Sydney Festival Review: Celia Pacquola takes audiences for a ride in “The Looking Glass” (Performances until 19 January)

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Celia Pacquola is (quite literally) everywhere. Turn on the ABC and you’re highly likely to see her face either on Utopia, her own new show Rosehaven or in her AACTA-winning role in The Beautiful Lie. Having built a reputation in standup for the better part of a decade, it’s a natural progression for someone who’s affable down-to-earth humour is quite endearing.... Read More | Share it now!

Yellamundie National First Peoples Playwriting Festival returns this month at Sydney Festival

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Moogahlin Performing Arts‘ biennial celebration of local and international First Nations playwriting, the Yellamundie National First Peoples Playwriting Festival returns later this month. In partnership with Sydney Festival and presented at Carriageworks the festival provides a platform for playwrights, either emerging or established,  from all across Australia.... Read More | Share it now!

Sydney Festival Review: Home Country is a cultural experience not to be missed (Performances through 22 January)

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Urban Theatre Project’s Home Country is not so much a theatrical production as it is a full-bodied cultural experience, and it’s one not to be missed. Over three and a half hours of theatre, music and food, you are immersed into the worlds of others. It is a piece that challenges you to consider your own interactions with the assortment of lives that call Sydney home.... Read More | Share it now!

Sydney Festival Review: Hakawati reminds us why it’s important to switch off technology & engage with people (Through Jan 21)

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The term “Hakawati” may not mean a lot to people today. In fact, you’d probably be forgiven for thinking it was something Japanese. Hakawati actually means the art of storytelling in the Arabic tradition where story time is combined with the breaking of bread or sharing of food. It’s a wonderful concept and has now inspired a stage show, brought to us by the National Theatre of Parramatta, having its world premiere as part of the 2017 Sydney Festival.... Read More | Share it now!

Sydney Festival Review: Ladies in Black is light, bright and fun (Performances to 22 January)

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Based on the novel The Women in Black, by Madeline St John, Ladies in Black is that all too rare thing: an entirely new Australian musical. There is no mistaking the country in which this show is set – from the home-grown accents to the local suburbs referenced in the text, this is a musical that lovingly cherishes everything that makes us true blue. And for that reason you can overlook the few musical miss-steps and overlong first act and just enjoy something a little bit nice, different and unusual.... Read More | Share it now!

Sarah Morrison on donning her black dress again for the Sydney Festival

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Landing the plum role of Lisa in last year’s world premiere of Ladies in Black was a dream come true for Sarah Morrison, who received critical acclaim for her performance. Now, Morrison is set to reprise the role of the young, starry-eyed school-leaver when the show finally hits Sydney next month. I started by asking Morrison whether she still looked at department stores the same way…... Read More | Share it now!

Nathan Maynard talks mutton birds and belly laughs ahead of his Sydney Festival premiere

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Nathan Maynard’s first play, The Season, is making its world premiere next January as part of the Sydney Festival, and the playwright couldn’t be more excited. The ‘season’ of the title refers to the annual mutton-bird harvesting that takes place on remote Big Dog Island, in Tasmania’s Bass Strait. Maynard is a descendant of the chief of the Troowolway Clan of north-east Tasmania. I asked him about his writing and his own experiences with birding…... Read More | Share it now!