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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. She is a voter for the Sydney Theatre Awards.

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Ursula Yovich wins the Balnaves Award 2016

Ursula Yovich. Photo by Brett Boardman.

The dazzlingly talented Ursula Yovich, the actor, singer and writer who starred in Belvoir’s A Christmas Carol, has been announced as the winner of The Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright’s Award 2016. The awards was presented by Hamish Balnaves, General Manager of the Balnaves Foundation. She has won a commission to write a play that touches on traditions… Read more.

A Quick Chat With Amanda Harrison, Australia’s favourite witch

A Quick Chat With Amanda Harrison, Australia’s favourite witch

Amanda Harrison, best known for being the first Australian Elphaba in Wicked, will be celebrating her particularly witchy performing roots in a special event featuring the Sydney Symphony Orchestra on July 15 and 16.   Witches at the Sydney Opera House will feature Harrison, Helen Dallimore (The UK’s first Glinda in Wicked), Lucy Durack (Australia’s first Glinda), Jemma Rix… Read more.

Broadway stars band together to send message of love

Broadway stars band together to send message of love

Via, a heart-warming response to terror: A chorus of Broadway celebrities raised their voices in song in response to the June 12 Orlando shooting massacre, the worst in U.S. history. Sara Bareilles, Carole King, Nathan Lane, Audra McDonald, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Sarah Jessica Parker and dozens more gathered June 15 at Avatar… Read more.

16th Annual Helpmann Awards nominations announced: full list!

When I Grow Up: Australian cast of Matilda The Musical. Image by James Morgan

Tonight, live announcements of the nominees for this year’s Helpmann Awards were made at simultaneous events in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane. LPA Chief Executive Evelyn Richardson said “This year has been a remarkable year for live performances in Australia reflecting a vibrant industry with more than 18 million people attending shows across the country… Read more.

A Man with Five Children – Darlinghurst Theatre Co

a man with five children, nick enright  darlinghurst theatre, photo by helen white

Nick Enright’s A Man With Five Children is a thoughtful exploration of the beginnings of reality television. Based on the Seven Up! documentary series, his filmmaker Gerry (Jeremy Waters), decides to follow five children with his camera until they turn 21. The thing is, he has trouble letting go – his lives and theirs become… Read more.

The Literati – Bell Shakespeare Co/Griffin Theatre Co

Kate Mulvany and Gareth Davies in The Literati. Photo by Daniel Boud.

The Literati, the stylistic younger sibling of Justin Fleming’s wildly funny 2014 take on Tartuffe (this one’s based on Moliere’s Les Femmes Savantes), is a Bell Shakespeare-Griffin Theatre collaboration that has been nestled into Griffin’s SBW Stables Theatre. Les Femmes Savantes, or ‘The Learned Ladies’  is Moliere’s satire of pretentiously cultured cliques – but more… Read more.

A Quick Chat With stars of Exclaim Theatre Co’s In the Heights

Elena Bello

Exclaim Theatre Co is set to bring Lin-Manuel Miranda’s critically acclaimed musical (no, not that one, In The Heights) to the stage. Set in Washington Heights in New York, the neighbourhood of Miranda’s youth, the show blends hip-hop and Latin musical influences to tell a story about its residents, living and working and loving through… Read more.

Erin Clare on We Will Rock You, backstage comedians, and the magic of Queen

Erin Clare, star of We Will Rock You. Photo by Brian Geach.

We Will Rock You is a crowd favourite in Australia, back touring the country barely a decade since it was last seen in our theatres. This time around, the legendary Queen songs and quirky Ben Elton story are still there, but there’s something really exciting and new happening onstage: Erin Clare is turning out a… Read more.

Anthony Warlow wins Helen Hayes Award

Anthony Warlow wins Helen Hayes Award

  At a ceremony earlier this week in Washington DC, it was announced that Australian musical theatre favourite Anthony Warlow has been awarded the prestigious 2016 Helen Hayes Award for Lead Actor in a Musical. Awarded for his performance in the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production of Man of La Mancha, the accolade denotes professional theatre of… Read more.

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.