Arts

Comedians Lano & Woodley announce 2023 Moby Dick tour dates

October 7, 2022

When is an iconic story about a whale, not a story about a whale? When it’s a brilliantly funny Lano and Woodley show of course. The comedy duo, who have had a love-hate relationship over many years, are back with a completely improvised and hilarious take on the Moby Dick story. New stops on the […]

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Tickets to the Melbourne season of Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap are on sale now!

September 29, 2022

Don your trusty fedora and slip into your trench coat as you prepare for the arrival of Agatha Christie’s timeless murder mystery, The Mousetrap. After hitting London’s West End back in 1952, The Mousetrap has gone on to captivate millions of budding detectives around the world, amassing over 28,500 performances in the last 70 years. […]

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Review: Tutankhamun gets his own projection-based immersive exhibition with Nat Geo’s Beyond King Tut

September 28, 2022

By now, I’m sure you have had the chance to hear about, or see for yourself, the “immersive” art exhibitions that have seemingly popped up in every corner of the globe. Popularised, in part, by their ability to be adjusted for social distancing guidelines in recent years – even becoming a drive through experience – […]

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Five museums in the USA you need to visit (that opened during the pandemic)

September 26, 2022

As we led into 2020, we were excited about a number of museums and attractions opening around the world. Of course, due to the pandemic, many saw delays, and others still haven’t opened to this day. And many that did missed out on much of the fanfare you might have otherwise expected, due to a […]

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Review: Milk Crate Theatre’s DUST is a collaborative work in reframing lockdown

September 21, 2022

For over 20 years, Milk Crate Theatre have engaged with disadvantaged people, devising works which challenge norms of performance. Developed over the 2020 and 2021 lockdowns, DUST was conceived over a number of zoom sessions before being fleshed-out in the person earlier this year. Drawing on themes of isolation and enforced reflection, the story centres […]

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Crowds walk out of the main theatre at the Sydney Opera House.

Review: Antidote at the Sydney Opera House raises more questions than it answers but it will make you hungry for change

September 15, 2022

Antidote at the Sydney Opera House is marketed as a ‘festival of ideas, art and change’ and the 2022 line-up presented a diverse and intriguing list of topics from climate change to the war in Ukraine. Over the last few years, it feels as if the stability we have so long expected and taken for […]

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Review: Phantom Of The Opera grows in a new light at Sydney Opera House

September 7, 2022

Over three decades Phantom of the Opera has been solidified as a paradigm-shifting theatre production without equal. I know many people who don’t care for the theatre who would relish in every single second of any iteration of this story, no matter the time, setting or season. And those who do have a particular love […]

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Theatre Review: Razor Gang Wars will immerse you in the world of Sydney’s criminal underworld

September 3, 2022

It’s a cold, dark night in Sydney. As the wind whips around St James’ Cathedral, there’s a whisper of something sinister. The shadows appear to be moving and an overwhelming sense of anticipation hangs in the air. This is Deadhouse: Tales of Sydney Morgue and we are about to step into Razor Gang Wars: The […]

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Review: Sydney Theatre Company’s A Raisin in the Sun is as urgent as ever, 65 years later.

September 3, 2022

A Raisin in the Sun was the first play in Broadway to be written by an African American woman, premiering in 1959 and starring Sidney Poitier. Sixty-five years later, it finally makes its Australian mainstage premiere, presented by Sydney Theatre Company. Three generations of Youngers live in a cramped 2-bedroom apartment on Chicago’s gritty south […]

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Jane Eyre

Theatre Review: A re-imagining of Jane Eyre that will leave you in the dark

September 2, 2022

There would be few people who are not familiar with Charlotte Brontë’s classic story of Jane Eyre. Even if you have not read the original novel, there are numerous film adaptations and stage productions that have re-imagined this haunting and Gothic tale. I was interested to see what this latest offering from director Michael Futcher […]

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Theatre Review: Come From Away is still as moving, uplifting and hilarious as ever (Melbourne)

September 2, 2022

Three years ago, Come From Away crash-landed on Australian shores to rave reviews praising everything from the performances to the music. Now, the Tony award-winning musical has returned to Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre to spread its infectious joy and poignant narrative to new and returning audiences. This is one of those shows where every individual element […]

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Theatre Review: Trust Me, It’s the End of Our World After All was an intense and entertaining 60-minute treat

August 31, 2022

In the world of endless streaming services and instantaneous hand-held entertainment, theatre can seem a bit inaccessible and highbrow – at least, to a large proportion of the younger generation. And that’s what the team at Beyond the Yard Theatre are trying to remedy with their production Trust Me, It’s the End of Our World […]

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Tell Me Why I'm Here

Theatre Review: Belvoir’sTell Me I’m Here shines a light on mental illness and will leave you stunned

August 27, 2022

As the applause dies down and the lights go up, the audience glances at one another, glassy-eyed and slightly dazed. What had we just experienced? It felt as if we had witnessed open heart surgery – while the person was still conscious – and the thought uppermost in my mind was – how the hell […]

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Phantom of the Opera

Photo Gallery: Delta Goodrem and VIPs arrive for The Phantom of the Opera‘s debut at the Sydney Opera House

August 27, 2022

Delta Goodrem and guests walk the red carpet at The Phantom of the Opera opening night. Experience the phenomenon of one of the most successful musicals of all time, when Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s legendary show makes its Sydney Opera House debut. Nathan captured the excitement and glamour of the red […]

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Review: Cirque du Soleil and Disney make magic with the Orlando residency Drawn To Life

August 25, 2022

Cirque Du Soleil’s first brand new production since the pandemic, Drawn To Life, is also their first official Walt Disney collaboration. This is despite having had a theatre on the Disney Springs grounds in Orlando since 1998. The beautiful space was their first custom built, permanent venue and residency outside of Las Vegas, with the […]

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Bernie Dieter

Sydney Fringe: Bernie Dieter’s Club Kabarett returns to Sydney

August 22, 2022

After a successful season early in 2022, Bernie Dieter’s Club Kabarett returns to Sydney Fringe. We caught the show in February, and it was an absolute hoot. I hadn’t laughed so hard in months. I swear a dislodged a filling that night. The show is packed with laughs, it leaves you gasping and is definitely […]

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SOUND WEST conference coming to Parramatta this Thursday

August 22, 2022

This Thursday, the 25th of August, the SOUND WEST conference day will be held at CommBank Stadium in Parramatta. The conference will bring a shining light on the hotbed of talent coming from Parramatta and Greater Western Sydney. Amongst the speakers will be the rapper Masked Wolf, Dylan Alcott AO, Fred Schebesta (founder of Finder), […]

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Sleeplessness

Kaz Therese’s Sleeplessness is raw, engaging and unmissable

August 22, 2022

On Monday 16 November 2009, the Australian Parliament formally acknowledged and apologised for the harsh treatment and ongoing trauma of Forgotten Australians and former child migrants. There are an estimated 500,000 children who experienced care in institutions in Australia throughout the 20th century – Kaz Therese’s grandmother and mother were two of them. Incorporating video, […]

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Theatre Review: Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is dynamism and intensity personified

August 14, 2022

Audiences watching Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde either know the drill or at least have some concept of what happens. But it’s a testament to Kip Williams and the Sydney Theatre Company that this production bedazzles and surprises. This is a rendering that is brimming with so many different layers, that it […]

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The Glass Menagerie

Theatre review: The Glass Menagerie is a perfectly recreated classic, brought to life by talented locals

August 8, 2022

It’s easy to assume a classic story will feel tired and dull when it’s reproduced for the thousandth time – but that was not the case with The Glass Menagerie. Perhaps it was the vivacious talent delivering the script or the timelessness of family drama, but this Tennessee Williams piece felt just as relevant and […]

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Film Review: A brilliant Jodie Comer indicts the legal system in NT Live’s triumphant Prima Facie

July 23, 2022

Trigger warning: Sexual assault Prima Facie tells the story of Tessa (Jodie Comer), a young, tenacious and determined barrister who is at the prime of her career. With a sharp mind and an ironclad belief in the word of the law, she has never lost a case. Even when working on cases that would trigger […]

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Theatre Review: La Boite stuns with Lewis Treston’s reimagining of Wilde’s An Ideal Husband

July 21, 2022

1996-ish. Canberra-ish. Artie Whig (Will Carseldine) is facing an uncertain future, about to be cut off by his no-nonsense father John (Kevin Hides). Unless he marries and finds a career, the young gadabout can kiss his allowance goodbye. Meanwhile, Minister for the Environment Robyn Shi (Hsiao-Ling Tang) and her advisor Gertrude (an absolute scene-stealing Emily […]

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Opera Review: Opera Queensland turns the tragic into magic with Verdi’s La Traviata

July 18, 2022

With Moulin Rouge wowing audiences in Sydney, Brisbane’s Lyric Theatre is hosting its own tragic tale of Parisian courtesans and ill-fated love affairs. Verdi‘s iconic La Traviata opened last week, led by Lorina Gore and Kang Wang as star-crossed lovers Violetta and Alfredo. A joint venture between Opera Queensland, State Opera South Australia, and West […]

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Theatre Review: Robyn Archer: An Australian Songbook brings a new repertoire to Queensland Theatre

July 5, 2022

After a delayed start, Robyn Archer: An Australian Songbook has finally made its way to the Bille Brown Theatre stage and, happily, it was more than worth the wait. Setting aside the assumed Aussie repertoire, An Australian Songbook explores the history of our country through a rather unexpected collection of Australian music, anchored by the […]

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Robyn Archer takes a trip through Australia’s melodic history

July 1, 2022

National treasure Robyn Archer has set up home at Queensland Theatre for the next couple of weeks. Alongside her long-time band members, George Butrumulis (Zydeco Jump), Cameron Goodall (The Audreys) and Ennio Pozzebon (Keating: The Musical), she’ll be taking audiences on a journey through Australian song – and it won’t always be the tracks you’re […]

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SXSW to head to Australia in 2023

June 30, 2022

SXSW have announced an annual Asia-Pacific installment, with Sydney set to host in October 2023. It’s the first time the iconic conference and festival of creativity has expanded beyond North America since its inception in 1987. A joint collaboration between the NSW Government, Destination NSW, TEG, and SXSW, SXSW Sydney will bring together the world’s […]

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National Film and Sound Archive’s groundbreaking Australians & Hollywood exhibit to continue throughout 2023

June 26, 2022

Following its successful launch in Canberra earlier this year, the groundbreaking National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) Australians & Hollywood exhibition will remain on show throughout 2023. The blockbuster exhibition, which celebrates Australia’s contemporary cinematic, acting and filmmaking success, opened in January and now its extended run will give Canberra and national audiences an expanded […]

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Adelaide Cabaret Fringe Festival review: Fiona O’Loughlin is back and glorious

June 17, 2022

Fiona O’Loughlin was a regular face on television in the 90s. Her self-deprecating humour about her home and family life made her a popular guest on several chat shows. That came to an end after she collapsed on stage and admitted that she was battling alcoholism. Now that she is clean and recovered, O’Loughlin is […]

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Theatre Review: What Moulin Rouge! lacks in cohesiveness it makes up for in charm

June 14, 2022

Charming. That’s the word I’d best use to describe what Moulin Rouge! has bought to a Sydney crowd that’s absolutely aching for a playful musical following the previous few years. While he’s busy doing the round in Australia right now for his new movie Elvis, Baz Luhrmann has no doubt already been through the Capitol […]

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Theatre Review: Theresa Rebeck‘s Bernhardt/Hamlet lights up the Bille Brown Theatre

June 6, 2022

It is 1899 and the world’s most famous actress, Sarah Bernhardt, is rehearsing for Hamlet. But, to the horror of critics and the delight of the Parisian gossip mills, she won’t be reprising her role as Ophelia. Nor will she be embracing the age appropriate Gertrude. Bernhardt craves something more audacious, something bold. Something that […]

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