“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.
Anapela Polataivao is bringing her show The Factory, which she directed for both its 2011 and 2013 runs in New Zealand, to this year’s Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Talking with Aussie Theatre’s Max Cooper, Polataivao admits that she is incredibly excited to be “sharing our Pacific story with the rest of the world.” In 2002 two… Read more.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014, Australia’s multi-award winning dance theatre company Bangarra Dance Theatre is about to premiere its latest work Patyegarang. This powerful new work introduces us to Patyegarang, a young Aboriginal woman of intense and enduring courage, who lived in colonial times but is an inspiration for the respect of Aboriginal knowledge… Read more.
In my quest to investigate all the independent theatre companies and theatre makers in Perth, I noticed that one of the directors I had previously interviewed, Sarah McKellar of North Sea Boat Terminals, was directing an opera for an independent opera company called OperaBox. I immediately wanted to know how on earth Perth could sustain… Read more.
Let’s Get it On….sounds like a steamy night at the theatre don’t you think? It certainly will be with the soul styling’s of Marvin Gaye’s music and the smooth voice of Mr Bert Labonte, who will be singing with a band of nine top Australian musicians.This won’t be your average concert; the night will be… Read more.