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Evelyn Krape

Lois Ellis first directed Evelyn Krape in Female Parts in 1982. Written by Franca Rame and her theatre collaborator, co-activist and husband Dario Fo (who dedicated his Nobel Prize to her), its monologues addressed issues facing women in their 30s. Originally performed by Rama, and called All House, Bed and Church in the original…

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Mother Courage and her Children – Belvoir

Mother Courage and Her Children.

Michael Gow’s new translation of Mother Courage and her Children is an amiable one and Eamon Flack’s production for Belvoir is courageous, but Brecht’s political theatre (unsurprisingly) just doesn’t have enough heart to move its audience. There’s singing and dancing and cursing and laughing and crying but audiences are left…

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Review: Turandot — Opera Australia

Opera Australia's Turandot

Graeme Murphy’s 1990 production of Turandot has an appealingly timeless quality; Murphy’s ensemble movement crests across the stage like waves, and Kristian Fredrikson’s design is dark and arresting and alive, enhanced by the lighting (by John Drummond Montgomery) that’s in turns warm and ice cold. It is a lavish, precise,…

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MTC Neon: Shit

Shit. Nicci Wilkes, Peta Brady and Sarah Ward. Photo by Sebastian Bourges

Shit is the shit. The fourth show of the 2015 MTC Neon Festival of Independent Theatre screams louder and stronger than the women it’s about and inspires us to make our support for independent theatre louder than possible. Writer Patricia Cornelius says, “Really good independent theatre is radical. It is actually…

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Review: Asian Provocateur — Hayes Cabaret Season

Josie Lane's new cabaret has bite.

Cabaret, as a beating-heart underground art form, has its roots in politics, provocation, and rebellion – intimacy and authenticity without formality. It wasn’t until the end of the 2015 Hayes Cabaret Season that cabaret’s raw spirit took over and transformed the space, and it happened the moment that Josie Lane…

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Bring it on — Parade Theatre, NIDA

Bring it On.

With an unfocused and poorly written book, a disappointing score and an altogether bewildering story line, Bring It On did not have much to sell it to begin with. Unfortunately, this new production team seems to have rushed the show onstage, resulting in a half-baked production of an already below…

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Review: Medea at La Boite

Christen O’Leary and Damien Cassidy in Medea - La Boite Theatre Company. Photography by Dylan Evans.

A gothic chorus softly sings and chants. It’s dark and ominous, there is a large circle of candles at various stages of annihilation, and inside the circle a heavy oak table supports a massive candelabra that looks like it is crafted from an imploded papasan chair. Medea (Christen O’Leary) enters…

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Review: Tiptoe

TipToe - Pentimento Productions. Photo supplied.

It’s impossible to predict what delights awaits you when planning to attend a Sven Swenson production. With intriguing storylines and surprising plot twists assured, the lead-up to opening night is always full of anticipation. Tiptoe, the latest production from the masterly creative team at Pentimento Productions has just finished an incredibly…

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Fractured – Blue Room Theatre Perth

Image - Cameron Etchells

The Blue Room in Perth gives voice to emerging creative talent and allows independent theatre artists to get their work seen. Lucy Clements is using the space to her advantage and makes an impressive debut as a playwright with Fracture, a short play that showcases her burgeoning skill for dissecting…

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