Author: Naomi Gall

Apparently you can turn back time: Experiencing Cher in Las Vegas

December 4, 2017

I travelled to Las Vegas to see Cher. You heard me. Cher. I was first introduced to her music as a child in the 1980s and have always wanted to see her perform. Realising the chances of her coming to Australia were slim, when I discovered she was performing in Las Vegas I felt a […]

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Review: Grace Under Pressure highlights the need for change in the medical industry

October 30, 2017

Grace Under Pressure examines workplace and training within the health industry and presents a verbatim theatre project in which four performers recite transcripts from real interviews with healthcare professionals at varying stages of their careers. Created by David Williams and Paul Dwyer, in collaboration with the Sydney Arts and Health Collective, Grace Under Pressure presents […]

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Review: Tammy & Kite beautifully articulates the resilience of childhood and the enduring power of friendship

October 30, 2017

How much do children perceive of the world around them? How do children cope with sadness? Hannah Cox and Caitlin West tackle these tricky questions in Tammy & Kite, a play about two sisters whose love for each other appears to be stronger than anything the world can throw at them. The performance opens with […]

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Make Nice: when creative women join forces there isn’t much they can’t accomplish (and other key lessons)

September 26, 2017

Make Nice launched in 2016 and was born from the desire to push back against the “boys club” which exists within creative industries (most industries, let’s be honest) and show creative women they don’t have to be competitive to get ahead. Women can “make nice” and still be successful. In fact, when creative women join […]

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Interview: Keynote speaker Ann Friedman chats ahead of Make Nice: Un-conference for Creative Women

September 21, 2017

Ahead of Make Nice: Un-conference for Creative Women, which kicks off tomorrow in Sydney, we caught up with the event’s Keynote speaker Ann Friedman, an acclaimed freelance journalist who writes about (among other things) gender, media, technology, and culture. How did you start out as a writer? What were some of your first jobs? I am one […]

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Theatre Review: KHON: Exquisite Masked Dance Drama of Thailand is artwork come to life

August 31, 2017

Khon is a genre of dance drama from Thailand that combines several forms – dance, music, painting and crafts. Traditionally performed exclusively at the court and for royal functions, the masked dance is created for the Devine King with scenes from the Ramakien. On this night at the Sydney Opera House, KHON: Exquisite Masked Dance […]

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Theatre Review: Kindertransport moves its audience with honest and frank stories (Darlinghurst Theatre Company until 20th August)

August 3, 2017

Prior to the commencement of the Second World War, Britain took in over 10,000 Jewish refugee children from Europe. This was known as Kindertransport, with the majority of the children never seeing their families again. Diane Samuels play, Kindertransport, follows the story of Eva who is sent from Hamburg to England in 1938 when she […]

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Theatre Review: Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday is beautifully honest and an absolute delight to watch

July 30, 2017

Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday explores the fears and hopes of those looking for direction at the start of their lives and those searching for peace at the end. The cast is made up of three young performers (Aileen Huynh, Izabella Yena and Matthew Connell) and three older performers (Jim Daly, Roger Oakley and Evelyn […]

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Theatre Review: Mauritius is hilarious, heartbreaking and thoroughly engaging (Sydney’s New Theatre until 29th July)

July 17, 2017

After the death of their Mother, two estranged half-sisters enter into a heated debate over which one of them owns a coveted stamp collection. Jackie (Kitty Hopwood) is the younger of the two and she sees the sale of the stamp collection as her ticket to a better life. Standing in her way is Mary […]

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Interview: The Incredible Here and Now co-director Jeneffa Soldatic talks about the anticipated coming-of-age adaptation

July 5, 2017

Commissioned from local Parramatta author Felicity Castagna based on her multi award winning novel and performed by Australia’s newest theatre company, National Theatre of Parramatta, the coming-of-age drama The Incredible Here and Now looks set to be one of the most talked about shows on the season. In the leadup to the opening of the production […]

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Review: Bangarra Dance Theatre Company’s Bennelong is emotional, heartbreaking and utterly significant (Sydney Opera House until 29 July 2017)

July 1, 2017

Choreographed by Stephen Page, Bennelong by the Bangarra Dance Theatre Company, articulates the story of Wollarawarre Bennelong, an Eora man who was kidnaped by Governor Phillip in 1789 and forced to live in the colonies. Taken back to England, Bennelong learnt to speak English and was held up as an example of the relationship between […]

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Theatre Review: Sport for Jove’s Cyrano De Bergerac is nothing short of brilliant (Performances at Sydney’s Seymour Centre until June 24th)

June 19, 2017

Most people would be familiar with the story of Cyrano De Bergerac – doesn’t ring a bell? – perhaps you’re more familiar with the 1987 film adaptation Roxanne, with Steve Martin as the plays protagonist Cyrano. Written in 1897, the themes of Edmond Rostand’s play are as relevant today as when he wrote it. Questions […]

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Theatre Review: The 7 Stages of Grieving at Parramatta’s Riverside Theatre is a play every Australian needs to see

June 12, 2017

The first thing that surprised me about The 7 Stages of Grieving was that I laughed. A lot. With a title such as The 7 Stages of Grieving, laughter was not something I was expecting, but such is the extraordinary talent of writers Wesley Enoch and Deborah Mailman and the exceptional skill of performer Chenoa […]

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ASOS Supports Talent present four new contemporary dance films directed by Amrita Hepi

May 25, 2017

ASOS Supports Talent is a global initiative which helps young creatives turn their ambitions into real-life projects. One of the talent selected for 2017 is dance activist and choreographer, Amrita Hepi. With a practice that focuses on intersectionality, Hepi choreographed four routines with four dancers who she considers to embody incredibly political practices. The separate pieces […]

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Vivid Review: IGNITE: Symphonic Dance Anthems – VIVID Sydney, City Recital Hall (1 & 2 June 2017)

May 1, 2017

Having made their debut in 2016, IGNITE: Symphonic Dance Anthems returns for two nights only as part of VIVID Sydney. Internationally renowned DJ Dan Murphy joins forces with a full symphony orchestra to present classic tracks which have graced dance floors the world over, such as Sandstorm, Strings of Life and Finally. During the fifteen […]

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Theatre Review: The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet – Shakespeare By The Bay (performances until April 23, 2017)

April 19, 2017

Set among the beautiful surrounds of Robertson Park in Watsons Bay, Sydney, Shakespeare By The Bay presents The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. In partnership with Bard on the Beach, Watsons Bay Hotel and the Woollahra Council, Romeo and Juliet plays out against an ocean backdrop, with the water lapping gently against the dock as […]

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Theatre Review: Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra – Sport for Jove: Bella Vista Farm (until 7th January 2017)

December 21, 2016

Sport for Jove’s Summer Shakespeare Season is in its eighth year and is impressing audiences once again, this time with their double bill – Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra. Designed to be viewed back-to-back, with some of the actors reprising their roles in the second play, politics, intrigue and murder abound. Suzanne Pereira is […]

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Theatre Review: The Accused – Pavilion Theatre: Castle Hill Players (until 10th December 2016)

November 22, 2016

Written by Jeffrey Archer, The Accused is an edge-of-your-seat courtroom drama in which the audience are the jury. Directed by Bernard Teuben, we see a man accused of murdering his wife through poison and are presented with several witnesses who argue his guilt. An abrupt judge, two bickering barristers and a colourful cast of witnesses […]

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Theatre Review: Seymour Centre 2017 Season Launch

November 17, 2016

The Seymour Centre is known for its innovative and provocative productions, and 2017 looks to be no different. In its seventh year, the Reginald Series present unique performances from some of Australia’s leading small and independent arts companies. With work that touches on transgender and gender issues, violence against women, future technologies and speaking out […]

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Walsh Bay Arts Table 2016: The Song Company (08.11.16)

November 11, 2016

  With glorious views of Sydney Harbour, lights shinning off the water and the hum of chatter surrounding you like the embrace of an old friend, the scene was set for the 2016 Walsh Bay Arts Table. Walsh Bay’s annual Arts Table dinner offered patrons the unique opportunity to dine al fresco on the water’s […]

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Theatre Review: Monkey Baa Theatre 2017 Season Launch

October 27, 2016

Monkey Baa Theatre specialise in creating inspiring, award-winning theatre for young audiences, creating productions which present a multifaceted reflection of the world. The launch of their upcoming 2017 program was met with enthusiasm and high expectations. The audience was afforded a glimpse into the nine performances, which will make up the 2017 season, each one […]

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Review: The tiny details of Boeing Boeing set it ahead of the pack – Pavilion Theatre, Castle Hill (Performances until 15th October 2016)

October 4, 2016

Written by Marc Camoletti and directed by Stephen Snars, Boeing Boeing tells the tale of Bernard (Paul Sztelma), a French architect living in Paris and juggling relationships with three flight attendants. It is the 1960s and Bernard has no shame over his three fiancé’s – in fact, when an old school friend Robert (Robert Snars) […]

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Comedy Review: The Best Medicine: Hannah Boland – Factory Theatre (10.09.16)

September 13, 2016

Promoting herself as a fresh face in ‘clean comedy,’ Hannah Boland presents a refreshing and unique one–woman stand up show as part of Sydney Fringe Comedy. There is something instantly likeable about Boland as she finds her stride on stage. While clearly pre-planned there is a natural flow to the performance as she jumps from anecdotes […]

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Theatre Review: On Golden Pond – Pavilion Theatre, Castle Hill (Performances until 20th August 2016)

August 8, 2016

Most people are familiar with the story of On Golden Pond, with many having seen the 1981 film starring Henry and Jane Fonda and Katharine Hepburn. The story centres around relationships and families, in particular the dynamic which exists between Norman Thayer, JR (Dave Kirkman), his wife Ethel (Carole Grace) and his estranged daughter Chelsea […]

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Review: Raiders of the Lost Ark with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra – Sydney Opera House (29.07.16)

July 31, 2016

This review should probably be premised with the fact that I am a huge fan of the Indiana Jones series (the first three – don’t even get me started on Kingdom of the Crystal Skull). These films formed an intrinsic part of my childhood and are potentially where my love of history steamed from. So […]

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Opera Review: Simon Boccanegra – Sydney Opera House (Performances until 13th August)

July 28, 2016

Giuseppe Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra presents the tragic story of naval hero Boccanegra (George Petean) who experiences great loss when the mother of his child, Maria, dies. Her father, Jacopo Fiesco (Giacomo Prestia), resents him and insists the only way in which to achieve redemption in his eyes is to hand his granddaughter over to him. […]

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Theatre Review: Love, Loss, and What I Wore – Pavilion Theatre, Castle Hill (Performances until 25th June)

June 7, 2016

Love, Loss, and What I Wore, a play by Nora and Delia Ephron, is based on the 1995 book of the same name by Ilene Beckerman. We are introduced to five women who take it in turns presenting individual, and sometimes joint, monologues. These range from irreverent and funny to painful and heartbreaking, the common […]

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Theatre review: The Taming of the Shrew – Sport for Jove, The Seymour Centre (Performances until 28 May 2016)

May 24, 2016

The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare’s tale of a woman “tamed” by a man, has seen many adaptations over the years, but perhaps none so clever as the latest offering from Sport for Jove. Set in Hollywood during the silent film era of the 1920s, a time of strong women – both on the silver […]

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Theatre review: Blonde Poison – Sydney Opera House (Performances until 12 May 2016)

May 2, 2016

Directed by Jennifer Hagan and presented by Strange Duck Productions, Blonde Poison is a gripping tale of betrayal, war and the high price of survival. Based on a true story, Stella Goldschlag is preparing to be interviewed in her home by an old childhood friend, now a successful journalist. As she becomes increasingly anxious about […]

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Theatre review: Hay Fever – Sydney Theatre Company (Performances to 21 May 2016)

April 17, 2016

And you thought your family was bad. Meet the Blisses. Mother Judith (Heather Mitchell) is a retired stage actress, her husband David (Tony Llewellyn-Jones) is a novelist and their two grown children, Simon (Tom Conroy) and Sorel (Harriet Dyer) still live at home. Hay Fever opens with the siblings exchanging insults and generally talking around […]

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