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30 international artists to track in 2018

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News & Commentary, Stage, Visual Arts |

As I type, artists are positively changing our shared world. They are out there contributing toward peace, making work in conflict zones, growing understanding and awareness, facing misrepresentation, and organising for social change. Last summer I wrote about the international project Global Water Dances as an example of collective impact by artists; now I present

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Melbourne’s Arts House announces Season One 2018

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News & Commentary, Stage, Theatre |

Melbourne’s Arts House, based in the former North Melbourne Town Hall has announced the program for its Festival of Live Art. Commencing in March produced in partnership with Theatre Works and Footscray Community Arts Centre. The key words here are “experimental, innovation, participatory and interactive”. As its acting director Josh Wright puts it: “The festival is what

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Brink’s ‘Memorial’ premieres at the Adelaide Festival as acknowledgement of the Centenary of Armistice Day

Music, News & Commentary, Stage |

In all senses, Memorial from SA theatre company Brink Productions (to be performed at Adelaide’s Dunstan Playhouse from March 1-6), is a winding back to the fundamentals of storytelling. At its core sit two very ancient forms of the craft. The first is one of our earliest seminal stories – Homer’s Iliad. In 2011, the

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Playwright Simon Stephens on maths, music and ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’

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Musicals, News & Commentary, Screen, Stage, Theatre |

Last week, Simon Stephens, 46, was on Melbourne public radio station, Triple R chatting about music and his ‘90s youth spent Dj-ing and in the Scottish art-punk band, Country Teasers. (The band’s albums include Satan Is Real Again, or Feeling Good About Bad Thoughts and Destroy All Human Life). The program also took time to include

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All hail The Crown (and The Queen)

News & Commentary, Screen, TV |

Our collective obsession with watching members of the British royal family in dramatic form spans centuries and every age. Since the time of Queen Elizabeth I, when history plays held significant sway over the London stage, audiences have been drawn to the lives of those at the top of the social structure, played out for the

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Haiti only has one golf course. SAD!

News & Commentary |

“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.* *People from shithole countries need not apply. The Statue of Liberty’s welcoming words are, under Donald Trump’s regime, a grotesque mockery to the foundations of the United States. No one should be surprised at Trump’s

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The world’s largest directory of Australian stage performances, AusStage, is under threat

News & Commentary, Stage, Theatre |

AusStage is an online index of live performances by Australians since the 18th century. It is said to be the only repository of Australian performing arts in the world and the most comprehensive record of Australian live theatre ever compiled. Its database includes live performances that have taken place in Australia and stage plays that have been written, directed, produced or

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