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Blueback | Spare Parts Puppet Theatre

Fri, 3 Jul 2015

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre isn’t afraid to tackle the big subjects. Their current production, a stage adaptation by Peta Murray of Tim Winton’s short novel Blueback, takes a deep dive into the subjects of death, ecology and environmental protection. Is it too much for kids to handle? Not a ch...

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Sing-A-Long-A Sound of Music

Thu, 2 Jul 2015

The Melbourne Arts Centre has been hosting the Sound of Music Sing-A-Long for a number of years, this year it was held at Hamer Hall, and although most of us are no Julie Andrews, or for that matter Lady Gaga, the auditorium was filled with “the sound of music” and it was simply be...

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Cinderella | Australian Ballet

Tue, 30 Jun 2015

This lovely interpretation of Cinderella, is far from a rehash of a tried and true fairytale to Sergei Prokofiev’s score, it successfully marries old-fashioned storytelling, with a modern tw...

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Be Your Self | Australian Dance Theatre

Sun, 28 Jun 2015

Australian debut for strongly themed, well-travelled, polished dance entertainment.

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Asian Provocateur | Josie Lane

Sun, 28 Jun 2015

Sharing the stories behind the song choices allows her to make a strong connection with the audience but it is when Lane sings that we are ca...

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The Songs of Ahrens & Flaherty | Flourish Productions

Sun, 28 Jun 2015

With minimal staging, props and lighting changes, it is the vocal talents of the six performers that carry the show. The voices were beautiful and the character driven songs by far the most wo...

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Bring It On The Musical | Supply Evolution

Sun, 28 Jun 2015

Translating a non-musical film to a stage musical is always risky business. Sometimes it works and sometimes it really doesn’t. Luckily Bring It On the film already had a lot of musical characteristics to work with, so its stage counterpart needn’t have strayed too far from the original in...

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Snugglepot and Cuddlepie | CDP and Monkey Baa

Sun, 28 Jun 2015

Directed with a fluid panache by Susanna Dowling, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie is an enchanting entertainment that enhances the literary legacy left by May Gi...

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Gender Spanner | Jessica McKerlie

Fri, 26 Jun 2015

The little stage at the Butterfly Club has been the setting for many things wonderful and Jessica McKerlie’s Gender Spanner is definitely one of th...

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Aunty Donna

Fri, 26 Jun 2015

Making people laugh is harder than making people cry but not for Aunty Donna who make the whole audience laugh while making it look ea...

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How We Ruined MacArthur's Markers | Ludicrous Displays

Fri, 26 Jun 2015

This show was an interesting, amusing, and charming production which never flagged for a second.

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Reviewing the Situation | Phil Scott

Thu, 25 Jun 2015

Phil Scott has been performing for some time, and his experience shows here, both in his musical ability and in his comic timing and st...

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The Night Guardian | Ellandar Productions

Wed, 24 Jun 2015

Dark near-future dystopia, featuring a superhero’s discovery of self-doubt.

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Legends! | John Frost

Wed, 24 Jun 2015

It is a fairly flimsy and predictable work, but director, Christopher Renshaw’s strong cast work very hard to present an entertaining sh...

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Fracture | New Ghosts

Wed, 24 Jun 2015

Fracture was not only a slick production, its plot gave me one of the most rewarding experiences I value as an audience me...

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Australia Day | Christine Harris and HIT Productions

Wed, 24 Jun 2015

Biggins deals with racism, patriarchal indulgence, disability, education, bigotry, (old-age and new-age) technology, food choices, indigenous culture, bullying, economic growth, old-school mentality and so much more of the current human psyche – all with a laconic smirk and a twist of the kn...

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The Dog/The Cat | Belvoir

Mon, 22 Jun 2015

Two of Australia’s much loved playwrights, Brendan Cowell and Lally Katz have combined to blow a breath of fresh air into Belvoir St’s Downstairs Theatre with their two short romantic comedies, TheDog/The Ca...

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But Wait…There’s More | Circus Oz

Fri, 19 Jun 2015

In a return season of But Wait…There’s More, Circus Oz has pitched its state-of-the-art Big Top at Birrarung Marr with a show incorporating elements of rock n’ roll, cabaret, theatre and satire fused with the skills and tricks of traditional ci...

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Patrice Tipoki

Melbourne | Friday, 15 May 2015

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Jan Chandler recently had the opportunity of speaking with singer Patrice Tipoki whose career to date has included musical theatre, numerous gigs, and two years as a member of pop group Gi...

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  • Mark Wilson

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Matthew Lutton appointed Artistic Director of Malthouse Theatre

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The Malthouse Theatre Board has announced the appointment of Matthew Lutton as the company’s Artistic Director, selected from a strong field of applicants from around the ...

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The Dog/The Cat | Belvoir
Two of Australia’s much loved playwrights, Brendan Cowell and Lally Katz have combined to blow a breath of fresh air into B...
Bring It On The Musical | Supply Evolution
Translating a non-musical film to a stage musical is always risky business. Sometimes it works and sometimes it really does...
Australia Day | Christine Harris and HIT Productions
Biggins deals with racism, patriarchal indulgence, disability, education, bigotry, (old-age and new-age) technology, food c...
Snugglepot and Cuddlepie | CDP and Monkey Baa
Directed with a fluid panache by Susanna Dowling, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie is an enchanting entertainment that enhances the...
Gender Spanner | Jessica McKerlie
The little stage at the Butterfly Club has been the setting for many things wonderful and Jessica McKerlie’s Gender Spanner...

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