Potted Potter – Sydney Return Season

Ben Stratton and James Percy in Potted Potter. Image by Tony Kinlan.

Potted Potter, the unauthorised parody show making a return to Australia, promises to tell the story of all seven Harry Potter books in seventy minutes (with a game of Quidditch thrown in, for fun). With a zany one and his straight man, performed by Ben Stratton and James Percy, the…

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Melbourne Lyric Opera: Werther

Photo by Jodie Hutchinson

I’m comparing Lyric Opera of Melbourne’s new production of Werther as a little tugboat compares to a cruise ship. That’s because the last time I saw Werther was earlier this year at New York’s gigantic Metropolitan Opera starring Jonas Kaufmann and Sophie Koch. Before that, in Paris, the same pairing…

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Helpmann Award winning Sweet Charity to tour in 2015

The female ensemble of Sweet Charity at Hayes Theatre Co. Image by Kurt Sneddon

If her friends could see her now! The smash debut production at Sydney’s new Hayes Theatre Co rocked the musical theatre world with its raw, stripped-back take on the Neil Simon/Cy Coleman classic, and now it’s hitting the road! Sweet Charity will tour in 2015. Produced by Luckiest Productions, Neil Gooding…

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Happy People in concert

Photo by James Terry

Melbourne had the first look at Matthew Lee Robinson’s musical Happy People on the weekend. Its first workshop performance was in Melbourne in 2010 and since then Robinson, a WAPPA graduate, received  a Churchill Fellowship to go to the USA to study composition, lyric and book writing under the mentorship of Stephen…

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Melbourne Festival: The Trouble with Harry

Maude Davey. Photo by Sarah Walker

Written by Australian playwright Lachlan Philpott, The Trouble with Harry is a story about Harry Crawford, who was made famous after it was discovered that he was born female. It’s set within Crawford’s historical milieu, the suburbs of Sydney during the First World War, as he and his wife Anne…

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Melbourne Festival Chat: Kate Fryer

Melbourne Festival Chat: Kate Fryer

Kate Fryer is a co-founder of independent acrobatic aerial theatre company Dislocate. Their Melbourne Festival show, If These Walls Could Talk, is another world premiere for the festival. Fusing theatre and circus, it’s a story about life, death and everything in between in an apartment overs five generations of tenants. What do you love most…

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Bonnie Lythgoe productions announce Aladdin panto for 2015

Aladdin and his Wondrous Lamp.

Following the successful 2014 production of Snow White – Winter Family Musical in Sydney, Bonnie Lythgoe and Bonnie Lythgoe Productions have announced their next panto: Aladdin and his Wondrous Lamp. An updated version of the classic fairytale, Aladdin and his Wondrous Lamp will be re-tailored and re-told for Australian audiences. Billed as a “singing,…

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