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Born in the land of sheep and hobbits, Joel Granger moved to Australia to study at WAAPA's Music Theatre course, class of 2015. His credits include 'Sweeney Todd', 'Big Fish', 'Please Like Me' and 'True Story with Hamish & Andy.' He would like to say he enjoys long walks on the beach, but his ginger hair and freckled skin means he actually avoids sunshine as much as possible. Follow Joel on instagram at: @joelgranger_

Joel has written 18 articles on AussieTheatre

Joel Granger: an open letter to my newly graduated self

Sweeney Todd, NZ Opera, Civic Theatre, Auckland, New Zealand, Thursday, September 15, 2016. Photo: David Rowland / One-Image.com

Around this time last year, I wrote an open letter to my first year drama school self. Now that I’m another year “wiser”, I thought I would write another open letter to that scared little boy who has just graduated drama school, with some of the lessons and observations I’ve made from my first year… Read more.


Belinda Jenkin and Will Hannagan on writing a new musical

Belinda Jenkin and Will Hannagan on writing a new musical

While studying Music Theatre together, Belinda Jenkin and Will Hannagan often found themselves playing around on the piano and writing songs when they weren’t needed in rehearsals. Five years later, the first musical they wrote together, The Gathering, is currently enjoying a season at fortyfivedownstairs in Melbourne. After being encouraged to create their own work… Read more.


The Gathering: making a new Australian musical

The Gathering: making a new Australian musical

“The only reason to write is from love”- Stephen Sondheim. Being a part of a new musical is a unique creative process for almost everyone involved. While it is by no means an easy feat, new works are so necessary in the development of our industry and the identity of the Australian music theatre scene…. Read more.


Antoinette Halloran on balancing the worlds of opera and music theatre

Antoinette Halloran on balancing the worlds of opera and music theatre

A performer’s versatility is not only important in maintaining an interesting and rewarding career, but crucial in being able to continue as a working artist. Yet being able to swing from screen to musicals to opera requires a wide set of skills and techniques, as well as the ability to overcome preconceptions that artists can and… Read more.


NZ Opera opens ‘Sweeney Todd’

NZ Opera opens ‘Sweeney Todd’

It’s busy times like these that I actually wish I did drink coffee. Alas, my metaphorical ones continue… I am now into my fifth week in New Zealand (my home country), playing the role of Tobias Ragg in New Zealand Opera’s production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, which opened over the weekend…. Read more.



Heather Manley on life after graduating Drama School

Heather Manley on life after graduating Drama School

Now that we’re in August, it’s so odd to think that it has been nine months since I graduated drama school. While I’ve been very lucky to be able to document my year so far, I thought I’d share my coffee this week with another graduate and show a change of perspective on what her… Read more.


A Music Theatre Fanboy’s Top 8 Youtube Interviews

A Music Theatre Fanboy’s Top 8 Youtube Interviews

Earlier this year, I created A Music Theatre Fanboy’s Top 10 Youtube Performances. This week I thought I’d once again have my coffee at my computer desk, and show you some* of my favourite MT performers being interviewed on some of my favourite Youtube channels.* Not only are all of these actors spectacularly talented, but they all… Read more.


StageArt’s ‘Titanic’ sets sail

StageArt’s ‘Titanic’ sets sail

This week’s column comes with a double shot of coffee, from both Matilda and Joel. The two of us are currently in the middle of our voyage together aboard the RMS Titanic in StageArt’s 2016 Performance Season. With only two weeks left, we still haven’t made it to America. But on the way, we have… Read more.


Sally Bourne talks longevity in the industry

Sally Bourne talks longevity in the industry

So often we can become preoccupied with becoming established in this industry, especially as fresh graduates; it can be hard to think beyond the first few years of your career. Longevity in this business, actually sustaining a career as a performer that lasts for more than 30 years, is often an incredibly difficult thing. But… Read more.


Sail on, Titanic

Sail on, Titanic

From fighting dogs to sinking ships. This week’s coffee is had in celebration after a really wonderful start to the rehearsal period of StageArt’s Titanic. I have been very fortunate to be cast as Harold Bride in the Australian premiere of the London Chamber Revival Production of this beautiful show. I have also been very… Read more.


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