A note from Rachi… There are 3 truly anxiety provoking things in this world: the cold sore virus, an interest rate rise above 2 basis points and 8 bars of free dance at dance auditions. Two of these things are avoidable with sound economic management and sensible kissing behaviours, the 3rd is not and must be… Read more.
I’m feeling disappointed. Yes. Quite. Now this isn’t the type of disappointment that sits on your shoulders, chuckling and chortling as you carry it around. It’s also not the type that you half-expect, or dread to meet. It’s the type that builds. Over time. Minutes, then hours, and days, until finally…You recognise it for what… Read more.
Every professional industry is its own little world, with power structures, behaviour codes, systems and celebrities. The behaviour codes backstage at the Capitol Theatre are very different to a corporate office. Backstage, my bottom gets slapped approximately 48 times a day. When I used to work in Psychology Research, a solitary pinch would see you… Read more.
To begin 2017, my friend Carly and I ventured to New York for a cultural awakening through exploring the incredible history and landmarks of the city (i.e. see a bunch of Broadway shows). This was my third visit to NYC but the first where I hadn’t pre- booked a single show- *GASP* what about my… Read more.
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.
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.
I came across a letter recently that affected me a lot. It was being passed around Facebook (as things often are), and I took a moment to read. Then I took a few more moments. Until I realised I had read the whole letter. It was a letter from Marilyn Monroe, sent to her therapist,… Read more.
“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.
Once upon a time, there was a room full of 30 women and one man. Many of those women were in love with the man; the rest were just trying to sing as high as they could. Guessed the show? (Hint: It’s between 8 and 10)… If you had trouble working that out, it’s probably… Read more.
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.