Articles by: @cassietongue

Cassie is a theatre critic and arts writer in Sydney. She studied communication and media at the University of Newcastle, where she began honing her professional writing and critical analysis skills, as well as publishing creative works in several journals and magazines. She has previously reviewed music and theatre for numerous online hubs including LiveGuide, BroadwayWorld Australia, and Time Out Sydney. Cassie can usually be found in a theatre foyer somewhere soaking up the atmosphere.

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A Quick Chat With Jan van de Stool

Jan van de Stool will host Hats Off! in 2015.

This year Hats Off! has found a new ambassador and it’s international music therapist Jan van de Stool. (If you’re not familiar with her work, you might know beloved actress Queenie van de Zandt?) We asked Jan all about being a professional host, hot theatre gossip, and what we can…

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Phantom of the Opera comes to Parramatta!

Johanna Allen

They’re back! Packemin Productions have been delighting the Riverside stages for a few years now, and following their successes like Hairspray and Annie, they’re tackling the big one: The Phantom of the Opera.  That’s right, Packemin have rounded up some pros and taken on the sweeping dark romantic classic. Ben Mingay (Wonderland, An Officer…

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It’s Hats Off to the hits in 2015!

Jan van de Stool will host Hats Off! in 2015.

It’s an essential part of the musical calendar in Sydney, right in the middle of Mardi Gras, and it’s almost back again: It’s Hats Off! time. On Monday 23 February, the fundraising concert extravaganza for Oz Showbiz Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS returns to the Seymour Centre with its latest installment: Hats Off!…

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Review: After Dinner, Sydney Theatre Co

After Dinner. Image by Brett Boardman.

Andrew Bovell wrote After Dinner when he was 21 years old, and that’s the most surprising thing about seeing the Imara Savage-helmed production at Sydney Theatre Company’s home at the Wharf. It is so surprising that for an early play written at such a young age, Bovell has managed to craft…

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Legendary sisters bring Legends! to Australia

Hayley Mills, Maxwell Caulfield and Juliet Mills. Photo by Greg Gorman

John Frost has announced that sister stage and screen stars Hayley Mills and Juliet Mills will tour the country with the Australian premiere of Legends!, a comedy by James Kirkwood. The show will open in Brisbane’s QPAC in May, followed by seasons in Sydney, Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne. Tickets are on sale from…

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The 12th International Cabaret Contest: Who won?

Winner Michaela Burger with Greg Wain. Photo by Kurt Sneddon/blueprint studios.

The 2015 Your Theatrics International Cabaret Contest (YTICC) Grand Final was held at The Basement in Sydney last week, and it featured 11 finalists from Adelaide, Brisbane, The Sunshine Coast, Melbourne, Auckland and Sydney. The prize on the line was career-changing. How do we know it’s career changing? Previous winners…

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Who won Sydney Theatre Awards this year? We have the list!

Sweet Charity. Image by Kurt Sneddon

Last night, at the Paddington “Paddo” RSL, over 300 performers, theatre-makers, administrators  — a cross-section of the Sydney arts scene — crowded into the auditorium for the Sydney Theatre Awards. Now in its tenth year, the awards recognise the best of the best in Sydney, on both mainstage and independent stages. The…

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