As restrictions on public gatherings continue to ease in NSW, Darlinghurst Theatre Company is thrilled to unveil its month-long BLOOM Festival opening on 29 October. Billed as a “Carnival of Radical Delight”, it will transform the Eternity Playhouse into a vibrant cultural hub offering live music, indoor and outdoor dining, and, for the first time since March this year, performances inside the main auditorium.
Presented in partnership with Great Southern Nights, The People of Cabaret and the Sedition Arts Festival, Darlinghurst Theatre Company’s BLOOM Festival is the brainchild of Co-Artistic Director Amylia Harris.
“This festival has been designed to be scalable and responsive,” Harris says. “It is a rolling program that can adapt to the changing tide of government restrictions. It is a coming together of artist and audience to discover the potential of what art and performance can be in this moment.”Continue reading DARLINGHURST THEATRE COMPANY COMES INTO BLOOM→
If Theatre & Company are not very, very careful they are going to get a reputation as star makers. IF/THEN, the company’s first production for 2019, brings Sydney theatre-goers another stunning female lead in Jocelyn O’Brien. O’Brien has an impressive resume but bursts bright as a bona-fide star in this production where her energy, voice and subtle characterization helm a show which necessarily falls, or in this case soars, on the strength of the lead.
The show tells the story of Elizabeth, whose what/if splits her into Beth and into Liz in a moment of decision and indecision. A divorce has brought Elizabeth, an urban planner, back to NYC and as she meets friends in the park, her one life becomes two … as separate as apartments yet, in both universes, her relationships are as complex as a squatters collective. Continue reading IF/THEN. GATHER YOUR MANY SELVES FOR A WONDERFUL NIGHT AT THE THEATRE→
Louis Ellis Productions in conjunction with The Depot Theatre have announced their production of CARRIE: THE MUSICAL. Based on the bestselling novel by Stephen King, CARRIE: THE MUSICAL explores the trials and tribulations of high school, however with a unique Stephen King twist to rival any previously seen on the stages of Broadway. The show will have a limited run at The Depot Theatre in Marrickville from July 25th to August 4th.
Whilst many people remember the original story of Carrie as one of gore and horror, Louis Ellis Productions has chosen to take a different route. Utilising the 2012 revival version of the show, Director Hayden Tonazzi has chosen to focus on the humanity of Carrie White with a reworked and fully re-imagined vision of this gripping tale Carrie White is an outcast. Continue reading CARRIE THE MUSICAL FOR DEPOT THEATRE→
THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, playing a short season at the Reginald is … well … bellissima! The cast of students from the Sydney Uni Musical Theatre Ensemble (MUSE), a fine Company now in its 13th year of theatre making, have really done their home work to make an entertaining, ultimately satisfying night at the theatre. There are couple of great central performances, some fine ensemble work, an excellent orchestra and an evident depth of enjoyment in presenting this unique and unusual musical.
IT’S BEEN A WHILE is the latest production from Smoking Gum Theatre (producer Eunice Huang) and the first full length play, running at about an hour, by Jordy Shea.
Five friends take a holiday to Kiama to celebrate new beginnings and finishing high school. Tragedy strikes the group when one of them is found dead after a night of heavy partying & the group must deal with painful memories as they look into that fateful night seven years later. It is a play about friendship, loyalty, guilt and trying to make sense of the past.
Directed by Lucinda Vitek with lighting by Chrys Chandra and sound design by Olga Solar, the plot is gradually revealed in a series short scenes and flashbacks. The audience is kept guessing as to the whole truth right up until the end.