Brisbane Brown Owls’ Rebecca Carson talks craft, art and engagement at Woodford Folk Festival


Woodford is a wonderful festival away from the hustle of the city celebrations. There are no fireworks, no roughies, and a very different vibe where you can fill your head with amazing experiences outside of getting drunk and revelling away. One of those inimitable experiences is the visual art workshop programs happening at the festival. There is a wide array of techniques and skills one can learn there amongst the trees and music.... 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!

Wayne Harrison talks about staging an Arabian night in Western Sydney


Hakawati is a Sydney Festival show that allows you to be swept away to an Arabian night in Western Sydney. The show is a celebration of food and stories and is inspired by an Arabic tradition where storytelling is combined with breaking bread. This event will have its world premiere at the El- Phoenician restaurant in Parramatta. We at the AU Review talked to the show’s director and organiser, Wayne Harrison AM to learn more about Hakawati, the National Theatre of Parramatta and an event where a meal can offer much food for thought.... 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!

Cliff Cardinal talks about bringing his one-man show, Huff, to the Sydney Festival


Award-winning Canadian Indigenous performer and playwright, Cliff Cardinal, and Native Earth Performing Arts are bringing the critically-acclaimed one-man show, Huff, to Sydney this January. The piece follows Wind, a First Nation’s boy who escapes his own painful reality by sniffing solvent. Chatting to us from the theatre home of Canada’s VideoCabaret – where he is currently writer-in-residence – Cardinal gave us a sneak peek into the world of Huff…... Read More | Share it now!