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Daily Review mightily appreciates the kindness of strangers

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Daily Review launched a reader support campaign last November in the hope that this temporary measure would get us through some tough times as advertisers increasingly put their funds into Google, Facebook and their own marketing websites. But alas, asking readers for support is the new normal. In the last six months things have got tough for huge media organisations like Fairfax

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Exclusive: Victorian minister blasts Opera Australia whose audience will ‘die in their seats’

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News & Commentary, Opera, Stage |

Victoria’s Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley, has called on Opera Australia to “honour the deals they have with Victoria” and to urgently do something about its repertoire and ageing audience. “They have progressively constricted their appearances in Victoria and have gone from (producing) original, commissioned work to increasingly (staging) the big musical blockbusters. They need to be here more

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Circus Oz: Model Citizen review (Birrarung Marr, Melbourne)

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Circus Oz is the company that wears its heart on its sleeve and puts its money where its mouth is. Within hours of Senator George Brandis announcing his attack on the Australia Council in 2015, its management fired off a condemnation when other arts companies sat on their hands. After last Thursday’s opening of its new show

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Overseas visitors rate Sydney first for culture but locals say Melbourne is tops

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Melbourne is used to winning the World’s Most Liveable City title and the slightly less prestigious World’s (Second) Most Fun City but a new report released this week by the Victorian Government shows that its reputation as a cultural capital needs some work as other cities catch up. According to the government’s report, Melbourne as a Global

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Exclusive: Sydney reveals world’s first ‘breathable’ theatre

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When Stephen Found, the owner of the 2010 seat Sydney Lyric Theatre, is in New York checking out shows, he has to be careful to not accidentally roll onto his phone when he’s asleep. If he does, he might set off the app he designed that within a few seconds turns the vast Lyric from 2010 seats to a 1350 seat venue mid-performance

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My Fair Lady (Regent Theatre, Melbourne)

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Musicals, Reviews, Stage |
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When Opera Australia and John Frost’s production of My Fair Lady directed by Julie Andrews played in Sydney late last year it sold more tickets than any other show in the history of the Sydney Opera House. The production moved to Melbourne’s Regent Theatre this week lock, stock and barrel (with only one major cast change),

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The future of arts journalism is up to readers

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News & Commentary |

We’ve said it before and sadly, we’re saying it again. As tax-payer funded arts companies and organisations devote increasing marketing resources to advertising on Google, Facebook and their own websites, arts journalism is in peril. Daily Review faces the same challenges as Fairfax Media and many other smaller publications trying to survive at a time when independent

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Exclusive: David Williamson returns to La Mama with new play ‘Credentials’

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News & Commentary, Stage, Theatre |

For the playwright who announced in 2005 that he’d written his final mainstage play, David Williamson at 75 is continuing his furious rate of output. In January he premiered Odd Man Out at Sydney’s Ensemble and in August he returns to La Mama in Melbourne where his writing career began in 1970 with his first full-length play The Coming

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What’s in the Federal budget for the arts? Nothing

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While the Victorian Government poured money into the arts (but not artists) in its state budget last week, the Federal Government last night did nothing — unless you count the return of funds stolen from the Australia Council. Last night’s Scott Morrison budget formalised the previously announced return of $90.2 million over five years from 2016-17 to

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