Arts & Entertainment

THEATRE: THE COMEDY OF ERRORS

Two sets of twins, mistaken identities, rhyming couplets and bungling servants. So far, so Shakespeare. The Comedy of Errors is one of the Bard’s funniest plays – but making the humour accessible for STC Ed’s younger audiences can still be something of a challenge.They pull it off with colourful, cartoonish design and South American flavours […]

EVENT: THE HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES

Think you know art? Think you’ve seen theatre? Well, have you experienced theatre-art? Ken Unsworth takes delight in announcing his latest exhibition is a ‘popera’. The House of Blue Leaves is both art installation and theatre performance. Unsworth says the popera is something he’s been working up to. A Ringing Glass (Rilke) (2009) saw him, […]

EXHIBITION: MIRROR

Showcasing art from her newest book, Mirror, the Jeannie Baker exhibition hosted by the Museum of Sydney, offers a quaint but unmistakeably poignant snapshot of humanity. Concerning the daily lives of a young boy from Sydney and a young boy from Morocco, the respective stories play side by side with one another, highlighting in subtle […]

TIM NELSON & THE CUB SCOUTS – EP

If there's one thing Tim Nelson has over his contemporaries in the burgeoning Aussie "nu-folk" scene, it's his uncannily dexterous and feminine voice. You see, Nelson was a boy soprano until age 17, and now at 19 has assembled a band of gentle players to bring life to the pop music in his imagination. The […]

ENDLESS BOOGIE – FULL HOUSE HEAD

Endless Boogie are a name, a concept and a force of nature that will not bend to no man. Four albums in and the song remains the same, and the same, and yet again, the same. Students of Keith Richards, The Stooges and Rose Tattoo these boys have sat down, distilled what they like into […]

THEATRE: GWEN IN PURGATORY

I will hazard a guess that 99.9% of those walking out of Gwen in Purgatory will be shaking their heads with disbelief, muttering, that was my family, oh boy, how did he know ... Admittedly, that’s the kind of prosaic statement that would make most critics, English teachers and university lecturers cringe the nation over. […]

SHAMELESS SEAMUS – NO VANS MARY

A few months ago, at a place over the mountains (and far from the sea), I came across this fellow; be-hatted he was, dog in tow and mandolin in hand - a traveller to look at no doubt. We were both at a gathering in a country shed - complete with hay bales and stage. […]

REBECCA BARNARD – EVERLASTING

Everlasting is the latest album from Melbourne's Rebecca Barnard, and only her second since parting ways with Rebecca's Empire in 2000. Hardly prolific, perhaps, but she’s been busy. In the liner notes, Barnard writes of “…the constant dilemma of creativity vs motherhood… (and) trying to be everything to everyone.”  Given these pressures, it’s to her credit that she’s made an album […]

GUERILLA WORD ARMY & THE AUSTRALIAN POETRY FESTIVAL

Sydney’s Central Business District will be the site of one thousand acts of temporary graffiti this August as part of the Australian Poetry Festival’s Guerrilla poetry event. Founder Jess Cook from the Sydney creative team, Token Imagination,  said the event is all about bringing spontaneous colour into people’s lives. “This had been done overseas but never […]

THEATRE: WOYZECK

Woyzeck follows a long tradition for Belvoir St Downstairs of showcasing up-and-coming thespian talent and providing the chance to see more experimental or fringe work than its Upstairs main stage. Georg Büchner’s text (circa 1836) is heavy, following the psychological demise of the lowly soldier Franz Woyzeck as he is ruthlessly trampled by the ‘good […]