Arts & Entertainment

Trevor Ashley – The Lyin’ Queen

What would transpire if the films The Lion King, Jurassic Park, and King Kong were all combined and pushed into one satirical show? A riotous adults-only romp starring iconic Sydney drag artist Trevor Ashley, which parodies everything from Australian politics to shows like I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! “I play Gay Wray […]

Good Lekker – Samsara

This month marks the release of the Wollongong based group Good Lekker’s debut EP Samsara.  The sequence of songs takes listeners on a whimsical journey through the band’s creative process, featuring instrumental riffs that showcase the group’s well-rounded talent.  For the first set of singles, it is a strong EP. Pipe Dreams is the standout song […]

It’s Personal: Images of objects from Ravensbruck and Sachsenhausen

With his own Jewish heritage in tow, local Sydney photographer Richard Wiesel was granted access to the closed archives of the memorials Sachsenhausen and Ravensbruck to photograph artifacts that have never been seen. Embarking on the emotional journey, Richard sifted through hundreds of objects either left behind or donated by those who had been imprisoned […]


Many would argue that reality shows are a malaise that’s dragging both free and streaming television to a point even below what is generally regarded as the lowest common denominator. They come in many different models from the electronic Stilnox of Love Island Australia, through the soap opera tedium of Bride And Prejudice to the blatant […]

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 […]

Pain And Glory

This has been widely regarded as a quasi-autobiographical work by Pedro Almodovar; it is certainly clear that it is deeply personal to him. There is an intimacy in the script, a warmth and intensity that indicates the director’s deep connection to the story. Antonio Banderas plays Salvador Mallo, a director who is battling with emotional […]

Judy And Punch

The title shrewdly hints at the plot of this grimly comical 17th-century morality tale. Inspired by the infamous, gratuitously violent and misogynous puppet show, Punch And Judy, the film invents puppeteer couple, Punch (Damon Herriman) and Judy (Mia Wasikowska), who work a marionette show. Punch is an ambitious, self-interested, philandering drunk, whose explosive rage results in […]

The Mark And Evette Moran Nib Literary Award 2019

With great pleasure Riff Raff was asked to attend the Nib Awards Breakfast at Bondi RSL on Wed Nov 14. The Nib Awards are the only awards given out for research and the writing process itself rather than just for the finished product. It’s an annual event, sponsored by Mark and Evette Moran along with Waverley […]

To Be Honest

From celebrated playwright and director Stefo Nantsou (Hilary Bell’s Take Two: A Comedy of Errors, Resident Director at Sydney Theatre Company 2009-2013) comes his newest work, To Be Honest. After speaking with almost 20 young people from the Canterbury and Bankstown area in Western Sydney who had all experienced homelessness, Nantsou has weaved their stories […]

Crossing Over With John Edward

Whilst speaking with world-renowned psychic medium John Edward City Hub was shocked to learn that rather than dissuading sceptics from attending his events he actually encourages and welcomes them. During our conversation with Edward ahead of his upcoming events at Sydney’s State Theatre, we would come to learn that this mindset traces back to his […]