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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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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Review: Falling Through Clouds, Sydney Festival

Artists from The Last Great Hunt perform Falling Through Clouds at the 2015 Sydney Festival (photo by Jamie Williams/Sydney Festival)

Ever since she was young and sufficiently troubled, Mary (Adriane Duff) has had recurring dreams in which she is flying. It’s the ultimate symbol of escape and liberation, and doubly fitting for Mary, who is obsessed with birds. The Last Great Hunt, Perth’s experimental theatre outfit, has crafted a surprisingly…

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Review: Masterclass (A Play) – Old Fitz Theatre

Charlie Garber and Gareth Davies in Masterclass. Image by Marnya Rothe.

Gareth Davies, the greatest actor in the world, was literally born into the chorus of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Les Miserables, where he remained for twenty-one years; his anonymous, ensemble character took so much attention away from your Jean Valjeans and your Cosettes that he had to be fired. That character’s…

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Have I No Mouth – Sydney Festival

Have I No Mouth at Sydney Festival. Photo by Prudence Upton.

Grief is such a huge, overwhelming part of our lives, so much so that sometimes it seems impossible to overcome. Of course it occurs in our art all the time, all these shapes and stories of death and loss and loneliness; how else do we deal with something so human…

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Review: Masquerade – Sydney Festival

Zindzi Okenyo and Nathan O'Keefe in Masquerade. Photo by Brett Boardman.

At the centre of Masquerade, a fantastical story about the Moon and the Sun and a Hare sent on a quest to unite them, is a mother and a son. In Kate Mulvany’s twist on the 1979 children’s book that touched her life as a child, Joe and his mother Tessa…

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Review: Radiance, Belvoir

The cast of Radiance at Belvoir. Image by Brett Boardman.

A mother has died and in her North Queensland house, a ramshackle thing renovated to feel livable, only Mae (Shari Sebbens) remains. She’s disconnected and unhappy and – it seems – wooden. It’s the day of the funeral and her half-sisters are there with her at this empty home base:…

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