State Theatre Company of SA unveils 2017 season and first ‘ensemble’ in two decades

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State Theatre Company of South Australia artistic director Geordie Brookman says 1984, produced in the UK and being presented in Adelaide next May with a new Australian cast, is “absolutely thrilling”. “I saw a matinee of it in London,” he told InDaily of the show, which revisits Orwell’s vision of a society dominated by Big Brother-style omnipresent government

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Side Show review (Hayes Theatre, Sydney)

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Bill Russell and Henry Krieger’s show about real-life conjoined twins/entertainment sensation Daisy and Violet Hilton is, in many ways, an ambitious work of musical theatre. It premiered in 1997 on Broadway, where it won decent reviews but closed early, and was substantially rejigged for a 2014 revival which, again, received strong reviews and closed early.

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The Australian Ballet reveals crowd-pleasing 2017 season of ‘wonderment’

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With the Australian Ballet’s Sydney home, the Opera House’s Joan Sutherland Theatre, closed for seven months next year, the company has unveiled a program which seems designed to attract ballet lovers away from the harbour icon and into Haymarket’s Capitol Theatre. The centrepiece of the season is the Australian premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The

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Will Asia-Topa be the ‘game changer’ Australian arts companies have been wishing for?

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The inaugural Asia TOPA: Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts announced its program for January- April 2017 today with 15 nations from the region presenting 60 events across artforms with 25 of those events being commissions or premieres. The festival is the brainchild of Carrillo Gantner and seed-funded by $2 million the Sidney Myer Fund, the Myer Foundation

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Coppelia (Palais Theatre, Melbourne)

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On a regular Friday evening, the number 16 tram to the buzzing waterfront area of St. Kilda is normally jammed with office workers chasing a drink or three, or young types ready to dance till dawn. The crowd, and dance style were a little different on Friday (September 23) as St. Kilda’s famous old theatre,

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Power Plays review (The Wharf, Sydney Theatre Company)

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Sydney Theatre Company’s degustation of five new short plays by five of Australia’s leading and emerging women playwrights is a great idea on paper. Melissa Bubnic, Michele Lee, Nakkiah Lui, Hannie Rayson and Debra Thomas. Five women with a diverse range of experiences, some of whom don’t get nearly enough of their works programmed given the

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Richard Mills on Victorian Opera’s season of fables and the fabulous

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Victorian Opera’s Richard Mills isn’t just an artistic director, he’s something of an artistic philosopher as well. His approach to programming isn’t just about dealing in song and stagecraft. There’s a foundation of carefully pondered strategy behind his selections, geared towards reconciling some of the big questions of the art form: what is the future

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The Drover’s Wife review (Belvoir Theatre, Sydney)

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Leah Purcell’s stage adaptation of Henry Lawson’s short story, The Drover’s Wife, is a major new piece of Australian playwriting. Purcell has injected the Indigenous perspective back into a chapter of Australia’s history from which it has largely been white-washed, forcing her audience to reconsider what they thought they knew about Australia in the late 19th century and the

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Virginia Gay dives headfirst into Hidden Sydney – an immersive theatrical experience

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Sydney has a brand new immersive cabaret/theatrical experience called Hidden Sydney – the Glittering Mile, paying tribute to the stories of the city’s late night culture of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. The performance takes place across four floors of Kings Cross’s World Bar, formerly the Nevada, a famous Sydney brothel which boasted the biggest bed in

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