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Shrine: Canberra Review

Shrine: Canberra Review

Shrine by Tim Winton, one of Australia’s most lauded and interesting writers, is like a memory; a journey of emotion where multiple time and place are collaged together. The narrative jumps in time from present to past and the role of narrator is shared by the characters in a way…

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Shrine – Black Swan State Theatre Company

Luke McMahon, Will McNeill, Paul Ashcroft, Whitney Richards
Image by Gary Marsh Photography

Tim Winton’s Shrine is beautifully flawed; somehow, structurally, its scope seems beyond the confines of theatre and it might seem a better fit for film, or be best savored from the page. But then, once the play finishes, it’s obvious from the sense of communal catharsis why the work does…

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Red Stitch: Herding Cats with Ngaire Dawn Faire

Ngaire Dawn Fair. Photo by Sarah Walker

Red Stitch present the Australian premiere of Herding Cats by UK writer Lucinda Coxon. Opening this week, it’s 2010–11 UK productions won the acclaim of critics and it was shortlisted for writing awards.  It’s described as bleak with shards of black humour and The Guardian said “see it and shudder”.…

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You must know a lot of THEM…

The Laramie Project 10 Years Later, Red Stitch

I have family who used to live in Snowtown; they don’t tell people that anymore. Truro, Port Arthur, Colombine; it only takes one word to recall the horrific violence associated with these places. In 1998, Laramie in Wyoming, USA, made headlines when Matthew Shepard was tied to a fence, repeatedly beaten…

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The elephant in the theatre

Far Away

If I need Wikipedia to explain ANYTHING, I suspect that there’s something wrong – especially when it’s a piece of theatre. SaySix Theatre and Lil Artists are presenting Caryl Churchill’s Far Away at 45 Downstairs. Written in 1999, this is its first Australian production and takes it from a rolling English countryside…

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