Book Review: This Must Be The Place by Maggie O’Farrell

In the small hours of the morning, film star Claudette Welles took her young son Ari, got into a rowboat and disappeared, leaving behind her lover, Swedish filmmaker Timou, and an unfinished film. Some years later, in the Irish countryside, linguistics academic Daniel Sullivan stumbles across her, and, abandoning his wife and children in the US, stays, building a life in a collapsing house in the middle of nowhere. Setting out for America when his father takes a bad turn back in Brooklyn, Daniel hears news of an old girlfriend’s death, some thirty years earlier, and alters his plans, sending him to England for answers, and placing his entire life in Ireland in jeopardy.... Read More | Share it now!

Opera Review: Simon Boccanegra – Sydney Opera House (Performances until 13th August)

Giuseppe Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra presents the tragic story of naval hero Boccanegra (George Petean) who experiences great loss when the mother of his child, Maria, dies. Her father, Jacopo Fiesco (Giacomo Prestia), resents him and insists the only way in which to achieve redemption in his eyes is to hand his granddaughter over to him. Sadly he has no idea what has become of his daughter, who was given to an elderly woman to raise but disappeared after the woman died. In the midst of all this there is political drama as the people of Genoa vote Boccanegra as Doge. As we enter into Act I it is twenty-five years later and things are about to get very complicated.... Read More | Share it now!

Why fans of Rocky Horror need to experience Little Shop of Horrors

More than just sharing a noun, The Rocky Horror Show and Little Shop of Horrors have been born from a similar desire to subvert the norms of the genres they exist in, balancing out the camp absurdity of the very concept of a musical with likeable-yet-exaggerated characters, hilarious dialogue, and a whole bunch of ridiculous but gloriously entertaining scenarios. They’re both musicals for people who don’t like musicals, while also being a favourite among people who do. Go figure.... Read More | Share it now!

Opera Review: Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte – Sydney Opera House (Performances to August 13th)

Cosi fan tutte to me was like a girls movie night at the opera. My friend and I were full of wistful sighs over corsets, eye rolls over relationship silliness, swoons over dashing (yet infuriating) men, endless giggles and pensive frustrations over wondering who will end up with who. All in all- a great night out! Trust Mozart to tell a good story hey?... Read More | Share it now!

Review: Ira Glass, Monica Barnes, Anna Bass: Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host – Sydney Opera House (17.07.16)

In Ira Glass’ own words, this was a melding of two mediums no one ever asked to see in the same show. A mashup (for want of a better term) of radio and interpretive dance, Three Acts, Two Dancers… could be the most pretentious thing you might ever see, but is far from it. The famous broadcaster brings his trademark warmth and wit to the stage, with a veritable range of stories from the This American Life vaults. Interwoven throughout are spectacular dance routines by Monica Barnes and Anna Bass; some as a response to the stories being told, and others as standalone pieces.... Read More | Share it now!

Seven reasons why you can’t miss the spectacular Singin’ in the Rain in Sydney

It’s one of the oldest adages of the stage, but Singin’ in the Rain’s Sydney run – which officially kicked off on Saturday night – has put “the show must go on” very much into practice. The show’s headline star, Adam Garcia, who sustained an injury during one of the final Melbourne performances, won’t be appearing in the first month of dates. So, the show has started without him, with two understudies  – Grant Almirall and Rohan Browne – alternating performances as Garcia’s iconic Don Lockwood. It was Grant who graced the stage for opening night, with he and the cast delivering stunning performances in a show which is, without question, one of the most spectacular productions ever to grace the stage in Australia. Here’s seven reasons why you can’t miss it:... Read More | Share it now!