Do You Value Independent Arts Journalism & Would You Like To Help Us Produce More? Find Out More

The curious case of the incident of the rat in the dog in the night-time play

RAT
News & Commentary, Theatre |

The Melbourne Theatre Company and Arts Centre, Melbourne production of the National Theatre, London’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is an unequivocal hit. Every seat for its nine shows a week has been sold in its six week season that has been extended until February 25. But the cost of importing the show and its full UK cast

Read More

Melbourne’s Arts House announces Season One 2018

AH xxxS1 2018 - Carrion - Justin Shoulder - Image by Liz Ham and Tristan Jalleh-HighRes_preview
News & Commentary, Stage, Theatre |

Melbourne’s Arts House, based in the former North Melbourne Town Hall has announced the program for its Festival of Live Art. Commencing in March produced in partnership with Theatre Works and Footscray Community Arts Centre. The key words here are “experimental, innovation, participatory and interactive”. As its acting director Josh Wright puts it: “The festival is what

Read More

Tribunal theatre review (Carriageworks, Sydney)

xxSydneyFestival_Website_Tribunal_1240x460
Reviews, Stage, Theatre |
|

A didgeridoo plays, a dark ceiling is lit with starry effects, a simple Afghan mat is laid out, a few chairs sit either side. Tall stacks of brown filing boxes are neatly lined up backstage. Aunty Rhonda Dixon Grovenor, a Darug/Yuin elder, walks on stage and maps out the peoples of the Sydney region. She

Read More

Brink’s ‘Memorial’ premieres at the Adelaide Festival as acknowledgement of the Centenary of Armistice Day

xxxMemorial-copy
Music, News & Commentary, Stage, Theatre |

In all senses, Memorial from SA theatre company Brink Productions (to be performed at Adelaide’s Dunstan Playhouse from March 1-6), is a winding back to the fundamentals of storytelling. At its core sit two very ancient forms of the craft. The first is one of our earliest seminal stories – Homer’s Iliad. In 2011, the

Read More

Playwright Simon Stephens on maths, music and ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’

Simon Stephens ©Alex Rumford
Musicals, News & Commentary, Screen, Stage, Theatre |

Last week, Simon Stephens, 46, was on Melbourne public radio station, Triple R chatting about music and his ‘90s youth spent Dj-ing and in the Scottish art-punk band, Country Teasers. (The band’s albums include Satan Is Real Again, or Feeling Good About Bad Thoughts and Destroy All Human Life). The program also took time to include

Read More

My Name is Jimi review (Sydney Festival)

MyNameis
Dance, Reviews, Stage, Theatre |
|

“No. No, they still remain in Europe.” They are seven of the most powerful words spoken in My Name is Jimi, and they are spoken quietly by the grandmother of the show’s star, Jimi Bani. You might know Bani from characters he plays in Redfern Now, The Straits or Mabo (where he played the title

Read More

The world’s largest directory of Australian stage performances, AusStage, is under threat

theatre
News & Commentary, Stage, Theatre |

AusStage is an online index of live performances by Australians since the 18th century. It is said to be the only repository of Australian performing arts in the world and the most comprehensive record of Australian live theatre ever compiled. Its database includes live performances that have taken place in Australia and stage plays that have been written, directed, produced or

Read More

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time review (Arts Centre, Melbourne)

cu
Reviews, Stage, Theatre |
|

How do you portray autism on stage? Casting an actor playing someone with autism is one thing, but how do you get inside his mind? How can theatre communicate the interior world of a 15-year-old boy? A kid whose prodigious gift for mathematics and knowledge of space makes him special, but whose ability to navigate

Read More

Leonard Radic, theatre critic dies

2012 xLen Cabrini (4)
News & Commentary, Theatre |

Long time Age newspaper theatre critic Leonard Radic died today at Cabrini Hospital in Melbourne. Born in 1935 and educated at Melbourne University where he had been editor of the student newspaper Farrago, Radic played a central role in 30 years of Australian theatre, an era when critics had full-time employment. In that bygone age, arts critics in major newspapers

Read More

Newsletter Signup