Arts Centre Melbourne

Theatre Review: Evita – Arts Centre Melbourne (Performances to 23rd February)

December 18, 2018

The opening night of Evita was met with praise and applause as Tina Arena took to the stage in her starring role as Eva Perón. Adapting her wonderful pop vocals to such an iconic role would of been a challenge for the most seasoned performer, however Arena carried herself with poise and grace and pulled […]

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Review: Whoever said you shouldn’t discuss politics at a party has clearly never been to RIOT!

February 12, 2018

There has never been a better time for a show like RIOT!. With politics trending towards the bizarre, North Korea constantly making headlines, and  the #Metoo movement exposing years of endemic abuse,  It seems as if  the world could do with a bit of unadulterated joy. RIOT! does just that, acting as a celebration of […]

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Interview: Kate Brennan on RIOT! the Dublin Fringe Show Taking Melbourne by Storm

February 5, 2018

Kate Brennan is no stranger to the stage. The acclaimed Irish actress has performed in everything from a production of The White Devil at Shakespeare’s Globe, to appearing on the small screen on HBO’s The Tudors. Now, she is performing alongside a stellar ensemble of Irish performers in a one-of-a-kind show, RIOT! This celebration of […]

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Theatre Review: Noises Off is a hot mess in the best possible way (Performances in Melbourne until August 12th)

July 14, 2017

If you feel like your current workout regime is just not doing it for you anymore, and you need a little something extra, a little bit of inspiration to get that summer body back on track, might I suggest a night out at the theatre. Noises Off is quite literally the funniest show you will ever see, […]

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Arts Centre Melbourne’s newest riverside bar and cafe showcases the best of local produce

July 11, 2017

Part cafe and part bar, Bombini Buzz is Arts Centre Melbourne’s newest eatery, encompassing what it means to live in Melbourne. With its prime river edge location on the Southbank front, this new venue puts the focus on local Melbourne makers – everything from coffee, pastries and locally brewed beer. In a seamless transition from […]

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Theatre Review: Vigil filled to the brim with character and passion (Art Centre Melbourne until 8th July)

July 5, 2017

Even though it is billed as a cabaret, Vigil is something that is far from that label. This one-person show – commissioned by the Adelaide Cabaret Festival – is filled with songs and interludes that weave through its story. While cabaret is traditionally seen as something jovial, Vigil cannot lay claim to this. It is […]

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Dance Review: Lord of the Flies – Arts Centre Melbourne (Performances until April 9th)

April 7, 2017

At the sudden reverberation of a thud-like sound, the State Theatre was pitch black. And so began Matthew Bourne‘s incomparable adaptation of Lord of the Flies. For those who have never read the book, seen the play or the movie, then this theatre experience will leave you feeling triumphant and proud, for what you will witness is […]

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Jonny Woo talks drag, being provocative and A Night At The Musicals

January 19, 2017

Drag is a culture that has a richness entwined with a diverse community of entertainers telling a story in all sorts of ways. It’s then comforting to know that drag artists are still out there keen on simply performing musicals for musical sake. Jonny Woo, along with his long-time collaborator Le Gateau Chocolat is bringing […]

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KOYAANISQATSI LIVE! to return to Hamer Hall

December 2, 2016

Performed by the Phillip Glass Ensemble, the score from 1983 cult masterpiece KOYAANISQATSI will accompany a screening of the film at a special event at Arts Centre Melbourne’s Hamer Hall next March. KOYAANISQATSI took five years to film. Free of narrative, the title comes from the Hopi language word for ‘life out of balance’. Using […]

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Caroline Deyga talks diversity, fun, freedom and performing in Our Ladies of Perpetual Soccour

October 21, 2016

It’s not all serious symphonies or ponder-ment over big issues at this year’s Melbourne Festival. Those interested in seeing that has a big bold bunch of fun can do no worse that The Ladies of Our Soccur.  The performance, based on the novel The Sopranos by Alan Warner, profiles a bunch of schoolgirls heading out to a choir competition […]

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Prepare for a hot and steamy Midsumma at Arts Centre Melbourne

October 20, 2016

Three weeks worth of saucy showstoppers are all set to take over Arts Centre Melbourne next January. Celebrating all things notorious,  salacious, and most outrageous, the festival’s lineup for the 2017 event includes: Ursula Martinez, original cast member of cabaret smash La Soiree, and her show Free Admission. Cabaret melting pot Finucane & Smith’s Glory […]

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Sir Matthew Bourne’s Lord of the Flies set for exclusive Melbourne run in 2017

August 19, 2016

Making its Australian première at Arts Centre Melbourne in 2017, Sir Matthew Bourne‘s adaptation of William Golding’s classic Lord of the Flies will see up to 24 Victorian men and boys invited to workshops designed by the renowned choreographers’ team, with the possibility of performing in the production next April. Sir Matthew’s adaptation of Lord of the Flies […]

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New Kylie Minogue exhibition announced for Arts Centre Melbourne

June 30, 2016

A celebration of iconic Aussie musician Kylie Minogue will open at Arts Centre Melbourne in September. The free exhibition, Kylie On Stage, will focus on some of the singer’s most magical moments from concert tours throughout her career, featuring costumes dating as far back as 1989. “Touring and live performance has been such a big […]

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Broadway icon Megan Hilty makes one-off Australia debut June 8 at Arts Centre Melbourne

April 7, 2016

The exclusive one-night-only event at the Art Centre Melbourne’s Hamer Hall will showcase Megan Hilty with her four-piece band including musical director and pianist Matt Cusson and husband Brian Gallagher on guitar. Those lucky enough to score a ticket can except to sing along to hit songs, They Just Keep Moving the Line (SMASH!), Almost […]

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Dancer Rudy Hawkes on extremities, group work and Australian Ballet’s Vitesse

March 8, 2016

Vitesse has had many ballet lovers interested in what ballet can be defined as. With many defining the performance as intense, the production looks to be a daring dance that breaks away from traditional ideas of what ballet is. The music accompanying dancers on stage is a mix of pulsating electronica, swirling penetrating soundtracks and […]

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Artist Mark Ogge brings Automata to Arts Centre Melbourne

March 3, 2016

This week a rare Automata has appeared at the Arts Centre Melbourne. In an age oversaturated with digital art and entertainment, Melbourne artist Mark Ogge has drawn on the centuries-old tradition of mechanical automata and coin-operated attractions to create a work of great immediacy and charm. The Circus Automata, a large, three-dimensional, mechanically operated diorama […]

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Our top picks for Melbourne Food & Wine Festival 2016

February 28, 2016

One of the most delicious and eye-opening months on the city’s busy calendar is back this March as the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival (MFWF) returns from 4th to 13th March. Over a week of exploratory culinary events and wine showcases will take place throughout the city, with a very loaded program featuring some of […]

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Theatre Review: North By Northwest – Arts Centre Melbourne (performances until February 13)

February 6, 2016

Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller film North by Northwest has become a stage sensation, and its return season has confirmed just how extraordinary this theatrical reimagining is. Given the technicalities of film it really begged the question: how were they going to put this onto the stage? Well, I’m not going to tell you. This is […]

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Review: Trevor Ashley in Liza’s Back (Is Broken) – Arts Centre Melbourne (Performances to January 31st)

January 23, 2016

It’s truly incredible what one man can achieve with a touch of sequin, a lot of pizazz and a set of lungs that support such badass pipes for a whole two hours. Trevor Ashley is one of, if not, the best drag queen performer this divine country has ever had. And yes Dame Edna Everage […]

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Review: The Pianist – Arts Centre Melbourne (Performances through to 17th January)

January 15, 2016

Gone are the days of the silent movies set in black and white where a comical gentleman enigmatically dances around the screen engaged in a slapstick routine. We now live in a world where sound, special effects, and computer graphics are what it takes to keep us enthralled. When I heard that The Pianist was coming […]

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