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REVIEW: Indigenous theatre production ‘City Of Gold’ by Sydney Theatre Company

Presented by the Black Swan Theatre Company of Western Australia and Sydney Theatre Company as part of the 2022 Perth Festival, City Of Gold is written by Meyne Wyatt, a Wongutha-Yamatji man. It is an intensely told story of a young Indigenous man called Breythe Black, played by Meyne Wyatt, who is trying to navigate the […]

REVIEW: ‘The Merry Wives Of Windsor’ at New Theatre

At first thought, placing Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives Of Windsor in 1980s suburban Australia seems unlikely to succeed. However, Victor Kalka’s tight direction, Cheryl Ward’s hilarious Sir John Falstaff, and a talented cast, pull it off – with great flair.   A simple backyard set (designed by Victor Kalka) complete with a Hills Hoist firmly […]

Spin: Election 2022 at Enmore Theatre

Charles Firth is one of three political wits behind Spin: Election 2022, in which The Chaser Digital and The Shovel present “a comedic masterclass on the upcoming election.” The other two wits are James Schloeffel, from the The Shovel, and the entertaining Mark Humphries (from the ABC’s 7:30). Schloeffel’s witty satirical journal, The Shovel, was born […]

REVIEW: Little Triangle’s ‘Isn’t It Queer?’ at PACT Theatre

Well, Sydney, here is a real treat for you! The Little Triangle is back – not with a tinkle but with a blingle. Little Triangle was formed in 2017 when Rose McClelland and Alexander Andrews got together to “present boutique productions that platform emerging and established musical theatre performers.” Their latest show, entitled Isn’t It […]

REVIEW: Bach’s Easter Oratorio

After postponing their performances for two lockdown years, Artistic Director of Bach Akademie Australia, Madeleine Easton, was finally able to bring the Easter Oratorio concert series to Australian audiences, and what a concert it was! A superb choir of eight (two bass, two sopranos, two tenors, an alto and a counter tenor) carried the vocals […]

REVIEW: STC presents ‘Blithe Spirit’ at Sydney Opera House

Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit is the perfect choice of production to present to audiences starved of good old-fashioned FUN. Coward wrote the play in 1941, perhaps with the idea of taking the mind of the British public off the war. And perhaps this is why the play was chosen for Sydney audiences who had endured isolation […]

REVIEW: Stay Woke by Aran Thangaratnam at Darlinghurst Theatre

In Stay Woke, older brother Niv (Dushan Philips) invites his younger brother Sai (Kaivu Suvarna) to a chalet in the mountains for a skiing weekend in an attempt to heal past tensions between the Sri Lankan siblings. Niv’s non-binary partner Mae (Brooke Lee) is there with Niv, and Sai is bringing his new girlfriend Kate […]

REVIEW: Blood On The Wattle confronts climate change, the plight of refugees, and party politics

Geoff Sykes’ play Blood On The Wattle, which he also directs, is a three-hander with plenty to say about the big issues confronting Australia today - issues like climate change, the plight of refugees, and party politics. At the centre is Federal member for “Western Slopes”, Karl Matters, played with disturbing realism by Ken Welsh. […]

Heroes Of The Fourth Turning At Seymour Centre

When Jeremy Waters, Artistic Director of the Outhouse Theatre Company, approached his director Craig Baldwin to stage Heroes Of The Fourth Turning by Will Arbery at the Seymour Centre, Baldwin was “terrified” because some of the characters’ political views are diametrically opposed to his. Set during the Trump era, Arbery’s play, a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2020, […]

REVIEW: ‘Lady Windermere’s Fan’ by Oscar Wilde at Genesian Theatre

The Genesian Theatre has always been pretty good at costume drama, and its current production, Oscar Wilde’s Lady Windermere’s Fan, is no exception. The young and, of course, beautiful heroine, played with great poise and charm by Aimee Honor, is turning 21, and a ball is to be held in her honour. She receives a […]