House Of Dreams

House Of Dreams. Photo by Keith Saunders, Adelaide Festival of Arts

Delicate, rich, genteel, were all words which immediately came to mind the moment this extremely talented and accomplished band started playing on their period instruments, with the majority of the players arriving from the aisles. Starting their national tour for Musica Viva’s 70th anniversary in Adelaide as part of the…

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Review: Kill the Messenger, Belvoir

Lasarus Ratuere and Nakkiah Lui. Photo by Brett Boardman.

Kill the Messenger is so alive that it constantly interrupts itself to remind the audience that it has a very real beating heart.  Nakkiah Lui, playing herself, tears down the fourth wall of Kill The Messenger as soon as she climbs off Peter (Sam O’Sullivan), her love interest in the play. She…

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Spiegelworld Tour: Absinthe

Spiegelworld Tour: Absinthe

Sparkly. Dirty-sexy. Performing fast-paced, high-risk goings-on that fill the lush red-velvet tent. And that’s just the filthy two-person team who host this cabaret/circus/vaudeville show. In the intimate space of the spiegeltent, Master of Ceremonies The Gazillionaire is an energetically unsavoury presence. With flashing gold tooth, lank greasy hair, brocade jacket and…

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The Production Company announces 2015 season

The Production Company announces 2015 season

The Production Company is arguably Melbourne’s most recognised independent music theatre organisation and this morning they have announced a star studded, three-show 2015 season. The first show of the season at Arts Centre Melbourne also marks the company’s 50th production overall. West Side Story, starring Gareth Keegan as Tony and internationally renowned artists Anna O’Byrne as Maria…

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Adelaide Festival: Azimut

Adelaide Festival: Azimut

Is it physical theatre? Is it Dance? Is it circus? Whatever it is, it is extraordinary, weird, wonderful and mesmerising, and quite beautiful. And it’s perfect as an opening gambit for a Festival of Arts that brings new ideas, challenges our complacency and opens new vistas of artistic expression. A…

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Mother and Son – Live on stage

Noeline Brown, Darren Gilshenan and Rob Carlton in Mother & Son - Queensland Theatre Company. Image Supplied.

Thirty years since it first graced our television screens, Australian favourite Mother and Son comes to life on stage, in the Playhouse Theatre at QPAC. Veteran actress Noeline Brown (The Mavis Bramston Show, Dancing with the Stars, Talkin’ About Your Generation, Spicks and Specks) plays the iconic role of Maggie, and Darren…

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Review: Man of La Mancha, Squabbalogic

Tony Sheldon in Man of La Mancha. Image by Michael Francis.

Squabbalogic are back and this time they’re tackling a revival of a classic work, trying to find its original kernel of authenticity before it became a gaudier, lighter-hearted thing: they’re trying to find the gritty soul in Man of La Mancha. The Reginald Theatre has been transformed into a gloomy…

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