Outback grotesquerie and Liss Fenwick’s ‘Grim Purpose’

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Exhibitions, Reviews, Visual Arts |

In Grim Purpose, Liss Fenwick’s exhibition of photographic works recently shown at Darwin Visual Arts (DVA), the artist works with images that embody fear and alienation, displacement and discomfort. They make the skin crawl. Koulla Roussos writes that Fenwick’s dark surrealism is deeply autobiographical. The first thing one notices about Liss Fenwick’s Grim Purpose, is the imposing size of the

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Ghost Sonata review (Opera Australia scenery workshop, Sydney)

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Opera, Reviews, Stage |
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We’re not in the Opera House anymore, Toto. It’s cold. The seats are uncomfortably plastic. And the opera is unlike any you’ve probably experienced before. In fact, the drafty, dusty setting – a warehouse in post-industrial Surry Hills, Opera Australia’s scenery workshop by day – befits the creepy nature of the work at hand. But

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Caroline, or Change theatre review (Hayes Theatre, Sydney)

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Musicals, Reviews, Stage |
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As the lonely, sex-starved, pill-popping housewife Harper Pitt said to the mannequin in the Mormon Center diorama: “How do people change?” “Well,” the mannequin responds, “it has something to do with God so it’s not very nice. God splits the skin with a jagged thumbnail from throat to belly and then plunges a huge filthy

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Chicago review (Capitol Theatre, Sydney)

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Musicals, Reviews, Stage |
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There’s a great scene in the often great Fosse/Verdon, the recent TV bio-series, if we’re to believe it, showing a tense rehearsal of Chicago’s final number before its Broadway debut in 1975. Composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb have delivered a closing song for the character of Roxy, the cheeky Nowadays. It’s the perfect

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The Bacchae theatre review (La Mama, Melbourne)

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Reviews, Stage, Theatre |
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Rob Reid’s production of The Bacchae (a co-production of Melbourne’s La Mama, and Monash University Student Theatre) at the La Mama Courthouse last month was epic, writes Toby Manderson-Galvin… It was a production,”the likes of which has not appeared in Melbourne, at the very least, in the past couple of decades – but truly, I dare

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Orchestrated mid-winter yearning brings music of Cave and Ellis from screen to stage

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Film, Live, Music, News & Commentary, Reviews |

Subtle notes of angst, despair and deep yearning defined a powerful union of the work of musicians Nick Cave and Warren Ellis with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in several shows at Hamer Hall at the weekend. The unique pairing showcased six of Cave and Ellis’s notable film scores as part of the Melbourne International Film Festival,

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L’Appartement theatre review (QPAC, Brisbane)

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Reviews, Stage, Theatre |

Australian theatre lovers would understandably get excited if a play’s title has the bonus of “written and directed by Joanna Murray-Smith” attached to it, so you go into this production with hopes high. Commissioned by Queensland Theatre, the world premiere production at QPAC’s cosy Cremorne Theatre hits most of the right notes and definitely doesn’t

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Some thoughts on Four Corner’s Julian Assange ‘Hero or Villain’

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Reviews, Screen, TV |

The recent ABC TV Four Corners two-;part special Hero or Villain: The prosecution of Julian Assange had many serious fails: here are four of them: (1) In almost an hour of reporting, reporter Michael Brissenden barely mentioned the crucial stories Assange published, which were and still are the reason he’s America’s most-wanted: * exposing US interference in the

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