I know that it’s totes unprofesh to whoop loudly during a show that you’ve been sent to review, but Jess Hackett did name-check a family member, so I hope I can be forgiven. Journey of a Thousand Smiles is the story of Jess’s walk from Melbourne to Canberra to deliver a petition calling for more… Read more.
Last year, 5 Pound Theatre transformed themselves into Australia’s only working repertory theatre for five weeks, when they presented five shows in five weeks with five actors and five directors. It was mad and exciting and produced some remarkable theatre in a very short time. This year, they’re doing it again, with actors Tim Wotherspoon,… Read more.
Last year, the Sisters Grimm put on a show in a backyard shed in Thornbury. They pushed the crap aside and brought in some op shop curtains and folding chairs. It was nigh on impossible to get one of those seats and Melbourne was split into those who saw Summertime in the Garden of Eden and those… Read more.
Ubu Roi is a mess. A filthy, mud-spluttered, cover-me-with-plastic glorious mess. Founded in late 2010, the 5Pound theatre ensemble are making their mark in Melbourne. Based at The Owl and the Pussycat in Richmond – once a single-front workers cottage – they present plays that they love, which have so far ranged from The Blue Room to Pygmalion. Jason Director,… Read more.
Last week, I visited the most gorgeous little venue in Richmond – The Owl and The Pussycat – to have a stickybeak. This art gallery-come-performance-space is light and bright in the daytime, but at night plays host to the play Rhinoceros for the duration of the Melbourne Fringe Festival.