Erin James

It’s time to reclaim our day – Theatre Day 2013

It’s time to reclaim our day – Theatre Day 2013

One year ago, I discovered something new about the Australian arts industry. Something which I had absolutely no idea about. Something, I realised, many of my colleagues had absolutely no idea about. Something that, I am sorry to say, most of Australia still has absolutely no idea about. My discovery was this: that the third… Read more.

British theatre producer escapes two years in jail for gay play

Published in the British newspaper The Guardian, it was reported today that David Cecil, a British theatre producer, was arrested in Uganda for staging a play about homosexuality despite  ‘intervention from regulators’. His case was dismissed by a Ugandan magistrate yesterday as the prosecution could not produce any evidence against Cecil. The play The River and… Read more.

A little Les Mis parody for the soul

A little Les Mis parody for the soul

This hilarious and very clever spoof video came across my desk this morning, and it was too good not to share. The brand new film adaptation of Les Miserables, directed by Tom Hooper has ‘premiered’ in NYC and this video details the reactions of some of Broadway’s biggest ‘stars’… Watch out for Liza Minnelli, Patti LuPone… Read more.

Equity allows Australian artists to Dream the Dream

Following an ambiguous statement from producer Paul Dainty about the number of Australian performers to be employed in the recently announced UK import I Dreamed A Dream: The Susan Boyle Musical, the Media Arts and Entertainment Alliance have confirmed a substantial victory for Australian performers. In a bulletin yesterday, Actor's Equity – a branch of the Alliance –… Read more.

Live vocals on Les Miserables film

Hugh Jackman is interviewed for Universal's official extended trailer of Les Miserables

No profound thoughts, no long winded introductions and no editorial comment on this – I just think that if you haven’t seen the recently released Les Miserables extended trailer, you probably should watch it. Directed by Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) and starring our very own Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe, the film is set… Read more.

Art, at the speed of life

Forgive me readers, for I have sinned. It has been several months since my last column. I know there is no real excuse for this terrible lack of editorial communication. I can throw around the regular reasons – “I was rehearsing/ teching/ opening/ closing South Pacific at the Opera House”; or “I was writing news… Read more.

Les Mis – still the one

Les Mis – still the one

Despite having taken place some 10 years ago, I thought sharing this video with you today was appropriate for some light Sunday afternoon entertainment. On January 25, 2002 after 6138 performances on Broadway, Les Mis claimed the title of 2nd longest running show in Broadway history, pushing A Chorus Line out of the 2nd top spot. To… Read more.

The new AussieTheatre: One year on

I sat down at my desk today and it suddenly occurred to me that I have been Editor in Chief of for just over 12 months – and to use a cliché, I simply cannot believe how fast the time has flown by. On July 1 2011, my co-director Matt Edwards and I officially… Read more.

Tough times for WAAPA

As a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, I can say with absolute confidence that WAAPA is an incredible place to study. The passion of both the teachers and students create a learning environment unlike any I have ever seen before. Not only does the school boast an enormous list of alumni… Read more.