The undying, vibrant and irreverent art form that is Burlesque Cabaret is alive and well at the Seymour Centre in Sydney. Moira Finucane and Jackie Smith had a wild vision to re-create “a salon of the extraordinary and the underground, the unforgettable and indefinable”, seductive, subversive, provocative and entertaining. They have, with great success, created … Continue reading THE BURLESQUE HOUR


The magnificent State Theatre was a stunning, very appropriate setting for this very chocolate-boxy work that demands very spectacular, lavish sets and costumes and magnificent dancing of the very difficult, showy traditional Petipa choreography (which actually sometimes was adapted rather hastily) . It is now considered one of the landmark test pieces of nineteenth century … Continue reading SLEEPING BEAUTY


Challenging, quirky and exciting this is a visually stunning, sometimes breathtaking work. It is the first in this year’s Reginald season and the last in Sue Healey’s ‘Curiosities’ series. It explores the curious complexities of the human form, aiming to challenge our preconceived notions of The Body in all its various shapes and forms. Healey … Continue reading VARIANT


Glittering and spectacular, full of love, power, passion, treachery and revenge, this is definitely Grand Opera and can lend itself to excess – which is perhaps why it is associated with arena and outdoor spectaculars, with masses of extras swelling the chorus. While this isn’t really an option for this revival of Graeme Murphy’s production … Continue reading AIDA

THE NUTCRACKER ON ICE- Reviewer Esther Rothfield

The Imperial Ice Stars feature in a stunning production of the Nutcracker Suite Ballet performed as ‘The Nutcracker on Ice,’ at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney. This ballet is based on a story by E.T.A. Hoffman, modified by Dumas and then choreographed by Ivanov. Tim Duncan – Music Arranger, Conductor and Composer has adapted Tchaikovsky’s famous … Continue reading THE NUTCRACKER ON ICE- Reviewer Esther Rothfield


Mesmerizing theatrical magic, this is enthralling, gripping stuff. Filmed in 2011 at Sadlers Wells in London this is a new 3D version of the iconic Matthew Bourne’s ground-breaking SWAN LAKE. Bourne’s work was first performed in 1995 and has swiftly become regarded as a classic,winning bucket loads of awards including Oliviers. I saw it live … Continue reading MATTHEW BOURNE’S SWAN LAKE


They don’t come much better than this! For Sondheim fans this is sheer magic, with exceptional performances by a stellar Broadway cast – glorious theatrical heaven. Filmed at Avery Fisher Hall at the Lincoln Centre in New York in April 2011, a top flight cast joined forces with the marvelous 35 piece New York Philharmonic … Continue reading COMPANY

ANATOMY OF AN AFTERNOON- Reviewer Esther Rothfield

LOINS, LIMBS, RIBS, SINEWS AND SAX! ANATOMY OF AN AFTERNOON is an ambitious and strenuous dance contribution to the Sydney Festival 2012 – with choreography collaborated by Paul White and Martin del Amo. Paul White contorted his iron clad muscles into jagged anterior angles and antics involving posterior poses with green briefs askew! His accompanying … Continue reading ANATOMY OF AN AFTERNOON- Reviewer Esther Rothfield


Whenever we are confronted with artwork involving indigenous society, their history, heritage and ongoing striving to peacefully live on their very own land, we suddenly face our own guilty conscience. BLOODLAND is such a piece of art. For its production Stephen Page has brought on board some of the best contemporary indigenous artists and a … Continue reading BLOODLAND

Short and Sweet NIDA Week 1

Executive Producer:Mark Cleary
Festival Director:Alex Broun
Rating:4 stars
Caption: Laura Holmes, Alex Nicholas, Katy Avery, Danielle Cooper and Georgie Edwards in Craig Delahoy’s Serenity’

This was the second time this year that I have caught up with the Short and Sweet Festival, now in its tenth anniversary year.

There were twelve ten minute pieces on show. Again, it was the diversity of the subjects that the writers explored, the different approaches that these playwrights took to their material, and the energy created by the actors on stage, that were the evenings’ main attractions.


A company of fifteen Brazilian street dancers , BaleDeRua, are currently igniting the Concert Hall stage, a venue that is usually the preserve of classical music. The BaleDeRua (translates as street ballet) are in Sydney to present their new show as part of this year’s Sydney Festival. The BaleDeRua story is an amazing one. The … Continue reading BALE DE RUA

Once and For All We’re Gonna Tell You Who We Are So Shut Up and Listen

The title of the Flemish show tackling the difficult world of adolesence, ‘One and For All We’re Gonna Tell You Who We Are So Shut Up and Listen’, is ‘spot on’. The style of this theatre is raw and confrontational, theatre that pulls no punches. The show is the brainchild of director Alexander Devriend, who … Continue reading Once and For All We’re Gonna Tell You Who We Are So Shut Up and Listen