Review: The Dog/The Cat, Belvoir

The Dog/The Cat. Image by Brett Boardman.

A sense of delight is unfolding nightly in The Dog/The Cat, a new double bill comprised of a play by Brendan Cowell (The Dog) and one by Lally Katz (The Cat). Gently, thematically related, this is a double bill done right: a sweet, complementary marriage of theatrical storytelling. Ralph Myers, Belvoir’s…

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Review: Brandenburg’s French Baroque with Circa

The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra's French Baroque with Circa. Photograph by Steven Godbee.

This inspired program is something very special. It brings together the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, French soprano Claire Lefilliâtre, and seven members of Circa, a Brisbane-based circus company. The program of French Baroque music is divided into two portions. The first—the shorter of the two—is concert-like, conducted by harpsichord player Paul Dyer,…

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Helpmann Award Winners 2015 – Full List


Australia’s Live Performance Industry celebrated in style this evening at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre, as the winners of the 2015 Helpmann Awards were announced on the set of Les Miserables.  Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed new production of Les Miserables has taken home the Best Musical gong at at the coveted awards night, as well as…

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Escapism at the Wintergraden

Escapism - Strike Bowling, Wintergarden

Escapism is a new escape room experience open at Strike Bowling Wintergarden: locked together in a room with 50 minutes to escape There are three scenarios to choose from- Butcher’s Burrow (A Saw-like scenario), Forensic (a murder investigation) or The Forest (escape an enchanted forest- more family friendly). Feeling adventurous, my…

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The Untouchable Juli

Juli - Fractal Theatre

Something sensational is happening in Ipswich; a cultural revolution of sorts at the hands of independent theatre company Fractal Theatre and Artistic Director Brenna Lee-Cooney. This is a call-out to all Brisbanites who claim to support independent theatre. Ipswich is not as far away as you remember from your horse-and-cart…

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TICKET A42: #11 Rohan Browne and Christie Whelan Browne

Rohan Browne, Christie Whelan Browne and John O'Hara

This month John catches up with music theatre power couple Rohan Browne and Christie Whelan Browne to talk about working together, The Production Company and their #TicketA42 Story. Rohan Browne Instagram – @rohanmbrowne Twitter – @manknewtoomuch His Handsome Self Twitter – @hishandsomeself Instagram – @_hishandsomeself_ Christie Whelan Browne Instagram – @christiewhelanbrowne…

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The third Container Festival opens on Friday

Tess Chappell

The third MUST (Monash University Student Theatre) Container Festival runs at the Monash Clayton campus from 31 July to 15 August. Last year’s festival had over 350 performances and events from 600 Melbourne artists – student, emerging and established – and had an audience of over 3000. Tess Chappell, who studies law…

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MTC: Death and the Maiden

Death and the Maiden. MTC. Susie Porter

Ariel Dorfman wrote Death and the Maiden in 1990 on his return to Chile, after 17 years in exile, in the aftermath of Pinochet’s military dictatorship. The 1993 STC touring production is still talked about and the 1994 film is still a favourite, so why have the MTC chosen to tell it? Why this story?…

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