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Shakespeare for dreamers and lovers

Shakespeare’s plays are fundamentally about human nature, which is why they lend themselves so well to reinvention. It’s something Laura Murphy clearly demonstrates in her exciting, imaginative new work, The Lovers, a musical adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It’s a modern take on one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, featuring an upbeat score, a […]

Hugh Sheridan finds Diamond in the rough

Hugh Sheridan has come to his upcoming Solitary Man concert by a hard road of adversity, personal loss and vilification, but along the deeply personal three year journey he has also discovered a love for the songs of Neil Diamond. Growing up as one of seven in a devout Catholic Adelaide family, from whom he […]

Fangirls – REVIEW

With the glut of so-called duke-box musicals doing the rounds, it’s reaffirming to have a comparative masterpiece like Fangirls prove that a musical can’t simply be cobbled together from a random bunch of popular songs. Yve Blake’s fresh and original show was an unexpected sensation when it debuted at Belvoir. It now returns on a […]

Crazy funny Asian coming to Australia

If you’ve seen Crazy Rich Asians you will probably remember Jimmy O. Yang as Bernard Tai. And if you liked him as Bernard Tai, you will be pleased he will be touring Australia and bringing his show “Just for Laughs” to Sydney’s Opera House for just one night as part of the Sydney Comedy Festival. As […]

Julia Hales is bringing us together

Perth writer and performer Julia Hales is bringing her show called You Know We Belong Together to Sydney fresh from a sold-out and critically acclaimed season in her home state, and international tours to Edinburgh and London. The Australia Council website notes that “Julia offers a deeply personal story of her own experiences of love […]

Something for the diehards – Fangirls

Yve Blake’s Fangirls is going to the Opera House for a season after collecting awards the Sydney Theatre Award for Best Production of a Musical, Matilda Award for Best Musical or Cabaret, and the 2020 AWGIE Award for Music Theatre. Written by Yve Blake and directed by Paige Rattray, the musical has taken the teenage girl world […]

Il Trovatore – REVIEW

Hot on the tail of La Traviata comes another Guiseppe Verdi stalwart of the Opera Australia repertoire, Il Trovatore. Both productions are visually stunning, but, where La Traviata’s is a nod to tradition, with period costumes and constructed, three dimensional sets, Il Trovatore fully embraces innovation, employing digital technology, special effects, and circus. Notwithstanding, OA’s […]

Hear the colours of jazz

Get out from under those duvets and head along to the Big White House to hear two jazz world premiers from Paul Cutlan and Novak Manojlovic as SIMA presents The Colours of Jazz: Now. Trichromy’s “Colour Therapy”, a work commissioned by SIMA, traverses a rich soundscape that guides the listener through a musical meditation. Paul […]

REVIEW: Opera Australia’s ‘Madama Butterfly’ at Sydney Opera House

When Graeme Murphy first unveiled his new vision of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly in 2019 it left audiences breathless. That may be because it was so radically different to the production that had prevaled for the previous 20 years, or because the smorgasbord of cultural and creative ideas on stage was overwhelming. The critiques ranged from […]

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 […]