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A fly on the wall at the Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) in Brisbane

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SOFEX (Special Operations Forces Exhibition and Conference). The Brisbane Boat Show (most cities have one). SEXPO (apparently also known as the Health, Sexuality and Lifestyle Expo by no-one at all). It seems like there’s a grand, capitalist exhibition for every industry and angle, and the gentle enclave of the performing arts does not escape the dollar’s

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The Children theatre review (Southbank Theatre, Melbourne)

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Australia is the second biggest uranium exporter on the planet, and it was Australian uranium that fuelled the Fukushima disaster, so one gets an awful feeling of responsibility during Lucy Kirkwood’s post-apocalyptic, barely-fantasy The Children, now playing in a Melbourne Theatre Company production. Regardless of the local relevance the Australian premiere of this British play –

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Amelia Roper: From Market Crash to Off-Broadway Smash

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News & Commentary, Stage, Theatre |

It seems like nothing can embarrass the USA. Not electing a bright orange witch’s hat to President, not recurring mass gun violence, and not trashing the global financial markets. Still, that hasn’t stopped Australian-born, but very much Stateside local, the critically acclaimed Amelia Roper from squaring up and delivering some killer blows in her play

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The Real and Imagined History of the Elephant Man (Malthouse, Melbourne)

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The life of Joseph Merrick is a famous and well documented one. The late 19th Century medical phenomenon was a nervous, isolated man who lived with severe and continually developing deformities. He died of a dislocated neck as a result of his conditions. The best known theatrical adaptation of Merrick’s story was the 1979 Tony Award-winning

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