The Sydney theatre community will pay tribute to the late Matthew Leonard at a special memorial service next week. Leonard was killed earlier this month when a plane he was travelling in crashed en route to Kokoda. A WAAPA graduate, Leonard starred in a number of musicals before leaving the theatre industry to follow other… Read more.
Hats Off – the annual fundraising concert presented by Oz Showbiz Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (OSCEFA) – has become an annual concert institution in the diaries of Melbourne’s theatre and cabaret cognoscenti. This year, the cream of Australia’s media, arts and entertainment community will come together to celebrate the 10th year of Hats Off in Melbourne on Sunday, September 6 (Father’s… Read more.
AussieTheatre.com Managing Editor, Troy Dodds, is hitting the road later this year as part of the Great Escape Car Rally, which raises money for research into Cystic Fibrosis. The Cystic Fibrosis Australia Great Escape Car Rally is a car rally with a difference. In the seven years the rally has been running, competitors have visited Great… Read more.
Applications are now open for the Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award 2009 for the development of a play, or other approved performing arts project. This year the prize has been increased to $20,000 and the honour of winning the Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award. Dr Seaborn came to prominence in the performing arts community when in 1986… Read more.
In the year 2032, petrol is the currency of the world. The government has crumbled and a petrol corporation runs a post apocalyptic Australia. In a rural town in NSW a group of rebels are fighting a bitter battle with the local militia. But when resistance member Skylar meets soldier Tanner, both begin to question… Read more.
In an Australian coup, composer Stephen Flaherty and lyricist Lynn Ahrens, who co-created scores forSeussical, the animated feature Anastasia, and many other well-known shows, will be in Australia due to a unique partnership between the University of Tasmania (UTAS) Conservatorium of Music and the American Society of Composers and Performers (ASCAP). Stephen Schwartz, of Wicked fame, will be here… Read more.
Tim Draxl adds extra cabaret show due to demand.
Noeline Brown and Barry Creyton are set to light up the stage at Sydney’s Ensemble Theatre from later this month in Duets. Four sets of characters, four crucial moments; Jonathon and Wendy are on a blind date and hope their bad taste is only in their clothing and not in a prospective partner; Gary is gay… Read more.
The most outrageous, colourful, over-the-top and driven protest has begun in Melbourne. A week-long protest is underway to save the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), in response to the enforcement of new academic based degrees under “The Melbourne Model”. The new education model is said to include staff cuts and the elimination of some… Read more.
There’s ‘under-belly-laughs’ aplenty when a new Aussie comedy premieres in Sydney this week. Get Gary, by award-winning Sydney playwright Rachel Musgrove and directed by Henry Jennings, is a hilarious dig at the more hapless end of the criminal underworld. It comes to Newtown Theatre for a three-week season from August 19. Set in 1980s London,… Read more.