Blue Saint Productions has confirmed the full cast of their upcoming production the Tony Award winning musical In The Heights. Set to open at Hayes Theatre Co from 16 March 2018, the production will be the Sydney premiere of this musical, created by the genius behind the Hamilton phenomenon, Lin-Manuel Miranda. Playing the role of… Read more.
It’s almost summer. It’s warm and the daylight is stretching well into the evening. Are you smiling? You should be, because independent Melbourne company Watch This has just announced their 2018 season and it’s bigger and better than ever.
HeartBeast Theatre have stepped outside of familiar territory with the staging of Antigone, not by choice of production (which is always reliably edgy) but rather by taking things into the underground. Their latest offering of Jean Anouilh’s adaptation of Sophocles great tragedy is showing in the wonderful, historic venue of the Spring Hill Reservoir (2-17… Read more.
A need for strong female representation arrives at the forefront of today’s entertainment context; to pursue well-rounded characters, and not reduce them to plot tools (the Bechdel Test is an example of how character tests are frequently applied to films/TV shows). It is a real testament to Dorothy Hewett’s 1972 play, The Chapel Perilous –… Read more.
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.
If you want to laugh your way into a downward existential spiral about the way humanity has screwed the world, then Griffin Theatre’s The Turquoise Elephant is the play for you. Climate change seemed to be on everyone’s minds in the lead up to the Paris Conference in 2015, when Stephen Carleton first started work… Read more.
What better place to set a love triangle driven by obsession and lust than in the high-pressure world of high fashion? Red Line Productions’ The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant oozes melodrama and sexual tension in this play-turned-movie-turned-play-again about a neurotic fashion designer, her adoring assistant, and a vain, young model. German writer and… Read more.
This week I shared a coffee over skype with prominent Sydney-based producer, director and actor, Jay James- Moody (and his cat, who contributed to the conversation from his lap). If I told you his performance credits involved a huge line-up of shows including A Year With Frog and Toad (Ensemble Theatre), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling… Read more.
Starting a new independent theatre company is a difficult thing under the best of circumstances, let alone the current climate of arts funding cuts. Mark Yeates and Artefact Theatre Company have done more than just rise to the occasion; they have eagerly embraced the situation by opening the Company’s inaugural production of the Tony and Pulitzer winning play Proof, at… Read more.
The Old Fitz and Howie the Rookie are a match made in theatrical heaven. The scrappy black box theatre in the belly of a beloved pub seems like exactly the right place for Mark O’Rowe’s rough-as-guts tandem monologues exploring a violent Dublin underworld – a play with its fists up to protect any traces of… Read more.