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Jo Bradley is a guest writer for AussieTheatre.com

You and Me and the Space Between – Sydney Festival

You and Me and the Space Between

Good children’s stories usually have deeper meaning beneath the surface. Often our favourite childhood tales contain messages for bigger issues. The Harry Potter series is about learning to cope with death. The Lorax teaches kids about climate change and the environment. Roald Dahl’s catalogue nstruct on the importance of kindness, education and believing in yourself…. Read more.


Jasper Jones – Belvoir Return Season

Tom Conroy and Guy Simon in Jasper Jones. Image by Lisa Tomasetti.

We go to the theatre for the stories. We go to practise empathy and experience the lives of people whose stories are both similar and different to our own. Theatre’s mainstream sibling, cinema, is often saturated by Hollywood films, so, we rely on theatre to tell the local Australian stories that don’t find voices elsewhere…. Read more.


Cabaret – Hayes Theatre Co

Paul Capsis and company. Photo by John McRae.

“Life is a cabaret, old chum!” It’s one of the most recognisable lines in the history of musical theatre. Even the title, Cabaret, rings a bell to those unfamiliar with musicals. Opening on Broadway in 1966, the musical became a cultural sensation, captured forever in the 1972 film adaptation starring Liza Minnelli. It was further… Read more.


Todd McKenney will transform into Captain Hook for Bonnie Lythgoe panto

Star Todd McKenney and producer Bonnie Lythgoe.

The ‘Bonnie Lythgoe Pantomime’ is becoming something of an annual tradition. This British-import, family-style form of entertainment keeps coming back, and after last year’s Cinderella (starring Real Housewife Gina Liano) she’s back to planning next winter’s extravaganza: The Adventures of Peter Pan and Tinker Bell.  And this year, beloved Aussie all-rounder Todd McKenney will take… Read more.


Huff – Sydney Festival

Sydney - January 22, 2017: A scene from Huff, showing at the 2017 Sydney Festival (photo by Jamie Williams/Sydney Festival)

Wind is attempting to commit suicide with a plastic bag over his head. It’s a shock laced with black humour; he’s tried this before, he tells us wryly. He even details the process at which the a person begins to suffocate – “I would know,” he says. This is Huff,  a solo show by Cliff… Read more.



Opera Australia announces 200 tickets to La Traviata for 200 cents

Opera Australia's La Traviata. Image by Branco Gaica

To celebrate its 200th performance of Verdi’s romantic epic La Traviata, Opera Australia is inviting you all in to celebrate – and maybe experience this story for the first time – by offering 200 tickets for 200 cents. That’s two dollars for a night at the opera! The tickets are for the performance on Wednesday… Read more.


The Testament of Mary – Sydney Theatre Company

Alison Whyte.

History has traditionally been told through the words and stories of men, and the Gospel is no exception. Sydney Theatre Company’s first production of 2017, The Testament of Mary, seeks to counter this by presenting a compelling, unravelling monologue from the perspective of Mary, mother of Jesus (Alison Whyte), that forefronts her maternal humanity in… Read more.


The Encounter – Sydney Festival

The Encounter. Photo by Prudence Upton.

In 1969, National Geographic photographer Loren McIntyre became lost in the depths of Brazil’s remote Javari Valley and found himself living amongst the Mayoruna people, a tribe with little to no contact with the outside world. He believed that he discovered the source of the Amazon River by speaking telepathically with the tribespeople. Based on… Read more.


All the winners at the 2016 Sydney Theatre Awards

Brent Hill in Little Shop of Horrors, Melbourne 2016. Image by Belinda Strodder

At an upbeat and star-studded ceremony tonight at Sydney’s Seymour Centre, the winners of the 2016 Sydney Theatre Awards were announced – and we’ve got the full list rounded up and ready to go! 35 awards were presented this year and over 450 members of the Sydney theatre community were there to cheer on friends,… Read more.


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