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Bring the Kids to the Fun House this July

Forget the bow tie and pearls - put on your sneakers, grab the kids and come down to the Sydney Opera House these July school holidays. This year, SOH’s Children, Families and Creative Learning program is brimming with unique and exciting entertainment and activities. For something kinda gross, twisted and diabolically funny, Shake and Stir […]

The Weapons of Rhetoric Bach with Bite

Razor-sharp wit and stunning virtuosity are among The Weapons of Rhetoric to be employed by the Bach Akademie Australia in two concerts this June. The convivial Madeleine Easton, artistic director of the Akademie and acclaimed violinist, leads an ensemble of equally gifted musicians in a program of Bach delicacies. They will be joined on stage […]

Becoming Eliza

When you get a glowing endorsement from Dame Julie Andrews then you must be doing something right. And Anna O’Byrne did and is. Her delightful new one-woman show, Becoming Eliza, is part memoir, part homage, with Dame Julie herself at the very centre, pulling the parts together. O’Byrne gained the coveted lead role of Eliza […]

Children’s International Film Festival: The Best Kid’s Flicks From Around The Globe

The Children’s International Film Festival (CHIFF) returns for its fourth season with a program of incredible films from around the world. The selection of shorts, features, animation, CGI, and live-action films cater for kids aged 3 to 16. From simple non-verbal animations through to live-action light horror, and everything in-between, there’s something even the fussiest […]

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 […]