Reviews

The Play That Goes Wrong

The Play That Goes Wrong. Image by Jeff Busby.

Fresh from seasons of Cat and Two Sisters (there were casting issues, don’t ask), the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society presents a season of the murder mystery, The Murder at Haversham Manor. The poor cast was plagued by disaster after disaster- slow lighting cues, misplaced props, forgotten lines and many injuries, yet they displayed impressive perseverance… Read more.


The Farce Awakens

The Farce Awakens. Photography by James Jessup.

On Friday evening (12 May) a group of Anywhere Theatre Festival patrons fell down a rabbit hole into a mysterious world hidden in the after-hours space of the Brisbane Museum.  Finding ourselves quickly recruited by a menagerie of characters, wild and wonderful, we were tasked with solving what vexed them, to fend off the impending… Read more.


Regan Lynch Does It In Public

Regan Lynch - Anywhere Theatre Festival. Image supplied.

As part of the Anywhere Theatre Festival, Regan Lynch presents his self-written, one-man show, Regan Lynch Does It In Public – Young Dumb & Full of Comedy. The cabaret was a bold and energetic insight into Regan’s own queer life, exploring controversial topics such as HIV, condoms, queer sex life, and medication. Regan talked candidly… Read more.


Big Fish

Big Fish Cast | Photo by Kate Williams Photography

Musicals that pull on your heart-strings are not an easy find, but the Hayes production of Big Fish – a modified 12-chair version of the 2013 Broadway musical – proves that imaginative but humble stagings can ignite the magic of storytelling equally, if not better than the often rife efforts of a full-blown spectacle. Based… Read more.


Cabaret, Melbourne season

Cabaret, Melbourne season

David M Hawkins’s production of Cabaret may be as pretty as Sally Bowles’s green nail polish, but the only person who loved the green was Sally* and we know her manicure was cheap and chipped. After a mixed reaction to the Sydney season (now referred to as the preview season), Hawkins brought in director Gale… Read more.



The Sylph

Gertraud Ingeborg, The Sylph | photo by Bob Seary

Staging a one-person theatre production presents many challenges; it demands an engaging script and a versatile actor who can capture the attention of the audience for the entire duration of the show. This year’s The Testament of Mary, by Sydney Theatre Company ran into such a conflict (where despite a very good performance, its script… Read more.


Blue Bones

Merlynn Tong in Blue Bones. Image supplied.

Some people in our lives leave us with marks, both seen and unseen. Merlynn Tong’s play Blue Bones is a poignant exploration of the psychology of domestic violence, relationships and survival. When Merlynn goes to the doctor, x-rays reveal scars on her bones left by a violent ex-boyfriend she had in her mid-teens. This unearths… Read more.


The Bodyguard – Sydney

The Bodyguard – Sydney

Flames launch from the front of the stage, the curtain rises to reveal Rachel Marron (a dazzling Paulini), suspended on a platform above a stage full of dancers in glittering costumes. It’s Whitney Houston’s ‘Queen of the Night’ and this is The Bodyguard. Rachel Marron is an internationally acclaimed film star and singer. She has… Read more.


Art and Theatre combine in England

England. Image supplied.

England, by Tim Crouch, is the story of a woman in a relationship with an art collector who travels the world sourcing paintings, leaving her largely alone as she gets sick and finds out she needs a heart transplant. The two-hander featuring Barbara Lowing and Steven Tandy begins with the audience being undertaking a tour of… Read more.


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