The third Container Festival opens on Friday

Tess Chappell

The third MUST (Monash University Student Theatre) Container Festival runs at the Monash Clayton campus from 31 July to 15 August. Last year’s festival had over 350 performances and events from 600 Melbourne artists – student, emerging and established – and had an audience of over 3000. Tess Chappell, who studies law and performing arts at Monash, is… Read more.

Lucy Maunder on Heathers and all things 80s

Lucy Maunder

Heathers: The Musical, based on the 80s cult classic film of the same name, premiered Off Broadway in 2014 to critical acclaim and even garnered an enthusiastic following of its own. The Hayes Theatre, the current hub of Sydney’s independent musical theatre revolution, will be home to the Australian premiere of Heathers starting from July… Read more.

A quick chat with Blood Brothers’ Helen Dallimore

Helen Dallimore in Blood Brothers. Image by Kurt Sneddon.

Helen Dallimore is one of our most accomplished musical theatre performers (and directors!) You’ve seen her on stage in anything from Spring Awakening to Legally Blonde – not to mention originating the role of Glinda in Wicked on the West End. Most recently, she was nominated for a Helpmann Award for her role in the Sydney season of Blood Brothers. Now that… Read more.

The 27 Club lives on at The Butterfly Club

Keane Fletcher and Zack Anthony Curran will star in the 27 Club

Walking down the darkened alleyway of Melbourne’s Carson Place and up a dimly lit stairwell, you could be forgiven for thinking you were entering The Butterfly Club. But from 14 –19  July, you will be in fact, walking into The 27 Club. It is neither hell nor purgatory. It is a whiskey-filled den where the lives, deaths, interviews and… Read more.

Sweeney Todd: interview with Blake Bowden

Victorian Opera, Sweeney Todd rehearsal. Blake Bowden & Teddy Tahu Rhodes. Photo by Charlie Kinross

The final opera in Victorian Opera’s Stephen Sondheim trilogy opens next week with the much-anticipated Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Under the direction of Stuart Maunder, 2013’s Sunday in the Park with George and 2014’s Into the Woods sold out, won critical acclaim and converted new comers to become Sondheimites. To keep… Read more.

A Quick Chat With Belinda Giblin, star of Blonde Poison

Belinda Giblin.

Belinda Giblin is a distinguished actor of the Australian stage and screen. Her most recent theatre credits include Daylight Saving (Eternity Playhouse) and Dark Voyager (Ensemble Theatre). She pops up often on TV, having played regular roles in Sons and Daughters, MDA, Home and Away, Heartbreak High, and The Sullivans.  Next, she will be appearing in Blonde Poison, a solo play at… Read more.

Circa and Brandenburg Orchestra: Music takes flight

Circa performers in French Baroque with Circa, a show that brings together Circa Contemporary Circus, French soprano Claire Lefilliâtre and the Australian Brandenberg Orchestra. Photograph by Steven Godbee.

It seems at first like an improbable idea, combining circus with the courtly music of the Baroque era. Sure, circuses have music … but it’s not usually elegant Baroque music played on period instruments. And yet Circa and French Baroque—in Sydney and Melbourne during July and August—is indeed a collaboration between circus company Circa and… Read more.

Together Apart, a new Australian song cycle: first look!

Together Apart, a new Australian song cycle: first look!

Nicholas Gentile and Lincoln Hall, a writing duo, are set to release the album for their song cycle Together Apart, and it’s bursting with talent. Nick & Lincoln, as they’re collectively known, are both experienced performers. Nick’s passion lies with composition, conducting and musical directing, and Lincoln’s focus is on writing, filmmaking and directing – which… Read more.

Chatting with Penny McNamee, our new Mary Poppins

Penny McNamee

Penny McNamee, one of Australia’s rising stars, will be playing the practically perfect nanny Mary Poppins in Packemin’s upcoming production at the Riverside Theatre from July 24 – August 8. McNamee has had an extensive career on both stage and screen.  After originating the role of Nessarose in the Australian production of Wicked, she has… Read more.