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.
Australian actor Jessica Joseph-McDermott is living in Los Angeles and AussieTheatre welcomes her as a regular columnist. When you’re working on a scene, and you have to play a woman who’s just discovered her husband’s been fucking a goat for six months, you really need to stretch your mind and powers of imagination. This is… Read more.
Ever seen a show and said “that’s the best thing I’ve ever seen”? If you’re as indecisive as me, you probably agree that there are far too many ridiculously amazing productions out there and every show is far too different for comparison. My criteria to separate the best began to include number of goose-bumps, millilitres of… Read more.
AussieTheatre has a double passes to giveaway to Scotch & Soda at the Wonderland Spiegeltent on Thursday October 13 at 8pm. Circus meets jazz in a quirky mix that will get you all stirred up… Scotch & Soda is circus and jazz, served straight up – perfect mix of two great things (just like the name suggests!). This… Read more.
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.
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.