Reviews

Joe Stilgoe – Songs in Film

Joe Stilgoe, Songs in Film, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, photo by Matt Humphrey

Songs in Film is a simple concept for a cabaret show – a review of the greatest music from the silver screen. Joe Stilgoe takes this simple idea and transforms it into an outstanding, unforgettable, unmissable cabaret production. Joe Stilgoe, British pianist, vocalist and songwriter, is a modern musical genius (seriously, that’s not overstating it)…. Read more.


Emma Pask – Latin Fiesta

Emma Pask, Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2016, Photo by Kurt Sneddon

The vibrant rhythms of Latin America are on show in Emma Pask’s Latin Fiesta. The feisty horns, toe-tapping beats, and the phenomenal bass lines, along with Emma’s grasp of Spanish, Portuguese and English make Latin Fiesta a veritable party. Emma Pask is a musical force to be reckoned with. Place a 10 piece band behind… Read more.


Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho

Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho, Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2016, Image by Mihaela Bodlovic

Have you ever wondered what the Australian political landscape would look like if Gough Whitlam survived the 1975 Constitutional Crisis, if Tony Abbott didn’t eat that onion, or if Harold Holt had decided to go for a cycle rather than a swim? This sort of political ‘what if’ is the exact platform utilised in Margaret… Read more.


A Man with Five Children – Darlinghurst Theatre Co

a man with five children, nick enright  darlinghurst theatre, photo by helen white

Nick Enright’s A Man With Five Children is a thoughtful exploration of the beginnings of reality television. Based on the Seven Up! documentary series, his filmmaker Gerry (Jeremy Waters), decides to follow five children with his camera until they turn 21. The thing is, he has trouble letting go – his lives and theirs become… Read more.


Hermetic Theatre Company’s Bright Those Claws

Hermetic Theatre Company’s Bright Those Claws

Much like the unassuming, recently accredited sobriety group leader (Sam Trotman), the audience has no idea what to expect from a meeting of addicts in a community hall in the middle of the woods on a stormy night. This is Hermetic Theatre Company’s Bright those claws that mar the flesh. A resounding thunder clap welcomes… Read more.



Sydney Theatre Company’s All My Sons

Sydney Theatre Company’s All My Sons

Sydney Theatre Company’s new production of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons delves into a family ruined by the second world war, struggling to hold on to each other as they’re torn apart by grief – some of it of their own making. It exposes the experience of men coming back from war to a society… Read more.


WAAPA’s Bring It On The Musical

Image - Jon Green

I’m always blown away by the talent exposed in the major mid year WAAPA musical and this years offering, Bring It On The musical, did not disappoint. As the audience enters the theatre they are greeted by a giant digital screen that invites them to upload their photos via #bringitonwaapa. The audience is then whipped… Read more.


Artefact Theatre: Proof

Proof. Photo by Theresa Harrison

Catherine is living the in shadow of her father, Robert, a mathematical genius, who has recently died. David Auburn’s Proof is an exploration of her grief, his mental illness and what Catherine might have inherited from Robert: his genius, his mental illness or both. Proof premiered at the Manhattan Theatre Club in 2000 and later… Read more.


Tripod: This Gaming Life

Tripod: This Gaming Life, Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2016, Image by Photographer James Penlidis

A comedy trio, a symphony orchestra and video games galore – This Gaming Life is a rather pleasing, albeit unexpected, union of cabaret components. In a unique fusion of comedy, nerdery and musicality, Tripod and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra combine to take gaming to a new level. Tripod, the wizards of transforming mundane, everyday life… Read more.


Little Shop Open for Business

Little Shop of Horrors - QPAC

Quintessential nice guy Seymour works in a failing florist on skid row. He is hapless, invisible and helplessly in love with his beautiful co-worker, Audrey, until one day he discovers a mysterious plant on the sidewalk. As the plant, named Audrey II, grows and attracts throngs of interested people to the florist, suddenly Seymour’s dreams… Read more.


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