Review: The Detective’s Handbook

The Detective's Handbook at Hayes Theatre Co. Image by Clare Hawley

It’s always exciting when Australia gets a new homebred musical like The Detective’s Handbook. It’s a rare and special treat in a landscape of mass-produced shows imported from overseas to witness something new and fresh, particularly when young Australian talent like Ian Ferrington and Olga Solar write it. The Hayes Theatre Co has previously given… Read more.

MTC: Peddling

Darcy Brown. Peddling. Photo by Jeff Busby

After its Melbourne season, Peddling is touring to regional Victoria in May. Part of the MTC Education and Families program, the script is on the  2016 VCE drama playlist and although aimed at school groups and students, it welcomes a broader audience. A teenage Boy is living on the London streets and peddling toilet paper and sponges door-to-door under… Read more.

Tick, Tick … BOOM!

Tick, Tick ... Boom! Pursued by Bear

Pursued By Bear burst onto the Melbourne Musical Theatre scene back in 2013 with a critically acclaimed production of Next To Normal. Since then, the team have produced well received, high quality musicals at Chapel Off Chapel. Their newest offering is no exception, Tick, Tick… BOOM! is an energetic and emotional must-see offering of musical… Read more.

Hay Fever – Sydney Theatre Company

Hay Fever – Sydney Theatre Company

Imara Savage knows her way around a comedy. In her hands Hay Fever, the Noel Coward classic currently holding court at Sydney Opera House’s Drama Theatre, feels surprisingly, merrily, sharp. Heather Mitchell is Judith Bliss, a mostly-retired veteran of the theatre who carries herself as though the whole world really is a stage. Her new… Read more.

Disgraced – Sydney Theatre Company

Sachin Joab and Shiv Palekar in Disgraced. Photo by Prudence Upton.

The Pulitzer Prize in Drama is awarded “for a distinguished play by an American author, preferably original in its source and dealing with American life.” Disgraced certainly has plenty to say about dealing with American life, insofar as I can perceive it from Australia; the play is set in a contemporary, post-9/11 New York, and charts… Read more.

Bastard Territory – QTC & JUTE Theatre Company

Bastard Territory – QTC & JUTE Theatre Company

Standing at three hours long with two intervals, it is testament to Stephen Carleton’s writing and the actors’ storytelling that made this production of Bastard Territory fly by. Audiences may be put off by the unusually long contemporary play, but the only thing noticeable about the length was that the seats got a little uncomfortable by the end;… Read more.

Victoria Opera: Lucia di Lammermoor

Jessica Pratt as Lucia, photo by Jeff Busby.

With the astonishing soprano Jessica Pratt in the title role, Victoria Opera have re-imagined the 1986 Opera Australia production of Lucia di Lammermoor made for Dame Joan Sutherland. Gaetano Donizetti’s 1885 opera is set in Scotland in the 1700s. Lucia is in love with a handsome young dude (who wears black leather) , but is forced to marry the… Read more.

The Critic’s Brisbane Premiere at Studio Theatre

Gary Kliger and Dallas Fogerty in The Critic - Studio Theatre. Photo supplied.

Currently at the intimate Studio Theatre, Alex Broun’s The Critic explores the value of theatre reviewers and their apparent make-or-break power over a playwright’s career. The Critic is a tense two hander in which young playwright Alan Fisher believes something must be done about Karl ‘the Axe’ Anderton, the most influential and acerbic theatre critic in Sydney, when… Read more.

The Future is Now!

Huang Yi and Kuka - WTF Festival. Photo supplied.

Dim lights, classical music, a dancer, and a robot on an empty stage. The dancer approaches the robot with subtle curiosity. They meet as if for the first time, communicating through gestures alone, slowly learning about each other.  Welcome to Huang Yi and Kuka, a contemporary dance theatre piece exploring the relationship between man and… Read more.

MICF: Stephen K Amos – Talk Show

Stephen K Amos

A mixture of interviews and stand up makes Talk Show an entertaining way to spend an afternoon. Hosting a number of fellow MICF performers, Amos introduces the show in his usual good-natured and cheeky manner with digs at various audience members. From there, we get to meet four different comedy acts also performing at MICF… Read more.