Reviews

Bell Shakespeare: Richard 3

Richard 3. Bell Shakespeare. Richard III. Kate Mulvany & Meredith Penman. Photo by Prudence Upton

Being in the depths of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, I was calling Richard 3, by Bell Shakespeare, Chick Dick 3 because Kate Mulvany plays Richard. But no more throw away jokes about having seen a lot of Dicks because this production’s found so much that’s new, relevant and fascinating. Yes it’s ANOTHER work about… Read more.


The Dog / The Cat

The Dog / The Cat | Photo by Brett Boardman

Romantic comedies are a staple of cinema, but it is rare to find a truly enchanting equivalent in the theatre. Luckily, Belvoir has brought back double bill The Dog / The Cat, an onstage rom-com that sparkles. In two 40 minute plays, loosely tied together by the titular pets in each, the bill  examines modern… Read more.


Trainspotting Live

Trainspotting Live

I was splashed by a wet condom and had a shite covered naked arse within touching distance. Choose life. Choose theatre. Choose Trainspotting Live. In 1993, Harry Gibson wrote the stage adaption of Irvine Welsh’s 1993 novel about heroine, addiction and AIDS in Edinburgh in the late 1980s. It’s said that this adaption inspired Danny Boyle’s… Read more.


Superhal – NIDA Parade Theatre

Superhal

In a world that cannot deny the current pop-culture obsession surrounding comic book superhero film adaptations, Puzzle Collective’s Superhal – advertised as a “Superhero Origin Story” – seems like a slam-dunk take on Shakespeare’s Henry IV and V plays. Director John Galea describes it in the program notes as a “fully fledged archetypal origin story”,… Read more.


The Bleeding Tree – Wharf Theatre, STC

The Bleeding Tree. Photo by Brett Boardman.

As the lights come down on The Bleeding Tree, silence momentarily consumes the audience. From the first moment, this play demands every ounce of your attention and emotional investment. It’s only as it draws to a close that we are able to fully process what we just witnessed. The play opens on three women: a… Read more.



Every Brilliant Thing is worth living for

James Rowland in Every Brilliant Thing. Photo supplied.

Every Brilliant Thing is the story of a seven-year-old boy who makes a wish list of everything brilliant thing worth living for in this world to cheer up his mother – from Christopher Walken’s hair to staying up till morning with someone that you love. At the beginning of the story the unnamed boy/narrator of… Read more.


WAAPA’s Heathers The Musical

Image- Jon Green

The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) third year musical theatre students give a comical, heartfelt and highly energetic performance in this musical based on the 80’s cult classic film Heathers. Like the 80s film, Heathers the Musical is a black comedy full of laughs and a serious message about trying to make it through high… Read more.


QSO Shines Bright with Stars in its 70th Year

In Conversation with Maxim Vengerov. Image supplied.

2017 is a landmark year for the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in many ways. It’s their 7oth birthday and the official commencement of Alondra de la Parra’s appointment as the new Musical Director. De la Parra is a wunderkind of international acclaim. She began conducting at 13 and at 23 she founded the Philharmonic Orchestra of… Read more.


#FirstWorldWhiteGirls: Botox Party!

#FirstWorldWhiteGirls: Botox Party! Photo supplied.

#FirstWorldWhiteGirls: Botox Party! is a highly entertaining, joyous show with lots of laughs. To set the mood, the cabaret opens with two young ladies in sparkling jewels, glitzy costumes, and makeup that was borrowed from a drag queen. These ladies are BFFs ‘Tiffaney’ and ‘Maddison’ who are exploring rich kids problems such as botox, quinoa enemas, designer… Read more.


Chimerica – Roslyn Packer Theatre

Chimerica. Image by Brett Boardman.

The light comes up on a group of people standing clad in white, backs to the audience. They are holding a plastic shopping bag in each hand. It is an image of naïve heroism – an act of defiance in an attempt to change a nation. It is the image of the ‘Unknown hero’,  of… Read more.


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