POPSART: Woman of Substances, Journalist Jenny Valentish investigates the female experience of drugs and alcohol.

Many people love a drink in fact they will indulge at least once a week in a session of binge drinking or occasionally in some Class A’s, their habit is recreational and generally the individual gets on with their life relatively unhindered with some help from a Berocca and a Nurofen. But for others the use of alcohol and drugs can turn into a life threatening addiction that is uncontrollable and terrifying. For woman the impacts of drug and alcohol abuse are made even more difficult because very little research has been done on the subject.... Read More | Share it now!

POPSART: La Boite’s HWY – Deconstructing ‘Australian-ness’ through theatre

Australian theatre is so male and white. Main stage subscriber theatre is irrelevant. Theatre is a boutique heritage industry. I have been having these conversations for years and to varying degrees these statements are true. But culture is not static, it grows and evolves and theatre is now transforming itself; driven by the artist that are making it to become relevant, to have central to itself makers of diverse back grounds and to find forms that keep it alive and capture new audiences. A program such as La Boîtes HWY‘s showings, panels, conversations and workshops, is a vital part of this growth.... Read More | Share it now!

Shaun Greenhalgh author of A Forger’s Tale talks forgery, felony, and fine art

Written from a prison cell, British art forger Shaun Greenhalgh‘s memoir A Forger’s Tale details his life and work , from the faux Victorian pot lids of his childhood to the Armana princess that led Scotland Yard to his door. Accompanying the book’s release, The AU Review’s Jodie B. Sloan had a chat with Shaun about his inspiration, his incarceration, and his love of art.... Read More | Share it now!

POPSART: Metro Arts intimately takes over, with masturbation master classes, geo-politics and queer narratives.

The emergence of participatory art with a desire to move viewers out of the role of passive observers into the role of co-creators has been evolving for decades in contemporary art and theatre practice and theory. In the 70’s, artist and activist Joseph Beuys created the term “Social Sculpture” to illustrate his idea of art’s potential to transform society in which everyone has the potential to be an artist.... Read More | Share it now!

Stephen Nicolazzo talks The Moors and bringing the Victorian era to life on stage

Melbourne native Stephen Nicolazzo is no stranger to the works of the Victorian era. His previous adaptations of Dracula and The Happy Prince were staged to much acclaim. Now, Stephen is returning to the era with his latest project, the Australian premiere of the Jen Silverman play The Moors. We caught up with him ahead of the opening this weekend, to find out what interests him about the Victorians, and to get the low-down on his process on bringing the text from page to stage.... Read More | Share it now!

Interview: Elvis’s best friend Jerry Schilling talks about the Elvis Live: The Wonder of You tour and the man himself

In one way or another, Elvis has been a part of everyone’s musical exploration. He is an artist who has transcended generations with his groundbreaking songs, and it’s incredibly hard to think he’s not with us anymore. His music does live on however, and with Elvis Live: The Wonder of You touring the country at this very moment, audiences have been able to share a very musical and personal experience with the man himself. Childhood best friend and manager Jerry Schilling, has been emceeing the shows and remarkably, he found some time to chat with us about the King of Rock n Roll, and what Elvis’s one wish would have been for the world and music.... Read More | Share it now!