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Jon Glass’ Latest Play Spring Loaded

Jon Glass says he has always “loved theatre.” His first play, called Entitled Transactions, was performed at the Factory Theatre in 2018. He says, “Writing is what I think I can do, and the play seemed to work reasonably well. So, I wanted to try my hand at something with quite a different atmosphere: a bit […]

Dustyesky

Dustyesky is a pun on the name of Russian writer Dostoevsky, a reflection of the humour conveyed by a bunch of 28 scruffy men, handsome hairy and wild, who have formed themselves into an Australian Russian male choir. Comrade Swainski, the musical boss, says everyone can sing. And they are proof of that. They are “Humble […]

Ulster American

David Ireland's biting play, Ulster American, is coming to the Seymour Centre. Directed by Shane Anthony the play deals with such themes as misogyny, lust for power and intolerance. Harriet Gordon Anderson who plays Ruth, an Irish playwright with an axe to grind, said that she sees her character as “uncompromising and brutal but honest.” […]

I Want To Know What Love Is Co-Creator Amy Ingram Discuss the Importance Of Love In A Post-Pandemic World

Over the course of the last year one constant, love, has kept us all sane as we persevere through the toughest year many of us have ever experienced. Throughout the past 12 months we have learned that "things may go wrong but at the end of the day we only have each other to lean […]

REVIEW: Michelle Brasier – Average Bear

The last thing I anticipated from a comedy show was to leave intears, to bawl my whole manipulated being out across the street from the Factory Theatre, where Michelle Brasier had just exposed her soul in the nicest possible way. I should have calcified my heart the moment when she and co-creator Tim Lancaster her […]

Hyperdream

The delineation between what is lived, what is remembered and what can be re-created are fast-disappearing borders in the digital world. Once limited to the realm of speculation, these new technologies are explored in Hyperdream, created by Adriane Daff and Mikala Westhall. In the collaborative work (actors Nat Jobe, Angela Mahlatjie and Matt Abell-King), characters are […]

REVIEW: Brodi Snook – Handful

With a languid delivery style, stand-up comedian Brodi Snook knows how to capture the audience in her show Handful, which traverses toxic relationships recounting really terrible boyfriends, until darker anecdotes emerge. Culled from an 11-month ordeal in which she deliberately sought to shrink herself whilst being harassed by an unwanted suitor, the result is a series […]

REVIEW: Honour

Joanna Murray-Smith takes a familiar domestic scenario – a man who leaves his wife of many years for a much younger woman – and examines the perspectives and feelings of each in detail with great humour and compassion. She also presents the effect of the breakup on the daughter of the couple, as well as […]

REVIEW: Claudel

The Claudel of the title is the much underestimated sculptor Camille Claudel, whose relationship with Auguste Rodin overshadowed her extraordinary talent and attracted the bitter disapproval of her mother and the opprobrium of a strait-laced society. Wendy Beckett’s script is brought to brilliant life as she directs Imogen Sage (Claudel) and Christopher Stollery (Rodin), and three […]

Goddess – The Elizabeth Burton Story

Running for a short season at the Old Fitz is Goddess – The Elizabeth Burton Story, performed by none other than Burton herself, once the queen of striptease in 1960s Kings Cross and overseas adventuress. The story of a woman who informed the alternative lifestyle in Kings Cross, reflects on a long career as an […]