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Bethany has written 43 articles on AussieTheatre

Gear off, Brave face on – Maude Davey on ‘My Life in the Nude’

Maude Davey is a theatre maker and performance artist whose body is as recognisable as her face. This week Davey will once again perform her hit solo show My Life in the Nude as part of ENCORE – a new creative partnership between Melbourne’s La Mama theatre and fortyfivedownstairs. Aussie Theatre’s Bethany Simons took some time… Read more.

Love Thy Neighbour: Neighbourhood Watch at MTC

The critically acclaimed modern masterpiece Neighbourhood Watch will continue to delight audiences at Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC) until Saturday 26 April. Aussie Theatre’s Bethany Simons chatted with playwright Lally Katz about writing, relationships and why everybody needs good neighbours. Since seeing Lally Katz’s unforgettable play Neighbourhood Watch at MTC I’ve been seeing the world differently…. Read more.

Larry Moss: Class with the Master

World-renowned acting coach, Larry Moss returns to Australia to deliver a series of masterclasses designed to inspire actors to achieve their true potential. Bethany Simons reports from inside the Melbourne masterclass. It’s day one of the Larry Moss Masterclass and the foyer of Melbourne’s Chapel off Chapel is a hive of activity. Actors and directors… Read more.

Seussical The Musical – Pulling A Hit Out Of The Hat

Josh Ellwood
Photo: Jennifer Stenglein

OCPAC’s highly successful 2013 production of Seussical The Musical returns to the stage this April for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. First time director Josh Ellwood tells Bethany Simons what it’s been like juggling his own performance schedule with demands from the cat in the stripy hat. A music theatre performer in his own right,… Read more.

DREAMSONG – God Is In The Detail

After suffering a massive hit from the Global Financial Crisis, fictional mega church DreamSong decides to stage the return of Christ, marketing him as a Christian pop star. Writer/Performer Hugo Chiarella talks to Bethany Simons about how the journey of writing a new musical is anything but taking the straight and narrow. The rehearsal room… Read more.

Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead – Boutique Theatre

Christoher Weldon and Cazz Bainbridge
Photo:  Sarah Walker

The peanuts kids are all grown up. That’s the premise for Melbourne-based independent troupe Boutique Theatre’s latest production Dog Sees God, currently playing at the Brunswick Mechanics Institute. If you’re a fan, you’ll delight in playwright Bert V. Royal’s creation of troubled teens inspired by Charles Schulz’s legendary Peanuts comic strip. If you don’t know… Read more.

Bert LaBonte: From ATLANTIS to Washington and everything in between

Bert LaBonte would have to be one of the most down-to-earth actors out there. Most in demand. Most relaxed. Ironic? Well, maybe that’s just it. For now, at least, he doesn’t have to worry about work. He’s had a steady stream of it for the last eight years. In fact, he found himself needing to… Read more.

ONCE: Broadway and West End Sensation to open in Melbourne

Once upon a time there was a little Irish film that was made in 3 weeks on a budget of just over $100k. Initially rejected for Sundance Film Festival, it was given a leg-up and went on to win the audience award. From there, this unexpected treasure won Best Oscar for its mesmerising original song… Read more.

Green goes Blue: ‘Wicked’ becomes Beyondblue’s First Arts Partner

Elphaba (Jemma Rix) and Glinda (Lucy Durack)
Photo:  Jeff Busby

The Honourable Jeff Kennett is chirpy and for good reason. It was announced on Monday that the world-wide musical hit Wicked has named Beyondblue as the official charity for its return Melbourne season in May. As founding Chairman of Beyondblue Mr Kennett is thrilled at the nature of the partnership. “There is a connection between… Read more.

Oh, White a Night!: White Night Melbourne 2014

Rest up, people. White Night Melbourne is only a matter of sleeps away! If you missed the magical mayhem last year, your second chance is here. For one night only on Saturday 22 February from 7pm until 7am, Melbourne will once again become the city that never sleeps; with every nook and cranny of the… Read more.