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This was an entertaining, adventurous production of one of Shakespeare’s great comedies.

The director and lead performer Alex Kendall Robson’s director’s note in the program is very illuminating. This is an excerpt from the note.

“As always with Giant Dwarf, set elements have to be kept minimal, as we essentially have to bump out after every show. So how does one then transform an Art Deco Hall in Redfern into a renaissance tropical island? You don’t. Which saves a lot of bother. I went with a carnivalesque aesthetic to match the red velvet curtain and gilded proscenium. Prospero’s own cheap and nasty circus for the damned: Mardi Gras meets Dia de los Muertos- on a budget. Prospero is a magician, literally, but is also a ringleader and puppet master; the other characters are his ‘demi-puppets’- enacting his present fancies.”

THE TEMPESTĀ  is a story of magic and monsters, and of an enchanted island set in a distant sea. It tells of what happened in three hours on that island, when beauty and nonsense and innocence and terror clash for a time and then quiet in to a final peace under the power of a great magician Prospero, and to see it is to enter into a wonderful world which is not quite like any other that Shakespeare ever made. Continue reading THE TEMPEST @ THE GIANT DWARF THEATRE



In a tongue in cheek, campy performance Shannen Sarstedt creates a persona who tries to be the archetypal tragic torch singer like Edith Piaf and Judy Garland.

When we first meet the performer she is enigmatically cutting up onions, wearing too much makeup, (face glitter, kohl under the eyes), when she suddenly leaps up, goes to the microphone and whilst caressing it, commences her highly amusing patter, interspersed with the songs that are the spine of the cabaret.

She is wearing a dark blue chiffon like dress with caped arms, gold glitter shoes and her faux fur coat slung over her shoulder. She does look like the torch singer she wishes to emulate!

The story goes that – in order to get a job at a bar she conjures up a sad tale of an orphan whose mother abandoned her and whose father is gunned down. She is hired but must sing sad songs rather than happy ones as a happy customer will only come once whilst a sad patron will return again and again. To her consternation the orphan girl has never been in love or had her heart broken, prerequisites which would qualify her to be a genuine torch singer. Continue reading MISERY LOVES CABARET : TORCH SONGS LIGHT UP BONDI