Cirque du Soleil’s Avatar arena show to tour Australia

News & Commentary, Stage |

Cirque du Soleil’s Toruk – The First Flight will make its Australian debut at Brisbane Entertainment Centre this October before travelling to Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena, Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena, and the Adelaide Entertainment Centre. The arena show is inspired by James Cameron’s 2009 film Avatar, and tells a story from the same magical world, set thousands of years

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Hoke’s Bluff theatre review (Arts House, North Melbourne)

Reviews, Stage, Theatre |

Nationwide the football season is well underway, and hideous office water-cooler conversations more often than not beginning with the phrase ‘who’s your team?’ are happening most weekdays as pretty much everyone in Australia desperately tries to ignore anything of consequence. Or as a Facebook friend recently posted on their wall: “Sometimes bravery is more than a colossal

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Andrew Bovell is STC’s new Patrick White Fellow

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Playwright Andrew Bovell is Sydney Theatre Company’s new Patrick White Fellow, following on from writers including Tommy Murphy, Kate Mulvany, Angela Betzien, Hilary Bell, Patricia Cornelius and Raimondo Cortese. Bovell is probably best known for his multi-award winning stage adaptation of Kate Grenville’s The Secret River, as well as his play Speaking in Tongues, which was adapted into the 2001 film Lantana. He

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Vive the Arts Republic! What Macron’s En Marche can show Australia’s artists


PJ Collins, the leader of Australia’s Arts Party – formed two years ago after Senator George Brandis’ failed attack on the Australia Council – argues that only when we become a Republic, will Australia truly appreciate and celebrate its creativity. *** It’s been fascinating to watch the rise of Emmanuel Macron in France. He’s the perfect foil to the slow

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Exclusive: Sydney reveals world’s first ‘breathable’ theatre


When Stephen Found, the owner of the 2010 seat Sydney Lyric Theatre, is in New York checking out shows, he has to be careful to not accidentally roll onto his phone when he’s asleep. If he does, he might set off the app he designed that within a few seconds turns the vast Lyric from 2010 seats to a 1350 seat venue mid-performance

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Leah Purcell’s ‘Drover’s Wife’ adds another big award to the cabinet

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Leah Purcell’s radical theatrical reimagining of Henry Lawson’s The Drover’s Wife has won the major prize at this year’s NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. In addition to winning the $30,000 Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting, the play picked up the $10,000 prize for Book of the Year. It’s the first play script to win the Prize for Book

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Exclusive: Muriel’s Wedding the Musical has found its Muriel

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PJ Hogan’s 1994 movie Muriel’s Wedding launched Toni Collette to stardom, earning the actor widespread recognition and her first Golden Globe nomination. So the actor stepping into the role for the upcoming musical adaptation of the film has massive shoes to fill. Daily Review can reveal that Muriel will be played by newcomer Maggie McKenna. McKenna is daughter

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