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REVIEW: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

Of the three Brontë sisters, Anne was reputedly the most defiant and unruly. When her second novel, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, was published in 1848, it was so scandalous that elder sister, Charlotte, banned it from republication for several years after Anne’s death. Of course, scandal in the mid-1800s had a much lower barrier […]

Anne Brontë’s ‘The Tenant of Wildfell Hall’ Opens This Week

Emerging Australian playwright Emme Hoy will make her main stage debut at Sydney Theatre Company this week with her whip-smart, contemporary adaptation of Anne Brontë’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall at the Roslyn Packer Theatre. Directed by STC’s Resident Director Jessica Arthur (Grand Horizons, Wonnangatta), The Tenant of Wildfell Hall follows the story of Helen Graham […]

REVIEW: Indigenous theatre production ‘City Of Gold’ by Sydney Theatre Company

Presented by the Black Swan Theatre Company of Western Australia and Sydney Theatre Company as part of the 2022 Perth Festival, City Of Gold is written by Meyne Wyatt, a Wongutha-Yamatji man. It is an intensely told story of a young Indigenous man called Breythe Black, played by Meyne Wyatt, who is trying to navigate the […]

REVIEW: STC presents ‘Blithe Spirit’ at Sydney Opera House

Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit is the perfect choice of production to present to audiences starved of good old-fashioned FUN. Coward wrote the play in 1941, perhaps with the idea of taking the mind of the British public off the war. And perhaps this is why the play was chosen for Sydney audiences who had endured isolation […]

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 […]

Ian Michael Awarded 2022 Richard Wherrett Fellowship

Sydney Theatre Company has announced that emerging theatre director Ian Michael has been awarded the 2022 Richard Wherrett Fellowship. Named for STC’s founding Artistic Director, the Richard Wherrett Fellowship is a year-long opportunity for emerging directors to gain experience and mentorship while being embedded within Sydney Theatre Company. A proud Noongar man, Ian has carved […]

STC Transforms Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Caesar’ For Modern Times

If you see no other play before the end of the year you must see the STC’s production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar! This great play presents a dramatic realisation of power and the corruption of power on both a personal and political level,and is just about as perfect in its construction as it can be. It […]

The Cost Of COVID: Cancelling Cultural & Creative Events

By Gemma Billington Cancellations have been rife across the arts sector amid health concerns for the growing COVID-19 delta variant outbreak throughout Greater Sydney. Greater Sydney is currently under strict stay at home orders until July 30, though as case numbers remain high, arts exhibitions, events and performances have been forced to postpone. Vivid, Opera […]

Appropriate By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

Written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, who has been twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this contemporary American play deals with a dysfunctional family that’s coming together after the death of the patriarch. Director Wesley Enoch says, “At the heart of it is a comment on America and on America’s theatrical tradition,” and audience members […]

REVIEW: The Picture Of Dorian Gray

With the help of advanced video technology, Kip Williams has given Sydney audiences a masterpiece of modern storytelling, signalling the way forward for future stage productions. Video screens allow solo performer Eryn Jean Norvill to narrate the story and play all 26 characters in Oscar Wilde’s fable of vanity and moral reckoning. It’s hard to […]