Adelaide Fringe Review: Justice and Trainweck Change History – The Producers (Performances until 19th March)

It’s that time of the Fringe when you feel like you’ve seen all the big shows in the major hubs. There’s a week left, surely there’s more to the Fringe than the Garden. Now’s the time to venture further out to smaller venues such as Tandanya, Tuxedo Cat or the Producers. It’s upstairs at the Producers that Justice and Trainwreck are rewriting some of the major events that shaped our modern lives.... Read More | Share it now!

Theatre Review: Virginia Gay’s Calamity Jane is knee-slappingly funny (at the Hayes Theatre until 9 April)

A new take on a theatrical classic makes this Calamity Jane a must-see. And the classic I’m referring to is not the musical – it’s the oft ridiculed theatrical style of ‘Broadway dinner theatre’. Everything bar the meal is here: interactions with the audience, contemporary references (insert Trump joke here), entrances and exits through the auditorium, ad-libs, slapstick, and even a big-name star in the lead. It shouldn’t work in a contemporary Sydney theatre but it really, truly does.... Read More | Share it now!

Theatre Review: Great performances fail to brighten this Blackrock (at Seymour Centre until 25th March)

There are some standout performances in White Box’s production of Blackrock, now playing at Sydney’s Seymour Centre, but they’re not enough to lift it to the heights this play deserves. At a time when violence against women remains high in our nation’s consciousness, we need plays like Nick Enright’s Blackrock to hit us where it hurts. This production, unfortunately, lacks a bit of punch.... Read More | Share it now!

Book Review: Peter Polites’ Down The Hume shakes our expectations about “Australian” stories

When we think of an “Australian story” the ones that typically spring to mind are predominantly about the country, bush or the past. So what is a reader to do when they want something that reflects their own modern life in the Western suburbs of Sydney? Thankfully, Peter Polites has answered this in his debut novel, Down The Hume, one that seems like a likely successor to Christos Tsiolkas’ Loaded.... Read More | Share it now!

Book Review: Jane Rawson’s From the Wreck is a haunting blend of fact and fantasy

In 1859, the steamship Admella sinks off the coast of South Australia. One of the few survivors is George Hills, who never quite manages to shake the events of the wreck. But George is haunted by more than just the cost of his survival, as a creature from another dimension who survived in the guise of a woman on board, attaches herself to his family, desperately seeking refuge and the last remnants of her own kind.... Read More | Share it now!

Adelaide Fringe Festival Review: Anya Anastasia Rogue Romantic – Royal Croquet Club (Performances until 19th March)

As we take our seats in the Black Forest at the Royal Croquet Club, we spot a lone figure in a flowing red dress slumped over an onyx grand piano. Around her three other figures are cleaning and sweeping. Oblivious to the crowd around her, she begins a piano melody, a sad song about loneliness. There’s something in her eye. It’s just glitter.... Read More | Share it now!