Show Profiles

Birdie Productions debuts with Hot Shoe Shuffle

Daryl Somers (Max), Erin Bruce (April) and Luke Alleva (Spring), Birdie Productions Hot Shoe Shuffle. 
Photo Grant Leslie, Perfect Images.

“A brave act in itself.” That’s how television veteran Daryl Somers described the birth of Birdie Productions, a new Bankstown-based independent theatre company launched by Executive Producer Rodney Bertram and his wife Pearl. The story of how the company’s first production Hot Shoe Shuffle came together glows with the sunny optimism of an old-time show-business musical. The show will… Read more.

Vice: a play ripped from the headlines

Ben McCann in Vice.

Melvyn Morrow’s new play is about to open at Newtown’s King Street Theatre, and it has a distinct “ripped from the headlines” feel. Centred around horrific reality of sexual assault in private schools and written by a former school teacher, this show is set to be a reflection of the darker side of the world… Read more.

Haunted by War: Denis Moore on One Day of the Year

HIT Productions' One Day of the Year. Photograph by Kirsty Galloway McLean.

“It’s just amazing how war haunts Australia,” says Denis Moore, award-winning director of HIT Productions The One Day of the Year, opening Tuesday March 24 2015 at the Parramatta Riverside Theatres and then touring, including to remote and regional communities. “Australia has been in every war since the Sudan in the 1870s,” he continues. “We… Read more.

Wayne Scott Kermond: Keeping vaudeville alive

Kermond Comedy Capers

Wayne Scott Kermond’s favourite party trick is a run-up-the-wall. What’s yours? Wayne Scott Kermond is one of Australia’s best-loved comedic musical theatre performers. His biography reads like an annual catalogue of all the mainstage musicals in Australia – Gypsy, West Side Story, A Chorus Line, Guys and Dolls, Chicago, The Producers. Next to be seen… Read more.

The Pacific ‘Les Mis’ comes to the Adelaide Cabaret Festival

Anapela Polataivao is bringing her show The Factory, which she directed for both its 2011 and 2013 runs in New Zealand, to this year’s Adelaide Cabaret Festival.  Talking with Aussie Theatre’s Max Cooper, Polataivao admits that she is incredibly excited to be “sharing our Pacific story with the rest of the world.” In 2002 two… Read more.

Stephen Page: Bangarra Dance Theatre and Patygarang

Jasmin Sheppard
Photo by Greg Barrett

Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014, Australia’s multi-award winning dance theatre company Bangarra Dance Theatre is about to premiere its latest work Patyegarang. This powerful new work introduces us to Patyegarang, a young Aboriginal woman of intense and enduring courage, who lived in colonial times but is an inspiration for the respect of Aboriginal knowledge… Read more.

Independent Spotlight Perth: Humperdinck’s Hansel & Gretel by OperaBox and Love Opera

In my quest to investigate all the independent theatre companies and theatre makers in Perth, I noticed that one of the directors I had previously interviewed, Sarah McKellar of North Sea Boat Terminals, was directing an opera for an independent opera company called OperaBox. I immediately wanted to know how on earth Perth could sustain… Read more.