Category: culture

Julius Caesar – By No Means a Tragedy

Having read multiple scathing reviews of Bell Shakespeare’s new production of Julius Caesar after its national tour, I had the bar set low for Sydney’s opening night. I was, however, pleasantly surprised to not only enjoy the show, but also…

Forever & Ever – Curious, Engaging and Forceful

This October Sydney Dance Company brings us another exciting new Australian contemporary dance work, Forever & Ever. The show is a double bill, commencing with an older work by Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela, and finishing on a high with the…

The Misanthrope – Fun, Laughter and Fabulous Queerism

Griffin Theatre Company and Bell Shakespeare’s latest co-production, The Misanthrope, transposes Molière’s satire of ill-manners, hypocrisy, and prudishness, into contemporary Australian queer culture. It is a fun, funny frolick, in the vain of a mardigras float, and almost as shallow….

The Turk in Italy – Modern Aussie Opera

The Turk in Italy is not one of Rossini’s best known or best received operas, but this risqué OA production is sure to entertain most. (Just don’t take your kids or your prudish mother-in-law.) Director Simon Philips premiered this playful…

Electric Castle Festival 2018 – Romania

Personally, I would say Romania is an unknown quantity for most Australians. Beyond Dracula and historical facts garnered via Vlad (What We Do In The Shadows) most Australians wouldn’t have the foggiest about the country, the culture or the people….

Aida – More is More as Opera Australia Enters the Digital Age

Opera Australia’s artistic director Lyndon Terracini debuted the company’s first digital work on Wednesday night, 18 July. A grand scale is expected in Verdi’s Egyptian epic, Aida, and hence it is the perfect vehicle for showcasing the immeasurable possibilities of…

Regina Spektor – Quirkier Than Ever

For the first time since 2012, Russian-born, New York based singer songwriter Regina Spektor graced Australian shores and gave fans a special live performance “in the round” at Sydney Opera House this Monday July 9. Whether it was jet lag,…

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Rolling Stone At Seymour Centre – The Plus Ones Sydney

The stage is starkly empty. Sam (Damon Manns) and Dembe (Elijah Williams) sit opposite each other. Even in the silence, it’s clearly a date. Sam asks Dembe if he feels like they’re being watched, and a titter runs through the…

Verdi’s Rigoletto – Gripping Theatre, Unforgettable Tunes

Opera Australia is currently staging Verdi’s tragic masterpiece Rigoletto at Sydney Opera House. This is a night at the opera not to be missed. If ever there was an opera I would wish to watch over and over again as my Groundhog…