Category: culture

Much Ado About Nothing Review

We were curious as to why Bell Shakespeare Director James Evans chose to open his new production of the comedy Much Ado About Nothing with the climax scene – a blissful double wedding with “all’s well that ends well”. Not until…

‘Towards Zero’ by Agatha Christie at Genesian Theatre

No Agatha Christie play ever falls short, but Towards Zero at Genesian Theatre Company, directed by Pamela Whalan, is a suave theatrical delight. The first half was given the leisure of time to slowly set the mechanics of plot and…

Hair – 50th anniversary tour at the Opera House

There’s nothing quite like the Sydney Opera House throwing a birthday party for a musical. And on Thursday night, that’s exactly what they did to celebrate the 50th anniversary tour of the 1960s rock musical Hair (3 – 6 October). Wading…

Shock Factor Overload – Titus Andronicus Review

Wow! I’m loathe to say much more than that about Bell Shakespeare’s new production of Titus Andronicus, for fear of ruining the impact director Adena Jacobs is obviously going for. Artistic Director Peter Evans excitedly calls it a “boldly experimental…

Madama Butterfly Review

Voted to be the most popular opera of all time, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly has hit the Opera House in a style and on a scale as never before. Director Graeme Murphy’s contemporary take on the timeless classic marries stunning vocals…

Imogen Kelly - Herstory

Herstory: Burlesque at Factory Theatre

Australia’s uncrowned ‘Queen of Burlesque’, Imogen Kelly, brought her hit sexual satire, Herstory – Leading Ladies, to the Factory Theatre for two nights only on June 14th and 15th. Billed as a ‘romp with pomp through some of history’s most…

Soultrap Revue: Burlesque

Soultrap is a slinky, underground bar on Devonshire Street, Surry Hills. Once a month, they clear the tables to make room for a variety of scantily clad, feathered-and-sequined burlesque dancers. While I missed most of the whole first act while…

À Ố Làng Phố

À Ố Làng Phố Vietnamese Circus at Sydney Opera House

À Ố Làng Phố, a new show by the Vietnamese circus company Nouveau Cirque du Vietnam is on at the Sydney Opera House from 12 – 15 June 2019. Directed by the company’s co-founder, former Cirque du Soleil performer and choreographer…

Review of Prima Facie #MeToo

Bare stage, one woman, 90 minutes. If that doesn’t sound like the recipe for a gripping night of theatre, you haven’t seen Prima Facie, winner of the 2018 Griffin Award. Writer, director and actor are a fear-inspiring female force times…

Sydney Comedy Festival 2019: The Game is Afoot

In my experience, improv can go really well or, not so well. And so when, on a whim, I decided to go and see The Game is Afoot! An Improvised Sherlock Holmes Mystery, I tried to keep my expectations in…