Articles by: @SometimesMelb

Anne-Marie spent many years working with amazing artists as a producer/manager/programmer at arts festivals all over Australia, but this left her with no time to go to the theatre; so, she became a freelance writer.

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A is for Atlas: Cherry, Cherry

Neda Rahmani

Neda Rahmani tells stories about her family. Her stories aren’t extraordinary. Good stories rarely are. But they are honest and open and share the good times and the bad. What is extraordinary is that she tells her stories in her home around a dinner table that’s filled with strangers and friends who…

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MTC: Cock

Sophie Ross, Tom COnroy, Angis Grant. Photo by Jeff Busby.

Cock immediately demands attention and begs for jokes that are too easy. Yes, this Cock satisfies and I’d go for the ride again. Now let’s move on. First seen in 2009, the title of UK writer Mike Bartlett’s play brings expectations before a word is spoken. Some are met and more are…

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Evolution, Revolution and the Mail Order Bride

Zulya Kamalova. Photo by Sarah Walker

Performer–composer–singer–writer Zulya Kamalova’s Evolution, Revolution and the Mail Order Bride is three stories about three women that explore how the suppression of the feminine affects evolution, a revolution and a mail order bride.  Kamalova is a remarkable talent. Her voice is like an indulgent homemade caramel that no one can say no to,…

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Red Stitch: Out of the Water

Emily Milledge. Photo by Jodie Hutchinson

Red Stitch have opened the year with some of the best performances I’ve seen there. Out of the Water is by US writer Brook Berman. With parallels to The Odessy, with its journey home disrupted by sirens, it captures the unease of early middle age that’s fuelled by the palpable pain of what’s…

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La Mama: The Madness of the Day

La Mama: The Madness of the Day

Within a tiny white-washed room – reminiscent of a clinic – we are confronted with ‘B,’ a mysterious man approaching the age of 80, who discovers a story entitled The Madness of the Day in his desk. The text itself, written by Maurice Blanchot, was cited by Derrida as “a story…

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The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant

Luisa Hastings. Photo by Sarah Walker.

A melodrama about female identity, ownership and social hierarchy, The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant lays bare the shallow passions and prejudices of an elite social circle. The play is a powder keg, which eventually descends into anarchy as relationships denigrate into chaos, until we finally realise the endless…

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La Mama: The Great Game

La Mama: The Great Game

Right before the beginning of The Great Game, two spinster sisters find themselves isolated in rural Australia, far from their homeland of England, and must deal with the inevitable plateau of their lives following their father’s passing. The play itself follows their exploration of their father’s study, inside of which…

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Midsumma: Standing on Ceremony

Brett Whittingham & Spencer McLaren. Photo by John Shelbourn.

Standing on Ceremony: the gay marriage plays is an American series of nine short plays about marriage. No one coming along to see it needs convincing about marriage equality, which leaves it as a celebration of love that’s as funny, frustrating and heart breaking as any relationship. With live music from…

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Midsumma: No one likes me

Darren Vizner

Created and performed by Darren Vizer, No One Likes Me is about being different: growing up as a homosexual in a school system of intolerance, dealing with a family built on traditional gender-roles and coming out against a backdrop of drug use, sexually transmitted diseases and prejudice. The story is…

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Midsumma: Everything I know I learnt from Madonna

Wayne Tunks

Drawing from his fixation with the pop-music queen/goddess Madonna, performer and writer Wayne Tunks shares some of the messy, complex and joyous events of his past. Everything I know I learnt from Madonna touches upon how an artist can penetrate the soul, inspire and heal someone as they travel the…

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