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Australia Council’s Sam Walsh responds to artist David Pledger’s quest to be his left-hand man

Music, News & Commentary, Stage, Visual Arts |

Last week, artist David Pledger applied for the position of CEO of funding body, the Australia Council for the Arts, by publishing his application for how to take the organisation into the 21st Century on Daily Review. Pledger wrote a long and thorough brief of his vision to the new chair of the Australia Council, Sam Walsh, the

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The Turk in Italy (Sydney Opera House)

Opera, Reviews, Stage |

And now, a change of pace. After three brooding operas this cold Sydney winter – a staid Lucia Di Lammermoor, a sombre Rigoletto and a dazzlingly dark Aida – levity arrives in the form of one of Gioachino Rossini’s least remembered operas. The Turk In Italy is little performed for some good reasons. But this

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Torch Song Trilogy (Eternity Playhouse, Sydney)

Musicals, Reviews, Stage |

Finger clicks to Sydney’s newest jazz club, the Eternity Playhouse, which is gently swaying to some very smooth sounds. The American songbook – Gershwin, Porter, Holliday and the like – is in the capable hands of top-rate crooners channelling love and loss in the smoky, dimly lit confines. Which would be a great night out

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Artists’ poor health and welfare shows we have failed ourselves

News & Commentary, Screen, Stage |

There are terrible dangers of falling through the gaps between psychic satisfaction and material security in the performing artists’ career path, according to arts and entertainment solicitor Mark Williams in a new Platform Paper titled Falling Through The Gaps: Our artists’ health and welfare from Currency House released today.  Perceptions of the actor’s lot can be largely divided between

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