Lazy Susan review (Melbourne International Comedy Festival)

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Lazy Susan is the name of an English sketch comedy duo on their first trip to Melbourne. They’re bright, bubbly and hooked into the current mood with many references to male privilege and sexism – but handled with tongue firmly in cheek. The pair look deceptively like kids playing at home but this delightful look of amateurishness belies its planning and

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Budget 2019: Infographic on arts input into Australia

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Last night’s Federal Budget once again showed the LNP ’s adhoc and grudging tolerance of the arts. The organisation representing the major performing arts companies, AMPAG, is one of nine arts sector bodies that has created an infographic showing national participation in the arts and how its economic impact contributes $4.2 billion to Australia’s GDP. According to AMPAG (it represents the 28 major performing arts companies lucky

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Budget 2019: What is Australia’s Cultural Policy?

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Last night’s federal budget documents offered stark insights into our nation’s culture by setting out Australia’s political priorities in financial terms. In the absence of a written policy, how do these political decisions reveal the unwritten values that frame our cultural life? asks arts industry advocate Esther Anatolitis. Surprisingly, identifying those values is much easier than

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Sam Strong to leave Queensland Theatre

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In a surprise announcement, Queensland Theatre (QT) artistic director Sam Strong is returning home to Melbourne after just over three years at the helm of the Brisbane company. In a statement Strong said: ““I’m not going on to another company. Leadership for me at this point in my life means being more available to my family. I’m committed to

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Mark Watson review (Melbourne International Comedy Festival)

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Seeing shows early in the MICF means many are still being worked on and tweaked. At his second show last week, Mark Watson mused about what did and didn’t work in his act the night before. He felt it was a shambolic; stuff that was working tonight barely drew a murmur last night. There are doubtless books on audience psychology and Watson uses

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Adelaide Festival: epic and intimate text-based theatre

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Humphrey Bower reviews text-based theatre from the Adelaide Festival  (February 28-March 15, 2019): Belvoir/Co-Curious’ ‘Counting and Cracking’ Young Vic/Isango Ensemble’s ‘A Man of Good Hope’ Verbatim Theatre Group’s ‘Manus’ Milo Rau’s ‘La Reprise’ *** As mentioned in my previous Postcard from Adelaide (on music, dance, physical and visual theatre), the big social and political themes that recurred for me at

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