Arts

A guide to Japan’s three main performing arts… and where to see them

March 5, 2021

Japan is a nation well known for its far-reaching history and passion for keeping culture and traditions alive. From the ancient tea houses of Kyoto to the quaint building styles of Gifu’s Shirakawago, you can practically read the history of the nation through its architecture and city design. One of the more elusive forms of […]

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Adults Only Magic Show

Adelaide Fringe Review: The Showmen’s Adults Only Magic Show entertains and delights

March 4, 2021

Magic duo Sam & Justin (known as The Showmen) present the Adult Only Magic Show at Gluttony. The show is marketed as an incredible array of hilariously raucous comedy, mind-bending illusions and stunningly dangerous stunts. The fast-paced show has plenty of audience participation with free drink cards for those helping on stage. Not that many […]

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Adelaide Fringe Review: DIRT exposes the dark side of Russia’s gay rights

March 2, 2021

DIRT is the story of an Australian tourist, played by Will King, travelling in Moscow who hooks up with the local tour guide (Patrick Livesey). The romantic interplay between the two evolves over the course of the performance, but each has a hidden story that gradually unfolds. The play is set in contemporary Russia and […]

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Don't Feed The Ducks

Adelaide Fringe Review: Amy Hetherington on why not to feed the ducks

March 1, 2021

Amy Hetherington’s one-person stand-up show Don’t Feed The Ducks is a little of a misnomer. If you are expecting an hour of duck jokes, you’d be disappointed. There are duck jokes. But, there’s also a whole lot more to the show. From the moment that the audience are squeezed into the broom-cupboard sized Hell’s Kitchen at […]

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Say hello to the Brunswick Ballroom, Melbourne’s newest ritzy and reimagined performance venue

February 23, 2021

A swanky new performance venue is about to open in Melbourne’s old Metropolis House on Sydney Road. The Brunswick Ballroom is set to become Melbourne’s most eclectic and diverse new entertainment venue, hosting Australian and international acts, from music and cabaret to comedy. Spearheaded by new venue owner and impresario Andrew Kay AM, Brunswick Ballroom […]

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Preview: STC’s Appropriate has all the benchmarks of great theatre

February 16, 2021

With everything that occurred in the year that was 2020, Appropriate, directed by Wesley Enoch seems, well, appropriate. Written by the American playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, the play centres around a dysfunctional American family brought together by the death of their father. As they begin to sort through his belongings they struggle between a desire to […]

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Theatre Review: Filled with chamber music, The Gang of Five is a bittersweet comedy for theatre lovers at La Mama Mobile

February 16, 2021

Theatre was briefly back in Melbourne before another five day lockdown saw shows rescheduled. Before the enforced hiatus, I was fortunate enough to catch a performance of The Gang of Five at La Mama Mobile Theatre. The Gang of Five opened to a full house, based at Creative Spaces’ Studio 1. Repurposing a dance studio […]

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Melbourne’s Musical Theatre Scene Revived: 5 shows not to miss in 2021

February 11, 2021

Melbourne’s theatre scene is back! If you’ve missed the feeling of sitting in one of Melbourne’s lavish theatres, enjoying snacks and a drink from the bar while enjoying a show to remember, get excited because there’s a stellar lineup of shows ready to blow you away. From the Comedy Theatre to Her Majesty’s, Melbourne’s best […]

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Ben Elton to kick off rescheduled 2020 Australian shows next month

February 10, 2021

Comedy returns to Australia from March 2021 with news that Ben Elton is returning for his first stand-up show in 15 years. In 2019, Ben Elton announced a brand-new comedy show called Ben Elton Live, which was to tour Australia in 2020. That was postponed for obvious reasons. His tour has been expanded with new […]

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Theatre Review: Belvoir’s Fangirls is a teen dream hypercolour pop party

February 7, 2021

Being a teenage girl is rough. Expectations are high, bodies are changing, social media is all consuming and society deems your interests as silly. There have been countless attempts to represent teen girl culture both on stage and screen, yet most rarely seem to get it right. Originally premiering in 2019, Fangirls attracted a buzz […]

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Fringe World Review: The Kaye Hole nails loose late night debauchery & variety

February 5, 2021

Mix Reuben Kaye with a 10:15pm timeslot and you’re bound to get scandalous late night debauchery, filthy fun and plenty of laughs. The Kaye Hole at the Rechabite, as part of Perth’s Fringe World Festival, didn’t disappoint. The Kaye Hole is Reuben’s variety show (separate to his earlier solo show), supported by his band, featuring […]

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Quirky museum of love & disappointments will open at QT Gold Coast in time for Valentine’s Day

January 28, 2021

More than 8,000 love stories and break up mementos have been sourced by the eternally playful folk behind QT Hotels & Resorts for a temporary museum dedicated to relationship relics of the past. Twisting the idea of Valentine’s Day, QT Gold Coast will turn into “Heartbreak Hotel” from 1st to 21st February, showcasing a pop-up […]

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Let’s Talk Art Therapy: Port Macquarie emerges as New South Wales’ hub of artisan makers and workshops

January 27, 2021

What defines Port Macquarie? In the scope of New South Wales, a state with some of the beautiful coastal towns in the country, Port Macquarie may not seem all that distinctive. Until you get there. Make the four-or-so hour drive from Sydney (5.3hrs from Brisbane), like many do throughout the year, and you’re rewarded with […]

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Reuben Kaye

Fringe World Review: Reuben Kaye’s cabaret is entrancing, salacious and intelligent

January 27, 2021

Charismatic, bedazzling, intelligent, salacious and unbelievably natural on stage. Reuben Kaye’s self-titled cabaret drag solo show has it all. Humour, theatre and brute/obscene honesty as well as an entrancing level of crowd interaction. Described as “the evil love child of Liza Minnelli and Jim Carrey”, Kaye is one of the headline acts at this month’s Fringe […]

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Magic Mike Live

Review: Is it hot in here? Magic Mike Live comes to Sydney

January 25, 2021

It is with no small amount of amusement that I tell you, Magic Mike Live has been one of the most difficult reviews I’ve ever had to write. It would be easy for me to sit here and wax lyrical about how attractive the dancers were (because they were) or how much the crowd of […]

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Sydney Festival Review: Circa’s Humans 2.0 is a slick, edgy and contemporary production

January 18, 2021

Globally acclaimed Queensland contemporary circus group Circa have delivered a sequel to their ground breaking 2017 show Humans. Humans 2.0 is a ‘love letter to humanity’, exploring trust, vulnerability and the extremes of human ability. Those extremes are of evident immediately, as the cast of 10 begin with outrageous feats of acrobatics. At times it […]

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Sydney Festival Review: Autocannibal is a gruesomely funny exploration into our apocalypse

January 18, 2021

Autocannibal presents a dystopian circus exploring the nature of sustenance. Isolated as the only remaining human in a world bereft of food and water, our protagonist battles a sea of junk and plastic, avoiding the obvious reality that there’s only one thing remaining for him to truly eat. Mick Jones is a versatile performer, delivering […]

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My Brilliant Career

Theatre Review: My Brilliant Career is an anti love story you can’t help but fall in love with at Belvoir

December 14, 2020

Sybylla Melvyn announces (triumphantly and somewhat without apology) that this is a play all about herself. Stuck on her family property as the eldest of eight, her drunken father (Jason Chong) has squandered much of the family resources while her mother (Blazey Best), keen to marry her off, is worried she’s too plain. In strong […]

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State-of-the-art cinema complex set for Boxing Day debut in Brisbane

December 13, 2020

And you thought the art of cinema was dead? Reading Cinemas Australia have announced it will open Australia’s most advanced cinema complex to date at the newly redeveloped DFO complex in Jindalee, Brisbane, just in time for Boxing Day. Reading’s new complex will be the company’s first in Queensland to feature full reclining seats in […]

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Theatre Review: Frozen – The Musical is worth melting for at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre

December 12, 2020

Love it or loath it, you cannot deny Disney’s 2013 animated musical Frozen is one of the biggest pop culture phenomenons of our time. With box office figures, soundtrack sales, and merchandise revenue not seen since the Disney Renaissance of the early 1990s, Frozen was the cultural sensation the House of Mouse had been chasing […]

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Pippin

Theatre Review: Pippin is the weird and wonderful musical for our times at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre

December 8, 2020

Pippin is the first major musical to return to Sydney theatres, with distancing restrictions easing just before the show’s opening. The show’s offering of colour and magic are perfect medicine for our current climate. But, on another hand, its somewhat confusing premise and over-reliance on smoke and mirrors are yet another symptom of them. This […]

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Sydney Writers' Festival

Sydney Writers’ Festival returns to Carriageworks for four events this Summer as part of Sydney Festival

December 4, 2020

Sydney Writers’ Festival and Sydney Festival are joining forces for one weekend in January to present four major events at Carriageworks. The four events, presented under the banner Something to Talk About will see Sydney audiences spending time with the 2020 Booker Prize Winner, Douglas Stuart; perennial Festival favourites Jennifer Byrne, Michael Mohammed Ahmad and […]

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6 Events not to miss as Perth Festival celebrates local artists and stories in 2021

November 26, 2020

With international travel still on hold, Australia’s summer arts festival have a distinctly local flavour this year. The freshly announced program for Perth Festival 2021, for example, is focused on celebrating and contemplating Western Australian artists, creatives, and landscapes, in all aspects this summer. Built around the theme of “Bilya”, meaning river, the 2021 festival will […]

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Sydney Festival

Sydney Festival 2021: An all-Australian and Covid-safe celebration

November 23, 2020

Sydney is to be the canvas for 24 days of culture, fun and artistry once again, with Sydney Festival set to start the new year from 6-26 January 2021. The 2021 program has been specially curated to showcase all things “Australian made”, with artistic director Wesley Enoch and his team lining up 130 events celebrating […]

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Surry Hills hotspot The Clock Hotel gets arty with Bombay Sapphire and local creatives

October 28, 2020

Though we weren’t able to attend Vivid this year, Surry Hills’ The Clock Hotel are putting on their luminous art exhibition in partnership with Bombay Sapphire, hosting the alluring “RE-CLAIMED”. Prepare for an an enigmatic light and sound experience created by Sydney artist Sam Whiteside and design-driven creative studio Babekuh.  The Clock Hotel will, temporarily, become […]

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Ball Park Music

Album of the Week: Ball Park Music are back and bloody glorious on their new self titled LP (2020 LP)

October 22, 2020

There’s a strange level of satisfaction reviewing a new album for such a universally loved band like Ball Park Music. It’s like listening to the news that your best friends are getting married, that you’re going to become a parent for the first time or that the coronavirus has been eradicated. It’s pure, unadulterated excitement, […]

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Ladies Who Sing Leonard to feature 16 of the best female vocalists paying tribute to Leonard Cohen

October 21, 2020

The Festival of Jewish Arts and Music (FOJAM) have prepared a special event to wrap up their Homeward Bound series. Ladies Who Sing Leonard will feature 16 of the world’s best female vocalists paying tribute to the legendary Leonard Cohen. The event will take place on November 7, coinciding with the fourth anniversary of the […]

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Word Travels’ Story Week returns for a virtual festival this November

October 15, 2020

Next month Australia’s largest performing writer’s program, Word Travels’ Story Week returns. Running from November 6th to 14th, this year’s program will be entirely virtual and feature a range of international and Australian guests and performers.  This year’s line-up explores themes of race, ancestry, identity and more. “The global pandemic has had a large impact […]

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‘Looking Past the Pandemic’ with Bridgette Meinhold from Park City, Utah

October 7, 2020

Keeping travel dreams alive and setting goals has never felt more important. We can all agree that 2020 has been an unfortunate year so far, and almost every facet of daily life has been wrought by this ongoing global pandemic, the start of which now feels like forever ago. The arts has been one of […]

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Know Before You Go: Van Gogh Alive is Sydney’s new “it” exhibition

September 23, 2020

With COVID-19 cases low, more people in Sydney are looking to get back to a sense of normalcy, alongside, of course, common sense practices to avoid further restrictions and keep the community safe. And that’s great news for Australian company Grande Exhibitions, who have created and, across 50 cities, shaped the innovative, multi-sensory art experience […]

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