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Parade or Protest: what matters more?

By RITA BRATOVICH Members of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras will elect its board of directors this Saturday, November 30, in what has the potential to be a highly volatile Annual General Meeting. Vying for a place each on the board are four candidates from the group Pride In Protest. The group has been […]


This is a warts and all depiction of two besties sharing a flat in Dublin, living and loving excessively and… well, the “and” is the problem. We’re taken on a wild ride of boozing, snorting, smoking, sexing, a semi-serious relationship, a tear in the friendship and then to an ambiguous, unsatisfying conclusion. Laura (Holliday Grainger) […]


Nine, the musical, is based on Frederico Fellini’s film 8 ½, about a director who becomes creatively parallelised as he wrestles with his anxiety over a disintegrating marriage and middle age. The title of the musical alludes to the nine significant women in his life and also to his age when a particularly influential event […]

Ghost Sonata

Using text from the original Swedish play by August Strindberg written in 1907, The Ghost Sonata was adapted as a chamber opera in 1984 by Aribert Reimann. It tells the macabre story of a student who stumbles into a house inhabited by ghosts - souls trapped in Hell on Earth. Opera Australia is staging it […]

REVIEW: Avalanche – A Love Story

This is not a conventional love story. It is a memoir of the author’s personal experience with a failed relationship and repeated attempts to conceive a child through IVF. Julia Leigh wrote her about her emotional journey in an intensely honest book which she then adapted for the stage. The one-woman play received high praise when it […]


Both the setting and plot of this film are grim and strangely fascinating. Loosely based on true events, Matteo Garrone’s much-acclaimed film tells the story of Marcello (Marcello Fonte), a diminutive, awkward, divorced father who runs a dog grooming salon. He lives and works in a ruined town that looks like it was hit by […]

REVIEW: Blood Territory

Ever since Serial, the podcast world has been blitzed by one crime mystery series after another, each attempting to replicate a formula while also distinguishing itself from the others. It’s getting harder to do, and the bandwagon is creaking under the weight. It’s this sentiment of fatigue that may make crime and podcast fans hesitant […]

Titus Andronicus

By Rita Bratovich Titus Andronicus was Shakespeare’s first tragedy and it makes Game Of Thrones look like Sesame Street! Written in line with the genre then known as “revenge plays” and vengeful it is aplenty; by the end, the death toll is 14 alongside incidents of rape, mutilation, torture, and cannibalism. Oh, and also, most […]

West Side Story

When West Side Story debuted on Broadway in 1957 it was met with gape-mouthed awe by audiences and critics alike. The modern, gritty, version of Romeo And Juliet, set in an urban immigrant ghetto in New York it was a dramatic departure from conventional musicals of the time.  According to Todd Jacobsson, who has been […]


It’s got fabulous songs, stunning choreography, a story literally ripped from the headlines, and more razzle-dazzle than a Christmas tree. Broadway’s longest-running musical of all time, Chicago, opens in August with an amazing new production featuring a stellar cast.  Based on the true story of sensationalised trials of two women accused of murder in 1920s […]