Sydney Festival Review: Take an immersive trip into the Amazon jungle with The Encounter (Performances until 28 January)

Picture yourself at the edge of a rainforest, standing in the sun, eager to embark on a trek. Signs point you towards the path and provide helpful information about the journey soon to be undertaken. As you progress down the track, the canopy begins to close over you. New sounds emerge to drown out the familiar hum of modern life. Insects buzz and bite. You are struck by the colour, by the otherness of this world compared to your usual environment.... Read More | Share it now!

Sydney Festival Review: Home Country is a cultural experience not to be missed (Performances through 22 January)

Urban Theatre Project’s Home Country is not so much a theatrical production as it is a full-bodied cultural experience, and it’s one not to be missed. Over three and a half hours of theatre, music and food, you are immersed into the worlds of others. It is a piece that challenges you to consider your own interactions with the assortment of lives that call Sydney home.... Read More | Share it now!

Sydney Festival Review: Ladies in Black is light, bright and fun (Performances to 22 January)

Based on the novel The Women in Black, by Madeline St John, Ladies in Black is that all too rare thing: an entirely new Australian musical. There is no mistaking the country in which this show is set – from the home-grown accents to the local suburbs referenced in the text, this is a musical that lovingly cherishes everything that makes us true blue. And for that reason you can overlook the few musical miss-steps and overlong first act and just enjoy something a little bit nice, different and unusual.... Read More | Share it now!

Sarah Morrison on donning her black dress again for the Sydney Festival

Landing the plum role of Lisa in last year’s world premiere of Ladies in Black was a dream come true for Sarah Morrison, who received critical acclaim for her performance. Now, Morrison is set to reprise the role of the young, starry-eyed school-leaver when the show finally hits Sydney next month. I started by asking Morrison whether she still looked at department stores the same way…... Read More | Share it now!

Nathan Maynard talks mutton birds and belly laughs ahead of his Sydney Festival premiere

Nathan Maynard’s first play, The Season, is making its world premiere next January as part of the Sydney Festival, and the playwright couldn’t be more excited. The ‘season’ of the title refers to the annual mutton-bird harvesting that takes place on remote Big Dog Island, in Tasmania’s Bass Strait. Maynard is a descendant of the chief of the Troowolway Clan of north-east Tasmania. I asked him about his writing and his own experiences with birding…... Read More | Share it now!

Director Rosie Dennis on staging Urban Theatre Project’s latest work in a Blacktown carpark

Artistic Director of Urban Theatre Projects, Rosie Dennis, is no stranger to delving into the heart of a community for her theatrical inspiration. In the company’s latest work, Home Country staged for the Sydney Festival, Dennis takes audiences on a journey (both figuratively and literally) through a multi-storey carpark in Blacktown. We were naturally intrigued…... Read More | Share it now!