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FEARLESS

Milk Crate Theatre's latest production titled Fearless is its most ambitious yet. Starting in 2000 as a collaboration between Darlinghurst Theatre, South Sydney Council and Wesley Mission, Milk Crate Theatre Company has emerged as an independent theatrical force which engages with homeless and disenfranchised members of society through performance, and is now teaming up with […]

SIMON CALLOW: ON DICKENS & THEATRE

Simon Callow is best known for his work with Britain's National Theatre and his captivating roles in such films as Amadeus, Shakespeare in Love and Four Weddings and a Funeral. But now this veteran performer is set to make his debut on the Sydney Opera House stage and regale his audience with a moved reading […]

THE SPLINTER

This new Australian work by Hilary Bell and the Sydney Theatre Company explores the concept of missing - what happens to those who are left behind when a loved one suddenly disappears and what effect that devastating void has when they miraculously return. The Splinter is a rather disturbing, delightful and ethereal tale of how […]

FACE TO FACE

You don't have to be a fan of Ingmar Bergman films to enjoy the STC's production of Face To Face. This is an interesting theatrical adaptation of one of Bergman's more challenging works. However, to label it as a psychological thriller - as the STC does in its synopsis - is misleading. It is rather […]

PORK STILETTO

The newest offering from Sydney writing team Allsopp & Henderson is a whip smart, bent, very funny cracker of show that examines the taboo subject of fetishes. The Pork Stiletto - a term the cops use to describe "anything that is weird or f**ked" is a cornucopia of sexual tastes and morays set in the […]

THE SEAFARER

The plot of Conor McPherson's play The Seafarer is a captivating, intimate and at times unnerving look at what happens when people make deals with the devil and are forced to pay up. It is in the lounge room of brothers Richard and Sharky around Christmas time that we hear their stories of bad mistakes, […]

DEATH OF A SALESMAN

In the director's notes Simon Stone admits this production wouldn't have worked without Colin Friels in the role of Willy Loman. But even an extraordinary actor like Friels can't save this version of the Arthur Miller classic. The rest of the cast are a fine set of actors with proven talents, so the problems largely […]

HAMLET

Sport For Jove's production of Hamlet is fresh, bold and simple - preferring to focus on the beauty of the text rather than relying on big sets and technical trickery. This is quite a triumph given that Hamlet like Macbeth is a Shakespearean classic that comes with a degree of expectation and legacy. Running at […]

DEATH OF A SALESMAN

In a world where the GFC, the digital age and e-commerce are the hot-button topics, does a play written in 1949 about a door-to-door salesman really stack-up? According to cast member Luke Mullins Death of a Salesman - like that other Arthur Miller classic The Crucible - is more relevant now than ever. Mullins says, […]

THE GRIEF PARLOUR

The Grief Parlour is the second theatrical development for new Sydney-based Clockfire Theatre Company. This eclectic and experimental group was founded in 2011 by Australians Emily Ayoub and Roziye Delaney in the wake of graduating from the famous Jacques Lecoq International Theatre School in Paris. Inspired by Ariane Mnouchkine and Theatre de Complicite, the company […]