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Hir review: Taylor Mac captures a family in transition (Belvoir, Sydney)

Reviews, Stage, Theatre |

The patriarchy has fallen! Well, at least in a living room and kitchen, in the corner of working class, suburban USA where playwright and performance artist Taylor Mac has set judy’s 2014 play, Hir.  But what rises in the place of a fallen patriarchy? How does the world restructure itself and transition when power structures are torn apart, and the people

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Brett Dean’s Hamlet opera will have its Australian premiere at Adelaide Festival

News & Commentary, Opera, Stage |

Following its success this year with Barrie Kosky’s production of Saul, Adelaide Festival has announced another large-scale opera to open next year’s festival. Australian composer Brett Dean’s new operatic version of Hamlet will have its Australian debut next March, directed by Adelaide Festival’s Joint Artistic Director Neil Armfield. The opera had its world premiere in June at the UK’s Glyndebourne Festival

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Melba review: trailblazing soprano comes to life in new musical (Hayes Theatre, Sydney)

Musicals, Reviews, Stage |

Australian superstar soprano Dame Nellie Melba is the perfect subject for a new Australian musical: she was a ground-breaking and pioneering Australian artist who suffered enormous personal pain and found herself challenging late Victorian era expectations of how a woman should live when it comes to family and morality. But perhaps most importantly, Melba is an

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