Reviews

Review: The Travelling Sisters

The Travelling Sisters - Ell Sachs, Laura Trenerry, Lucy Fox

Beneath the floorboards of a new Brisbane venue – the Padre Dive Bar – a sisterhood of three fine young women held an audience captive for an evening to showcase a collection of their best sketches and musical comedy numbers. The Travelling Sisters, outfitted in animal-printed pants, conjured up through…

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Adelaide Festival: Blow the Bloody Doors Off!!

Adelaide Festival: Blow the Bloody Doors Off!!

Adelaide Town Hall’s elegant Auditorium hosted Terry Edwards’ Blow the Bloody Doors Off!! – A symposium of the music from four of Michael Caine’s best-known films from the period 1965-’71 (The Ipcress File, Alfie, The Italian Job & Get Carter). Caine emerged out of the working class glory that was…

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Adelaide Festival: Fela! The Concert

Fela! The Concert. Photo by Paul Brissman, Adelaide Festival of Arts

Adapted from the full-scale stage production, Fela! The Concert is a high-energy, constantly moving concert documenting the life and music of Nigerian musician and activist, Fela Kuti, and his invention of AfroBeat music. Though the songs themselves feel a little bare without the rest of the production to accompany them,…

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Adelaide Festival: The Cardinals

The Cardinals. Photo by Grame Braidwood, Adelaide Festival of Arts

Sure, there is some humour in the Bible, but this extraordinary piece of theatre turns it into a very funny, whilst irreverent but respectful romp! Who, other than the creative genius of the unpredictable UK theatre company, Stan’s Cafe, could imagine three Cardinals and a Muslim woman presenting a potted…

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Young & Jackson

Young & Jackson. Photo by Sarah Walker

Don Reid’s Young & Jackson is a tribute play of sorts. It’s a testimonial to Melbourne during World War II, to the pub it’s named after, and to the play that follows (Codgers, also by Reid). As such, it’s difficult to place Young & Jackson as a stand-alone work. There’s…

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Review: The Seagull

The Seagull. Image Supplied.

When a work is immortalised as a classic, it is because the story portrayed continues to speak to new generations whose experiences live on inside the writer’s words. The word ‘classic’ however can be daunting for potential audiences who feel they might not be able to understand a Shakespeare or…

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Adelaide Festival: Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast. Photo by Bronwen Sharp, Adelaide Festival of Arts

There is nothing like falling into a great fairy-tale, and we have a real beauty here, and it’s about as manic, moving and mischievous as it can get. American burlesque star, Julie Atlas Muz and British disabled performer, Mat Fraser are our Beauty and Beast; and there is no holding…

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