Over the past six years, StageArt has fast become one of Melbourne’s leading theatre companies, allowing performers the opportunity to be a part of works that are fresh from Broadway and not necessarily major touring productions in Australia. MEMPHIS won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2010 and is loosely based on the true story of Dewey Phillips, who was one of the first radio DJs to play black music on a white station. ... Read More | Share it now!
It’s astonishing to think about how much music has filled our ears and hearts over the years; and I don’t just mean the years we’ve been alive. I’m talking from day one, when Earth was created. Think about the genre discoveries, the melodies, the development of instruments, idols both past and present. Imagine, what it was like and what it meant to be a music lover back in the 17 and 1800s when I can’t even hum a melody of that time! Well, fear not for you are about to be educated in the best and most uplifting kind of way.... Read More | Share it now!
Oftentimes, a contemporary theatrical work can leave a strong impression on an audience, but none more so than the modern-day adaptation of Federico García Lorca‘s YERMA. Directed and re-written by Australian Simon Stone is a radical production of this intense Lorca masterpiece. Starring Billie Piper in her Olivier Award-winning role, and joined by acclaimed Australian actor Brendan Cowell sees the highs and lows of a couple trying to fall pregnant.... Read More | Share it now!
A show title can make or break the moment a viewer picks your show in an epic Fringe line-up. Well, Appropriate Kissing for All Occasions certainly caught my attention and it was everything I wanted and expected. The 60-minute work is broken up into two 30-minute short pieces, with the second titled to heat you up and cool you down. Both come from ReAction Theatre, written by David Finnigan and Isab Martinez, and directed by Louise Howlett.... Read More | Share it now!
Michael Ralph is one of Australia’s leading choreographers, always striving to create work that is ground-breaking, fresh and relevant. As part of this year’s Melbourne Fringe Festival, Ralph has gifted audiences with a 60-minute dance piece that explores every facet of an artist’s psyche. It is appropriately titled SELF, and stars none other than musical theatre heart-throb, Rohan Browne.... Read More | Share it now!
A few days ago our beloved Amy Winehouse would have turned 34 years old. It’s still so hard to think that this world no longer has such a soul gifting us with her talents. All is not lost however, as an exhibition in her honour is so close to opening thanks to the Jewish Museum of Australia.... Read More | Share it now!
Melbourne Fringe Festival is an opportunity for theatre lovers and theatre novices to open their minds up to the many creative minds this great country of ours has. Presented by Darebin Arts Speakeasy and Fabricated Rooms, The Sky Is Well Designed is a two-person, 60-minute exploration into the soundscape of our atmosphere, and how certain tests can assess sound levels, or not. Well at least that’s what I understood.... Read More | Share it now!
Night festivals are a chance for cities to showcase their prowess in a way that glitters. The Singapore Night Festival (SNF) is always evolving and in its tenth year they pulled out all the stops. For 10 balmy nights young and old were out of the house and hitting the streets in what was a celebration of art, performance and culture at one of Singapore’s largest outdoor festivals. Much like Vivid Sydney or Melbourne’s White Night, SNF creates a hub for art to thrive.... Read More | Share it now!
In the five years since I left Singapore (my home for two years) I was amazed to go back and learn how much the government has invested into developing, nurturing and showcasing arts and culture in Singapore. Whether it be giving locals a platform to share their works, or inviting international legends to exhibit on a larger scale, rest assured tourists and locals alike can now invest their time into various arts districts. A country quite often known for lacking in its cultural assets is so not right now. These art districts allow people to get an affinity to what Singapore’s heritage, art and education is, and start to see her develop a character of her own. Below is a snapshot into some of the main hot spots, or more underground if you feel like delving deeper into Singapore’s history.... Read More | Share it now!
As part of the National Theatre Live broadcasts, we have been privy to some of the West End’s most prestigious plays from playwrights that span far and wide. However, Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning two-part play Angels in America is something else. You will never see anything like this in your life. Ever. Directed by Olivier and Tony award winner Marianne Elliott comes a two-part epic that has been coined “a gay fantasia on national themes”.... Read More | Share it now!