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

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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

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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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The Real and Imagined History of the Elephant Man (Malthouse, Melbourne)

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The life of Joseph Merrick is a famous and well documented one. The late 19th Century medical phenomenon was a nervous, isolated man who lived with severe and continually developing deformities. He died of a dislocated neck as a result of his conditions. The best known theatrical adaptation of Merrick’s story was the 1979 Tony Award-winning

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

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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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Belvoir nabs Queensland Theatre’s Executive Director, Sue Donnelly

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Sydney’s Belvoir theatre has announced the appointment of Sue Donnelly as its new Executive Director. Donnelly replaces long-standing Executive Director Brenna Hobson, who recently left the company to take up the post of Executive Producer at the National Theatre of Scotland. Donnelly comes to Belvoir after five years as Executive Director of Queensland Theatre. Prior to that,

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The Hamlet Apocalypse (Judith Wright Centre, Brisbane)

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As the end becomes nigh, seven actors rush to complete a performance of Hamlet before everything goes dark. The Danger Ensemble’s The Hamlet Apocalypse seems like a simple concept but this subtle, densely layered play-within-a-play (and, briefly, play-within-a-play-within-a-play) juxtaposes a dystopic future against one of history’s most enduring works of theatre. The mood is set

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Don’t Cry for Me, Opera Australia! Evita set for Sydney

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Musicals, News & Commentary, Stage |

Opera Australia will continue its tradition of partnering with commercial producer John Frost for its annual musical, bringing Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s 1978 hit Evita to the Sydney Opera House. Opera Australia and Frost will be joined by UK producer David Ian to present a re-creation of the original West End and Broadway productions of the musical, directed

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