Tag: theatre

The Magic Pudding – The Opera

The Magic Pudding – The Opera returns to Melbourne just in time to commemorate 100th anniversary of a timeless fair dinkum Aussie classic fairy tale. Commissioned in 2013, composer Calvin Bowman, librettist Anna Goldsworthy, and director Cameron Menzies deliver an…

A little Night Music

Sondheim’s ‘A Little Night Music’ at the National Theatre

It is hard to argue the stature of Stephen Sondheim as the greatest composer and lyricist in American musical theatre. His romantic tour-de-force A Little Night Music had its Broadway debut in 1973, and has been a perennial choice for…

‘How the West Was Improvised’ with Impro Melbourne

Get on the saddle for a captivating romp through the Old West in Impro Melbourne‘s long-form improvised black comedy spectacle, ‘How the West Was Improvised’. The scenes develop organically with players adeptly crafting, responding — and when necessary savagely (and…

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Mikelangelo & Anushka: Cabaret-with-a-capital-C

Back in November, at the launch of Summer Program, The Butterfly’s Club director Simone raved about cabaret royalty brother and sister Mikelangelo & Anushka. Not one to let an insider tip like this unheeded, I brought a plus one along…

‘Hir’ at Red Stitch Theatre: a transgenre play

Hir opens to a set that is a technicolour pigsty. A lounge and kitchen, stacks of dirty dishes, laundry strewn across the floor not unlike the garish knick knacks that clutter walls and surfaces. Centre stage is Arnold, a morose middle-aged…

Cleve: a story of conjoined twins and twin internal sex organs

The Butterfly Club is a charming, eclectic theatre venue where patrons can discover something a little bit different. This summer’s production of Cleve is no exception. Performer Colleen Burke’s story is unique. She was born with twin sex organs and…

‘Nassim’ at Arts Centre Melbourne

Nassim is one of the plays that works best the less you know about it. In fact, mystery is baked into this play’s premise. It begins with a brief intro: a producer invites the guest actor on stage (each performance…

‘WE ARE LIGHTNING!’ at North Melbourne Town Hall

It’s challenging to label WE ARE LIGHTNING!.  There is a bit of audience participation. It is part performance, part live music gig.  There is a narrative arc of sorts, and a touch of whimsy. It is also part biographical, a…

‘LOST: 5’ by Illumi-Nation Theatre at the 2017 Poppy Seed Festival

‘An unengaged mind, is an empty mind.’ The world premier of Daniel Keene’s LOST: 5 provided insight into where the mind wanders when there is emptiness or hopelessness. Illumi-Nation Theatre invites audiences to consider homelessness through five distinct monologues. The Rain, Two Shanks,…

‘Bread Crumbs’ at Poppy Seed Theatre Festival 2017

Once upon a time, somewhere in Melbourne, there lived a brother and a sister called Hansel and Gretel right next to a great dark forest. Gretel was a bit of a babe, who knew how to look after herself, and…