Love, Actually is one of those Christmas films that had a significant impact on me the first time I saw it. I’ve since seen it more than once, and each time it has elicited a similar set of emotions within me that have confounded many. I absolutely detested the film and felt it was a ridiculously bad use of an incredible cast. I found its glib, surface level postcard views on what love supposedly was genuinely distasteful and it had an impact on me that carried through to the present day. When I heard that there was a show at the Wonderland Festival dedicated to those who either love or hate the film in question, I knew I had to go.... Read More | Share it now!
The Depot Theatre and Secret House have once again worked their magic on a classic, this time bringing Anton Chekov’s The Seagull into the modern era. Stripped back to its heart, this is a compelling tale of the frailty of the mind. Cleverly adapted, beautifully designed and expertly cast, there is nothing to fear from this Seagull – it is immensely watchable and entirely relatable for the modern audience.... Read More | Share it now!
A question commonly asked in arts circles is where all the new Australian musicals are. Surely, they do exist, but grand-scale, blockbuster song-and-dance shows isn’t something we’re generally known for. Hot Shoe Shuffle – arguably Australia’s first hit musical – premiered only 24 years ago, and since then only Pricilla and Strictly Ballroom have made it to West End audiences. Global Creatures’, (who are also co-producers in Muriel’s Wedding) troubled production of King Kong is due to premiere on Broadway in 2018, but the big ape is hardly a representation of our cultural landscape. A national identity that relies on BBQs, sports and pub rock was always going to have trouble squeezing chorus numbers into the mix, yet our audiences flock to international touring shows in droves. So, why don’t we have more of our own?... Read More | Share it now!
All children, except one, grew up. At least, that is what J.M Barrie would have us believe. However, as I sat in a darkened cinema full of a mix of elderly retirees, bright-eyed children and University students all laughing unabashedly at the sight of a bald adult male playing Tinkerbell, I couldn’t help but disagree.... Read More | Share it now!
With a title like Violent Extremism and Other Adult Party Games you can’t help but expect a few controversial laughs. But this new play by Sydney-based writer Richie Black is a cut above and a genuinely funny piece of work. Supported by a very good cast and strong production values, this is yet another triumph for the 2017 Depot Theatre season.... Read More | Share it now!
What is Christmas like with your family? I can guarantee it’s not nearly as dysfunctional as the one depicted in Mary Rachel Brown’s new play, Silent Night. Chock-full of jokes and characters that have to be seen to be believed, this is a play that makes the final rush to the supermarket on Christmas Eve seem like a stroll through the local library. In short, it’s frenetic, festive fun.... Read More | Share it now!