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On 20th August 2013 went to the Opening Night of FREUD’S LAST SESSION at The Theatre Royal, Sydney.

Yes very clever play, and is well remembered, plus in March 2022 you now have an unique opportunity to experience a very very entertaining fiction, and this superb new version of the play, is a must see. Highly Recommended.

FREUD’S LAST SESSION is set on Sunday 3rd of September 1939, the day that the United Kingdom enters what will become known as The Second World War. Two days earlier, at dawn on Friday 1st of September 1939, Germany had invaded Poland. Legendary psychoanalyst – Dr. Sigmund Freud – has invited – C.S. Lewis – to his home in London. Freud and Lewis clash intensely and passionately, about a whole world of ideas that includes love, sex, the existence of God, and the meaning of life, etc etc etc. Continue reading FREUD’S LAST SESSION @ RIVERSIDE THEATRE PARRAMATTA

GUARDS AT THE TAJ – National Theatre of Parramatta @ Riverside Theatre

TRUE – Six thousand survivors of the SPARTACUS revolt, were captured by the legions of Crassus and were crucified, and the crucified six thousand, lined the Appian Way from Rome to Capua. However, there are multiple contemporary accounts to confirm this incident.

URBAN MYTH – Shah Jehan ordered the amputation of 40,000 hands of the workers on the Taj Mahal. However, there are no contemporary accounts to confirm this incident.

A great lie makes for dynamic and eventful storytelling , and a superb and entertaining ninety minutes of live theatre.   Continue reading GUARDS AT THE TAJ – National Theatre of Parramatta @ Riverside Theatre


A CHORUS LINE opened on Broadway in 1975. This classic Broadway musical has a unique storyline, and is one of the greatest musicals of all time according to critics and audiences, winning 9 TONY Awards, the Pulitzer Prize and 9 Drama Desk Awards. Played a record-breaking 6,137 Broadway performances over 15 years. Helpmann Award-nominated director and choreographer Amy Campbell, has added brand new choreography.

Production photography by Robert Catto

Huge fan of all the Broadway stories told during A CHORUS LINE, and this Sydney production is quite the best of the best, and even better than when A CHORUS LINE was at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney. This cast is perfect, each singing voice is perfect, each dancer is perfection, the entire cast are triple-threats. Yes I am biased, the casting, the direction, the costumes, the lighting and the set-design, are the best I have ever seen for A CHORUS LINE, and I will be seeing this production multiple times during the run.

Following two postponements due to the pandemic, this brand-new Sydney production will finally lay bare the struggles that performers face to be seen, heard, recognised and respected. “The back stories behind these twenty amazing roles, are based on the real-life anecdotes of Broadway dancers interviewed by Michael Bennett in his East Side studio, during one weekend in January 1974. Rivalry and wine paved the way to a weekend of divulged secrets about their upbringing, coming-of-age, sexuality and careers.” Conceived and originally directed on Broadway by Michael Bennett, and features music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Edward Kleban.

Quite unexpectedly, this production of A CHORUS LINE has an interval.

NOTHING is last song before the interval.
DANCE TEN, LOOKS THREE is the first song after the interval.

Just loved the choreography and the  clever use of the extra mirrors, in the ex-girlfriend Cassie  (Angelique Cassimatis)  sequence, with the song “The Music and the Mirror”.

“What I Did For Love” is superbly presented, and an absolute delight.

The finale show-stopper is “One”, and the costumes for “One” looked beautiful in silver, that perfectly matched the silver back drops. Highly recommended.

DURATION of approx. 140 minutes including the 20 minute interval.

Extra special thanks go to their Voice and Dialect Coach – LINDA NICOLLS-GIDLEY as the words “21 years old, I was born on a full moon in Herculaneum, Missouri . . . I’m from St. Louis, Missouri” were all correctly pronounced for a native speaker born in Missouri USA.

ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES – The performance on Friday Night had two Auslan interpreters, bringing this musical to a brand new audience.

Riverside Theatres – Corner of Church Street and Market Street, Parramatta, NSW.

Sydney Festival presents the Darlinghurst Theatre Company production of A CHORUS LINE in association with Riverside Theatres.

A CHORUS LINE at RIVERSIDE THEATRE PARRAMATTA from 13th January until 22nd January 2022.


STREET ADDRESS – Corner of Market Street and Church Street, Parramatta NSW 2150.

VENUE SEATING CAPACITY – Riverside Theatre 761; Lennox Theatre 213; Rafferty’s Theatre 88; Total 1,062 seats.

*** However as the building deliberately has NO street numbers, you are prevented from telephone ordering (including taxi apps) a taxi after the show. ***

DISCLOSURE – Riverside Theatres kindly provided our two Sydney Arts Guide reviewers, with complimentary tickets.


WEBSITE – https://riversideparramatta.com.au/show/a-chorus-line/

Production photography by Robert Catto
Production photography by Robert Catto

Conceived and Originally Directed and Choreographed by Michael Bennett
Book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Edward Kleban
Co-Choreographed by Bob Avian

Original Broadway production produced by the New York Shakespeare Festival, Joseph Papp, Producer, in association with Plum Productions, Inc.
A CHORUS LINE is presented by permission of ORiGiN™ Theatrical on behalf of Tams-Witmark LLC, A Concord Theatricals Company.

Zach – Adam Jon Fiorentino
Greg – Ryan Ophel
Don – Harry Targett
Mark – Maikolo Fetikoa
Mike – Lachlan Dearing
Al – Ross Chisari
Bobby – Max Bimbi
Larry – Brady Kitchingham
Paul – Ethan Ritchie
Ritchie – Tony Oxybel
Cassie – Angelique Cassimatis
Sheila – Nadia Coote
Maggie – Madeline Mackenzie
Judy – Angelina Thomson
Bebe – Natalie Foti
Vicky/Dance Captain – Molly Bugeja
Diana – Mariah Gonzalez
Val – Rechelle Mansour
Kristine – Suzanne Steel
Connie – Ashley Goh

Director/Choreographer – Amy Campbell
Musical Director – Damon Wade
Music Supervisor – Andrew Worboys
Associate Director/Associate Choreographer – Sally Dashwood
Set Designer – Simon Greer
Lighting Designer – Peter Rubie
Costume Designer – Christine Mutton
Associate Musical Director – Zara Stanton

Company Manager – Jonathan Ware
Production Manager – Amellia Bruderlin
Stage Manager – Maree Delvecchio
Wardrobe Supervisor – Evelyn Everaerts-Donaldson
Head Electrician – Matt Quince
Voice and Dialect Coach – Linda Nicolls-Gidley
Assistant Stage Manager – Lillian Lee
Microphone Technician – Ashleigh King
Production photography by Robert Catto

Assistant to the Choreographer/ Sheila cover and Kristine cover

Diana cover

Zach cover


Production photography by Robert Catto




This was a  buzz from beginning to end with the show starting with the four Sapphires belting out a tune as they do so many times during the performance.

This current production is a very special one as  the original playwright Tony Briggs has directed the show and  has kept very closely to the original  text and has not been influenced by the film version.

The actors in a Q and A after the show spoke about how good it was to have Tony in  the rehearsal room, guiding them and telling them stories about his family, on whom the play was based.

After the vivacious beginning, we go back to see the women as they first started out, struggling and looking for work. The  three women, the loud and dominating Gail, played by Jade Lomas-Ronan, Cynthia played by Mindy Kwanten and Kay played by Matilda Brown. decide to perform at the local Tiki club. There they are joined by youngster Julie, played by Lorinda May Merrypor. Their performance brings the house down, and attracts the attention of the emcee, David Lovelace, played very well by Mike Smith, who is also a producer. He offers them a contract, to pay them each $100, as well as look after their accommodation needs. He also says that he wants to take them to Vietnam to perform for the troops. Their journey has truly begun.

In the journey there’s a lot for we, the audience, to engage with. There’s conflict between the women, for one of the women there’s an old boyfriend who keeps on coming back on the scene, there’s a a night where they have to camp out at the venue because David hasn’t organised digs for the night..  Lots of drama and also plenty of humour as the women have a good, positive outlook and nothin g will stop them wanting to perform.

The performances were all good, from the leads to the supporting cast. Anthony Lim was a big hit playing the quirky Vietnamese character Joe, who was always around the scene, being a bit of a nuisance. It was a mainly comic role and Lim did well in it. Certainly the school kids who saw the play, there were two school groups in the performance that I saw, loved every time he bobbed up in the play. Robby Etuknwa played the charismatic hunk Ronny and Leeroy Tipiloura played poor Jimmy who couldn’t cope with the relationship breakdown.

The music was great. Wonderful sixties music – ‘He’s So Fine, Respect, Stop In the name of Love’, ‘I Heard it through the grapevine…way too many to list from the pop, soul and rhythm and blues genres. The Sapphires sang them with great style and they were supported by a crack three piece band led by guitarist  Mitchell Kwanten. The drummer deserves a mention…Jack Hickey  really gave those drums a pounding,

Verdict.  This was a winner. A good production..a heart warming storyline and a great score.

THE SAPPHIRES is playing the Lennox Theatre at the Riverside Theatre Parramatta until Saturday 28 September 2019.





The old timers, especially flyers, often talk about it. So do the trap catchers, slack and tight walkers even modern aerialists on silks and rings and Chinese poles. They will tell you about the people with terminal illnesses who seek them out after a show. Who thank them for confronting the unknown beyond, for staring mortality down. iD, from Canada’s Cirque Éloize as part of the Sydney Festival, is vibrant and exciting, thrilling and skilful. It’s fantastically entertaining fun but the finale is that rare moment when the physical gives way to the spiritual. When human beings are suspended for just that second of time between corporeal and divine. Continue reading CANADA’S CIRQUE ELOIZE PRESENTS ‘iD’ @ RIVERSIDE THEATRES PARRAMATTA

The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe @ The Riverside

A wonderful cast of ten women vividly bring to life, the tearful stories of four African women refugees and their escape to Australia.

The four harrowing stories as survivors of abuse and violence are sensitively presented with both lightness and humour in an inspiring show that is filled with music, song and dance.

The writer has brought to life in broad strokes, all of the terrors and the impact of Violence Against Women, of becoming sex slaves whilst prisoners of war, rebel kidnapping, stolen childhood and ultimately the failure to obtain justice.

In the context of war or domestically, each has suffered extraordinary human rights abuses, and each has struggled to transcend their particular traumas.

These four inspiring women broke from the tyranny of silence, and gained the necessary confidence and courage to finally tell their extraordinary stories, and the subsequent journey of healing, transformation and acceptance that meant they were finally able to re-build their damaged lives.

At every performance, you will be shocked and deeply moved as these inspirational women have survived their past and now have the freedom to be who they want to be, to say what they want, and to be as amazing as they can be.

Yarrie grew up in a camp in Guinea. She is now doing her HSC.

Aminata is from Sierra Leone. She is now an ambassador for the UNHCR.

Big Mama Rosemary is from Kenya. She is now a community leader.

Yordy was a child soldier. Now she’s the mother of four amazing kids.

This highly recommended show (running 1 hour and 40 minutes without interval), is a ‘celebration of women, human rights, laughter and resilience’.

THE BAULKHAM HILLS AFRICAN LADIES TROUPE   last played the Riverside Theatre, Parramatta in May 2013.

The show is now having a return season at Riverside Theatre, Parramatta  playing between the 18th and 21st February 2015.