Make Nice: when creative women join forces there isn’t much they can’t accomplish (and other key lessons)

The amazing speakers at the 2017 Make Nice: Un – Conference for Creative Women.

Make Nice launched in 2016 and was born from the desire to push back against the “boys club” which exists within creative industries (most industries, let’s be honest) and show creative women they don’t have to be competitive to get ahead. Women can “make nice” and still be successful. In fact, when creative women join forces there isn’t much they can’t accomplish – a valuable lesson I took away from the conference.... Read More | Share it now!

Theatre Review: Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday is beautifully honest and an absolute delight to watch

A man and a woman blow out the candles on a birthday cake.

Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday explores the fears and hopes of those looking for direction at the start of their lives and those searching for peace at the end. The cast is made up of three young performers (Aileen Huynh, Izabella Yena and Matthew Connell) and three older performers (Jim Daly, Roger Oakley and Evelyn Krape), each wearing a set of headphones. Scripted from real life conversations, these interactions are played to the actors who recite every word, every sigh, every nuance. Presented by Roslyn Oades and collaborators, I’ve never seen a performance quite like this one. At times incredibly funny, poignant and tearful, the gamut of emotions on stage is varied and deep.... Read More | Share it now!

Theatre Review: Mauritius is hilarious, heartbreaking and thoroughly engaging (Sydney’s New Theatre until 29th July)

After the death of their Mother, two estranged half-sisters enter into a heated debate over which one of them owns a coveted stamp collection. Jackie (Kitty Hopwood) is the younger of the two and she sees the sale of the stamp collection as her ticket to a better life. Standing in her way is Mary (Emma Louise) who maintains the stamps are hers as they originally belonged to her Grandfather and she intends to keep them for sentimental reasons. The relationship between the sisters is incredibly authentic and believable as they bicker and fight.... Read More | Share it now!

Interview: The Incredible Here and Now co-director Jeneffa Soldatic talks about the anticipated coming-of-age adaptation

Commissioned from local Parramatta author Felicity Castagna based on her multi award winning novel and performed by Australia’s newest theatre company, National Theatre of Parramatta, the coming-of-age drama The Incredible Here and Now looks set to be one of the most talked about shows on the season. In the leadup to the opening of the production on 13th July, we caught up with the production’s co-director Jeneffa Soldatic.... Read More | Share it now!

Review: Bangarra Dance Theatre Company’s Bennelong is emotional, heartbreaking and utterly significant (Sydney Opera House until 29 July 2017)

Choreographed by Stephen Page, Bennelong by the Bangarra Dance Theatre Company, articulates the story of Wollarawarre Bennelong, an Eora man who was kidnaped by Governor Phillip in 1789 and forced to live in the colonies. Taken back to England, Bennelong learnt to speak English and was held up as an example of the relationship between white settlers and the Indigenous people of Australia. His life seemed plagued by sadness and displacement, not belonging in the colonies but also seemingly out of place within the Eora people.... Read More | Share it now!

Theatre Review: Sport for Jove’s Cyrano De Bergerac is nothing short of brilliant (Performances at Sydney’s Seymour Centre until June 24th)

Most people would be familiar with the story of Cyrano De Bergerac – doesn’t ring a bell? – perhaps you’re more familiar with the 1987 film adaptation Roxanne, with Steve Martin as the plays protagonist Cyrano. Written in 1897, the themes of Edmond Rostand’s play are as relevant today as when he wrote it. Questions of what is beauty? What form does it take? What is love and how can we see past false ideals? Courage and identity are highlighted as prominent themes, with the Sport for Jove adaptation being set during the years leading up of the First World War.... Read More | Share it now!