Review: Limbo Unhinged transforms Sydney Opera House with vaudeville steampunk

Strut & Fret have reimagined the wickedly entertaining Limbo production Sydneysiders have come to know and love into Limbo Unhinged, a new show that has toured the country to critical acclaim and constant sell-outs before landing at the Sydney Opera House, where it will sit for the next three months. It is vastly different to the Limbo of previous years, despite having the same cast with more or less the same tricks. Now, the show has been shaped and stretched into something more dazzling than daring (although there’s still plenty of that); more ritzy than raw. Though, it’s still vaudeville steampunk in design, furiously and aggressively blended with the endless wonder of the circus with pinches of burlesque and musical prowess – ranging from the sounds of contemporary cool to the downright weird – led by enigmatic Musical director and emcee Sxip Shirey.... Read More | Share it now!

Book Review: Daniel Shand’s Fallow is a wild ride through the Scottish highlands, helmed by an increasingly unstable narrator

Paul and Michael Buchanan are in hiding. Moving from highland village to highland village, the brothers are trying to avoid the press and police surrounding their home after Michael’s release from prison. Convicted of the murder of a little girl when he was a teenager, Michael relies heavily on Paul to source them food and supplies. But Paul is concerned for more than just his younger brother’s well-being, as Fallow slowly reveals that Michael isn’t the one you should be worried about, after all.... Read More | Share it now!

Book Review: Mary Beard explores the ancient roots of modern misogyny in Women & Power: A Manifesto

Drawing on lectures delivered in 2014 and 2017, Women & Power: A Manifesto is a small, yet powerful exploration of the historical silencing of women in the public sphere. The Ancient Roman and Greek cultures we so often hold up as the basis for our democracies today were never particularly kind to the loud woman and as historian Mary Beard argues, neither are we today.... Read More | Share it now!

Sydney Festival Review: The Town Hall Affair argues the need for more lively feminist debates

The original “Town Hall” debate was no ordinary affair. So it should come as no surprise that the one-act play based on this historic event is no ordinary piece of theatre. The show comes courtesy of New York’s The Wooster Group and rather than a straight, re-telling of an already chaotic feminist discussion, they inject other forms of media and theatre to provide one rich and lively show.... Read More | Share it now!

Sydney Festival Review: Whist is an intriguing but not wholly satisfactory experience

A dance-theatre piece presented using virtual reality technology in which the audience subconsciously chooses their own performance is a fantastic concept, but with Whist the end-result is confusing and even a little disturbing. For those interested in psychology and, in particular, the work of Sigmund Freud, this is an immersive treat. But if you’re looking for a joyous exploration of new technology in art you may be left wondering what could have been.... Read More | Share it now!

Review: Sydney Festival’s Aquasonic is an exercise in extreme music

Danish group Between Music’s Aquasonic was one of the more intriguing inclusions in this year’s Sydney Festival program. Billed as the ‘world’s first underwater band’, the group performs with purpose-built instruments while completely submerged. The team apparently developed the show for over a decade, generating optimal conditions for water acoustics and creating the soundscapes.... Read More | Share it now!

Book Review: Oliver Sacks’ The River of Consciousness is a look inside a beautiful and enquiring mind

For decades Oliver Sacks was lauded as a gifted scientist and storyteller. He penned several books, the most famous being Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat. Prior to his death from cancer in 2015 Sacks had been busy working on two final books. The first, Gratitude, was published posthumously in late 2015. The latest is called The River of Consciousness and it’s a fascinating collection of essays from a beautiful and enquiring mind.... Read More | Share it now!