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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 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 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 BOULDERING – 9 DEGREES

Bouldering is a form of indoor climbing that does not require ropes – so it’s a freer and more sociable experience. Unleash your inner Spider-man at 9 Degrees, a climbing space that is open and airy, and inviting. Unlike other gyms in Sydney which often focus on power and strength, the movement problems at 9 Degrees […]

BEST FUNKY NIGHT OUT – FREDA’S

Freda’s is full of awkward cool intercity types; braless and knitted jumpers, wearing velvet and round glasses – the kind loved equally by Gandhi and Trotsky. There are eclectic beats, funky jams and an indulgent menu with items like a cheese platter for people who can stomach eating in a pulsing venue where everyone’s squashed […]

BEST ETHICAL SHOPPING – THE CRUELTY FREE SHOP

The Cruelty Free Shop is your friendly neighbourhood vegan supermarket. Stop by for a much needed snack after reading up on Peter Singer’s 'Animal Liberation.' You can stock up on milk free chocolate that tastes exactly like Nutella; gelatine free pillowy marshmallows; or vegetarian sausages courtesy of Suzy Spoon’s. Whether it be for those lactose […]

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 […]