A groundbreaking work such as this in new Australian music is as rare as a straight answer from a politician. With Speechless, award-winning Australian composer Cat Hope has created an opera unlike any other. I had the privilege of attending the first public viewing of her composition’s workshop on Friday 28 July in Port Adelaide…. Read more.
Serena Hill has been Head of Casting at Sydney Theatre Company since 2003, and after an incredible career Down Under, she is heading home to England with her family. For now. I was fortunate enough to squeeze in a quick chat with Serena about her time here in Oz, London, and steal some inside tips… Read more.
With the current debate about of the lack of Australian works being produced in the Music Theatre industry, there has never been a more exciting time for a great new Australian work to be blossoming onto the stage. Presently in its second week of workshop, Between Worlds is taking shape to be staged at… Read more.
Dana Jolly is a renowned Australian performer, choreographer and in-demand freelance teacher with a professional career that spans over forty years, both in Australia and internationally. Dana’s performing credits in the UK include Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s Song And Dance, Shall We Dance tour, and over the years working with artists such as Ray Charles, Madonna and… Read more.
When it comes to practising your craft eight shows a week, it’s a very personal thing. Everybody works differently and what will work for some, may not work for others. This week, I wanted to talk about exactly that: how can we perform at optimum level, all day, everyday? And the answer is, we can’t…. Read more.
From Rachel: My very first paid job in the industry involved me being topless on stage. (In my defence, I was wearing a lot of body jewellery, which made me FEEL significantly less topless, than I actually was.) Having grown up in a conservative family this presented a huge ethical problem for both my folks… Read more.
It has only been 18 months since Morgan Palmer graduated WAAPA, but in that time he has landed the exciting and challenging role of ‘swing’ – a member of a company who understudies several ensemble roles – in two major Australian touring shows. I sat down with Morgan, who is currently an offstage swing in… Read more.
In the final years of Drama School one does numerous full-blown shows in preparation for the professional scene. Some large scale, some small. In the case of my WAAPA class, we did about seven musicals and plays. But how much does a show at a Drama School emulate that of one in the real world? I chatted… Read more.
I’m a Queenslander. Please, don’t hold it against me but it’s true. And I’m proud of it. When I moved from Stanthorpe to Perth, WA, it was the first time I’d left the nest. No more of Mum’s Sunday roasts, no more of Dad’s pizza oven antics. Three years on, I am happy to say… Read more.
Monday off Tuesday Straight into technical rehearsal and the time is ticking, we are teching the children as we go which means some scenes are repeated 4 times. A great way for us swings and covers to see the show and continue to lock in people’s tracks, as it’s hard to watch 7 people at one… Read more.