Bell Shakespeare opens the 2018 season with the love story of the world’s first celebrity couple. Before Kim and Kanye, there was ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA. Theirs was a love for the ages. Antony and Cleopatra’s affair certainly did not ‘wear the rose of youth upon it’. Passionate, grand, cynical, yet completely without corruption, this middle-aged love endured despite politics, war, and marriage to other partners. The Egyptian Queen and the Roman General-cum-Ruler lived, loved and led the world in the tumultuous decade succeeding the assassination of Julius Caesar, during which period Rome went from a Democracy to an Empire and Egypt saw the decline of her last Pharaoh. The play is set in a fascinating point of history and revolves around some of the most famous and powerful characters this world has ever seen. Continue reading BELL SHAKESPEARE’S ‘ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA’ @ SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
Photos by Jamie Breen
“I’ve never read Don Quixote and don’t intend to” Kerith Manderson-Galvin declares in the after show Q&A. “I’ve read snippets but that’s it.”
Being Dead (Don Quixote) presented by MKA in association with KXT bAKEHOUSE & Unofficial Kerith Fan Club, is best described as a simulacra; a copy or amalgamation of an original text altered into a new form or belief. A work that has been performed and continually developed over the past 5 years, Manderson-Galvin believes the work has changed alongside theirself. In it’s current state, the performance is self-described as a “queer, femme, adventure” which best explains the ideas presented throughout succinctly. Continue reading Being Dead (Don Quixote) @ Kings Cross Theatre
A most impressive version of this much loved musical now regarded as a classic.
While FIDDLER ON THE ROOF is now over 50 years old and its story set in a Jewish community in pre-revolutionary Russia, the issues it raises of racism, displacement and refugees are still more than relevant today. Continue reading ROCKDALE MUSICAL SOCIETY’S FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
Image by Clare Hawley
Inspired by the life and work of the American poet Emily Dickinson, ALISON’S HOUSE by Susan Glaspell is a (lost) American classic and Pulitzer Prize winner. Motivated by a desire to bring iconic, but neglected plays written by women into contemporary consciousness, ALISON’S HOUSE is an integral part of The Depot Theatre’s 2018 Season. Continue reading ALISON’S HOUSE: PULITZER WINNING PLAY FOR DEPOT THEATRE
This show has a sadly too short season but if at all possible try and catch it if you can. This show had a rare combination of being a very warm, vibrant comedy as well as having plenty to say.
The play features a ‘hothouse’ scenario with an interracial love story sitting at the heart of the play. Shari Sebbens plays brilliant indigenous lawyer Charlotte Gibbons who has fallen in love with white, talented cellist Frances Smith, played by Tom Stokes. The couple introduce themselves to each other’s family, who know nothing of the interracial nature of their romance at a Christmas lunch held by Charlotte’s parents, Ray Gibson, played by Tony Briggs and wife Joan, played by Melanie Reynolds-Diarra.
Also in attendance at the lunch are Francis’ parents, Dennison Smith, Geoff Morrell, and Marie Smith Vanessa Downing, as well as Charlotte’s very perky sister, Rose, Miranda Tapsell, and her footie star boyfriend Sonny Jones, Anthony Toufa. Will the couple survive the Christmas lunch grilling?! Continue reading BLACK IS THE NEW WHITE @ ROSYLN PACKER THEATRE
Darlinghurst Theatre Company is now taking submissions for the 2019 Season!
“This time of year is important for us as it embodies the core values of our artistic policy. Darlinghurst Theatre Company is unique in Australia – we are the only theatre company working under an artist-submissions model that produces and fully funds all our artists’ work including paying artists a living wage.” Continue reading DARLINGHURST THEATRE COMPANY 2019 SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN
“There might even be some in the audience.” A Climate Denier. Or me, with concerns about guns on stage and sceptical that a play pulled from production by immense pressure in 2014 might suffer from its own reputation. But pressure has its uses. It forms diamonds in the mantle and spits them up by force. Compression also provides a suitable pressure cooker to take old art and make it new. This is KILL CLIMATE DENIERS Mark 2018. A new work forged from the never seen to arrive brilliant and faceted on the Griffin stage. Continue reading KILL CLIMATE DENIERS:UNDENIABLY BRILLIANT
The worlds of science and theatre will collide at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre with double headline theatre extravaganza Back to Back (15 March – 24 March, 2018). The show will feature How I Saved the Western Black Rhino, an uplifting call to action on wildlife extinction, alongside Everything You Ever Wanted, exploring extreme diet culture. Continue reading ART MEETS SCIENCE AT THE JOAN
Louisa May Alcott’s Civil War classic novel comes to life as a colourful and vivacious musical LITTLE WOMEN from 20 to 28 April at The Independent Theatre, North Sydney.
All eyes are on Little Women and its internationally renowned love story about family and following dreams as it will be the first musical for Chatswood Musical Society since the company changed its name to North Shore Theatre Company.
Continue reading ARE YOU A BETH OR A JO? LITTLE WOMEN THE MUSICAL IS BACK
Theatregoers are welcome to attend the World Premiere of IO, MAMMETA ET TU, a play written by the youngest ever AWGIE winner, Andrea Dal Bosco, and presented by the Settlement Services International (SSI)- Future Ability Project.
With stories, song and dance, this drama production shares what it is to live a life less able. The contemporary interactive multi-media and live play experience enlightens audiences, helping Italo-Australians gain a clear understanding of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), the support available and how lives can be changed.
Writer/Director Andrea Dal Bosco was born and raised in Sydney’s Little Italy, Leichhardt. Andrea is still the youngest ever recipient of an Australian Writers Guild Award (AWGIE), through his work creating award-winning film and television in Australia and around the world for the past 30 years. Andrea has written two best selling books on the immigrant experience based on his groundbreaking SBS series TALES FROM A SUITCASE, and is well versed in all things Italian. Continue reading IO, MAMMETA ET TU : LIVING WITH DISABILITY
CAGE is a well written, dark and intense piece by up and coming playwright Jordan Shea. It focuses on three young Australian tourists visiting Thailand for very different reasons, and the dreadful consequences of a drunken spree one night. What happens when they take it too far in someone else’s country where the rules are very different – can they survive? Continue reading CAGE : DARK DRAMA AT 505 FOR FRESHWORKS SEASON
DUNGEONS AND DRAG QUEENS is a live-action drag show combining comedy, fashion, and fantasy tabletop gaming. It offers exciting effects, original music, and a new adventure improvised every night. It’s like if George R.R Martin hosted Drag Race! Continue reading DUNGEONS AND DRAG QUEENS PLAY ON AT PACT
On the face of it, the show currently playing at the Kings Cross Theatre is a domestic drama. Set in one location, a loving couple are united against an invisible enemy. That is until a complication arises. Will they stay together, or will this impediment drive them apart. It’s classic melodrama isn’t it? But not here. ARE WE AWAKE? is a confluence of alternative dialectics about love, disability and identity molded, without rage, into a thing of beauty. Continue reading ARE WE AWAKE? : OF HEALTH AND QUIET BREATHING
Yep it’s a tough sell. A Pulitzer Award and Tony winning play by David Mamet on a small stage in Redfern. But. If the A.I.D.A. maxim of the play really works, there is no better example than GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS playing at the Actors Pulse. This production, uncodified by gender, is the work of the intermediate students of the school and it has the power and presence of uniformly excellent performances. Continue reading GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS: SOLD!
VICKI is playing a short season at Lane Cove Theatre Company. It’s a new work, a musical, home grown and it’s great fun as only community theatre can be. As I left the hall tonight I was hearing people who had enjoyed themselves, chatting about the show and even beginning the conversation about some of the ideas that the production had thrown their way. No wonder either, because that last song, a reprise, with the four cast members singing together is a ripper and a great way to finish the night. Continue reading VICKI FROM LANE COVE THEATRE CO
There are ten very different and very original plays, being performed live on stage this week, at Short and Sweet, the world’s biggest little play festival. Delicious comedy monologues providing laugh-out-loud entertainment, message plays, comedies, dramas and dramedy.
This year in a big new venue for S+S, and located inside the Academy of Music and Performing Arts (AMPA) building, and comfortably seating a maximum of 171. Top 80 Week Four Thursday 22nd February 2018 until Sunday. The S+S festival has new shows every week for eight weeks, and runs from February until April, with both a Top 80 program (Thursdays-Fridays-Saturdays at 7.30pm and Sundays at 6.30pm) together with a separate Wildcards program (Saturdays at 3.30pm and Sundays at 2.30pm). The S+S gala finals take place in April 2018.
Under the direction of Hayden Tonazzi, Sydney University’s musical society MUSE is taking on the two-time Tony Award-winning musical, PARADE. Written by the acclaimed pairing of Jason Robert Brown and Alfred Uhry, PARADE is based on true events that inspired the formation of the Anti-Defamation League and deals with social themes that are extremely relevant to today’s political climate – racism, injustice, and the dangers of a community that gives in to xenophobia. Continue reading MUSE Presents: PARADE
A three-week fiesta of the freshest, edgiest and most inventive new shows in Sydney. An exciting crop of storytellers, poets, comedy artists and non-traditional performance makers from across the country will take over the iconic Stables stage, 11- 28th April. Continue reading BATCH FESTIVAL: 3 WEEKS OF ALTERNATIVE WORK AT GRIFFIN
As part of next month’s 40th anniversary Mardi Gras and for the first time in the parade’s history, an Opera House float will roll up Oxford Street.
Titled Out at the House, the glittering Sydney Opera House float will feature a 10-metre sparkling replica of the famous sails and a 70-strong group of marching ushers, dancers and orchestra members, led by the legendary Dame Joan Sutherland, played by long-time Opera Australia employee Bobby McKenzie.
The float will also feature comedian Gerry Connolly playing Queen Elizabeth II and ‘a Maestro’ from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra ‘conducting’ the marching group.
With just over a week until Mardi Gras, the Opera House today gave a sneak peek of the float design by parade veteran George Savoulis, together with the costumes to be worn by staff and performers on the night, designed by Academy Award-winner Tim Chappel.
At the Media Call at the Capitol Theatre producer Louise Withers indicated that she had been associated with MAMMA MIA continuously since 2001. Withers further stated that this production was a remounting. Precisely what changes were made I do not know but the singing, dancing, costumes, set, colour and high energy on show was very impressive.
Pics by Ben Apfelbaum.
The Guild Theatre’s first production for the year is an offbeat farce from the prolific late American playwright John Patrick.
The play features a clever premise. The main character, Myra Marlowe, is a middle-aged Hollywood television actress who has the urge to get it away from it all.
She rents a house in New England with the aim of taking time out to write her life story, live the country life, and even grow some tomatoes.
Myra tries to settle in to her new life however she soon finds out that privacy is going to be an issue. A colourful array of local characters, including two ladies who call themselves the ‘hospitality sisters’, keep on knocking on her door, wanting to spend time with her. Her home becomes like the local drop in centre. Continue reading ‘A BAD YEAR FOR TOMATOES’ @ THE GUILD THEATRE
Rather than a Red Carpet for the premiere of Mamma Mia unusually there was a Blue Carpet presumably to symbolise the sea which surrounds the island on which Mamma Mia takes place. The irresistible pull of the musical and 22 iconic Abba songs attracted a bevy of celebrities including Governor David Hurley and his wife Linda. One could say that the Sydney premiere was a Royal Command Performance.
Featured image – Damien Leith with wife Erika Heynatz. All images by Ben Apfelbaum.
Some very special events coming soon to Darlinghurst Theatre Company as part of their IDEAS/CREATE Program. Continue reading IDEAS/CREATE PROGRAM: NEW FROM DARLINGHURST THEATRE CO
Louis Ellis Productions’ CARRIE: The Musical will star Sydney Conservatorium student Kirralee Elliott in the titular role of Carrie, alongside Sydney theatre veteran Michele Lansdown, bringing the classic Stephen King novel to musical life at the Depot Theatre this July. Michele Lansdown plays the overbearing and misunderstood mother, Margaret White, set on protecting Carrie from the evils that exist in our world. Continue reading AUDITION NOTICE: CARRIE THE MUSICAL
The Sydney Theatre Company’s current production at the Opera House is a revival of one of British playwright Caryl Churchill’s finest plays, TOP GIRLS (1982).
Set in England in the 1980s, at the height of the Thatcher era, it charts the story,of a successful career woman, Marlene – the personal sacrifices she had to make, the conflicts she has had to face, the way much of her character has been formed by the path that she has taken. By the play’s end, we are left to ponder how happy Marlene is with the choices she has made.
This latest ‘retelling’ is a compelling one with the cast diving deeply into the work. Helen Thomson was always going to be memorable in the role of Marlene, with a measured performance, tough and steely yet remaining attuned and sensitive to what is happening around her.
Contessa Treffone showed a warmth and vulnerability as her anxious teenage daughter Angie, and Kate Box was Marlene’s pragmatic, down to earth sister, Joyce.
The leads are given good support by a fine ensemble cast including Paula Arundell, Michelle Lim Davidson, Claire Lovering and Heather Mitchell, who each got their chance to shine in multiple roles. Continue reading ‘TOP GIRLS’ : AS QUIRKY AND FORMIDABLE AS EVER