Riverside Theatre

Theatre Review: The Caretaker is a claustrophobic look at a world of pain (at Parramatta’s Riverside Theatre until 24 February)

February 23, 2019

The Caretaker focuses on three men in their natural habitat. The renowned, Harold Pinter play is a character-driven one that explores the relationship between a homeless man and two brothers. The story is a dense, dialogue-driven piece that unfolds within the confines of a West London flat. Some viewers may enjoy its clever lines, but […]

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Theatre review: Jesus Christ Superstar was an electric & biblical performance in more ways than one (Parramatta’s Riverside Theatre until 23 February)

February 9, 2019

A weather report can be a clichéd way to open a review. But when it’s opening night of Jesus Christ Superstar and it has rained to biblical proportions, what do you do? You can sing, “Christ you know it ain’t easy” or tell people that Parramatta has been turned into a scene from Noah’s ark, […]

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Theatre Review: Brett & Wendy…A Love Story Bound By Art is both visually arresting & a restless drama (Parramatta’s Riverside Theatre until 27 January)

January 20, 2019

It should come as no shock that a theatre show about one of our nation’s greatest artists looks fabulous. The world premiere of Brett & Wendy…A Love Story Bound By Art is one vivid and lyrical look at two creative tour de forces. This production is an ambitious one that covers a lot in its […]

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Theatre Review: The Climbing Tree shows some teenagers grappling with growing pains as they traverse the great divide

November 26, 2018

When you’re a teenager you often feel like the world is against you. You’re too mature to be a child but not yet independent enough to be an adult. This is often a period associated with angst and growing pains. The Climbing Tree examines these existential problems while framing them around a nation’s past and […]

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Theatre Review: Funny Girl is a joyous romp through New York’s golden years (Paramatta’s Riverside Theatre to 6th October)

September 29, 2018

The film Funny Girl is celebrating its golden anniversary but this story feels so young and vital it could have been made yesterday. Theatre & Co. present their version of Funny Girl at Parramatta’s Riverside Theatre. It’s something often associated with Barbra Streisand because it once catapulted her to fame. These are some big shoes to […]

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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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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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Seven theatre productions you can’t miss in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane this month

July 3, 2017

It’s a massive month for theatre all around Australia, with the Helpmann Awards on July 24th only furthering the spotlight on the many great productions happening all over Australia. But the Helpmann nominees aren’t the only shows worth celebrating; here are seven productions which kick off or continue through the month ahead in Sydney, Brisbane, […]

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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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Win a double pass to the new FORM Dance Projects and Riverside Theatres production of Dads

October 10, 2016

Dance Makers Collective have called in some unlikely experts for their next show, their dads! From 2nd to 5th November, FORM Dance Projects and Riverside Theatres will present the new highly-anticipated work from Dance Makers Collective entitled Dads. Through interviews with their dads and sessions in the rehearsal studio, Dance Makers Collective have uncovered a […]

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Review: Daffodils – Riverside Theatre, Parramatta (12th May 2016)

May 16, 2016

Some shows work best when certain things are kept to a minimum. Prince’s “Piano and a Microphone” concerts were one such example as is the kiwi cabaret known as Daffodils [inspired by true events]. The play is a love story inspired by writer, Rochelle Bright’s parents and grandparents meeting at the same spot in New Zealand […]

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Theatre Review: West Side Story – Riverside Theatre (performances until 20th Feb)

February 8, 2016

Even if you haven’t yet seen a production of West Side Story, chances are you a probably familiar with one of its very recognisable tunes or melodies. From “Something’s Coming” to “Tonight” to “Somewhere” to even the very “Overture”, you’ll recognize something (eh). But really, seeing them all together in their original setting is the […]

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