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REVIEW: Sydney Theatre Company’s ‘White Pearl’ tackles racism & consumerism in the beauty industry

REVIEWED BY SHON HO A racist commercial for a skin whitening cream has been leaked online. It’s going viral and the Singaporean headquarters of the start-up Clearday Cosmetics is plunged into a state of chaos. Cue skyrocketing views on YouTube, global backlash and an increasing number of KFC buckets accumulating in the boardroom as the […]

REVIEW: Panimo Pandemonium Presents ‘Tough Titties’

BY SHON HO Part of the Panimo Pandemonium Festival at Kings Cross Theatre, supporting 15 new works by emerging artists over eight weeks – Tough Titties, presented by Gaptooth Productions, celebrates comedy and identity whilst delivering frank social truths. Tough Titties is a variety show which gets the audience booing at the patriarchy within the first […]

REVIEW: Panimo Pandemonium Presents ‘MISC’

BY SHON HO Part of the Panimo Pandemonium Festival at Kings Cross Theatre, supporting 15 new works by emerging artists over eight weeks – MISC, presented by Gaptooth Productions, celebrates comedy and identity whilst delivering frank social truths. MISC, directed by Fresh Ink ATYP resident Eric Jiang, follows two biracial actors in Sydney looking for their […]

REVIEW: The Turk In Italy

Rossini’s The Turk in Italy directed by Simon Phillips, is a colourful frolic of mistaken identity, slapstick humour and brazen innuendo. Set in a seaside town near Naples in the 1950s - it’s all sunny days, sandy shores and short lived romance under the roof of the Joan Sutherland Theatre.  Prosdocimo, a self aware poet slogging […]

Carrie: The Musical

Carrie: The Musical, based on the best-selling Stephen King novel, is a step away from the trademark gore and horror of the well-known classic. This Louis Ellis Productions rendition, helmed by director Hayden Tonazzi, promises a story that spotlights the humanity of Carrie (Kirralee Elliott) - a high school student pushed to the brink by […]

FAKE ABORIGINAL ART HARMS INDIGENOUS CULTURE

By Shon Ho. Tourists with ice creams in hand are milling about souvenir shops scattered along the mouth of Circular Quay on Sunday afternoon. The shops sport gaudy shelves of back scratchers, bottle openers and “noodle kitchen sets” printed with a Frankenstein pastiche of Aboriginal style art. The “Handmade Australia” painted across the base of […]

Cleansed

Cleansed, written by Sarah Kane, probes flesh, bodies and the human psyche; tracing the experience of six characters in an anonymous institution who are manipulated and mutilated by the ever-present figure, Tinker. Presented by Montague Basement at the PACT Theatre as part of the Sydney Fringe, the play, directed by Saro Lusty-Cavallari explores the physical and […]

BEST EGYPTIAN – CAIRO TAKEAWAY

Cairo Takeaway, at first glance, is a pretty non-descript and minimalist place, but don't be fooled –  the food is fresh, flavoursome, vibrant and punchy. Located on Enmore Road, Cairo Takeaway pays homage to Egyptian food. So that means plenty of felafel and ful medames. Casual eatery and cafe during the day, the place serves […]

BEST BOUTIQUE BOOKSTORE – ARIEL BOOKSELLERS

A creative hub since 1983, this bookstore is a literary institution, consistently ranked among Sydney's top ten bookstores. The well-manicured shelves house books of eclectic and quirky brilliance, so pop in to find an unexpected gem or a unique coffee-table book. Along with an appreciation of art, design, architecture, and interiors, there's also a wealth […]

BEST HIGH TEA – BURNT ORANGE

High tea at Burnt Orange on a wrap around verandah overlooking the sea is equal parts charming and delightful. Life goes slower when you’ve got a cuppa in your hands and your finest china out on display. Burnt Orange exudes an Australiana feel with its white door frames and wooden floor boards. Enjoy the relaxing […]