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INTERVIEWS

Arts Interview: Performer Trevor Ashley talks about his latest cabaret "Liza's Back! (Is Broken)" in Melbourne

The ever so colourful Trevor Ashley is at it again. The man seriously does not stop. Having just ended a two-year national tour with Les Miserables and directing the Hayes Theatre Co’s latest show Heathers, Ashley has now focused and channelled his energies into the leading woman in his life; Liza Minnelli.

Quirky circus performer Thomas Monckton talks about his new solo show "The Pianist" in Melbourne

Quirky circus performer Thomas Monckton is in Melbourne right now in partnership with Circo Aereo performing his solo show ‘The Pianist’. This contemporary physical theatre piece is set to wow audiences with its hysterical mime style of comedy, and physical feats. I recently chatted to the talented Mr Monckton about his attraction to clowning, working as a solo artist, and how the circus scene compares in Paris. Read on to get a lovely insight into the inner workings of a contemporary mime.

Stephen Mahy discusses upcoming special event - Stephen Schwartz in conversation with Leigh Sales

On the 13th February at Sydney’s Theatre Royal, Leigh Sales will sit down with the one and only acclaimed composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz! There is no doubt that you would have heard some of Schwartz’s work, whether it be his Broadway hits including Godspell, Pippin and Wicked or his work on Disney movies such as Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame or Enchanted.

Interview with the AU: Lior Suchard - Master Mentalist

World renowned Mentalist Lior Suchard is heading to Australia this month for another national tour. Following sold out shows in 2015, Lior is back again to blow minds with his incredible techniques. I was lucky enough to chat with the Master Mentalist about his newfound fame, his world travels, and growing up with a strong sense of intuition. Find out how Lior rose to prominence, appearing multiple times on ‘The Tonight Show’, rubbing shoulders with celebrities, and performing in over 50 countries worldwide!

Arts Interview: Actor Matt Day talks about the return season of "North By Northwest" in Melbourne

For two weeks only, the incredible cast of North By Northwest are taking to the stage in the New Year for a return season. This Alfred Hitchcock classic will be brought to life on stage with the same incredible cast but with the addition of Gina Riley. We had a chat with lead actor Matt Day to gain some perspective on North by Northwest 2.0 and whether or not it’s better to see the film first or the stage show.

Arts Interview: Writer Ben Elton talks about the 2016 Australian return of Queen Musical "We Will Rock You"

Back in August 2003, We Will Rock You first opened in Australia at Melbourne's Regent Theatre. Written by Ben Elton (The Young Ones, Blackadder) and featuring no less than 24 songs from classic rock group Queen, the show was a huge success, with over 15 million theatregoers in 17 countries having since experienced the stage production. And now - from 30th April 2016 - the show is returning to Australia for a run of shows around the country. In advance of this, I sat down with writer Ben Elton to talk about the show's legacy, the changes we can expect, his plans for a new TV show in the UK and more...

the AU interview: Penelope Cain talks about her massive year & the life of an artist.

Trickle Down, Penelope Cain. Courtesy of the artist.

Since finishing her Masters of Fine Arts from the Sydney College of the Arts in 2014, Penelope Cain has been keeping herself busy. Having had work in the Blake Prize, Paramor Art+Innovation award, Hazelhurst Art on Paper and more recently being a finalist in both the Fishers Ghost Award and the Grace Cossington Smith Award - I'm surprised the artist had a moment to spare to answer these questions! Be sure to keep your eye on this one - she is definitely one to watch.

AU Interview: Professor Yoo Jin Sang discusses the upcoming Korean contemporary art SUPERCONNECTIVITY Seminar

The Korean Cultural Centre in Sydney, in association with the launch of Artlink magazine’s new issue on Korean contemporary art, will present SUPERCONNECTIVITY on Wednesday the 16th November.

the AU interview: Resident Choreographer of The Australian Ballet Tim Harbour discusses "Filigree and Shadow"

Filigree and Shadow is the latest work of Resident Choreographer of The Australian Ballet, Tim Harbour. Set to a contemporary score and featuring set designs by cutting-edge Australian architect Kelvin Ho the ballet is described as energetic and rapid, a work that pushes dancers to their limit. We caught up with Tim ahead of the Sydney premiere to chat about the ballet, the process of choreographing, and which composer he would most like to commission for his work.

the AU interview: Renowned baritone José Carbo discusses working with the Grigoryan Brothers on My Latin Heart

Known as one of Australia’s premier baritones, Jose Carbo will now be joining the virtuosic guitar duo brothers Slava and Leonard Grigoryan for a stunning concert tribute to the music of Argentina. My Latin Heart will be one night only at City Recital Hall on the 12th November and will feature a unique collection of traditional tango songs.

The AU Interview: Actor Kane Alexander Talks "City of Angels" Australian Premiere

Having spent the last few weeks indulging in movies as part of his character research, actor Kane Alexander, is certain he and his cast members will bring to life one of Broadway’s most successful shows. Life Like Company have taken a risk bringing City of Angels to Australian audiences, but given the way Kane has spoken about it, we’re thinking the risk may just pay off...

the AU interview: Actress Matilda Ridgway talks about playing Ophelia in Bell Shakespeare’s "Hamlet" (Sydney Opera House)

Director Damien Ryan says, “Hamlet is one of the most complete experiences theatre can provide – extraordinary poetry, intense passion, dazzling intelligence, terror, casual slaughter, friendship, humanity, great humour and great grief…”

the AU Interview: Matthew Backer discusses Sydney Theatre Company’s latest production "Orlando"

Orlando, based on Virgina Woolf’s novel of the same name, is a whimsical, magical tale of time and transformation. It follows the nobleman Orlando in the court of Elizabeth I who awakes transformed as a woman and begins a glorious journey of time travel in her way to find her true self. We caught up with Matthew Backer to discuss the play, it’s roles, and it’s ever-relevant messages of love and self.

the AU interview: Robert Sheehan talks about playing Richard III in "The Wars Of The Roses" and ideal Game of Thrones deaths

Irish actor Robert Sheehan (pictured in the middle above) - best known for his work in the first two seasons of the series Misfits is currently appearing on stage is London as Richard III in Shakespeare's The Wars of the Roses trilogy. While they were still in dress rehearsals, I caught up with the talented actor to talk about the demanding role.

the AU interview: Mathieu Ravier talks about the upcoming Jurassic Lounge Halloween

A dinosaur dances under a disco ball in a dark room.

With Halloween just around the corner what better way to get into the spooky spirit then a night at Jurassic Lounge - Halloween special! Run amuck and discover your inner child as the Australian Museum opens it's doors after hours once more. Event Director Mathieu Ravier gives us a sneak peek of what's in store.