Review: Afterplay – intimate and intellectual

Afterplay - Room To Play

An homage to Chekhov, Afterplay is a two-hander play in which the characters are taken from two different Chekhov plays and fast forwarded twenty or so years into the future. Sonya from Uncle Vanya and Andrey (the brother from The Three Sisters) feature in this melancholic one-act play about the ‘tundra of loneliness’. Brisbane’s newest independent theatre company, Room… Read more.

The Melbourne Monologues

The Melbourne Monologues

Now in their 34th year, Melbourne Writers’ Theatre continue their mission to foster and showcase new and established Australian writing talent with The Melbourne Monologues at La Mama Courthouse as part of their 2015 Page To Stage season. Resident director and dramaturg Elizabeth Walley’s curation avoids the sometimes superficial pageantry of “messages or moral tales”, instead… Read more.

Melbourne Festival: Masquerade

Masquerade. Photo by Brett Boardman

Kate Mulvany’s gorgeous adaption of Kit Williams’s picture book Masquerade celebrates why picture books and stories are so important to children and why whenever a child asks you to read them a book, you stop what you are doing and read them a book. You’ll never regret that choice. At today’s post-show Q and A,… Read more.

Mortido at The State Theatre Company of South Australia

Colin Friels and Tom Conroy. Photo by Shane Reid

There isn’t any sense in which this play could be called (in Mrs Everage’s words), a “nice night’s entertainment”. It’s very title, Mortido is Freud’s term for the death wish, which immediately sets the scene as being dark and threatening. It features dark (rather than “colourful”) language with more F and C words than you… Read more.

Melbourne Festival: Desdemona

Desdemona. Melbourne Festival. Photo by Mark Allan

The Melbourne Festival production of Peter Sellars Desdemona sold out. With reactions ranging from  “tedious” – there were walk outs and some impressive snoring – to genius, it’s been talked about a lot. I’m in the genius camp. I was engrossed, fascinated and enchanted by a work that’s equally as meditative and relaxing as it’s demanding and… Read more.

Rent – Hayes Theatre Co

The cast of Rent at Hayes Theatre Co 2015. Image by Kurt Sneddon

Jonathan Larson’s Rent originally premiered Off Broadway in 1996. Inspired by Puccini’s La Boheme, set in New York City’s East Village in the early 1990s, it tells the story of a group of young people fighting for their swiftly fading bohemian community in the face of AIDS, poverty and death. Shaun Rennie’s inventive direction reimagines… Read more.

OzAsia Festival: Dear John

OzAsia Festival: Dear John

In a festival full of big ideas and abstract concepts, Dear John is deceptively simple. At first, the audience struggles to find a pattern, a narrative or even a theme. However, once they give up on this, once they sit back and absorb what they are seeing and hearing, they learn that the point of… Read more.

Melbourne Festival: The Bacchae

The Bacchae. Melbourne Festival.  Photo by Pia Johnson

I didn’t take my eyes off the stage and am still trying to fully understand the astonishingly beautiful, often disturbing and totally unapologetic adaption of The Bacchae created by Adena Jacobs, Aaron Orzech and a cast of teenage women from St Martin’s youth theatre. Euripides’s The Bacchae is about the god Dionysus coming to Thebes disguised as a human and… Read more.

Brink Production’s The Aspirations of Daise Morrow

The Aspirations of Daise Morrow. Photo by Jennifer Greer Holmes

From the first oozings over the audience chatter, of the live music from the very accomplished Zephyr Quartet, to the very first sentence from the actors, it was clear that this was no ordinary piece of theatre. The audience is part of the acting area, sitting in a large circle, not so much sharing the… Read more.

OzAsia Festival: Play

Play. Photo supplied

The late Pina Bausch played the role of matchmaker to Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Shantala Shivalingappa and hence the immaculate conception of Play was borne. Play is the gentle art of love – its conduit Music, Song and Modern Dance. A love shared and expressed by its choreographers/dancers and its musicians while washing over a… Read more.