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REVIEW: GHOSTING THE PARTY

By Shon Ho One day we will die and that is a fact of life. Ghosting the Party opens with an extensive list of the many horrific ways it could happen - spurring an honest, funny and touching conversation about an ultimate certainty without skirting around the edges. Grace (Belinda Giblin) is 87, everyone she […]

REVIEW: AFL LGBTQI Love Story ‘Become The One’

Reviewed by Shon Ho. While AFL and romance may be an unlikely combination, Become The One, directed by Lyall Brooks, brings the two together to highlight queer love on stage at Riverside. Tom (Chris Asimos) is a closeted AFL player and a favourite to win the Brownlow. He hides behind masculine bravado and the expectations […]

AFL meets queer romance in ‘Become The One’

By Shon Ho. AFL meets queer romance in Lab Kelpie’s production of Become The One at Riverside Theatres. Written by Adam Fawcett and directed by Lyall Brooks, the play examines toxic masculinity and identity against the backdrop of footy. Noah and Tom are opposites. Blokey Tom, a high profile closeted AFL player, nearing the end […]

REVIEW: Sydney Theatre Company’s ‘White Pearl’ tackles racism & consumerism in the beauty industry

REVIEWED BY SHON HO A racist commercial for a skin whitening cream has been leaked online. It’s going viral and the Singaporean headquarters of the start-up Clearday Cosmetics is plunged into a state of chaos. Cue skyrocketing views on YouTube, global backlash and an increasing number of KFC buckets accumulating in the boardroom as the […]

REVIEW: Guards At The Taj

REVIEWED BY SHON HO The Taj Mahal stands at dawn as the most beautiful monument in the world. Humayun (Idam Sondhi) and Babur (Akkshey Caplash) are tasked to guard it without turning around to sneak a look. They pass the hours rooted in the same spot, swords poised – bickering, gossiping and dreaming amongst bird […]

REVIEW: Panimo Pandemonium Presents ‘Tough Titties’

BY SHON HO Part of the Panimo Pandemonium Festival at Kings Cross Theatre, supporting 15 new works by emerging artists over eight weeks – Tough Titties, presented by Gaptooth Productions, celebrates comedy and identity whilst delivering frank social truths. Tough Titties is a variety show which gets the audience booing at the patriarchy within the first […]

REVIEW: Panimo Pandemonium Presents ‘MISC’

BY SHON HO Part of the Panimo Pandemonium Festival at Kings Cross Theatre, supporting 15 new works by emerging artists over eight weeks – MISC, presented by Gaptooth Productions, celebrates comedy and identity whilst delivering frank social truths. MISC, directed by Fresh Ink ATYP resident Eric Jiang, follows two biracial actors in Sydney looking for their […]

Bureaucracy is unweeded garden

BY SHON HO As a way of combatting the often tedious task of getting approval to garden on unused public land, sustainability coach Michael Mobbs designed the ecoPOP, a free standing pop up garden that can be placed in urban areas without much ongoing maintenance. Starting a community garden seems easy, but fulfilling bureaucratic planning requirements can often […]

Funding cuts threaten Sydney’s indie theatres

BY SHON HO Arts funding strip backs have left Sydney theatre companies facing an uncertain future. Small to medium sized organisations will bear the brunt in a tougher landscape and will be vying for fewer grants from a smaller pool of funds. As a knock on effect from the Federal Government’s post budget cuts, the […]