Midsumma: Show Stopper, Reloaded 2015

Agent Cleave, Photo by Nik Dimopoulos

Agent Cleave is a very sexy glam-punk-pirate/bondage-slave/film-noir-private-dick/femme-fatale/mermaid/Spanish-Jesus in Show Stopper, returned to Melbourne for a limited run at Howler, as part of Midsumma Festival. As the lights dim, an opening video montage of found footage of glam rockers, intermittently spliced with graphic visions of homosexual pornography plays over an empty…

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Accomplice at Javeenbah Theatre Company

Accomplice - Javeenbah Theatre. Photo supplied.

Low level sex scenes, partial nudity, mature adult themes, smoking, drinking, and loud noises … No, it’s not a usual Friday night out at The Normanby, but the warning notification for Javeenbah Theatre Company’s first production for 2015. Part murder mystery, part sex farce, Accomplice is an award winning comedy-thriller…

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Strictly Ballroom photo feature

Thomas Lacey as Scott Hastings. Image by Belinda Strodder

The wonderful Belinda Strodder stopped into Strictly Ballroom in Melbourne to take some incredible shots of this new Australian musical. Starring Phoebe Panaretos and Thomas Lacey, Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom is currently playing at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne. If you wish to share these images, please remember to at the photo…

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Midsumma: Stop Kiss

Midsumma: Stop Kiss

Stop Kiss by playwright Diana Son was first seen off-Broadway in 1998. An almost desperate need to appear “real” and naturalistic cause strong performances to fall flat in Boutique Theatre’s overlong production directed by Byron Bache. Callie (Cazz Bainbridge) is a veteran New Yorker. As such she’s been asked to take a friend of…

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Midsumma: The Jacobeans

Hannah Malarski and Jack Richardson

Bagabus Inc are Hannah Malarski and Jack Richardson. They brought the delightfully dark Bushpig to the Melbourne Fringe in 2013 and are back for Midsumma with The Jacobeans, an equally dark and satirical exploration of the imbalance of power between men and women. That makes it sound like it’s all “hear me roar”;…

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Midsumma: The Fastest Clock

Midsumma: The Fastest Clock

The Fastest Clock in the Universe, by UK writer (and perfomer, painter, photographer and director) Philip Ridley, is an exploration of beauty and the cost that comes from obsessive narcissism. It’s about Cougar Glass (Robert Ricks) and Captain Tock (Ian Rose), who reside above an old fur factory, a place…

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Here Lies Love Sydney season postponed

Here Lies Love Public Theater. Image by Lu Esther Hall.

Here Lies Love was set to be the next big thing in Sydney’s music theatre calendar this year, but according to reports in today’s Sydney Morning Herald, the immersive theatrical event has been postponed “due to unforseen acoustical engineering issues”. Producer Rodney Rigby and creator David Byrne officially launched the production in…

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