Asian-Australians have been part of the cultural fabric of our society for generations, so it is baffling to contemplate the level of racism and ignorance that is still levelled against anyone who looks Asian, even if they were born in Nambour on the Sunshine Coast and only speak English. Not only do the taunts of… Read more.
American playwright Annie Baker won a 2014 Pulitzer Prize for The Flick (seen at Red Stitch) when she was 33. Her writing’s won Off-Broadway Obie awards and rightly declares a new Baker as a show to see. The MTC have the Australian premier of her 2015 play, John, and director Sarah Goodes guides a must-see production that revels… Read more.
Can’t afford your own time machine? A ticket to the National Ballet of China’s Red Detachment of Women is the next best thing. This ballet, first performed in 1964, is one of the ‘Eight Model Operas’ of the Chinese Cultural Revolution; a pet project of Madame Mao – Jiang Qing, Mao’s last wife and the leader… Read more.
Little Emperors was commissioned and developed by Malthouse Theatre for the Asia TOPA festival. Australian writer Lachlan Philpott (The Trouble With Harry) was flown to Beijing to work with director Wang Chong (founder and director of the Beijing-based experimental company Théâtre du Rêve Expérimental) to create “a piece about the connection between China and Australia… Read more.
Sondheim is probably the most well known and respected contemporary writer of musical theatre, and he has long been openly gay. Performed by five men as part of MELT 2017 at Brisbane Powerhouse, Boys of Sondheim is an exploration of the modern day jungle of relationships: from Grindr, to marriage, to breakups. The show started… Read more.
Good children’s stories usually have deeper meaning beneath the surface. Often our favourite childhood tales contain messages for bigger issues. The Harry Potter series is about learning to cope with death. The Lorax teaches kids about climate change and the environment. Roald Dahl’s catalogue nstruct on the importance of kindness, education and believing in yourself…. Read more.
The 2015 Victorian Opera production of Die Sieben Todsunden with Meow Meow took me as close to seeing how Brecht and Weil must have imagined their work. It was a highlight of that year and the newly devised ‘Tis Pity song cycle reunites Meow and director Cameron Menzies, adds the rather divine tenor Kanen Breen and Richard… Read more.
We go to the theatre for the stories. We go to practise empathy and experience the lives of people whose stories are both similar and different to our own. Theatre’s mainstream sibling, cinema, is often saturated by Hollywood films, so, we rely on theatre to tell the local Australian stories that don’t find voices elsewhere…. Read more.
An exciting and evocative experience that shouldn’t be missed, the Centre for Australasian Theatre based in Far North Queensland and the multi-cultural collective of Darahrouge from West Java have come together to create Cargo Club now playing at Metro Arts for the BrisAsia Festival. Issued with Global Citizen Passports, a gathering of strangers journeys down… Read more.
There are two things that will survive the apocalypse: cockroaches and Cirque du Soleil. Such is its enduring legacy and its prevalence as a flagship for all things circus. The Grand Chapiteau is currently in Melbourne with Kooza, the company’s most recent work. There’s no denying the skill and finesse of the performers from the… Read more.