Ginny (Bessie Holland) is growing up in Chitole, a small town where the locals – both Indigenous and non-Indigenous – don’t accept her as Aboriginal because of her light skin. She dreams of going to Brisvegas to follow in the footsteps of her mother and become a Blaque Showgirl. Nakkiah Lui is at the point… Read more.
AustralianPlays.org has just launched the Playbox Collection, an online treasure trove of scripts, interviews and images from the original Playbox Theatre. This is Australian Play’s most complex project to date, and has taken over two years to complete. Playbox, for most of its time, had a policy of only presenting Australian premieres, and helped shaped the… Read more.
“Everything begins and ends at exactly the right time.” – Joan Lindsay, Picnic at Hanging Rock Five women appear on stage, dressed in the uniforms of private school girls we might encounter in the street or on a train. There is a tension in that familiarity; we have seen these girls before and are about… Read more.
What do a dorky high school band, two bagpipers, 50 gingham tablecloths, Bart Simpson, a watermelon, a Prince Albert piercing, and an ungodly amount of spaghetti alla chitarrahave in common? Enter: Aphids, with their new audience-interactive spectacular, A Singular Phenomenon, appearing for a very limited season (only three performances) at Malthouse Theatre. As we bustle… Read more.
YouTube is only ten years old. Like Facebook and Twitter, it’s already hard to imagine life without it. And enough people have now grown up thinking that opening your life and your secrets to the world isn’t strange. Meme Girls at Malthouse Theatre is about searching for identity by confiding to strangers on the internet. Created by… Read more.
Among walls of tape-sealed cardboard boxes stands a middle-aged man in a suit. He has a beard, an accent and looks like he’s going to sweat a lot. And he might be mad and/or mad as he’s being searched before boarding an international flight. Boom? Aliro Zavarce’s The Book of Loco won Best Theatre Production at the… Read more.
Like so many theatre-goers, I first noticed Guy Edmonds in that legendary production of Holding The Man, which sprang out of the Griffin Theatre, toured nationally – and internationally – and left audiences picking up their hearts from the auditorium floor. Apart from being an actor with a lengthy CV across theatre, film and most… Read more.
If we were to choose the super hero of Melbourne theatre companies, Back to Back Theatre would have to get the cape and Lycra onsie as one of Australia’s most globally known and respected companies who stand by their manifesto to “create theatre to challenge the gods”. Following acclaimed stunners like Ganesh Versus the Third… Read more.
The story of Salome, like many tales from the Bible, has endured in part because of its frisson of beauty and brutality. Christian iconography has presented her as the epitome of the femme fatale – a cool, somewhat foolish ingénue whose sensual flippancy led to the beheading of John the Baptist, and whose sexual potency… Read more.
Alison Whyte’s irresistible performance of The Bloody Chamber is reason enough to see it before it finishes on the weekend. It’s like being tucked into bed and read a fairytale that lulls you into wanting to sleep with the lights on forever, but finally leaves you safe and comfortable in its blood-soaked darkness. Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber is… Read more.