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Marianne & Leonard – Words Of Love

Nick Broomfield’s documentary focuses on the ill-fated relationship between Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse Marianne Ihlen. Their affair blossomed in the golden age of life on the idyllic island of Hydra in the late 60s, when the community of ex-pat artists who had found their way there, including Australia’s Charmian Clift and George Johnston, […]

The Odd Couple

Artistic Director of the Ensemble Theatre Mark Kilmurry loves Neil Simon’s play about “the odd couple”, two men called Felix and Oscar who find themselves living together in Felix’s New York apartment when divorce disrupts their circumstances. Kilmurry explains why he chose to put on this production. “The Odd Couple has lasted nearly 60 years […]

I’m With Her

Directed by Victoria Midwinter Pitt, I'm With Her presents stories about nine notable Australian women from their 20s to their 90s, including Dr Anne Aly (counter-terrorism expert and Labor MP), Dr Marion Blackwell (environmental scientist), Pam Burridge (world champion surfer), The Hon. Julia Gillard (Australia's first female prime minister), Prof. Marcia Langton AM (Foundation Chair of Australian Indigenous […]

Good Dog

Multi-talented Arinzé Kene has established an illustrious career in London as an actor and playwright, winning awards and accolades for both. Now the Green Door Theatre Company, in association with the Bakehouse Theatre Company, present the Australian Premiere of his play Good Dog, a monologue delivered by award-winning actor Justin Amankwah.   Amankwah assumes the […]

REVIEW: The Underpants

Steve Martin’s schoolboyish humour wants nothing more than to entertain his audiences. In this play, set in Imperial Germany, the comedy and complications arise when a woman’s underpants, or rather bloomers, fall down as she and her husband Theo are watching the King’s parade. Theo castigates Louise, claiming he will lose his job as a […]

White Pearl

You won’t want to miss the Australian premiere of Anchuli Felicia King’s play White Pearl, presented by National Theatre Of Parramatta and Sydney Theatre Company at Riverside Theatres. King's play puts a razor-sharp focus on corporate culture, racism and pan-Asian relations. She said, “Around the time I started writing this play in 2016, a bunch […]

Much Ado About Nothing

Like all of Shakespeare’s comedies, Much Ado About Nothing has its dark moments.  The play is about two pairs of lovers. One pair is of noble birth; their names are Claudio and Hero. The other pair is, let’s say, middle-class, and they are called Beatrice and Benedick.  The first pair have a somewhat formal relationship […]

Morning Sacrifice

It is a rare occasion indeed when audiences get to see a play by such a renowned writer from an earlier generation. Thanks to Rough Hewn Theatre Troupe’s founder Geoff Cartwright, audiences can enjoy Dymphna Cusack’s play Morning Sacrifice, which is billed as her response to “years of dissatisfaction with teaching” in the education system of […]

Zohra Orchestra: All-Female Ensemble of Afghanistan

Courtesy of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the Opera House will be hosting a performance by the Zohra Orchestra, an all-woman orchestra from Afghanistan. The event will mark the 100th anniversary of the reclamation of Afghanistan’s independence and the 50th anniversary of Afghanistan-Australian diplomatic relations. Zohra is the name of a Persian goddess of music. Led […]

Fully Committed

How did director Kate Champion adapt the 2000 comedy by American playwright Becky Mode for Ensemble Theatre audiences? “I worked together with Australian writer and dramaturg Jane Fitzgerald to relocate the play from Manhattan to Sydney,” she says. “We went through the script finding any expressions or place and character names that were distinctly American […]