Show Profiles

Experimental Freshworks at Old 505 Theatre

Freshworks, at the Old 505 Theatre, Surry Hills.

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…

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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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Wayne Scott Kermond: Keeping vaudeville alive

Kermond Comedy Capers

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…

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