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Cassie is a theatre critic and arts writer in Sydney, and is the deputy editor of AussieTheatre. She has written for The Guardian, Time Out Sydney, Daily Review, and BroadwayWorld Australia.

Cassie has written 712 articles on AussieTheatre

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Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs, Sydney Festival season

Alan Cumming at Sydney Festival 2016. Photo by Prudence Upton.

Alan Cumming has the ineffable quality of a star. There’s that flashing smile, sliding from cheeky to rueful within seconds. There’s the twinkled eyes, the hair, the pixie-ish demeanour. He’s magnetic and it burns somewhere from the inside; somewhere one can’t quite place but will readily believe in. At 11:45pm on a Friday night in… Read more.


Your Sunday Afternoon Zen: David Campbell sings “Grateful”

Your Sunday Afternoon Zen: David Campbell sings “Grateful”

Welcome to the first weekend of 2016! What we need now, as we slip back into some semblance of routine, is a little bit of beauty. A little bit of magic. A little bit of music. So we’re back, celebrating videos of Australian performers that really grab us, in one way or another. And what… Read more.


Squabbalogic’s original Grease cast announced

The original Grease is coming to Squabbalogic. Photo by Michael Francis.

Lo-fi indie company Squabbalogic are kicking off their 2016 season by digging beneath the shiny exterior of a musical theatre classic to find the grit that use to lie at its heart. The Original Grease, including songs and scenes cut well before the beloved show ever made its way to Broadway, is much more rebellious and… Read more.


Review: Jasper Jones – Belvoir St Theatre

Jasper Jones at Belvoir. Photo by Lisa Tomasetti.

Beneath a giant tree, branches reaching out across the sky, sit two teenagers: bookish Charlie (Tom Conroy) and outcast-troublemaker Jasper Jones (Guy Simon). They have never hung out before; Jasper is a loner, and Charlie is a little too square to strike up such an alliance as this. But they have bonded quickly. A girl… Read more.


Favourite moments in 2015: Sydney theatre

The Bleeding Tree. Photo by Brett Boardman

Theatre critic and AussieTheatre Deputy Editor Cassie Tongue sees hundreds of shows a year. In this piece, she writes about the moments that give theatre its magic: the ephemeral, tantalising seconds and minutes that create a uniquely theatrical sublime. These are not best or worst performances or productions. These are favourites: warm memories of moments, people,… Read more.



2015 Sydney Theatre Award Nominations Announced

2015 Sydney Theatre Award Nominations Announced

It’s that time of year again! Nominations were announced today for the Sydney Theatre Awards for 2015, which will be presented at a gala ceremony on Monday January 18, 2016 at 6pm at the Paddington RSL. Nominations in the 36 categories were spread across a record 53 productions which played on Sydney stages during the… Read more.


The Sound of Music, Sydney season

The Sound of Music, Sydney season

The Sound of Music, that grand sentimental fare best known as a film from 1965, has come to Sydney’s Capitol Theatre just in time for all that holiday-inspired nostalgia and family bonding. With a sweet frolic of a score (Rodgers and Hammerstein, of course), and a fairly solid 1950s book (by Howard Lindsay and Russel… Read more.


Have you heard about Sydney’s newest theatre?

The new Kings Cross Theatre

Sydney has a new space for making theatre, and it’s right in the heart of iconic Kings Cross. Located on the second floor of the Kings Cross Hotel, The Kings Cross Theatre (KXT) is curated by bAKEHOUSE Theatre Company, and will seat from 75 – 90 theatregoers. Licensee of the Kings Cross Hotel Lloyd Boolkin says “Collaborating… Read more.


Violet is heading to Melbourne!

Samantha Leigh Dodemaide in Blue Saint Productions' Violet. Image by Grant Leslie Photography

Mitchell Butel’s production of Violet, a musical currently playing the Hayes Theatre in Sydney, is on its way to Melbourne! Blue Saint Productions today announced that the tuner will play Chapel off Chapel from March 3 – 20, 2016. With a book by Brian Crawley and music by Tony-award winning composer Jeanine Tesori, Violet draws its musical… Read more.


Dame Julie Andrews talks My Fair Lady, 60 years on

Dame Julie Andrews. Image by Cassie Tongue

My Fair Lady, based on George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion, opened on Broadway in 1956. 60 years later, the production will be lovingly and meticulously recreated to resemble that initial production which made audiences gasp. The costumes and set will be the same, or as near as possible, and on hand to direct will be the first of My… Read more.


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