As the lights come down on The Bleeding Tree, silence momentarily consumes the audience. From the first moment, this play demands every ounce of your attention and emotional investment. It’s only as it draws to a close that we are able to fully process what we just witnessed. The play opens on three women: a… Read more.
The light comes up on a group of people standing clad in white, backs to the audience. They are holding a plastic shopping bag in each hand. It is an image of naïve heroism – an act of defiance in an attempt to change a nation. It is the image of the ‘Unknown hero’, of… Read more.
With a woman who refuses to shrink down into the boxes her society assigns her, a rowdy saloon in the middle of the Wild West, strongly hinted queer subtext, and an immersive theatre experience, One Eyed Man Production’s Calamity Jane has something for everyone. And if none of that sparks your interest, it boasts an incredibly… Read more.
The word ‘classic’ is often used to describe texts that have stood the test of time. Shakespeare is probably the reigning definitive of the term, but Henrik Ibsen, Arthur Miller and others of their ilk spring to mind. It’s rare to find an Australian playwright’s name on that list, but Michael Gow’s Away is a… Read more.
Oscar Wilde’s writing may be well known, but for some, his lascivious and scandal-filled past is less renowned. David Hare invites us into that past in The Judas Kiss, asking us to consider how Wilde’s slew of young lovers led to his persecution and ultimate exile from a society that denounced homosexuality as illegal, deviant… Read more.
Ladies in Black means well. A new Australian musical based on Madeleine St John’s novel Women in Black, it carries in its quintessentially Australian core an eagerness to charm audiences. Just like young protagonist Lisa Miles longs to grow up, defy boundaries, and find her identity in mid 20th century Australia, so too is this musical trying… Read more.
In 2016, 61% of mainstage Australian theatre works was written by men. 90% of international works programmed were written by men. This means that fewer than 30% of plays produced in Australia in 2016 were written or directed by women. On top of this, women in the industry are often treated poorly simply for being… Read more.
After the week we’ve had and the blow it’s been for women and minority groups everywhere, the idea of escaping to the theatre – that great equalising arena, frequent champion of love and acceptance – is appealing. So it’s a huge disappointment when there’s no relief to be found. Sydney Theatre Company’s Speed-the-Plow just picks up… Read more.
If you want to laugh your way into a downward existential spiral about the way humanity has screwed the world, then Griffin Theatre’s The Turquoise Elephant is the play for you. Climate change seemed to be on everyone’s minds in the lead up to the Paris Conference in 2015, when Stephen Carleton first started work… Read more.
What better place to set a love triangle driven by obsession and lust than in the high-pressure world of high fashion? Red Line Productions’ The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant oozes melodrama and sexual tension in this play-turned-movie-turned-play-again about a neurotic fashion designer, her adoring assistant, and a vain, young model. German writer and… Read more.