Theatre Review: The Blue Room’s Blueprint is involving, if a bit clunky (Performances in Perth to 24th June)

Blueprint, the new play currently on at the Blue Room, is tremendously watchable and involving thanks to the three actors, Sean Crofton, Jessica Russell, and Phoebe Sullivan. They exude a physicality and agitated nervousness that manages to convey an ambiently compelling story, even if I’m not 100 percent sure what’s happening a lot of the time during said story.... Read More | Share it now!

Review: Sophie Foster makes us all feel good as she helps open the Perth International Jazz Festival

Sophie Foster, a WAAPA graduate and contemporary vocalist, was the main headliner for the first night of the Perth International Jazz Festival. Instead of attempting to conjure sonic textures via paragraphs of high falutin’ words, I’ll just say that her r’n’b/neo-soul stylings reminded me a lot of Alicia Keys and a little bit of Prince, two artists who I and millions of others hold in fairly high esteem.... Read More | Share it now!

Theatre Review: Toast is a bittersweet portrayal of grief, loss and family (Performances at Perth’s Blue Room Theatre until 27th May)

Liz Newell and Emily McLean have returned to The Blue Room Theatre with Toast, a charming exploration of grief, loss, and family. Following the sudden death of their mother, three sisters come together to clear out their childhood home. The headstrong Candice (Alison Van Reeken), recovering alcoholic Alex (Amy Mathews), and adoptive sister Sydney (Anna Lindstedt) must all unpack their grief as they box up the mementos and memories of their childhood. The different ways in which the sister process their grief is a cause of tension between the three, particularly with the eldest sister Candice and her Type A personality clashing heavily with the laid- back Alex and awkward Sydney.... Read More | Share it now!

Perth Festival Review: An Evening with an Immigrant by Inua Ellams is a consummate performance from a gifted storyteller

The house lights dim, a backing track kicks into life. Inua Ellams – poet, playwright, and performer – appears dressed in what I presume is traditional garb parading through the assembled audience. He entreats us to clap in time (naturally we do), before breaking into self-deprecating laughter. Right from the start Ellams had us in the palm of his hand, and for ninety minutes took all of us on a journey from Nigeria, to London, to Ireland and finally back to London, where for now that journey has currently halted. That journey is the story his life, told through poetry and anecdotes collected together into An Evening with an Immigrant.... Read More | Share it now!