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SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN from Blackout Theatre Company is such an upbeat show. It’s about romance and nostalgia and sitting back and having it wash over you. It’s about rooting for the lovers and tapping your feet to the surprising number of well-known songs. Directors Cierwen Newell and John Hanna, apart from one spectacular technical intervention, have wisely avoided any attempt to change its innate character or modernise it.  It fits right into its timeline, giving us a wonderful wistfulness and a delectable parade of scrumptious costumes.  Added to which is a joyous cast and the most enjoyable hoofing I seen this year! I just loved the dancing in this show … loved it, loved it, loved it!

The talkies are coming and silent star, Don Lockwood and his onscreen squeeze, Lina Lamont are looking at a different world than the one that has made them the most loved lovers on the silver screen. Transition might be easy for him but, recorded or live, she grates like a can opener. Conspiracy arises as the execs decide to dub her voice and Kathy Selden, Don’s new and real-life love interest, is co-oped into the role.  Don’s best mate, former vaudeville tap partner and now ambient pianist, Cosmo Brown, is on hand to help where he can. Continue reading SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN: HUGE PUDDLES OF ENJOYMENT

IN THE HEIGHTS: Strength in Community

Blackout Theatre Company consistently delivers high quality, committed, accessible musical productions and IN THE HEIGHTS playing at The Joan in Penrith does not disappoint. It’s a strong, dynamic show with captivating leads, excellent choreography and dancing from the ensemble and colour galore in the costuming. Add to this some lovely voices and a Pulitzer Prize nominated text and audiences are guaranteed a terrific night at the theatre. Continue reading IN THE HEIGHTS: Strength in Community


Blackout Theatre is kicking ass and taking names at Lend Lease Theatre in the Darling Quarter.

Add my name to the list: the list of supporters and advocates for this kick-ass community theatre and the list of audience members who absolutely loved DOGFIGHT on its opening night.

DOGFIGHT is a musical set in San Francisco, November 21st 1963 as the Vietnam War rages and Haight Ashbury is attracting the ‘love not hate’ unwashed . It was written with hindsight in the early part of the second decade of this century by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, known together as Pasek and Paul, who won the Golden Globe and have been nominated for an Oscar for LA LA LAND. It did not wow at the time.

Here are some names for you: Derek Klena; Lindsay Mendez. They were in the original production. DOGFIGHT had a very successful season at the Hayes in 2015 but this is DOGFIGHT’s Australian amateur premier. Continue reading DOGFIGHT : ANOTHER OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION BY BLACKOUT THEATRE COMPANY


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Inviting a reviewer to a preview is tricky. Anyone following the London Hamlet furore knows how horribly wrong it can go. People are exhausted, voices are tired, musicians are sore and techies are the walking dead. Writing a review about a preview is even trickier. What will naturally go wrong needs to be separated from what is endemically wrong?

And I hope I’m not wrong about this because I am about to write a glowing endorsement of Blacktown Theatre Company’s INTO THE WOODS at the Joan. I’m leaving out the plethora of things that the cast and crew are tweaking and adjusting and finishing off over the next 24 hours because the only thing a review reader needs to know is that this exuberant, colourful production is rich in concept and execution. I loved it warts and all. Continue reading BLACKTOWN THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS INTO THE WOODS @ THE JOAN, PENRITH