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Sydney theatre lovers will get a brief window of opportunity to see Australian playwright Gina Shien’s poignant play MORGAN STERN based on her brother’s battle with schizophrenia.

In Schien’s quirky play, a character named only as The Gent, part ghost, part protector, has been assigned from the other side of the planet to help Morgan, a young Sydneysider afflicted with schizophrenia.

The play shifts  between centuries and across hemispheres but remains primarily set in a still difficult to know corner of the universe – the human brain.

The production, mounted by Company of Rogues, will play Belvoir Street downstairs for two performances only in early July.  Then in August the Company are very excited to announce that it will have its international debut at the Edinburgh Festival which turns 70 this year.


MORGAN STERN will play downstairs at Belvoir Street on July 1 at 7.30 pm and July 2 at 5.30 pm.

For more about this production visit https://belvoir.com.au/events/morgan-stern/#performance-times
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Is the road to self discovery still on the map?

“The artists red light surrealism broke new ground, Body Maps socio political commentary on objectification and the beauty myth pulled no punches” – Otago Daily Times

“Original, Outlandish, provocative & not to be missed” Macandmae.com

Navigating who we are has never been tougher. Access is blocked with the promise of beauty & perfection. The personal highway to our soul is in a multi lane gridlock with diversions from the self at every exit.

Psychedelic, Satirical, Personal & Political storytelling that’s packed to the rafters with puns, punches & possibilities. BODY MAP is deep dive across the consumer bordered planet and into our inner being, highlighting our capacity to transform despite the odds.

Cult Pioneer of Australian performance art, Glitta Supernova brings her multi award winning show BODYMAP direct from the Dunedin Fringe Festival;


“BODYMAP exuded both vulnerability and subterranean glamarama” – Alt Media


BODY MAP will take place on Saturday 27th May at the Giant Dwarf Theatre. Doors will open at 7.30 pm for an 8 pm performance.

For more about Body Map, visit https://giantdwarf.com.au/events/the-glitta-supernova-experience-body-map/
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Do you believe in ghosts?

Regardless of your opinions on the paranormal, you’ll be glancing over your shoulder as you leave the theatre after The Sutherland Theatre Company’s upcoming production of the classic ghost story THE WOMAN IN BLACK.

Based on Susan Hill’s gothic horror novel of the same name, The Woman in Black is a gripping ghost story set in a dusty old theatre.

Arthur Kipps, a middle-aged solicitor, engages the services of a professional actor to help him re-enact a ghostly event that he experienced many years before at a deceased client’s old manor house in the English countryside. From the cluttered stage, Kipps begins to read his story: painfully, self-consciously and hesitantly at first, but gradually increasing in confidence.

The actor is enthusiastic and passionate, taking on the role of a young Kipps for the purpose of the performance. But as the two men delve deeper into the spine-chilling events that befell Kipps during his time at Eel Marsh House, the actor gradually realises that not all ghost stories are works of fiction.

In his second show with The Sutherland Theatre Company, Anthony White will play the reluctant storyteller Arthur Kipps.

Dirk Strachan-Thornton is to play the self-assured actor whom he hires to help bring his story to the stage.

Mallatratt’s adaption has been seen by millions of people worldwide and has been running on the West End for 27 years.

Director Belinda Balhatchet was drawn to the play’s use of simple theatrical techniques, rather than a detailed set, to bring the story to life.

“Nowadays, big budget productions can create almost anything on stage. Audiences don’t have to use their imagination as much as they used to because everything is created before them through lavish sets and huge casts. This show is the complete opposite. With a cast of two and an incredibly simple set, The Woman in Black relies on the talent of the cast and the imagination of the audience to create an atmosphere of tension and horror.”

Belinda knew that the Sutherland Memorial School of Arts was the perfect venue for the show.

“The School of Arts is a relatively small theatre in an old building. It fits the theme of the show perfectly, and the small size of the theatre puts the audience right in the middle of the action.”

THE WOMAN IN BLACK will be playing for a strictly limited season at the Sutherland Memorial School of Arts from May 26-28. Performance times are Friday 26 May @ 8pm, Saturday 27 May @ 2pm, Saturday 27 May @ 8pm, Sunday 28 May @ 2pm.

Tickets can be booked online via TryBooking: http://bit.ly/stcwomaninblack. Alternatively phone bookings can be made on 91507574.

For more about The Woman in Black, visit http://www.thesutherlandtheatrecompany.com.au/index.htm
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L’enfant prodigue by Claude Debussy @ Backyard Opera

Debussy’s L’enfant Prodigue is a staged cantata by Claude Debussy with text by Édouard Guinand that runs approximately 45 minutes.

This classic parable still resonates with us today. In an increasingly isolating and individualistic society, we are confronted by our own passive vilification of people who have fallen through the cracks. The drive to succeed and express our identity comes at a cost. Humanisation and community are the remedy,

The cantata is to be directed by Lucy Scott and conducted by Luke Spicer. The work will be played by a chamber orchestra accompanied by soprano Ayşe Göknur Shanal, tenor  Joel Scott and baritone Andrew Williams. The piece runs for forty five minutes.


May 5th: 7:30PM
May 6th: 5:30 + 7:30PM
May 7th: 5:30 + 7:30PM


Backyard Opera –  a new  multi-use arts space a five minute walk from Tempe Station : http://www.backyardopera.com/contact

For more about L’enfant prodigue by Claude Debussy, visit https://www.trybooking.com/PTCM

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Timeless and evocative, Stephen Sondheim’s 7 time Tony Award Winner COMPANY is regarded as one of the great modern musicals.

On the night of his 35th birthday, confirmed bachelor, Robert, contemplates his unmarried state. Over the course of a series of dinners, drinks and even a wedding, his friends force the habitually single Robert to question his rigid bachelorhood during a hilarious array of interactions.

COMPANY features a brilliantly brisk and energetic score containing many of Sondheim’s best known songs including the renowned finale Being Alive. With discussions about marriage, divorce, homosexuality and commitment, COMPANY is a sophisticated and honest look at modern adult relationships.

COMPANY will be playing between Tuesday 4th April and Saturday 8 April at STUDIO ONE, UNSW : Tuesday to Friday at 7.30 pm and a Saturday matinee at 2 pm.

Book tickets at http://bit.ly/MTSCompany

For more about UNSW MTS Presents: Company, visit https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=256429&embed=256429
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The Sutherland Theatre Company is proudly presenting Andrew Morton’s heart-warming play, Bloom, at the Sutherland Memorial School of Arts from March 3-12.

Following the death of his father, 15-year-old Daniel and his mother Lisa are forced to move to an unfamiliar town. After a violent outburst at his new school, Daniel’s social worker Michelle suggests that he spend a week working with her father, Bobby, an urban gardener of several abandoned lots in the middle in the city.

A week soon turns into a few months and, as the two men spend the summer tending the gardens, they begin planting some much-needed hope in a neighbourhood plagued by blight and help each other heal old wounds.

A finalist at the Write Now festival and a winner of the Aurand Harris Memorial Playwriting Award, Bloom is a coming-of-age story about grief, growth and gardening.

Director Christiane Brawley chose the play because of its simple and relatable story about the power of human connection.

“The media is so full of material telling us of our cruelty and indifference to each other, but this story is about the positive ways that human interaction can enrich and revitalise us. I don’t think we can ever have too many reminders about the importance of kindness and family and friendship.”

The heart-warming story at the centre of the show has broad appeal.

“It is gently humorous and reminds us why it is good to be alive. It has characters and situations that everyone will recognise and a story which will make the audience smile and feel good.”

The multi-generational cast of talented local performers includes Graham Yates, Ben Moss, Mel Day, Grace Fabris and Emma Dalton.


Friday 3rd March @ 8pm Saturday 4th March @ 2pm Sunday 5th March @ 2pm Thursday 9th March @ 8pm Friday 10th March @ 8pm Saturday 11th March @ 8pm Sunday 12th March @ 2pm

Tickets are available from http://www.thesutherlandtheatrecompany.com.au or by calling (02) 9150 7574.

For more about Bloom, visit http://www.thesutherlandtheatrecompany.com.au
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London's burning - would you like another drink?
London’s burning – would you like another drink?


It’s a proper British cocktail party, but nothing is going according to plan. Mrs and Mr Martin don’t recognise each other, the Smiths’ doorbell keeps ringing, and the maid mysteriously disappears. As London burns and the flames flicker higher, the ability to communicate and comprehend is crumbling too…

In equal parts witty and silly, with a splash of slapstick, this classic play from the Master of the Absurd is a dark, crackingly funny excursion into the limits and denial of language and logic.

Director –  Kara McLaughlin

Starring – Hannah Bath,Richard Cornally, Sarah Farmer,  Michael Gosden, Nell Nakkan and Liam Numan.

Sydney Arts Guide has 5 double passes to give away to the performance on Wednesday 9 November. Be one of the first to email the editor on editor.sydneyartsguide@gmail.com with The Bald Soprano Competition in the subject heading. Winners will be advised by email.


9-11 November, 11am and 8pm
12-13 November, 2pm and 8pm
PACT Theatre, 107 Railway Parade, Erskineville NSW 2043
Adults $30, Concession $20, Groups of 6 $120.

Tickets available https://www.trybooking.com/MRFA

For more about The Bald Soprano by Eugene Ionesco, visit http://www.twistedtreetheatre.com.au
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John Bell AO will play the lead role in Florian Zeller’s ‘The Father’, one of the featured productions in the MTC’s 2017 season.

The Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC)  is to premiere 3 new Australian plays in it’s 12 part 2017 season.

Launched on the weekend by Artistic Director Brett Sheehy in Melbourne’s Hamer Hall, the 3 plays – written by Melbourne’s own Joanna Murray-Smith, Eddie Perfect and Lally Katz – sparked a special kind of excitement in event attendees.

Alongside them is an exciting selection of local and international work that is sure to delight an array of both new and continuing theatregoers.

There were, of course, a few standouts presented in this weekend’s launch.

According to Sheehy, Michael Frayn‘s Noises Off  is “considered by many to be the funniest play ever written”.  Actor Louise Siverson presented the play to subscribers, in a depiction that was nothing short of hilarious. Noises Off will be playing mid year, throughout July and August and will definitely be the comedic relief of next years cohort.

The Father by Florian Zeller is also a promising standout. The intriguing french play has garnered world wide acclaim, and the MTC is rightly bringing it to Australian shores. With John Bell AO playing the lead, it is an understatement to say that audiences are in for a treat – with Sheehy suggesting this could be the performance of Bell’s lifetime. This performance will be co-produced with Sydney Theatre Company. Not to be missed, The Father will premiere in November of 2017.

For the first time in 5 years, the MTC will be showing a Shakespearean tragedy. Sheehy, who has been directing the company in this time, said “In my view you never tackle Shakespeare lightly.” Therefore, Macbeth will be directed by Simon Phillips, who has allegedly waited  5 years for the “planets to align” in anticipation of this play. Phillip’s is remembered as directing Richard III and Hamlet in previous MTC seasons. Although the full casting announcement is still to come, audiences can gear up for the June/July when this mammoth of a play will be presented.

In addition to this weekend’s season launch, the MTC also announced a few major successes in their social justice projects. They were proud to announce that in accordance to their Women In Theatre motion, 7 of the 12 plays in the 2017 season are written by women, and 5 are to be directed by women.

The 2017 Season will bring something fresh and dramatic to audiences, and is definitely worth travelling to Melbourne for!

Subscribers can access tickets now, however ticketing for the general public will be available in early March and can be booked through the MTC website.



Sarah Ruhl, one of America's finest contemporary playwrights.
Sarah Ruhl, one of America’s finest contemporary playwrights.

“This play is for all the lady cowboys of heart and mind who ride outside the city limits of convention.” – Sarah Ruhl.

This beautiful play, in its Australian debut, asks big questions about how gender defines who and how we love. Sarah Ruhl’s LATE : a COWBOY SONG follows Mary, an endless worrier, as she reconnects with her lady cowboy friend, Red, whose forehead has no worry lines at all. Crick, Mary’s husband, buys a painting with all her savings. Red teaches Mary how to ride a horse and to enjoy the silence. Crick and Mary, who have been in love since the second grade, can’t decide on their newborn’s name or gender. The three sing songs, celebrate holidays, and and try to navigate their way through the blurred lines of love and relationships. A story of one woman’s education and her search to find true love outside the box…

It looks like it will be quite a journey, especially considering that Sarah Ruhl sure knows how to give an audience a stimulating, entertaining night in the theatre. I have great memories of two of her plays that the Sydney Theatre Company have produced- In  The Next Room of the Vibrator Play  and Orlando (an adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s classic novel).

LATE : A COWBOY SONG is playing at the Erskineville Town Hall, 104 Erskineville between the 27th September and the 1st October. Performance times are-
27th September @ 8:30pm
28th September  @ 8:30pm
29th September @ 8:30pm
30th September @ 8:30pm
1st October @ 8:30pm

Starring– Andreas Lohmeyer, Annabel Matheson and Eliza Oliver
Set and Costumes by Annabel Matheson
Sound Design by Sarah Dunn

Produced by  Annabel Matheson and Eliza Oliver

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Mozart and Saleri (1)

You know the story of the infamous (albeit highly fictionalised) rivalry between Mozart and Salieri. No doubt you have seen the late Peter Shaffer’s film adaptation of his own play, “Amadeus”, greatly inspired by Alexander Pushkin’s “little tragedy”, the dramatic poem “Mozart and Salieri”.

Let us take you a little closer to the source material.

We are excited to present a triple-bill including Rimsky-Korsakov’s almost verbatim operatic adaptation of Pushkin’s tale, alongside two of Mozart and Salieri’s own farcical works; Der Schauspieldirektor (Mozart) and Prima la Musica, Poi le Parole (Salieri). These pieces were interestingly composed for the same competition and debuted at the same time, in the same room!

As a special treat, it is also our utmost privilege to present, likely for the first time EVER here in Sydney, “Per la ricuperata salute di Ofelia”; a piece of music composed by Mozart AND Salieri, with libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte of Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Cosi fan Tutte fame (to name just a few). Discovered only this year in the depths of the Czech National Museum, this piece was thought to be lost to the ages. We are delighted to be able to give it’s modern-day, Sydney debut.

Thursday, 4 August 2016 (PIANO PREVIEW) – 7:00PM
Tickets $20

Saturday, 6 August 2016 – 3:00PM
Sunday, 7 August 2016 – 3:00PM
Tickets $35 – includes complimentary afternoon tea

Christopher Curcuruto – Bass-Baritone (PRODUCER)
Laura King Soprano (PRODUCTION MANAGER) + Photo Credit

Jonathan Wilson

Henry Shaw
Alex Robson
Rebecca Anne Coe

Eugene Raggio
Joshua Oxley
Laura King
Zoe Drummond- Soprano
Imogen Faith Malfitano
Elizabeth Smalley
Jared David Lillehagen
Josh Rogers

Geist String Quartet
Sonia Wilson – Violin
Meg Cohen – Violin
Hayasa Tanaka – Viola
James Larsen – Vello
Jonathan Wilson – Piano and Spinet

This event is presented as a profit-share joint venture; by artists, for artists.

Special thanks to the Academy of Music and Performing Arts – AMPA and Felt Tip Theatre Company for their support.

4 August 2016 at 7:00PM, 6 and 7 August 2016 at 3:00pm

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In a shattered world ravaged by war, a ragtag band of teenagers struggle for survival. Their leader, Deme, dreams of a world that is safe – a utopia filled with polar bears…

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July 20th – July 23rd. 7PM every night, 2PM Saturday matinee

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“All that glisters is not gold.”

Following the Company’s compelling production of Hamlet in April this year, Bard on the Beach returns to The Greek Theatre in Marrickville this month with its presentation of The Merchant of Venice.

Supported by the directorial guidance of Patricia Rowling, Artistic Director of Bard on the Beach, this Shakespeare play explores prejudice, human relationships and social boundaries in 16th Century Venice. Continue reading THE MERCHANT OF VENICE @ GREEK THEATRE MARRICKVILLE


Photo by Matt Ralph

Above photo by Matt Ralph. Featured photo by Sasha Cohen.

Following a critically acclaimed sell out season at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Lies, Lies and Propaganda bring BICYCLE, written by Danielle Baynes, starring Danielle Baynes and Pip Dracakis, and directed by Michael Dean,  to the Old Fitz.

Upon meeting an enigmatic Transylvanian Count, a Victorian Englishwoman is given a bicycle. But this gift comes with a price: midnight supper at his place. This invitation proves too tempting to resist and her mortal life is changed forever. Bicycle is a one-woman play about conquering fears, parting legs and the unexpected turns life can take after dining with a monster.

The reviews interstate have been outstanding:-

★★★★ ‘Danielle Baynes is a supernatural force to be reckoned with in this fanciful, original dramatic comedy-thriller.’ – THE ADVERTISER
★★★★ ‘This show is utterly surprising: edgy theatre, bold and fierce, especially for feisty women.’ – INDAILY
★★★★ ‘An indisputably modern work jam-packed with ideas about female liberty…’ Great Scott
★★★★1/2 ‘Baynes is spellbindingly captivating in her storytelling…Adding to the beauty is the luscious voice and virtuoso violin playing of Pip Dracakis.’ – GLAM Adelaide
★★★★ ‘The audience is captured with every movement and every word…definitely one to put on the list.’ – Adelaide theatre guide

Lies, Lies and Propoganda’s production of Danielle Baynes’ BICYCLE is playing the Old Fitz from 21 June to 2 July.

All tickets $25 including booking fee.

Performance times Tuesdays to Saturdays at 9.30pm and Sundays at 7.30pm.

For more about Bicycle by Danielle Baynes, visit http://www.oldfitztheatre.com/bicycle/

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The cast of The Laramie Project filming our trailer

On October 6th of 1998 Matthew Shepard was beaten and left to die tied to a fence in the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming. He died 6 days later. His torture and murder became a watershed historical moment in America that highlighted many of the fault lines in our culture..

A month after the murder the members of Tectonic Theater Project traveled to Laramie and conducted interviews with the people of the town. From these interviews they wrote the play The Laramie Project. Continue reading BLACKOUT THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS THE LARAMIE PROJECT @ THE DEPOT THEATRE, MARRICKVILLE


Featured Image by Lee Nutter.

The only solution to grief is to grieve. It’s as simple as that. You just have to grit your teeth and go through it.

You can try to bury it; to stow it away in the darkest cavities inside you, but grief grows thick and wet like moss in the dark.

You can try to ignore it, or pretend you don’t know it, but sooner or later it shows up on your doorstep, bags packed and intending on staying a while.

You can try to drown it, but you can be assured that the motherfucker will learn to swim.

The only way to learn this, is to have something to grieve for.

Funny, tender and deeply felt, DRIFT is an homage to young adulthood in all its guts as well as its glory. It is the follow up to Clark’s critically acclaimed Jennifer Forever, described by one critic as “such a brave and bold accomplishment” (Steve Zipper-Theatre Unzipped).

The fourth production by Two Peas, the indie theatre company who “rescued David Mamet’s Edmond” (Lisa Thatcher) and whose inaugural production We’re Bastards was described as “a great example of how the smaller theatre companies in Sydney are really knocking it out of the ball park” (Joy Minter).

DRIFT is the company’s third presentation of new Australian work.

July 20th to 30th, 7pm Wednesday to Saturday, 5pm Sunday 24th

VENUE- ATYP Theatre, 4/5 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay.

For more about Drift, visit http://www.thetwopeas.com/#!drift/vjjfz
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Everyone loves a good title.  A MAN WALKED INTO A BAR has been comedy gold for generations and in Off the Avenue’s production of the same name, it’s truth in advertising.  The show is at Blood Moon Theatre at the World Bar and a man walks in.  A woman walks in.  A folk singer walks in.  A reviewer walks in. The audience walks in and there we all are in a bar.

This is  absurdist comedy with a weaving, convoluted series of male/female in-a-bar behaviours.  It’s an entertaining evening of non sequiturs, lots of character changes and some sweet little songs to top it off.

The script by New Zealander David Geary is a great fun in places and the stream of consciousness, word play and Monty Python-esque word association is a part of the charm of the production.  There were a few opening night nerves but it’s no mean feat to learn a text like this and the professionalism and the rehearsal that has gone into to the work is evident. Continue reading A MAN WALKS INTO A BAR @ BLOOD MOON THEATRE KINGS CROSS



In Sydney playwright Katherine Thomson’s KAYAK, all Ruth wants to do is be out on the harbour with her kayak and enjoy the quiet. She’s in Heaven. “I’m nestled in the meniscus, as secure as a duck.”

Just as Ruth gets lost in the serenity, her floating universe is destroyed by a perilous encounter with teenage hoons in a tinnie. Ruth seeks revenge and tracks down Luke Continue reading CROSS POLLINATE PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS KAYAK @ THE OLD FITZ


Naked Truth

Act IV Theatre Company have announced that in early April they will be presenting the the Australian premiere of Dave Simpson’s THE NAKED TRUTH.

Act IV describe the show as Coronation Street meets The Full Monty as five women struggle hilariously to conquer pole dancing in a bid to raise money for breast cancer research.

Then show will be directed by Ruth Fingret with assistant direction by Julia McNamara. Continue reading ACT IV THEATRE COMPANY TO PRESENT THE NAKED TRUTH @ BLOOD MOON THEATRE


Hannah Cox as the Owl

If you do it properly, life is one big adventure. Or, I suppose, technically, a series of adventures. Like being rowed around Iron Cove with the sunset behind you… and with a bewildered owl in front of you. Jetpack Theatre Collective is an inspired and inspiring group of artists setting out to have some interesting adventure and PEA GREEN BOAT- producer Kenny Murphy, director- Jim Fishwick, cast- Hannah Cox and Alexander Richmond– is their latest foray into immersive, boutique performance. It is nonsense. Pure, breathtaking, exciting nonsense.

THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT was written nearly 150 years ago by painter, illustrator and limerick writer Edward Lear and was included in his collection Nonsense Songs (1870). It has been popular with children ever since. An owl and a pussycat set to sea in a beautiful pea green boat and their love develops on the year long journey until they are married by a turkey in the land where the Bong Trees grow. (Not that kind of bong!) Continue reading JET PACK THEATRE COLLECTIVE PRESENTS PEA GREEN BOAT

Chain Play @ Bangarra Studio Theatre Sydney Theatre Company

One of the doyens of Australian playwriting David Williamson has contributed to Playwriting Australia's group play fundraiser
One of the doyennes of Australian playwriting David Williamson has contributed to Playwriting Australia’s group play experiment

Playwriting Australia, the national organisation supporting new writing for the stage, is presenting the inaugural Chain Play, a celebrity fundraising gala crammed with the best playwrights and theatre artists from around the country.

Twenty of Australia’s most exciting and celebrated playwrights will join forces to offer Sydney audiences a raucous night of group creativity.

The way that CHAIN PLAY works is that each writer has been asked to contribute a scene of a brand new play. Once the nominated playwright has written the opening scene then he/she passes the play onto the next playwright to write their scene and so it goes until the play has been completed. Continue reading Chain Play @ Bangarra Studio Theatre Sydney Theatre Company


Nine - Legs Banner

Now in its 13th year of theatre making, The Sydney University Musical Theatre Ensemble (M.U.S.E) is proud to return to the Seymour Centre to present the timeless classic NINE to Sydney theatre-goers once mor

NINE follows Guido Contini, an Italian film director who is facing a midlife crisis and a failing marriage. Set in early-1960’s Venice, nine explores Guido’s growing desperation as he navigates writers’ block and a web of romantic entanglements, all while trying to finish his latest film.

Inspired by Federico Fellini’s masterpiece film 8 1/2,   NINE received Tony Awards for Best Musical and Best Score, and has been produced to great acclaim across the globe.

NINE’s celebration of love, creativity and what it means to ‘Be Italian’ resonates across generations and has cemented its place as a landmark piece of musical theatre that rewards all who see it.

The show is to be directed by Jonathon Rush, choreography by Natasha Hewyard and stars Douglas Emery in the lead role.

NINE will play the Reginald Theatre at the Seymour Centre between Wednesday 21st October and Saturday 24th October.

The double pass for this event has been won-Ed.

Michael Frayn’s Matchbox Theatre

The brilliant Michael Frayn
The brilliant Michael Frayn

The annual Short and Sweet Festival is in full swing again, showing off its short comings, hiding its talents under a bushel of bulrushes, coughing up maybe a duo of gems from the dross of a dozen every week.

Oh, if only every production could have a modicum of the talent contained in MATCHBOX THEATRE from the fabled stable of Faber and Faber.

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Sydney Festival 2015 preview

January is a lazy languid time in Sydney, so it’s slightly unfair that the art lover’s idylls should be rudely interrupted – but in the best possible way – by the massive feast of cultural events that is the Sydney Festival.

Like a refreshing summer shower, some of the festival’s most appetising events are fleeting, lasting for only one or two nights; others, like a lingering heatwave, bask the greater Sydney region in their glow for weeks.

This year’s 179 events spread from the CBD to the Blue Mountains, 85 of them are free and there are almost 500 performances in total. Eight of them have exclamation marks in their title (one even has two!!) so expect some very exciting shows!

As always with the Sydney Festival, it’s best to get in early: by the time you hear about them they have may have vanished or sold out.

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Emmanuelle Seigner and Mathieu Amalric in Polanski’s latest film VENUS IN FUR

Like Robert Altman in the early Eighties, Roman Polanski has turned his eye to filming intimate stage plays.

Like his previous film Carnage, VENUS IN FUR is based on a successful play, this time a two hander set in a theatre.

Polanski lookalike, Mathieu Amalric plays writer/director Thomas who, at the beginning of the play, has endured a fruitless day of auditioning actresses for his adaptation of Leopold Von Sacher Masoch’s novel, Venus in Fur.

Thomas is complaining to his fiance via mobile phone that all the twenty four year old actresses who attended the casting were neither sexy nor articulate and all sounded like six year olds on helium.

Enter Vanda, played by Polanski’s wife, Emmanuelle Seigner, all profuse profanity at being late for her audition, blaming the foul weather and a frotteur for her tardiness.

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Lana Kershaw as the Eternal Feminine and Alexander Butt as Hamlet in WITTENBERG. Pic Katy Green Loughrey
Lana Kershaw as the Eternal Feminine and Alexander Butt as Hamlet in WITTENBERG.
Pic Katy Green Loughrey

This production of David Davalos’s WITTENBERG is a fast-paced, witty triumph of a play in which the views of an unformed young Hamlet (Alexander Butt) are bounced around between the worldly John Faustus (David Woodland) and the earnest Martin Luther (Nick Curnow). No surprise then that Hamlet spends much of the play in his tennis togs and in one high-energy scene imaginary tennis balls are volleyed at him thick and fast.

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