Theatre Review: West Side Story – Riverside Theatre (performances until 20th Feb)

Even if you haven’t yet seen a production of West Side Story, chances are you a probably familiar with one of its very recognisable tunes or melodies. From “Something’s Coming” to “Tonight” to “Somewhere” to even the very “Overture”, you’ll recognize something (eh). But really, seeing them all together in their original setting is the way to hear them. This latest production of West Side Story is just such a place!... Read More | Share it now!

Theatre Review: Treasure Island – Pavilion Theatre, Castle Hill (performances until 27th February 2016)

A pirate is held a knife-point while a young boy watches on.

Based on the classic Robert Louis Stevensen novel and adapted by Ken Ludwig, Treasure Island is a tale of pirates, adventure, treasure and family. Our narrator and protagonist is Jim Hawkins (Jonathon Burt) who, by chance, finds himself in possession of a map and becomes embroiled in a plot to discover hidden treasure. Of course, a band of merry pirates are also after the treasure and mutiny ensues with Jim’s trust sorely tested. Amidst all this swashbuckling is the tale of Jim’s Father’s mysterious death and involvement with the pirates. This is told through anecdotes from Jim himself and partly through his dealings with Long John Silver (Ben Freeman), who considered his father a close friend and was one of the last to see him alive. I confess, I did expect a Darth Vader moment where Long John confesses to being Jim’s Father, but was somewhat pleased it didn’t happen.... Read More | Share it now!

Comedy Review: Dawn French in Thirty Million Minutes – State Theatre, Sydney (Touring Australia through 7th April 2016)

Dawn French has been alive for approximately thirty million minutes (that’s 58 years) and over the course of her two hour performance she is determined to let the audience in on what she’s learnt – as a daughter, a sister, a wife, a mother and a woman. Incorporating an ever changing screen backdrop and a killer soundtrack, French launches into the story of her life from childhood to now through fast paced dialogue, lip syncing and dancing.... Read More | Share it now!

Arts Review: The Barber of Seville – Opera Australia, Sydney (Performances to 22nd March)

Some fun facts about The Barber of Seville that I didn’t know going in is that it is based on a novel and is actually the prequel for The Marriage of Figaro, despite Seville being the work of Rossini and Figaro of Mozart. Having of course seen Opera Australia’s The Marriage of Figaro last year it was a lot of fun to see more of the untold story of the characters in this latest production!... Read More | Share it now!

Review: Blanc de Blanc at Sydney Opera House (Performances Until February 28)

Strut & Fret Production House’s first show of 2016 lands inside the Sydney Opera House Studio, peppered with flesh, flips, spins and a ridiculous amount of champagne. Vintage white and gold is the theme, a little bit of flair if you wish – no biggie. You enter and you’re immersed in a world of Moët & Chandon bottles, sparkles and bubbles laced around tables and chairs amongst both floors of the venue. The lights are bright and beheld is an extravagant yet neat stage – boasting a singular platform atop two spiralling staircases.... Read More | Share it now!

Circus Review: La Verità – State Theatre, Melbourne Arts Centre (21 to 23 January 2015)

La Verità could only be described as a swift fall down a rabbit hole where reality is warped and nothing is as it seems. Surrealist tones are prevalent throughout this offbeat circus extravaganza which revolves around the discovery of one of Salvador Dali’s scrims that was found in a wooden box in a theatre after being forgotten for 50 years. Being a fan of both Dali and circus, I was intrigued to see what beautiful concoction this recipe would produce.... Read More | Share it now!

Sydney Festival Review: In Between Two – Bay 20, Carriageworks (Performances until January 24th)

A premiere show for the Sydney Festival, In Between Two sees two Australian musicians, TZU’s Joelistics and Sietta’s James Mangohig, overlap their stories as mixed-race Asian Australians in Australia’s hip hop culture. Sharing family photos and tales from their heritage, the two share a basic commonality, however their histories couldn’t be more different.... Read More | Share it now!