Articles on ‘Opinion’

The Mythical Fairytale Land of 6.5%

Photo by Joe Penniston

Did you know that for this year there were only 340 onstage performance jobs for Professional Musical Theatre in Australia? Did you know also that in 2014, Actor’s Equity reported a membership of 5179? This number referring to the fee-paying, card-carrying demographic of Stage Performers, Stunt Workers and Circus Performers across Australia. If in fact… Read more.

How to leave an agent – with Rachel Cole

Rachel Cole joins the AussieTheatre team

Performers complain about their agents as often as they complain about feeling fat. #thestruggleisreal. When you hear your friends talking about castings or auditions that you haven’t heard about or you haven’t had an email in months, it’s easy to question your representation. It’s in these moments you need to trust that your agent has… Read more.

Someone Else’s Story

Naomi Livingston

This piece has been a long time coming. It is part of my journey as a creative and as someone desiring to engage with aspects of life that can both hinder and release creativity and work out how to relate to them both. And though I’m not sure I have clarity on the matter or… Read more.

The courage of creativity

The courage of creativity

I want to delve further into the concept and action of creativity. And perhaps even to the furthest branch of brain-bending constructs: ‘purpose’. I talked in my first essay about child-like openness, play, and the ease with which children go out and create, or pursue their dreams and how we as adults often struggle against… Read more.

How to swing well – Rachel Cole with Tanya Mitford

Versatile: Tanya Mitford has worked in all facets of the musical theatre industry. Image by Blueprint Studios

Welcome to Stage Door Shrink, a regular column aimed at helping performers chortle their way to a #win. Today’s Stage Door Shrink session looks at how to swing well – in the performing sense, not keys-in-a-bowl sense… Musical theatre casts are, generally, made up of leads, ensemble members and swings. If you’re not in the industry, a swing… Read more.

Between Dreams and Reality

Between Dreams and Reality

I guess I’ve always wanted the opportunity to document. To write. I’ve always wanted to be able to write a magnificent novel, but that endeavour always felt too enormous. So I wrote short stories, but I wasn’t sure what their larger purpose was… So here I am attempting to ‘document’ instead. Now I’d better preface… Read more.