Book Review: Michael Peppiatt’s Francis Bacon in Your Blood is a fascinating exploration of the artist, the author, and a decades long friendship

As a young student in Swingin’ Sixties London, Michael Peppiatt met the star of British contemporary art, Francis Bacon. Initially just hoping to secure an interview for a university magazine, what followed was thirty years of friendship, late nights, copious amounts of champagne, and an interview that never really ended.... Read More | Share it now!

Book Review: Helen Razer’s The Helen 100 is a brutally honest look at heartbreak and BBQ chicken

There was the bride stripped bare and now there’s the dumped stripped without a care. In The Helen 100, broadcaster and writer, Helen Razer is disarmingly honest in recounting the aftermath of the breakdown of her 15-year relationship. It’s a tale that thumbs its nose at traditional, dating self-help guides and instead offers something more funny and grounded in reality (the pain and heartbreak may be real but Razer sure does know how to make ‘em laugh).... Read More | Share it now!

Adelaide Fringe Festival Review & Photo Gallery: Sirqus Alfon I Am Somebody – UKIYO, Royal Croquet Club

As you enter the Ukiyo tent in the relocated and wonderfully expanded Royal Croquet Club near the Adelaide Oval, a disembodied voice on the giant screen tells us to get our phones out. This departure from the usual announcement sets the stage for what is to come. A noise meter measures the loudness of cheering. Not loud enough; do it again. Once we are all primed, the three members of the Swedish troupe Sirqus Alfon come out into the arena, sparsely furnished with an electronic drum kit – and I Am Somebody begins.... Read More | Share it now!

Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Theatre Review: The Trouble with Harry is a play full of depth (performances until March 3rd).

Based on the life of a transgender person, born Eugenia Falleni, The Trouble with Harry explores Harry Crawford’s struggle to live as a man in the 1920s. The harrowing journey covers issues in gender, abuse, family and crime. Through each emotive character, the audience takes a glimpse into what faces a transgender person in a period of ignorance.... Read More | Share it now!

Asia TOPA Review: The Red Detachment of Women is visually spectacular, but politically controversial.

It’s not every night you go to the theatre to see a show and arrive at a protest. Well, that’s exactly what we encountered on the opening night of a very politically charged ballet work called The Red Detachment of Women. It’s important to understand why there is a backlash to such a show and perhaps how it was approved by curator Stephen Armstrong.... Read More | Share it now!