Away review (Sydney Opera House, Sydney Theatre Company)

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Michael Gow’s Away seems to have entered Australia’s collective consciousness in a way that only a small handful of Australian plays have managed. This bittersweet story of three families trying to find themselves on a scorching summer holiday has been revived time and again, and studied by at least two generations of Australian school children since its premiere in 1986.

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

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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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The Homosexuals, or Faggots (Malthouse, Melbourne)

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The week in which we have seen the sky fill with the flaming debris of Milo Yiannopoulos’s career is a good week for the opening of Declan Greene’s The Homosexuals, or Faggots, a play that explicitly (pun intended) takes all those questions of free speech, offensiveness, privileged speaking positions, and the like, and turns them

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

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

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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

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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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The Trouble with Harry review (Seymour Centre, Sydney)

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The story of Harry Crawford, a transgender man who was found guilty of murdering his wife Annie Birkett, is one of Sydney’s more extraordinary and mysterious tales. Much is known about the murder trial, given the intense media scrutiny applied to the case involving the “man-woman”, as he was called. But little is known for certain

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The Judas Kiss review (Old Fitz Theatre, Sydney)

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English playwright David Hare picked a losing battle when he decided to dramatise a period of great scandal and shame in Oscar Wilde’s life. Hare’s 1998 play The Judas Kiss premiered to generally negative reviews in London with Liam Neeson playing Wilde, and returned in 2013 with a much better-received production directed by Australian Neil Armfield and starring Rupert

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Trainspotting Live (Adelaide Fringe Festival)

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From the moment you enter the Trainspotting performance space, which feels like a cross between an underground tube station and a urinal, you are transported back 20 years to the grungy club scene of the 1990s. It is just over 20 years since Irvine Welsh’s novel, Trainspotting, and Danny Boyle’s film adaptation became cult commentaries

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