Melbourne Festival: Complexity of Belonging

Photo by Jeff Busby

Melbourne Festival, the Brisbane Festival and Melbourne Theatre Company have coordinated to support the creation of Complexity of Belonging. It’s the type of work that international arts festivals are terrific at developing. Falk Richter, writer and director from Schaubühne Berlin (a favourite at recent Melbourne Festivals) and Anouk van Dijk, now the Artistic Director of…

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Review: Calpurnia Descending, Sisters Grimm

Paul Capsis and Ash Flanders in Calpurnia Descending. Image by Brett Boardman.

Sisters Grimm are back in Sydney and they have been missed. Their particular brand of arch DIY high-camp theatre is a fantastic bolt of energy to the theatre scene in town, and Calpurnia Descending is nothing if not pure, concentrated energy. What begins as a clever parody of old Hollywood…

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Melbourne Festival: Marzo

Marzo. Photo by Ponch Hawkes

So, there’s a Japanese samurai going all Noh, a Pink Power Ranger, the offspring triplets of a Telly Tubby and the Michelin Man, a bird (that I called Dick Face), and an inflatable starfish. Dewey Dell’s art-dance-theatre Marzo is weird. Really weird. Awesomely, fabulously, I-don’t-know-what-I-just-experienced weird! Dewey Dell were formed in Italy in…

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Have I No Mouth. Photo by Jeremy Abrahams

Have I No Mouth is extraordinary theatre. I was on the verge of tears for most of it, but it took me somewhere beautiful. Co-writers and directors Feidlim Cannon and Gary Keenan are co-artistic directors of the Dublin-based company Brokentalkers, which they were among the founders of in 2001. Wanting to explore…

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A Doll’s House

Helen Christinson and Hugh Parker in a Doll's House - La Boite Theatre.
[image: Dylan Evans]

In a bold new recreation of Henrik Ibsen’s classic play A Doll’s House, director Steven Mitchell Wright and writer Lally Katz, present a play that is both challenging and refreshing to our senses. For those who need a refresher from high school studies, A Doll’s House, centres around Nora (Helen…

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Melbourne Festival: A night of circus

Carrousel Des Moutons. Photo by Fabien Debrabander

Within this year’s Melbourne Festival is a program of circus curated by Andrew Bleby from Melbourne’s NICA (National Institute of Circus Arts). Festival audiences can enjoy world-leading companies and new works created by Australia’s best, and circus artists have a seminar to discuss and inspire contemporary circus practice. Two family shows – from Belgium…

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Bell Shakespeare: The Dream

Photo by  PrueVercoe

The Dream is Bell Shakespeare’s reworking (or should one say reawakening) of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Set in what looks like the interior of a decomposed ship, the work is playful, rhythmic and led by a strong cast of experienced actors. For those familiar with the original work, The…

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Melbourne Fringe: The Pillowman

Melbourne Fringe: The Pillowman

Written by Martin McDonagh, The Pillowman is a chilling work that explores the tension between author and authority. Set in a fictional police state, the writer Katurian (Jess Newman) is interrogated for the grotesque content of some of his fictional stories. The two detectives, Tupolski (Josiah Lulham) and Ariel (Ross…

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Black Diggers – Queensland Premiere

Black Diggers by Queensland Theatre Company.
[image: Jamie Williams]

“All faces looked brown in that mud” In an important event of national significance, it is appropriate that the 100-year anniversary since the beginning of World War One be observed through theatrical story-telling in a newly devised work presented by The Queensland Company, simply but evocatively called Black Diggers. It…

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