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Helpmann Awards: local vs foreign artists, and the other big talking points

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Last night’s Helpmann Awards were thoroughly endured by all in attendance. The ceremony, which recognises live performance in almost every form (from ballet, to contemporary music, to stand-up comedy, to opera, to musical theatre), is typically a marathon event. Thankfully, the ceremony ran pretty much to time (three hours, straight through), and there were some

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Helpmann Award Winners 2017: full list

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Barrie Kosky’s production of Saul, which had its Australian premiere at Adelaide Festival, has dominated this year’s Helpmann Awards, picking up six awards, including Best Direction of an Opera and Best Opera. The winners of the awards were revealed tonight at a ceremony at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre. Leah Purcell’s much-awarded stage adaptation of The Drover’s Wife was a

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Jan van de Stool’s insider goss: hosting the Helpmann Awards

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The Helpmann Awards ceremony is the Australian live performance industry’s night of nights, and a typically star-studded event. But one star shone unexpectedly brightly last year: Jan van de Stool, a beloved Dutch musical therapist, and close personal acquaintance and mentor of cabaret and musical theatre star Queenie van de Zandt. Jan has extensive experience

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This Much is True review (Old Fitz Theatre, Sydney)

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Louis Nowra’s first play in a decade — the final part of the ‘Lewis Trilogy’, following on from Cosi and Summer of the Aliens — is called This Much is True, and is inspired by the characters of the Woolloomooloo pub Nowra has frequented for the last nine years. But exactly how much of the play is actually true is hardly the point.

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The Plant review (Ensemble Theatre, Sydney)

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Clare, the Rex Begonia at the centre of Kit Brookman’s new play, The Plant, is the most fascinating flora to take root on stage since Audrey II terrorised the humans of the cult 1980s musical Little Shop of Horrors. Okay, Clare isn’t quite the same kind of magical sentient vegetable as Audrey II — and she doesn’t have

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Australian Graffiti review (Wharf 2 Theatre, Sydney Theatre Company)

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Disapol Savetsila is the youngest playwright to ever be programmed in Sydney Theatre Company’s main stage season, at just 23 years of age. His wrote the first draft of his first full-length play, Australian Graffiti, back when he was just 19 and the play has been in development with the company for a significant period of time. It follows Ben

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