Matthew Lee Robinson wrote a letter to the Australian Federal Parliament last week. It was shared on Facebook over 660 times and reached an incredible amount of people both on social media and, thanks to Labor’s Shadow Minister for Environment, Heritage, Trade, Tourism and Major Events Penny Sharpe, the floor of NSW Parliament. It’s a brilliant… Read more.
“There is a connection between the progress of a society and progress in the arts. The age of Pericles was also the age of Phidias. The age of Lorenzo de Medici was also the age of Leonardo da Vinci. The age of Elizabeth was the age of Shakespeare.” – The West Wing, episode 3.07 Let… Read more.
Following the release of a distressing story in the Sydney Morning Herald (read here for a full run-down of facts and statements from both parties) last month claiming that a young girl with a disability and her mother were asked to leave a performance of Matilda at the Sydney Lyric Theatre, I’m pretty annoyed that any… Read more.
Wednesday night saw the official opening of Beats on Pointe at the Gasworks theatre in Albert Park, Melbourne. Curious to see how a fusion of street dance and Ballet would go, I went along. (Mainly because I was impressed that they wanted to try.) I left the ninety minute show entirely satisfied that Melbourne dance is… Read more.
In an interview regarding his hit new musical Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda recently posed a question that led me to examine each piece of professional musical theatre I have ever taken in. Referring to audiences watching his unprecedented cast consisting of people of colour performing the roles of historically white figures, Miranda asks, “So if Hamilton’s… Read more.
Guest writer Chris Fung attended Broadway Unplugged – Sydney’s hottest new industry event – last week for the first time. He shared his thoughts on the evening with AussieTheatre in this special feature piece. I had never been to Broadway Unplugged before.
I walked through the doors and was greeted with the proprietary grin of George Youakim,… Read more.
Guest writer Chris Fung wishes a Happy Theatre Day to all Victorians working in the Arts. And to everyone else who wants to partake in the celebrations… Very few people in the world today understand the powerful thrill of proclaiming things. Gone are the days when a man could simply poke a flag into the… Read more.
“I will invest ONE MILLION DOLLARS into the Victorian Arts sector” – Mr. Aleksander Vass of The Vass Theatre Group. At a time when the incumbent Government has cut $87.1 million dollars from Arts funding nationally. At a time when independent and co-operative theatre companies are only just beginning to find identity in a landscape… Read more.
Students, television, theatre – what does the Australian Federal Budget mean for the entertainment industry as a whole? If you’re an arts student, you woke up this morning in a whole new world. Your fees are about to virtually double. The interest on your HELP debt will rise. If you can’t find a job after… Read more.
Recently, an article on Crikey.com’s Daily Review created a lot of discussion within the music theatre industry by posing the question of whether home-grown musicals received the creative support they needed within the Australian theatre industry. With critics citing Aussie made musicals like Miracle City, Summer Rain and Keating as examples of the “Great Australian Musicals”… Read more.