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Queensland Theatre’s year of inclusion; (Opera Australia, not so much)

News & Commentary, Opera, Stage, Theatre |

The launch season has begun this month for the country’s performing arts companies as they reveal their 2019 programs. The first theatre company out of the gate is Queensland Theatre in Brisbane, helmed by artistic director Sam Strong, formerly an associate AD at Melbourne Theatre Company. His 2019 season (marking the company’s 49th year) raises the bar for

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Sisonke Msimang’s top Antidote picks at the Sydney Opera House September 1 and 2

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News & Commentary, Stage |

Antidote returns to the Sydney Opera House, September 1-2 . It’s billed as “a weekend of ideas, action and change, with a potentially life-changing lineup of remarkable speakers, thinkers and creators”. It’s curated by Edwina Throsby, formerly the TEDx Sydney head of curation and founding producer of ABC TV’s Big Ideas. One of Antidote’s speakers, South African storyteller Sisonke Msimang

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Australia Council’s Sam Walsh responds to artist David Pledger’s quest to be his left-hand man

Music, News & Commentary, Stage, Visual Arts |

Last week, artist David Pledger applied for the position of CEO of funding body, the Australia Council for the Arts, by publishing his application for how to take the organisation into the 21st Century on Daily Review. Pledger wrote a long and thorough brief of his vision to the new chair of the Australia Council, Sam Walsh, the

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Whiteley forgery trial book wins Walkley best arts journalism prize

News & Commentary |

The second annual Walkley Arts Journalism Award was announced in Sydney last night with Melbourne arts journalist Gabriella Coslovich winning for her investigative book Whiteley on Trial (MUP). READ OUR Q AND A WITH GABRIELLA COSLOVICH ABOUT RESEARCHING AND WRITING WHITELEY ON TRIAL  The Walkley-Pascall Award for Arts Criticism, inaugurated in 1988 as the Pascall Prize, was won by Sydney writer Delia Falconer for her Sydney

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Helpmann Awards: Beautiful and Muriel’s Wedding musicals and Bennelong the big winners


The musical import Beautiful edged out the home grown musical Muriel’s Wedding The Musical at the annual Helpmann Awards held in Sydney on Monday and (in a new award system) Sunday nights. Beautiful won six awards in the musicals category over both nights to Muriel’s’ five. At last night’s awards at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney for the ‘big’ awards, Beautiful won best

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Geoffrey Rush pulls out of MTC’s upcoming Twelfth Night

News & Commentary, Stage, Theatre |

Geoffrey Rush, currently pursuing a defamation action against News Limited’s The Daily Telegraph for its reporting of a complaint of alleged “inappropriate behaviour” by a fellow cast member during a Sydney Theatre Company show in 2015, has withdrawn from Melbourne Theatre Company’s production of Twelfth Night due to open on November 12. In a statement (reproduced below), Rush said the reason was due to medical

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