Review: Brandenburg’s French Baroque with Circa

The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra's French Baroque with Circa. Photograph by Steven Godbee.

This inspired program is something very special. It brings together the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, French soprano Claire Lefilliâtre, and seven members of Circa, a Brisbane-based circus company. The program of French Baroque music is divided into two portions. The first—the shorter of the two—is concert-like, conducted by harpsichord player Paul Dyer,…

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The third Container Festival opens on Friday

Tess Chappell

The third MUST (Monash University Student Theatre) Container Festival runs at the Monash Clayton campus from 31 July to 15 August. Last year’s festival had over 350 performances and events from 600 Melbourne artists – student, emerging and established – and had an audience of over 3000. Tess Chappell, who studies law…

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MTC: Death and the Maiden

Death and the Maiden. MTC. Susie Porter

Ariel Dorfman wrote Death and the Maiden in 1990 on his return to Chile, after 17 years in exile, in the aftermath of Pinochet’s military dictatorship. The 1993 STC touring production is still talked about and the 1994 film is still a favourite, so why have the MTC chosen to tell it? Why this story?…

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Victorian Opera: Sweeney Todd

Sweeney Todd. Teddy Tahu Rhodes & Antoinette Halloran

Sweeney Todd, Sondheim’s infamous musical thriller, is brought to visceral reality at Arts Centre Melbourne, completing a highly successful trilogy of Sondheim productions by Victorian Opera, following Into the Woods (2014) and Sunday in the Park with George (2013). This grizzly revenge tragedy tells the tale of a young barber,…

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La Mama: L’Amante Anglaise

Jillian Murray & Robert Meldrum

The novella L’Amante Anglaise by Marguerite Duras was first published in 1967 and Duras adapted it for stage in 1968. The stage version is two interviews about a murder that was discovered when body parts, except the head, were found on trains that all passed through one spot. It’s currently back at…

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