‘Matilda’ dominates 2016 Green Room Awards

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Tim Minchin’s Matilda the Musical has continued its winning streak at Australia’s awards ceremonies, picking up eight Green Room Awards, including Best Production of a Musical. Other big winners of Melbourne’s premier performing arts awards included Opera Australia’s Ring Cycle, which won six awards, including Best Production of an Opera, and Melbourne Theatre Company’s Miss Julie, which won

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The Homosexuals, or ‘Faggots’ review (Griffin Theatre, Sydney)

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When Declan Greene’s new play, The Homosexuals, or ‘Faggots’ premiered in Melbourne last month, it did so in the same week that controversial gay conservative commentator Milo Yiannopoulos lost his book deal. In Sydney, it opened the day after the Federal Government announced its plans to reform 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, to remove the words “offend, insult,

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Declan Greene: the marriage debate and queer politics in an ‘age of offence’

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Last week, Peter Dutton lashed out at powerful CEOs for throwing their support behind marriage equality, saying they deserved to be “publicly shamed“. Just a few days earlier, marriage equality proponents had done their own bit of public shaming, with a social media-led boycott against Coopers Brewery. Conservatives were quick to criticise the boycott as an affront to free speech. Progressives

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Constellations (Bille Browne Studio, Brisbane)

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“Only connect”, said E. M Forster in Howard’s End, which in a way sums up all human striving for communication and meaning. But it’s such a difficult thing to achieve, and thus can be the motivation for almost any work of theatre. Constellations by British playwright Nick Payne is about love, of course, with a bit

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The Bleeding Tree review (Wharf 1 Theatre, Sydney)

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Griffin Theatre Company’s production of Angus Cerini’s The Bleeding Tree has picked up three Helpmann Awards and a Sydney Theatre Award since I reviewed it in August 2015. The original cast and creative team have now reassembled to transfer the play from the intimate SBW Stables Theatre to the slightly larger space of Sydney Theatre Company’s Wharf 1

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STC’s Kip Williams and Griffin’s Lee Lewis are bound by competition

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Sydney Theatre Company is Australia’s biggest professional theatre company, working across four stages, ranging from the 200-seat Wharf 2 theatre up to the 900-seat Roslyn Packer Theatre, while Griffin Theatre Company is one of our smallest, operating out of the 120-seat SBW Stables Theatre in Kings Cross with a focus on new Australian writing. But

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Win tickets to Trainspotting Live

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Sex, drugs and 80s trance. Irvine Welsh’s drug fuelled modern classic bursts into life at Fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne in March. Following sold out and extended seasons in the United Kingdom, Andrew Kay and Associates present the King’s Head Theatre and an In Your Face production of Irvine Welsh’s cult, generation-defining novel Trainspotting. This adrenalin filled production

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Chimerica review (Roslyn Packer Theatre)

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Chimerica marks Kip Williams’ first production as Sydney Theatre Company’s permanent artistic director, and is an auspicious and crowd-pleasing starting point for the young theatre-maker. British playwright Lucy Kirkwood’s widely-acclaimed 2013 play is a rich, absorbing and mysterious piece of drama set between China and America (hence the title). It follows Joe Schofield (Mark Leonard Winter), a

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