Review: STC’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is grisly and all kinds of messed up (at Sydney Opera House until 22nd October)

The most recent production of A Midsummer Nights Dream I had seen was The Australian Ballet’s interpretation last year, “The Dream”. The ballet was full of whimsical fairies and enchanted forests, the dancing light and airy as it retold Shakespeare’s fanciful story of love and folly. Here again in the Sydney Theatre Company’s latest adaption of Midsummer there exists that story of love and folly, but replace the word whimsy with haunting, enchanted forests with stark emptiness, the light with darkness and the airy with a heavy dose of seriousness.... Read More | Share it now!

Book review: 1787 by Nick Brodie

Australia Day is a fairly contentious date in the calendar. The idea that Australia began with the arrival of the First Fleet on January 26th 1788 has long been offensive to descendants of the Indigenous Australians who already occupied the land. It also dismisses interactions between Europeans and Indigenous people that predated the landing, and it’s these encounters that form the basis of Nick Brodie‘s new book 1787: The Lost Chapters of Australia’s Beginnings.... Read More | Share it now!

Comedy Review: The Best Medicine: Hannah Boland – Factory Theatre (10.09.16)

Promoting herself as a fresh face in ‘clean comedy,’ Hannah Boland presents a refreshing and unique one–woman stand up show as part of Sydney Fringe Comedy. There is something instantly likeable about Boland as she finds her stride on stage. While clearly pre-planned there is a natural flow to the performance as she jumps from anecdotes about her children to songs inspired by her father.... Read More | Share it now!