Sex. Death. Memory. Loss. Greed. Oh, and women’s Olympic boxing. The 2015 Freshworks season at the Old 505 Theatre in Surry Hills taps into the profound concerns that have driven theatre since the days of Greek tragedy—and addresses modern-day themes as well. But the productions in Freshworks experiment with the ways they push and poke at these… Read more.
When Nelson Gardner is pushed to describe Ned: A New Australian Musical, in which he plays Ned Kelly, he comes up with an interesting description. “I don’t really want to compare it to another show, but if I did I’d say it’s an Irish-Australian Les Mis,” he says. “There are hints of Celtic styles in… Read more.
“I want to make work that anybody can understand and connect with,” says Shona McCullagh, chief executive and artistic director of the New Zealand Dance Company (NZDC). Case in point: Rotunda, the company’s first full-length production, a fresh and different kind of commemoration of the ANZAC centenary. It makes an unmistakably emotional impact—even on the… Read more.
Since Luke Alleva started out in Western Sydney, he has appeared in film and television productions, as well as dancing, singing and acting his way across the world to London’s West End. He’s featured in different genres of stage musicals from Man of La Mancha to Rocky Horror Picture Show to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang—and… Read more.
“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 old-time show-business musical. The show will… Read more.
The Man They Call the Banjo, a musical play about the writing of Waltzing Matilda, will première as a full-fledged production on April 17 and 18 at Mt Rothwell in Victoria. The play’s previous incarnation as a concert-style presentation has now, under Wolf Heidecker’s direction, been fleshed out with sets and choreography. But, says writer-composer… Read more.
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 darker side of the world… Read more.
“It’s just amazing how war haunts Australia,” says Denis Moore, award-winning director of HIT Productions The One Day of the Year, opening Tuesday March 24 2015 at the Parramatta Riverside Theatres and then touring, including to remote and regional communities. “Australia has been in every war since the Sudan in the 1870s,” he continues. “We… Read more.
For one night only, Catherine Alcorn presents her show The Divine Miss Bette at the place where it really took off: the Slide Lounge in Sydney’s Oxford Street. Alcorn has been successfully playing Bette Midler, on and off, since 2009. But this loud, bawdy and larger-than-life role arose from a low period in her professional… Read more.
Wayne Scott Kermond’s favourite party trick is a run-up-the-wall. What’s yours? Wayne Scott Kermond is one of Australia’s best-loved comedic musical theatre performers. His biography reads like an annual catalogue of all the mainstage musicals in Australia – Gypsy, West Side Story, A Chorus Line, Guys and Dolls, Chicago, The Producers. Next to be seen… Read more.