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Once upon a time there was a small intimate theatre that decided to put on a musical called BIG FISH and the show became a smash hit and just grew and grew…This captivating musical has a heart bigger than the Nullarbor Plains.

The show is presented as a ‘chamber opera’ in what the producers have called the ‘twelve chairs’ version. Under Tyran Parke’s refined, accomplished direction, and thrillingly staged, the brilliant cast bring this story to magnificent life.

The small orchestra as led by Luke Byrne are invisible behind the scenery – we never see them but they are terrific. The set – young Will’s bedroom with seashell ruffles at the back for the mermaid – allows for fluid scene and locale changes including the moving  in and out of beds and tables etc. Continue reading BIG FISH : A MUST SEE @ THE HAYES


Last Sunday night at the State Theatre  the Australian premiere of Hacksaw Ridge took place.

HACKSAW RIDGE tells the true story of a Seventh Day Adventist Desmond Doss who was drafted into the military during the World War 2 Battle of Okinawa but refused to carry a weapon because of his beliefs. Despite that fact he was  awarded two Congressional Medals of Honour, the highest commendation of valour, but humbly only accepted one of them.

The international stars did not attend the red carpet but the film has a largely an Australian cast, many of whom were in attendance at the premiere .

Director Mel Gibson was also present and pleased with the fact that the film had a standing ovation in Cannes. It is his first directorial stint in a decade and was shot mainly in the Penrith and Richmond area.

Addendum –  In the AACTA award nominations that have just been announced, Hacksaw Ridge has received 13 nominations.

Featured image- Angela Bishop and Richard Wilkins. All images by Ben Apfelbaum (c).

Dirty Dancing @ The Lyric

Kurt Phelan (Johnny), Kirby Burgess (Baby) and Natasha Coote (Penny) in DIRTY DANCING. Pic Jeff Busby
Kurt Phelan (Johnny), Kirby Burgess (Baby) and Natasha Coote (Penny) in the new production of Elanor Bergstein’s DIRTY DANCING directed by James Powell. Pics Jeff Busby

‘I have had the time of my life and I’ve never felt this way before’ sums up my reaction to DIRTY DANCING. This is the classic stage show based on the hit movie of the same name, written by Eleanor Bergstein.

Both the last production in Sydney in 2004, which I saw twice, and the present revival have been unique, very special and faultless.

Continue reading Dirty Dancing @ The Lyric

Joshua Robson wins Rob Guest Endowment Award

Joshua Robson
Joshua Robson takes out the major award at the 6th annual Gala Concert

The winner of the 2014 Rob Guest Endowment Award was announced tonight at a glamourous Gala Concert at the  Capitol Theatre, Sydney.

Competing against five other outstanding Semi-Finalists with his performance of Soliloquy  from Carousel and Let Me Dream, Joshua Robson took out the prestigious award after being chosen by an expert panel of judges, which included Nancye Hayes, Todd McKenney and Guy Simpson.

Presented by ANZ and hosted by Bert Newton with Lucy Durack, the glamourous event, which is now is its 6th year, featured performances by 2013 winner Samantha Leigh Dodemaide, Kirby Burgess, Bobby Fox, The Tap Pack, Swing On This, Eddie Muliaumaseali’l, Oscar and Joshua Han, and cast members from Wicked and Strictly Ballroom The Musical. Continue reading Joshua Robson wins Rob Guest Endowment Award


Catherine Alcorn delivers a very convincing performance as the great Christine McVie
Catherine Alcorn delivers a very convincing performance as the great Christine McVie

GO YOUR OWN WAY- THE STORY OF CHRISTINE McVIE has returned to Sydney, now at the beautifully refurbished Glen Street Theatre up on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

In front of a very appreciative audience, the life and many loves of Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie came vividly to life. We were given interesting and sometimes humorous backgrounds to many of the songs.

Catherine Alcorn expertly delivers a wonderful impersonation of the legendary singer, and has a powerful voice featuring a superb range. Alcorn was supported by great backing singer Kirby Burgess as Stevie Nicks and a good three piece band.

Continue reading GO YOUR OWN WAY