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REVIEW: My Brilliant Career

First penned by Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin (1879–1954) as a novel to amuse her friends when she was a teenager, the ironically titled My Brilliant Career now makes its appearance on the Belvoir stage in a terrific adaptation by Kendall Feaver. The story tells of young Sybilla Melvyn’s attempt to break out of a […]

My Brilliant Career

Playwright Kendall Feaver has taken on the stage adaptation of the Australian classic written by Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin when she was a just 21 years old. Feaver brings accolades to her current work, including the 2015 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting (the largest such competition in Europe), as well as the NSW and Victorian […]

Fully Committed

How did director Kate Champion adapt the 2000 comedy by American playwright Becky Mode for Ensemble Theatre audiences? “I worked together with Australian writer and dramaturg Jane Fitzgerald to relocate the play from Manhattan to Sydney,” she says. “We went through the script finding any expressions or place and character names that were distinctly American […]

Evie May

Theatre director, Kate Champion, describes the Hayes Theatre as Sydney’s version of “off Broadway”, referring to its intimate size and low key productions. Champion is currently rehearsing a brand new musical, Evie May, by Hugo Chiarella and Naomi Livingston, featuring a stellar cast. She regards the constraints of small theatres as positives. “I think it’s the most […]

Nothing To Lose

Visualise a cast of people categorised by society as fat. Imagine if instead of feeling bad about themselves, they felt empowered, alive and unashamed. Enter Nothing To Lose, a production which was designed to reclaim dance and movement for people with larger bodies. Choreographer Kate Champion joined forces with queer artist and fat activist Kelli […]

REVIEW: A Taste Of Honey

With its themes of alcoholism, racism, homosexuality and survival set in poverty,  A Taste Of Honey should have it all, but this production just doesn’t quite get there. Written in 1958 by a 19 year old Shelagh Delaney, it was in its day a one of the groundbreaking English ‘kitchen sink’ dramas that went on […]