Hoke’s Bluff theatre review (Arts House, North Melbourne)

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Nationwide the football season is well underway, and hideous office water-cooler conversations more often than not beginning with the phrase ‘who’s your team?’ are happening most weekdays as pretty much everyone in Australia desperately tries to ignore anything of consequence. Or as a Facebook friend recently posted on their wall: “Sometimes bravery is more than a colossal

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Andrew Bovell is STC’s new Patrick White Fellow

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Playwright Andrew Bovell is Sydney Theatre Company’s new Patrick White Fellow, following on from writers including Tommy Murphy, Kate Mulvany, Angela Betzien, Hilary Bell, Patricia Cornelius and Raimondo Cortese. Bovell is probably best known for his multi-award winning stage adaptation of Kate Grenville’s The Secret River, as well as his play Speaking in Tongues, which was adapted into the 2001 film Lantana. He

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Exclusive: Sydney reveals world’s first ‘breathable’ theatre

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When Stephen Found, the owner of the 2010 seat Sydney Lyric Theatre, is in New York checking out shows, he has to be careful to not accidentally roll onto his phone when he’s asleep. If he does, he might set off the app he designed that within a few seconds turns the vast Lyric from 2010 seats to a 1350 seat venue mid-performance

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Leah Purcell’s ‘Drover’s Wife’ adds another big award to the cabinet

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Leah Purcell’s radical theatrical reimagining of Henry Lawson’s The Drover’s Wife has won the major prize at this year’s NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. In addition to winning the $30,000 Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting, the play picked up the $10,000 prize for Book of the Year. It’s the first play script to win the Prize for Book

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Exclusive: Muriel’s Wedding the Musical has found its Muriel

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PJ Hogan’s 1994 movie Muriel’s Wedding launched Toni Collette to stardom, earning the actor widespread recognition and her first Golden Globe nomination. So the actor stepping into the role for the upcoming musical adaptation of the film has massive shoes to fill. Daily Review can reveal that Muriel will be played by newcomer Maggie McKenna. McKenna is daughter

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The Ham Funeral review (Griffin Theatre, Sydney)

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The Ham Funeral is one of the richest and most significant plays in the Australian canon. Written by Patrick White in 1947, when he was still a relatively young man and an almost completely inexperienced playwright, the play remains a fiendishly difficult prospect for directors and actors alike. The surreal world of White’s play is unlike any other

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Mr Burns, A Post-Electric Play (Belvoir, Sydney)

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The highest stakes on a Sydney stage this year may well show up in the first act of American playwright Anne Washburn’s brilliant and brutal Mr Burns, A Post-Electric Play. Those sky-high stakes aren’t because the ongoing existence of humanity is under threat (although it is), nor are they because the safety of the characters on stage is under

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