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From 5th to 14th November, Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta will return to the stage to present ‘The Things I Could Never Tell Steven’.

The production is directed by Anthea Williams (Flight Paths, Winyanboga Yurringa Since Ali Died) and written by Jye Bryant (Captain Moonlite, Sempre Libera, The Velveteen Rabbit) a prime example of western sydney talent, and leader of a new generation of Australian music theatre.

‘Bringing ‘The Things I Could Never Tell Steven’ to life is celebrated actress and music theatre star, best known for her portrayal of Glinda in the original West End production of Wicked, Helen Dallimore, powerhouse vocalist and actor Adam J Rennie (The Rocky Horror Show, Big Fish, Love Never Dies), award-winning vocal sensation Elenoa Rokobaro (High School Musical, Hairspray, Legally Blonde) and two-time Green Room Award winner Ian Stenlake (Mama Mia, They’re playing our song, Oklahoma) with music Director Ben Kiehne. Continue reading NATIONAL THEATRE OF PARRAMATTA PRESENTS ‘THE THINGS I COULD NEVER TELL STEVEN’


All images by Ben Apfelbaum

Artistic Director Lee Lewis launched  Season 2017 at a well attended industry function held on Monday night at the Cell Block Theatre within the National Art School in Darlinghurst.

Three new plays by Australian playwrights will have their premieres.  Ross Mueller navigates the world of office  politics in A Strategic Plan, Declan Greene takes farce to new extremes in The Homosexuals and Michele Lee explores the different relationships that migrants of different generations and backgrounds have with Australia in Rice. 

The fourth Australian play will be a revival of one of the classics of the Australian theatre, Diving For Pearls, written by Katherine Thomson some twenty years ago with Darren Yap  directing and Ursula Yovich in the lead role.

Griffin will also feature a number of independent productions around its main season. Legendary cabaret  performer Robyn Archer will display her extraordinary talents bringing to life music from the classic cabaret repertoire.

Playwright David Williams will combine his talent for storytelling with his passion for football in Smurf in Wonderland  which explores the worlds of sport and tribalism.

For more information about the season and to subscribe visit the Griffin Theatre online at http://www.griffintheatre.com.au or call 93613817.


Tubular Bells For Two

Aiden Roberts and Danny Holdsworth perform Mike Oldfield's classic album. Pic Joanne Kee
Aiden Roberts and Danny Holdsworth perform Mike Oldfield’s classic album. Pic Joanne Kee

In 1971, a young Richard Branson borrowed £30,000 from his aunt for the establishment of a recording studio. It was there that he discovered eighteen-year-old Mike Oldfield; and what a glorious discovery that was. From this alliance came a game-changing record of epic proportions, Tubular Bells, and arguably the most remarkable conglomeration of instruments of all time. It was the first to be produced under Branson’s Virgin Records and one that would go on to sell more than 25 million copies.

Tubular Bells for Two, composed and performed by Aiden Roberts and Daniel Holdsworth, is a monumental piece that compiles over 27 instruments played consecutively- and often simultaneously- in one raw and breathtaking rendition of Oldfield’s 1973 recording. With the infusion of a diverse range of sounds, the boys create a multitude of effortlessly merged rhythms, tones, pitches, and harmonies that absolutely submerge the audience. From the moment they begin that chilling refrain, the audience is absolutely engrossed. Continue reading Tubular Bells For Two