Democracy is dead. It was killed in plain sight

News & Commentary |

Democratic states have only ever existed as an ideal – an abstraction more malleable than is often acknowledged and a form of government utterly incompatible with capitalism. ‘We must make our choice,’ warned the American jurist Louis Brandeis, ‘[w]e may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but

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Inside Opera Australia: foreign singers favoured while creative teams ‘disrespected’

News & Commentary, Opera, Stage |

There’s growing disquiet in the Australian arts community over Opera Australia’s apparent push towards the casting of foreign singers in prize roles, while creative teams appear to have been “locked out” out of revivals of productions they had originated for the company to great acclaim. Daily Review has spoken to numerous former and current OA artists who say they’ve been “disrespected” by the

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Queensland’s Maltida awards with Dead Puppet Society’s ‘The Wider Earth’ and QTC’s ‘Switzerland’ the big winners

Musicals, News & Commentary, Stage, Theatre |

Brisbane’s annual Matilda awards for theatre were announced at the Powerhouse theatre earlier this week. A handful of shows were nominated in several categories: The Wider Earth, Switzerland, Carrie: The Musical and Bastard Territory attracted 23 nominations across the 15 categories available. While the Gold Matilda award for a body of work went to Dead Puppet Society, the

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ABC explores Australia’s LGBT history on iview

News & Commentary, Screen, TV |

To celebrate Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras season, ABC has pulled out some fascinating recent and historic archival programs exploring the rich history of LGBT people in Australia. The collection, available to watch now on iview, traces public attitudes towards homosexuality and transgender people over several decades, as well as charting the evolution of those communities

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Comment: ABC’s Q&A kicks off its worst year yet

News & Commentary, Screen, TV |

ABC’s high-rating politics panel show Q&A has now been back for three weeks, generating headline after headline, and scandal after scandal. But the thoughtful and informed discussion which the show was originally meant to generate has gone missing in action. The forthright debate for which it was once respected seems to have been lost in favour of the abusive combat

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Melbourne’s Green Room Awards’ very long list of nominations

Matilda Trunch
Dance, Musicals, News & Commentary, Opera, Stage, Theatre |

The Green Room awards — possibly the world’s most comprehensive performing arts awards — has announced the nominees for its customary mammoth list of categories: cabaret, contemporary and experimental performance, dance, independent theatre, music theatre, opera, and theatre companies. Each of these categories has up to ten separate sub-categories. The nominee list this year contains over 330 names of individual

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Omit the politics from reviews, say readers

News & Commentary, Stage |

Last week Ben Neutze reported on a reviewing controversy in which a New York Times critic – (a female critic, a rarity in the NewYork theatre world) – was attacked by other critics for “p.c. policing”. In her review of Big River, Laura Collins-Hughes had written: “I’m not arguing for rewriting Twain or for consigning Big River to the scrap heap. But

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