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Neighbourhood Watch

After the forced closure owing to COVID-19 restrictions, The New Theatre reopens with Neighbourhood Watch, a tremendously funny and enjoyable play. The story centers on the friendship between two neighbours, Ana an elderly Hungarian born woman, and Catherine, a twenty-something aspiring young actress. Colleen Cook who plays the role of Ana explained that this play […]

Bar at the End of the Wharf

My date’s late, so I’m nursing an Old Fashioned ($20). It’s not on their short list of cocktails, but they do offer to make any classics you have a hankering for; so I forgive the bartender for it being sweet and gritty with undissolved sugar. Ordering off-list isn’t my usual practice, but I’m combating pre-theatre anxiety.

Detroit

A wide success in America, winning an Obie and placing as a finalist for the Pulitzer prize, Detroit is coming to Australia for its debut at Darlinghurst Theatre Company. The play frankly presents the financial blow-out of its namesake city (Detroit was amongst the most hard-hit in the country) and features two couples, both in […]

Dead Time

Dead Time explores the story of Dr Mohamed Haneef, an Indian national working at a Gold Coast Hospital, arrested on July 2 2007 on suspicion of being connected to the attack on Glasgow Airport. “The play touches on issues of terrorism and how that’s played out in the public arena, the way it’s represented by […]

Review: The School For Scandal

The New Theatre Company's production of The School For Scandal wanted to rework the 18th century comedy of manners into the modern age. The supposed aim was to discuss society’s obsession with the lifestyles of the rich and the famous. A veneer of gossip magazine and reality TV aesthetic has been slapped on, and an […]

Potted Potter

Back by popular demand, Potted Potter condenses all seven Harry Potter books into a hilarious 70-minute show including a live game of Quidditch. The parody production also features all the favourite characters and Hogwarts magic. Potter star James Percy says, “I grew up with the books and the films, it’s a childhood dream come true. […]

Cheap theatre tickets: who really pays?

With its sky-high rents and inflated living costs, Sydney is considered to be one of the world’s most expensive cities. Twenty dollars doesn’t go very far: a packet of cigarettes, a taxi fare, maybe a bottle of wine. Sydney’s budget-conscious theatre buffs, however, are in luck. Twenty dollars will secure a seat at some of […]

Seawall Restaurant & Bar

With the controversial Barangaroo precinct drawing ever closer to completion, neighbouring Walsh Bay has seen some interesting developments of its own. Seawall is the latest spot to bed in for winter, eagerly awaiting the expected increase in foot traffic.

REVIEW – VERE (FAITH)

Vere (Paul Blackwell) is an eccentric physicist with dreams of discovering the ‘God particle’. Disrupting his plans is the diagnosis of rapid onset dementia. So begins John Doyle’s new play, inspired in part by caring for his own father during some of his darkest battles with dementia. Act one begins in the university staff room […]

THE WHARF REVUE

If the absurdity of the political climate has left Australia in a state of despair, then the latest Wharf Revue provides an excellent remedy to one’s despondency. Written and created by Jonathan Biggins, Drew Forsythe and Phillip Scott, this singing, dancing extravaganza, features Amanda Bishop, Simon Burke and Andrew Worboys joined by Jonathan Biggins and […]