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Ear to the Edge of Time theatre review (Seymour Centre, Sydney)

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Sydney is currently presenting a study in feminist theatre in two parts. In two theatres. At Belvoir St, an adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy Of The People, from an all-female creative team, taps into the #MeToo movement through a contemporary rewrite and canny gender swap, turning the whistleblowing protagonist into a target of male

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An Enemy of the People (Belvoir, Sydney)

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To contemporise a great classic of the stage is one thing. To turn it into a state-of-the-current-nation play is quite another. Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy Of The People has always been about power, truth and morality. Which is why indolent directors have long reached for it on the shelf in times of heightened anxiety. But

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Adrian Collette back in the frying pan as arts leader

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Music, News & Commentary, Stage, Visual Arts |

Former opera singer, publisher and long time CEO of Opera Australia, Adrian Collette, has been announced the new CEO of the Australia Council, the nation’s peak arts funding body, by the federal Arts Minister Senator Mitch Fifield. Collette replaces current CEO Mr Tony Grybowski whose term winds up on October 23. For about the last five years, Collette has been

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Fire Gardens review (Melbourne Festival)

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Reviews, Stage, Theatre |

Once again, I’m coming at you LIVE from a shrubbery somewhere in the Melbourne Botanic Gardens, which are seeing a lot of after-hours activity this week. In fact, if there’s a hub at this years festival it’s here, where Lexicon now sits cheek-by-jowl with this: Fire Gardens, from Compagnie Carabosse, a French group who’ve been

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Lexicon circus review (Melbourne Festival)

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Reviews, Stage |

By Fiona Blair with Lorenzo Palazzolo Infused with all the qualities of a waking dream, Lexicon by NoFit State is, by turns, breathtaking and exhilarating; a complete delight. I’ve borrowed an eleven year old (Lorenzo) for this occasion, and, thanks to a massive miscalculation in the expeditionary planning that had gone into our day thus

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Candide review (Sydney Opera House)

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Musicals, Reviews, Stage |
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They’ve been rewriting this now applauded Leonard Bernstein musical ever since he created it back in the 1950s.   Famed leftist playwright Lillian Hellman wrote the first text, while under the shadow of the House Un-American Activities Committee, but a long parade of writers and especially lyricists have played their bit.    Actually Voltaire wrote

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