Aussies in Edinburgh: Hans talks about his Fringe show Like A German, a “Kylie spectacular on a Dannii budget”

Meet Aussie Matt Gilbertson, and his acclaimed alter-ego Hans, “The boy wonder of Berlin”. Let us be clear: he is not from Australia. He’s heading to Edinburgh to bring his show Like a German to UK audiences, following performances at events like the Adelaide Fringe. I spoke to Hans – again, he’s from Berlin, not Australia – about what the Scottish audiences can expect from the show he says is “a Kylie spectacular on a Dannii budget”, when he performs for them next month.... Read More | Share it now!

Aussies in Edinburgh: Anya Anastasia talks about her Fringe show The Executioners, a “neo-cabaret digitally enhanced explosion of musical comedy”

In the next in our interview series with Aussies set to light up the Edinburgh Fringe Festival next month, I catch up with Anya Anastasia – self-described writer, thinker, composer, activist, slacktivist and cabaret femme fatale – who will be bringing her acclaimed production The Executioners to the famed event.... Read More | Share it now!

Theatre Review: Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a technical marvel buoyed by an inspired script and powerful lead performance (Adelaide & Perth Tour Dates Remain)

The acclaimed touring West End production of Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time wrapped up its Sydney last night, before it heads off to Adelaide and Perth. Based on the celebrated book of the same name by Mark Haddon, the play tells the story of Christopher Boone (Joshua Jenkins in a masterful performance), a 15 year old (3 months and 2 days old) boy with Asperger’s Syndrome, whose discovery of his neighbour’s murdered dog ends up unravelling everything he thought he knew about his life, and leading him on a brave adventure into the unknown.  ... Read More | Share it now!

Review: Planet Earth II: Live in Concert brings nature to life with the SSO and Eric Bana

Having just wrapped up its four city Australian tour, Planet Earth II: Live in Concert brought together Symphony Orchestras from around the country to present, live, the music from the acclaimed nature series of the same name. Accompanied by images from the series, and live narration from Australian actor Eric Bana, the night sounds like a surprising proposition – but one that was informed by the success of its predecessor, which toured in a similar fashion for some ten years.... Read More | Share it now!

Review: Cirque du Soleil’s Avatar inspired Toruk: The First Flight will defy your expectations (in Sydney to October 29th)

There’s something to be said for expectations. When you go to a Cirque du Soleil show, you have plenty of them. In their new production Toruk: The First Flight, set in the world of the 2009 film Avatar, the iconic Montreal circus company have taken the expectations of a Cirque audience and thrown them out the door, delivering a show which enthrals, but may disappoint the more avid Cirque fans in the room. Though had I had the opportunity to read my own review before going in, maybe I wouldn’t have felt that disappointment. That’s the thing about expectation: it can warp your perception.... Read More | Share it now!

Why Cirque du Soleil’s Love in Las Vegas remains one of the best stage shows on the planet

On June 1st, one of the most influential and celebrated albums of all time – The BeatlesSgt. Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band – celebrated its 50th Birthday in the USA. As a self-confessed Beatles obsessive, I took to the skies and headed to the permanent Cirque du Soleil production in Las Vegas, Love, which is set in a world of Beatles music. It was my third time seeing the show since it debuted more than a decade ago, though my first since the show enjoyed an major update in July 2016, to coincide with its ten year anniversary.... Read More | Share it now!

Seven theatre productions you can’t miss in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane this month

It’s a massive month for theatre all around Australia, with the Helpmann Awards on July 24th only furthering the spotlight on the many great productions happening all over Australia. But the Helpmann nominees aren’t the only shows worth celebrating; here are seven productions which kick off or continue through the month ahead in Sydney, Brisbane, Parramatta and Melbourne we reckon you can’t miss.... Read More | Share it now!