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REVIEW: Whiteley

This opera breaks the mould into smithereens. It’s a brand new Australian work that sings the praises of a national hero - in English. Whiteley is, of course, about the internationally acclaimed artist, Brett Whiteley - a colourful, complex, quirky subject in itself. Only a capable composer such as Elena Kats-Chernin could aptly translate the […]

REVIEW: Whiteley

This opera breaks the mould into smithereens. It’s a brand new Australian work that sings the praises of a national hero - in English. Whiteley is, of course, about the internationally acclaimed artist, Brett Whiteley - a colourful, complex, quirky subject in itself. Only a capable composer such as Elena Kats-Chernin could aptly translate the […]

The Miser

John Bell is playing the lead role in Moliere’s The Miser so I asked him how he gets himself into character.  “It doesn't come easy being someone so miserable,” he responds.  But, Bell says, “Moliere is a very generous writer who always feels a lot for his oddball characters and believes we should try to […]

REVIEW: The Misanthrope

Justin Fleming’s witty script provides the bedrock for this entertaining reimagining of Moliere’s Le Misanthrope in the contemporary Australian music industry. Although some 350 years have passed since Moliere’s comedy of manners was first performed on a Parisian stage, his trenchant criticism of hypocrisy and sycophancy is as relevant today as ever. In a gender-bending […]

REVIEW: Dresden

Dresden certainly isn't what you may expect heading in. Justin Fleming and Suzanne Miller are back together, celebrating their 10th anniversary by creating an authentic, innovative and fascinating play.  When Wagner wrote Rienzi in 1838 he would have never expected someone being so inspired by his work that this person would cause one of the biggest catastrophes humanity has ever seen. Juxtaposing Wagner […]

Tartuffe

A grifter charms his way into an elite household by convincing them that he is a messenger of God. The master of the house is persuaded but the rest smell a rat. Is he imposter or saint? This is Molière’s Tartuffe, a 400-year-old French farce, translated, modernised, and Australianised by Justin Fleming. In a rare […]

His Mother’s Voice

Enduring piano lessons as a child is pretty standard in western society, but in Shanghai of ’66 when the Communist Party reigned, one defiant mother had to teach her son to play in secret. Justin Fleming’s play, His Mother’s Voice, details the true story of a mother-son relationship from the birth of China’s cultural revolution […]