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AWO’s founder Alexander Briger on how many musicians it takes to wrangle a world-beating orchestra

Live, Music, News & Commentary |

How many orchestra members does it take to change a light bulb? If anyone knows the answer to that question, it should be the conductor Alexander Briger AO. “The music – the artistic part — is easy.  It’s organising the dates to play that’s difficult,” says Briger, 48, juggling the phone from his French home

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Playwright Simon Stephens on maths, music and ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’

Simon Stephens ©Alex Rumford
Musicals, News & Commentary, Screen, Stage, Theatre |

Last week, Simon Stephens, 46, was on Melbourne public radio station, Triple R chatting about music and his ‘90s youth spent Dj-ing and in the Scottish art-punk band, Country Teasers. (The band’s albums include Satan Is Real Again, or Feeling Good About Bad Thoughts and Destroy All Human Life). The program also took time to include

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time review (Arts Centre, Melbourne)

Reviews, Stage, Theatre |

How do you portray autism on stage? Casting an actor playing someone with autism is one thing, but how do you get inside his mind? How can theatre communicate the interior world of a 15-year-old boy? A kid whose prodigious gift for mathematics and knowledge of space makes him special, but whose ability to navigate

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Leonard Radic, theatre critic dies

2012 xLen Cabrini (4)
News & Commentary, Theatre |

Long time Age newspaper theatre critic Leonard Radic died today at Cabrini Hospital in Melbourne. Born in 1935 and educated at Melbourne University where he had been editor of the student newspaper Farrago, Radic played a central role in 30 years of Australian theatre, an era when critics had full-time employment. In that bygone age, arts critics in major newspapers

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Craig McLachlan claims: The day of reckoning is here

Musicals, News & Commentary, Stage, Theatre |

The explosive report by Fairfax and the ABC this morning of allegations against actor Craig McLachlan marks the arrival, with a thud, of a reckoning for the Australian live entertainment industry. The long and detailed allegations by Christie Whelan Browne, one of the biggest names in musical theatre (made with two other female colleagues) against McLachlan

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It’s 2018 and sadly, we’re still asking for your support


We’ve said it before and sadly, we’re still banging on about it. As tax-payer funded arts companies and organisations devote increasing marketing budgets to Google, Facebook and their own marketing websites, arts journalism is still on a life line. Ironically, last May the Confederation of Australian State Theatre Companies (CAST) wrote an open letter to Fairfax Media asking for it to

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The curious case of sexual harassment at Sydney Theatre Company

News & Commentary, Stage, Theatre |

Earlier this month a group of state theatre companies released a joint statement in the wake of the revelations about sexually predatory behaviour in the arts, most notably by producer Harvey Weinstein and actor Kevin Spacey. Its version of the statement was published on the main page of Sydney Theatre Company’s website under the heading “Sexual Harassment is Unacceptable“. The statement says, “We

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QSO dumps its HR director in ‘restructure’

Live, Music, News & Commentary |

The Queensland Symphony Orchestra told its Human Resources director his position would no longer exist on the day Daily Review revealed details of the company’s high staff turnover in the past 21 months and claims by former staff of a “toxic” workplace culture. QSO chairman, Greg Wanchap, confirmed today that the director would leave QSO in the next three months but said it

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QSO Chair and musicians say everything is fine

News & Commentary |

In an article on Wednesday, Daily Review reported on a turnover of 27 administrative and management staff at the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. The unusually high turnover is in little more than 18 months which has seen entire departments resign or sacked is revealed in the QSO’s own publications online. Daily Review approached QSO for comment five weeks ago

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