Articles by:

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. She is a voter for the Sydney Theatre Awards.

Cassie has written 747 articles on AussieTheatre

Follow Cassie: @cassietongue

Howie the Rookie – Old Fitz return season

Andrew Henry and Sean Hawkins in Howie the Rookie. Photo by Kate Williams

The Old Fitz and Howie the Rookie are a match made in theatrical heaven. The scrappy black box theatre in the belly of a beloved pub seems like exactly the right place for Mark O’Rowe’s rough-as-guts tandem monologues exploring a violent Dublin underworld – a play with its fists up to protect any traces of… Read more.


‘Movie Von Trapp’ Nicholas Hammond to host Rodgers and Hammerstein concert

Nicholas Hammond. Image supplied

The highlands are alive! The Southern Highlands Symphony Orchestra (SHSO) have announced two concerts celebrating the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein on Saturday 25 June and Sunday 26 June.Hosted by Nicholas Hammond (Australia’s favourite Von Trapp from the magical Sound of Music film), the show will feature soloists Judith Rough, Lotte Latukefu, Richard Lane and Stephen Wheatley. The… Read more.


Review: As We Forgive, Griffin Theatre Co

Robert Jarman in As We Forgive. Image Supplied.

Robert Jarman stands alone on the SBW Stables stage proper. Against the wall, near the entrance, a cellist (Jack Ward) plays something sombre (by Raffaele Marcellino) . Blurred, aged projections (Lisa Garland) flicker above Jarman’s head, showing title cards, definitions of forgiveness, and more. This is As We Forgive. Tom Holloway has written three monologues… Read more.


A Quick Chat With Francine Cain

Francine Cain

Francine Cain is impossible to miss. She exudes charisma onstage. The winner of the Rob Guest Endowment 2010, and nominated for a Helpmann award for her performance in Rock of Ages, you might have also seen Francine in the national tour of Grease, playing Frenchy. Right now she’s playing Calliope in the Hayes Theatre Co season of everyone’s favourite rollerskating musical Xanadu. … Read more.


Beautiful: The Carole King Musical will make its Australian debut in 2017

Chilina Kennedy as Carole King on Broadway. Image by Joan Marcus

It was announced this morning that Beautiful: The Carole King Musical will make its Australian debut at the Sydney Lyric Theatre in September 2017. It was also confirmed that the Sydney Lyric Theatre will undergo a transformational refurbishment that will be completed for the opening of Beautiful. Australian Producer, Michael Cassel said: “This show is simply ‘some kind of… Read more.



KINKY BOOTS Australian premiere cast announced

Callum Francis as Lola in Kinky Boots. Photo Credit Darren Bell.

  Kinky Boots has been a real success of a new musical on Broadway and the West End, and now the cast has been announced for its premiere season in Australia, which opens in Melbourne’s Her Majesty’s Theatre from 12 October 2016. Leading the cast is Toby Francis (Dogfight), a writer, producer, and performer from… Read more.


Hay Fever – Sydney Theatre Company

Hay Fever – Sydney Theatre Company

Imara Savage knows her way around a comedy. In her hands Hay Fever, the Noel Coward classic currently holding court at Sydney Opera House’s Drama Theatre, feels surprisingly, merrily, sharp. Heather Mitchell is Judith Bliss, a mostly-retired veteran of the theatre who carries herself as though the whole world really is a stage. Her new… Read more.


Disgraced – Sydney Theatre Company

Sachin Joab and Shiv Palekar in Disgraced. Photo by Prudence Upton.

The Pulitzer Prize in Drama is awarded “for a distinguished play by an American author, preferably original in its source and dealing with American life.” Disgraced certainly has plenty to say about dealing with American life, insofar as I can perceive it from Australia; the play is set in a contemporary, post-9/11 New York, and charts… Read more.


You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown to play Hayes Theatre, cast announced

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

Fresh off the return season of Rent at the Hayes, Shaun Rennie will direct You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, playing at the Hayes from Tuesday 5 July 2016. And yes – all your favourites will be brought to life onstage. This one is great for children and families, and for those who just love musicals. Here’s how it’s billed:… Read more.


A Quick Chat With Michael Tyack, Musical Director of The Detective’s Handbook

Michael Tyack

The Detective’s Handbook, a new Australian musical about to debut at Sydney’s Hayes Theatre,  is the result of when a former rapper develops an obsession with the golden age of detective novels. Coupled with a bright and lively jazz score, this new  musical is guaranteed to have you laughing out loud as it investigates a crime in… Read more.


banner