Best theatre of 2018: Jason Whittaker’s Sydney picks

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Musicals, News & Commentary, Opera, Stage, Theatre |

From opera to musical theatre and drama classic and contemporary, I’m genre agnostic when it comes to picking the best theatrical experiences of 2018. The standout Sydney stage shows spoke to the moment in distinctive ways, from #metoo to race relations, mental health, environmentalism … and the pitfalls of bricking yourself into a pyramid. In

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Lamb theatre review (Red Stitch, Melbourne)

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Reviews, Stage, Theatre |

At the wake after his mother Mary’s death, Patrick sings. It’s dawn. The day after I travelled down (up? over?) to Melbourne to see Jane Bodie’s play Lamb. I’m tucked away in the attic by a window that looks out over my neighbour’s paddock. The sheep are huddled together against the rain. There’s a lot to

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Twelfth Night (Sumner Theatre, Melbourne)

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Reviews, Stage, Theatre |

It’s easy to assume that Twelfth Night is a piece of Christmas frippery, and it certainly sounds benign – as fairytales go I mean. You forget how sour it turns. You forget what an out and out thief is Toby Belch, how ruthless are the machinations visited on the hapless Andrew Aguecheek and even the

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Making Art Podcast 8: Playwright Tom Holloway

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News & Commentary, Stage, Theatre |

Daily Review presents actor Neil Pigot’s series of 60 minute podcasts in which he interviews artists from a range of disciplines about making art. In Episode Eight of Making Art he talks to playwright Tom Holloway. Pigot says Holloway’s development from teenage theatre geek to internationally recognised playwright is a compelling tale of how, amidst what is increasingly becoming

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Song for a Weary Throat (Melbourne Festival)

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Reviews, Stage, Theatre |

I wasn’t sure whether to write about Song For a Weary Throat or not, since the show I saw was the final performance of its Melbourne Festival season, And if, somehow, you hadn’t read about this piece devised and performed by The Rawcus Ensemble and Invenio Singers, (unlikely, since it won rave reviews and a couple of Green

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