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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 […]

They Divided The Sky

East Germany arrives to the Belvoir’s Downstairs Theatre with the premier of the Daniel Schlusser Ensemble’s They Divided The Sky. Adapted from Christa Wolf’s first full-length novel of the same title, They Divided The Sky was controversial upon its release in 1963, resulting in state censorship when the novel was translated. “It’s a book that […]

REVIEW: Three Sisters

Andrew Upton has taken Chekhov’s masterpiece and given it a modern Australian setting, replacing many of the Russian references with quotations from Shakespeare, Bob Dylan and others. Chekhov knows how to mix the trivial with the tragic and this production reflects his distinctive style, notwithstanding the tampering. It’s a frenetic production, with none of the […]