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Yellamundie Festival

The Yellamundie Festival at Carriageworks once again brings First Nations talent to the fore with performances, public readings, yarns and events. Artistic Director Lily Shearer explained how the Yellamundie Festival came into being in 2010 at the National Indigenous Theatre Forum held in Cairns, when a National First People’s playwrights gathering was identified as the number […]

To Cook Cook Or Not

On the biennale of Captain James Cook’s arrival in the Great South Land, First Nations artists will be debating the consequences of Cook planting the British flag on Australian soil. The hostess is the dubiously named Miss Elaneous, who will be joined by Matty Webb, while the panel comprises Artist Director of the Sydney Festival Wesley Enoch, […]

Dorr-e Dari: A Poetic Crash Course In The Language Of Love

“Take a crash course in love and Persian poetry” is how Powerhouse Youth Theatre Fairfield describe this unusual dramatic fare by three western Sydney artists of Afghan background, Mahdi Mohammadi, Bibi Goul Mossavi and Jawad Yaqoubi. I asked Mahdi Mohammadi what Dorr-e Dari means and how and why was it conceived? “Dorr-e Dari means “the Pearl […]

REVIEW: Twelfth Night (Heads Or Tails)

If music be the food of love, you know this is heralding Shakespeare’s great comedy of cross dressing, cross purposes and slapstick comedy. At the beginning of this production, the first for Newtown’s New Theatre in 2021, the 12 actors toss a coin to see which of the two roles they have learned they will […]


Director Mark Kilmurry says he was “thrilled” when Clayton Jacobson gave his permission for Kenny to be adapted for the stage, and “delighted” that Steve Rodgers would be doing the adapting.  Kenny, Kilmurry says, “is the fearless Aussie plumber who looks for the best in every situation.” Remembering the film from years ago, Steve Rodgers […]

REVIEW: The Merry Widow

Graeme Murphy’s production of The Merry Widow is a triumph in every respect. Supported by a fabulous cast, and with Murphy’s direction and choreography, this operetta is a delight to listen to and to watch. Murphy sets the operetta 20 years later than the original (1905), in the art deco Paris of the 1920s, giving […]

The Apologists

Directed by Jane Moriarty, Gabrielle Scawthorn takes on three very different female roles in this female-led production of the British play The Apologists. Scawthorn says, “…something I have found interesting… is looking at the different forms of power these three women hold. One character… has great political power. Another character… wields a power of cultural […]

The Merry Widow

The Art Deco movement inspired costume designer Jennifer Irwin’s work for Franz Lehar’s fizzy comic opera. “The Merry Widow has three acts,” she explained. “The first one is a cocktail party where there’s lots of waltzing so I went with long dresses and put everyone in long satin gowns that sat well within the black and […]

The Shape Of Things

In late December, the newly refurbished Flight Path Theatre in Marrickville will be hosting “a funny, sexy play” called The Shape Of Things by American playwright Neil LaBute, best known for his play In The Company Of Men. Les Solomon says this play is “a great acting challenge for talented and experienced actors,” and there […]

Newtown Art Seat Launch

The Newtown Art Seat, a cylindrical installation about 1.5m in diameter, was launched in the public square where Australia Street meets King Street in Newtown. Inscribed on the cylinder is a long poem by local poet Lynne Fairy called Postcards From Australia Street 2010-2016, which Lynne performed standing on the cylinder’s circular seat that provides as […]