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NOLI ME TANGERE – INTERVIEW WITH ‘IBARRA’ AND ‘MARIA CLARA’

 

Miguel Castro (Ibarra)

NOLI ME TANGERE is a new Australian musical based on the novel, of the same name, by iconic Filipino nationalist and hero Dr. José Rizal, that inspired a nation during the tail end of the Spanish colonial period of the Philippines ‘The Noli’ (as it is called in the Philippines) was the “first major artistic expression of Asian defiance to European colonialism” and is now widely known as the great novel of the Philippines.

As we are at Riverside Theatres quite often and have been watching how many people pick up the flyer for the show to discuss it with curiosity and interest we wanted to bring our readers some insights into a new grand musical.  The Guide had the chance to put some questions to Miguel Castro who plays  Ibarra and Susana Downes, playing Maria Clara. Continue reading NOLI ME TANGERE – INTERVIEW WITH ‘IBARRA’ AND ‘MARIA CLARA’

SPRING AWAKENING

Lloyd Harvey as Melchior and Susana Downes as Wendla in the famous hayloft scene
Lloyd Harvey as Melchior and Susana Downes as Wendla experience first love

It was great to be part of a young, vibrant and packed house at the Fig Tree theatre, one of Sydney’s oldest active theatres, (originally the Old Tote theatre), appreciating Zana Cohen’s stirring production of the brilliant, multi-Tony award winning 2006 Broadway musical SPRING AWAKENING, based on German playwright Frank Wedekind’s classic play.

Wedekind play, set in the late 19th century, mines territory often explored by playwrights; that fraught, angst ridden period of transition from childhood to adulthood.

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