SBS staff woes — Let them eat cake

News & Commentary, Screen, TV |

SBS management has maintained its silence on continued claims by whistleblowers and former staff who have allege a “culture of bullying” across a range of departments at the broadcaster’s Sydney headquarters. Today, one commenter on yesterday’s Daily Review story who describes him/herself as “an ex-SBS employee” wrote: “I recently left SBS because of the toxic environment. Many of the long-term employees,

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Michael Gow’s creative soul searching in the ongoing struggle of making art

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News & Commentary, Stage, Theatre |

Last night playwright Michael Gow gave the keynote address at the National Play Festival at the Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne. He quotes Aristotle who said ‘drama is the imitation of an action’ and traces this dictum through to the present, including his own celebrated play from 1986, Away. Gow says that play is actually an AIDS play, though didn’t know

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It’s hard to get our plays embedded in the national psyche, but here’s a start

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News & Commentary, Stage, Theatre |

David Williamson noted last night that if every Australian playwright suddenly disappeared, not many people would care. That’s exactly the situation the publicly funded organisation Playwriting Australia (known as PWA) wants to turn around. Its artistic director Tim Roseman (pictured above), who moved from the UK in 2013 to take up the role, says that unlike overseas playwrights

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Twelfth Night review (Belvoir, Sydney)

Reviews, Stage, Theatre |

What are we to make of Shakespeare’s riotous comedy Twelfth Night four centuries after it was written? At its core is grief and a series of unrequited loves, but this charming piece, with its mercifully straight-forward and mostly comforting plot, seems to defy most complex analyses. And yet, at the play’s climax, the Fool notes that “nothing that

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Cosi fan tutte review (Sydney Opera House)

Opera, Reviews, Stage |

This merry tale about men betting on the inevitable infidelity of women was thought by Beethoven and Wagner as too inconsequential for Mozart’s musical talents. Most of the 19th Century dismissed it anyway as a scandalous anachronism. But in this outstanding new version, British director David McVicar brings to Cosi fan tutte vivid theatrical energy

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