Theatre Review: Diving for Pearls creatively captures the Wollongong coast (Griffin Theatre until 28th October)

Over thirty years old, Diving for Pearls still has resonance for today’s audience. It paints a bleak picture of the future of manufacturing in Australia, which has been on a steady decline since the 1980s and 90s, when this play was written. It is a very Australian story, and the images the text and set conjure of the Wollongong coast are bang on. But despite a talented cast and crew, this production somehow just misses the mark.... Read More | Share it now!

Theatre Review: Modern Jesus is a real conversation starter (at the Depot Theatre until 2nd September)

Modern Jesus is an intriguing new play that reminds us that you only need a tiny spark to start a raging inferno. It is thought-provoking look at what it means to be 20-something in Australia today, although the themes would resonate with audiences anywhere in the West. But a couple of things hold it back from being a truly great dramatic experience.... Read More | Share it now!

Theatre Review: After the Dance lacks a strong message for modern audiences (at Sydney’s New Theatre until 9 September)

The characters in Terence Rattigan’s After the Dance spend a lot of the play complaining about people they consider boring. But sadly for the New Theatre, the biggest bore in this production is the play itself. Despite some commendable performances by key members of the cast, this play just doesn’t seem to have anything to say to today’s audience.... Read More | Share it now!

Theatre Review: This Much is True shines a light on Sydney’s underbelly (Performance at The Old Fitz until 12 August)

In a theatre hidden in the back of a pub in the depths of Wolloomooloo gather a motley cast of characters who look to have stepped straight onto the stage from the street outside. Throw in a hefty dose of humour, a smattering of nostalgia and a generous amount of alcohol and you have This Much is True, the latest offering from renowned Australian playwright, Louis Nowra. It is funny, genuine and very Sydney.... Read More | Share it now!

Review: Sydney Symphony Orchestra delivers thoroughly entertaining tribute to George Michael at the Sydney Opera House (Until 8th July)

When the Sydney Symphony Orchestra first planned a concert series based on the music of George Michael, it was envisioned as a celebration marking 30 years since the release of his first solo album, Faith. But in December last year, Michael’s name was added to the heartbreakingly long list of stellar artists that were lost in 2016. The SSO’s George Michael: Praying for Time was reworked as a memorial to the late star, and it is a moving and celebratory tribute.... Read More | Share it now!

Theatre Review: SLUT packs a lot of heart in a little show (Performances until 24th June)

According to the contestants on this year’s series of Masterchef, 30 minutes is not long enough to infuse a dish with the flavour punch the judges are looking for. But it’s more than enough time for the cast and crew of SLUT, on now at the Old Fitz theatre. This whirlwind of a play is defiant, crude, charming and deeply engaging. And it takes just 35 minutes to do its work.... Read More | Share it now!