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THE NAKED CITY – BRING ON THE CHEESE ROLLING!

There was much chest thumping and media hoo-ha last week when it was announced Australia would host the men’s Rugby World Cup in 2027 and the women’s version in 2029. With the Commonwealth Games heading to Victoria in 2026 and the Olympics in Brisbane in 2032, we are plunging into a decade of major sporting […]

Spin: Election 2022 at Enmore Theatre

Charles Firth is one of three political wits behind Spin: Election 2022, in which The Chaser Digital and The Shovel present “a comedic masterclass on the upcoming election.” The other two wits are James Schloeffel, from the The Shovel, and the entertaining Mark Humphries (from the ABC’s 7:30). Schloeffel’s witty satirical journal, The Shovel, was born […]

THE NAKED CITY – THE GRUMPY GUIDE TO ELECTION WAFFLE

Feeling confused as to where your true political loyalties lie at the forthcoming Federal Election, mentally battered by the onslaught of Clive Palmer’s TV adverts or discombobulated by the opinions of the political pundits? Then worry no more. Here in the clearest and simplest of language is the everyday guide to election slogans, jargon, vote […]

REVIEW: Blood On The Wattle confronts climate change, the plight of refugees, and party politics

Geoff Sykes’ play Blood On The Wattle, which he also directs, is a three-hander with plenty to say about the big issues confronting Australia today - issues like climate change, the plight of refugees, and party politics. At the centre is Federal member for “Western Slopes”, Karl Matters, played with disturbing realism by Ken Welsh. […]

THE NAKED CITY – CLIVE’S DYSTOPIAN VISION

Anybody watching commercial television in this country in recent months could not have missed the onslaught of advertisements for Clive Palmer’s freedom loving United Australia Party. In the 2019 Federal election Clive is reputed to have spent somewhere between $60-80 million on advertising, securing around 3.5% of the popular vote but failing to win a […]

Stay Woke

Everyone has been to a social dinner party or family holiday when suddenly the conversation turns political. The Darlinghurst Theatre's newest show, Stay Woke, explores this very experience and the influence "woke culture" has had on society. Written by Aran Thangaratnam & Directed by Bridget Balodis Stay Woke sees two brothers, Niv and Sai, attempting […]

THE NAKED CITY – THE MEANINGFUL GUIDE TO CHRISTMAS GIVING

Christmas gifts are usually given as a sign of affection or friendship and chosen to suit the particular recipient. Not everybody likes what they receive and some gifts find their way back to a department store or are creatively rewrapped and regifted. Yes, there are some ungrateful bastards out there, as it’s supposedly the thought […]

REVIEW: The Wharf Revue – Can of Worms

After more than two decades of providing Australia’s annual dose of satirical laughs, the boys, aided and abetted by the fabulous Amanda Bishop, are back with their revue called Can Of Worms. Again, Jonathan Biggins, Drew Forsythe and Phil Scott present their yearly assessment of Australian and international politics and political leaders. As the publicity […]

THE NAKED CITY – THIS SPORTING POLITIK

Politics and sport have always combined to produce some particularly ugly moments such as the 1936 Berlin Olympics, hijacked by the Nazis as a hideous propaganda exercise. In Australia the 1971 South African Springbok tour was met with numerous anti-apartheid protests but a decade later in New Zealand a similar tour led almost to a […]

Greens accuse Labor of refusing to share power in Inner West Council debate over Mayoral misconduct

By EVA BAXTER A tumultuous Inner West Council meeting led to council acknowledging the findings by the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) that Labor Mayor Darcy Byrne was guilty of misconduct. Greens Clr Louise Steer told the Independent, “it is a big step to do a motion like that against the Mayor and it […]