Photographer Polixeni Papetrou: Existentialism and good underwear

News & Commentary, Visual Arts |

The photographer, Polixeni Papapetrou died in April last year at age 57 after a five year illness. Her friend, writer Joanna Murray-Smith writes about the artist in an introduction to the new book Polixeni Papapetrou published by Thames & Hudson. The 96 page ‘mini-monograph’ is one of a new series of monographs on Australian female artists, selected by series editor

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Sweeney Todd review (Darling Harbour Theatre, Sydney)

Opera, Reviews, Stage |

Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd, the chorus sings. And that’s no small feat. Stephen Sondheim’s masterpiece is an Everest musical for any company. It calls for a big orchestra. Big voices. Big emotions, from playful vaudeville to macabre tragedy. Complex staging. Subtle shifts in mood and musicality. There are variations, of course. Bryn Terfel

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Things I Know To Be True theatre review (Belvoir St Theatre, Sydney)

Reviews, Stage, Theatre |

I hated this play. Watching its premiere at the State Theatre Company in Adelaide a couple of years back, Andrew Bovell’s overripe melodrama had a pungent smell of the worst type of contemporary middle-class storytelling It presented as theatre by committee — which it is; a rehearsal room collaboration between writer, directors and the original

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Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2019 review: Philip Quast Uncut

Live, Music, Reviews |

Philip Quast with Anne-Maree McDonald at the piano, Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre, June 10. One show only. There are few Australian music theatre performers as celebrated as Philip Quast, and none more modest about their accomplishments. So in this, the only performance of the world premiere of his one-person show, he seems almost startled

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