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A Quick Chat With Neil Gooding

Neil Gooding

Director and producer Neil Gooding has a long history of championing musical theatre in Australia, working on (and writing) new musicals, and recently championing a growing, inclusive culture of musical theatre in Western Sydney with Packemin Productions, producing numerous shows and cabarets. Next month, he’ll be directing the Australian premiere…

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A Quick Chat With Nicholas Hope

Nicholas Hope. Photo by Stephen Macdonald.

AFI Award-winning actor Nicholas Hope has written Five Properties of Chainmale, five variations of the theme of contemporary masculinity. He’s also directing it for Griffin Independent. We caught up with the celebrated writer and performer, asking him 20 questions about his career, masculinity, and overseeing his own work on stage. How would…

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Birdie Productions debuts with Hot Shoe Shuffle

Daryl Somers (Max), Erin Bruce (April) and Luke Alleva (Spring), Birdie Productions Hot Shoe Shuffle.
Photo Grant Leslie, Perfect Images.

“A brave act in itself.” That’s how television veteran Daryl Somers described the birth of Birdie Productions, a new Bankstown-based independent theatre company launched by Executive Producer Rodney Bertram and his wife Pearl. The story of how the company’s first production Hot Shoe Shuffle came together glows with the sunny optimism of an…

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Vice: a play ripped from the headlines

Ben McCann in Vice.

Melvyn Morrow’s new play is about to open at Newtown’s King Street Theatre, and it has a distinct “ripped from the headlines” feel. Centred around horrific reality of sexual assault in private schools and written by a former school teacher, this show is set to be a reflection of the…

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A Quick Chat With Maggie Scott

Insomniac Theatre's Jerry and Tom. Photo by GiGee Photography

Who doesn’t love a black comedy? Insomniac Theatre is bringing one to Balmain in the form of Rick Cleveland’s Jerry and Tom. We caught up with director Maggie Scott to find out more about her, and about the play, in the Q&A below. How would you describe your job to an…

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