Why Cirque du Soleil’s Love in Las Vegas remains one of the best stage shows on the planet

On June 1st, one of the most influential and celebrated albums of all time – The BeatlesSgt. Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band – celebrated its 50th Birthday in the USA. As a self-confessed Beatles obsessive, I took to the skies and headed to the permanent Cirque du Soleil production in Las Vegas, Love, which is set in a world of Beatles music. It was my third time seeing the show since it debuted more than a decade ago, though my first since the show enjoyed an major update in July 2016, to coincide with its ten year anniversary.... Read More | Share it now!

Book Review: Rebecca Jackson’s You’re Not Alone is like a warm hug & a good starting point for those wanting to change their thinking

It’s fair to say that most people, at some point in their lives, will experience a dark period, a crisis or just an overwhelming desire to know more. The book, You’re Not Alone: A Practical Guide For The Awakening Soul by Rebecca Jackson is designed to help at these very points. There are some readers that may disregard the contents of this volume as hippie or new age stuff, but for those readers that approach it without judgement there are some handy things that can be found here, as well as some stuff they may already know about.... Read More | Share it now!

Book Review: Courtesan detective Heloise Chancey explores the murky depths of Victorian London in M. J. Tjia’s She Be Damned

Heloise Chancey enjoys a life of luxury. From humble beginnings as a common prostitute, she has risen to become a sought-after courtesan, with a retinue of staff at her beautiful Mayfair home. But Heloise has a second occupation, one that would cause even more raised eyebrows. Armed with formidable detective skills and an inside knowledge of the dangerous Victorian streets, Heloise is called upon to assist in locating Eleanor Carter, a well-to-do young lady who has gone missing. But with Waterloo prostitutes showing up dead, their bodies mutilated and their sexual organs removed, Heloise must use every tool in her arsenal and work fast to find both Eleanor and the killer, before the two collide.... Read More | Share it now!

Theatre Review: Kim Noble is the ultimate voyeur in his latest work You’re Not Alone (Performances until August 13th)

As you enter the Beckett Theatre, ‘Rebel Yell’ by Billy Idol is blasting through the speakers and various Google searches are being projected onto the big screen at the back of the stage. Ever wondered how much a horse costs, or how much a blow job costs, or if you can take a dead squirrel into Australia? We all get lost in the vortex that is the Internet, and this kind of sets the tone of what’s to come for the next hour.... Read More | Share it now!

Book Review: Discover the life of expressionist Paula Modersohn-Becker with Marie Darrieussecq’s stunning Being Here

A ground breaker in early expressionism, Paula Modersohn-Becker sold only a few paintings in her lifetime. Torn between her home in northern Germany and the vibrant art scene of Paris, her subjects of choice were mothers and children, depicting them in ways that made contemporary critics both uncomfortable and excited in equal measure. The first noted female artist to paint herself not only nude but pregnant, Modersohn-Becker is the focus of Being Here, a new biography from acclaimed French author Marie Darrieussecq.... Read More | Share it now!

Book Review: Michael Fitzgerald’s The Pacific Room is a tender examination of identity and self expression

In 1892, Italian painter Girolamo Nerli travels to Samoa to paint famous author Robert Louis Stevenson, known to the locals as Tusitala, ‘the teller of tales’. His goal? To capture something of the Hyde within Stevenson’s Jekyll. Over a century later, art historian Lewis Wakefield makes the same pilgrimage, in search of the story behind this portrait, leaving behind the medication that controls his bi-polar disorder and allowing him access to his own repressed feelings. Meanwhile, dancer Teuila channels the spirit of Stevenson’s servant, her ancestor Sosimo, and explores her own duality as a fa’afafine, a Samoan identity that embodies both male and female traits.... Read More | Share it now!

Theatre Review: The Production Company’s Jesus Christ Superstar will leave you with mixed emotions (State Theatre, Melbourne to 13th August)

We all know the story about the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and the undeniable suffering he endured in his last hours. Well, this musical – Jesus Christ Superstar – chronicles the days leading up to Jesus’ last, and does so through song and dance. With Andrew Lloyd Webber as the almighty creator of this work, it’s understandable to be a little bit apprehensive, but with some TLC from The Production Company, it can’t be that bad. Right?... Read More | Share it now!