The Eisteddfod theatre review (Metro Arts, Brisbane)

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Abelone and Gerture, orphaned in a freak gardening accident, have taken to staying indoors. The disembodied voice of the playwright, Lally Katz (The Rabbits), invites us into their world: the enclosed suburban space that they expand with make-believe. Abelone is obsessed with winning an imagined Eisteddfod, but needs Gerture to commit to be Lady Macbeth

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Dickinson’s Room review (Buckingham Arms Hotel, Adelaide Fringe Festival)

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Set away from main Fringe venues at the Fringe Lodge (aka The Buckingham Arms), Dickinson’s Room is a site-specific work adapted from the poems and prose of Emily Dickinson. Bad Neighbour Theatre co-founder Charlotte Day and actor Miranda McCauley (playing Emily) have brought Dickinson’s Room to Adelaide from New York, via Edinburgh Fringe. Three small,

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Scenes from a Marriage (QPAC, Brisbane)

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Johann (Benjamin Winspear) and Marianne (Marta Dusseldorp) live beautiful flat-packed lives equipped with two seen-and-not-heard children, sparse Swedish décor, and suitably European approaches to fidelity. Their lives and dinner parties are ruled by schedules, which – I imagine – would be managed in a bright leather planner with something forcefully mindful, like “MAKE IT MATTER”,

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One the Bear (La Boite, Brisbane)

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One the Bear is the co-creation of Candy Bowers and Kim ‘Busty Beatz’ Bowers of Black Honey Company. If intersectional feminism had a mega-church, their award-winning cabaret, Hot Brown Honey, would be its Sunday mass – I’ve seen them fire up some serious crowds. One the Bear is a very different offering from Black Honey

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The Hamlet Apocalypse (Judith Wright Centre, Brisbane)

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As the end becomes nigh, seven actors rush to complete a performance of Hamlet before everything goes dark. The Danger Ensemble’s The Hamlet Apocalypse seems like a simple concept but this subtle, densely layered play-within-a-play (and, briefly, play-within-a-play-within-a-play) juxtaposes a dystopic future against one of history’s most enduring works of theatre. The mood is set

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Brisbane Festival: Circa's Il Ritorno review

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A month ago, wanting to taste Berlin’s famous arts scene on my travels, the first poster that really caught my eye turned out to be for a show developed closer to home: Circa’s Wunderkammer. Circus may well be Brisbane’s greatest cultural export, and Circa stands (or rather, perhaps, trapezes) at the forefront, producing work that

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