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The Popular Mechanicals

It’s a perennial favourite amongst directors to turn to the cast at some stage during rehearsal warm-ups and say, ‘Let’s improv the backstory’. One can imagine a similar genesis for Popular Mechanicals – the backstory of the play within the play, Midsummer Night’s Dream. For those who saw STC’s recent production of Dream and were […]

Big Fish

Mention musicals and most people think big stage, big cast, big budget. They run for big seasons with big advertising budgets, that sees them sprawled across bus shelters and AM radio. Sure ‘Mega-musicals’ have their place but sometimes entertainment supplants art and one can walk out wondering whether they have really ‘felt’ anything or just […]

The Dog/The Cat

When Sheridan Harbridge saw The Dog/The Cat in its downstairs season at Belvoir Street she was captured by its simple, exquisite beauty. Popular demand brings it back to the upstairs theatre and Harbridge could not be happier to be in the ensemble cast. “You rarely see theatre comedy without a harder twist to it - […]

STC’s Away

Widely regarded as one of the classics of the Australian theatrical canon, Michael Gow’s Away takes us back to the summer of 1967 with the Vietnam War in our consciousness and a background of social upheaval without precedence. It’s a journey of joy, incredible sadness and grace. As they leave for their summer holidays, the […]

Rumour Has It

Naomi Price (The Voice Australia) comes to town with a six-piece band in her award-winning portrayal of soul sensation Adele. According to Price, audiences should expect a cabaret show like no other: “It’s like having a gin and tonic with Adele. It’s very funny, very honest, very endearing with an amazing soundtrack.” Having performed the […]

Ben Quilty on Myuran Sukumaran and “Another Day in Paradise”

It’s not two years since Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were executed on Nusa Kambangan Island. Chan, reportedly wearing his favourite Penrith Panthers jersey, led the group in a rendition of ‘Amazing Grace’, but before they finished their lives were ended in a brutal hail of gunfire. The final picture was a far cry from […]

The Hunger Games: The Exhibition

Having wowed audiences and critics alike in New York and San Francisco, The Hunger Games: The Exhibition comes to Sydney this summer. In an array of immersive themed environments, fans can step inside and explore the dystopian world of Panem as never before, with over a thousand authentic props and costumes as well as interactive […]

Rockwiz Live! The Christmas(ish) Show

Christmas is coming, and whilst the past year has been a bit of a mixed bag, the Rockwiz team is aiming to put a smile on our collective faces with their Christmas(ish) show. The Rockwiz Orkestra plus guests will serve up seasonal songs while the effervescent Julia Zemiro and Brian Nankervis ask the curly questions. […]

Lazy Eye Band – Pocket the Black

If you love old school blues, this is a modern ‘must-have’ album. Lazy Eye Band could be from Tennessee, Mississippi, Chicago – anywhere really – but they arise from Adelaide and are about to tour Australia-wide with 10-track album Pocket the Black. Billed as "Booker T sharing a scotch with BB King at the crossroads after […]

Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival

BY GREG WEBSTER Let’s face it, jazz music has long been a bit of a ‘boys club’. Sure, there have been some brilliantly talented female jazz vocalists over the years, but when it comes to jazz musicians, it’s been pretty much skewed towards the lads. Segue to the upcoming Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival. Now […]