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The Long Pigs

The Long Pigs. Photo by Ponch Hawkes

Coulrophobia: fear of clowns. If you’ve never been scared of clowns and their silly red noses, you will be by the end of The Long Pigs. Rejected and broken by their own kind, the three long pigs (from the Melanesian Pidgin for “human flesh”) are so bitterly dark and absurdly…

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Empire returns to Melbourne

Oscar

ANOTHER circus show in a Speigeltent… Surely we’ve seen it all? Hell, no! Empire captures everything that makes the intimacy of these mirrored tents so special and combines it with acts so originally dazzling, jaw-dropping dangerous and blush-inducing hilarious that it re-ignights the most jaded love for circus and burlesque. Empire originated in…

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Forbidden Broadway

Forbidden Broadway - Savoyards 
[Photography: Christopher Thomas]

Community Theatre brings out its stars for Savoyards Forbidden Broadway. Forbidden Broadway is a satirical revue of musical theatre shows, songs, performers, composers, and even choreographers, which started in the early 1980s, and has been updated through the years to include more contemporary works. Community music theatre company, Savoyards, under…

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Adelaide Fringe: Wake In Fright

Wake In Fright. Photo by Melanie Audrey.

I must admit that I was a bit sceptical about seeing this show, given that I’m a huge fan of the 1970s film and also of the original book. I wondered, how the hell Yabba Productions could follow-up such fine previous forms of the (same titled) work. But I was…

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Malthouse: The Government Inspector

Photo by Pia Johnson

Robert Menzies nervously faces the audience dressed as a priest. He explains how the night’s performance of The Government Inspector was meant to be The Philadelphia Story but it’s not and it’s also not The Government Inspector. Confusing? Nah. When Malthouse and Belvoir announced their 2014 seasons, Simon Stone was going to direct The Philadelphia Story. Woo…

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Perth Festival: Haze

Photo:  Huimin Li

The Beijing Dance Company under choreographer Wang Yuanyuan, sets out to explore some tough subject matter in their production of Haze. The troupe of fourteen dancers -  Cai Tieming, Feng Linshu, Gao Jing, Kan Wen-lan, Li Cai, Sun Jing, Wang Hao, Wei Tushan, Wu Shanshan, Wu Yan, Xie Ming, Yu…

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