Interview: Mamma Mia!‘s Alicia Gardiner is a Two-Time Dancing Queen

There are some familiar faces in the new touring cast of Mamma Mia!, which opens in Sydney this week. Not only does Alicia Gardiner light up our screens as Kim Akerholt on Offspring, audiences returning to Mamma Mia! may also recognise her. Nearly 20 years ago, Alicia was part of the musical’s Australian premiere cast. I started by asking her what drew her back to the music of ABBA…... Read More | Share it now!

10 years on and Priscilla Queen of the Desert stills stands as one of Australia’s best musical productions

A decade doesn’t seem like very long ago, especially when reminiscing of the very first time I saw this magical production make its debut. Priscilla Queen of the Desert transitioned from screen to stage when the concept of a movie-musical was still quite new, but cut to 2018, and it is almost the norm for the creative landscape. This Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott story is so special in so many ways, transcending generations especially when we are in Australia’s most socio-political climate regarding gay marriage and gender equality.... Read More | Share it now!

Strangers in Between is yet another triumph for Tommy Murphy (Performances until February 11)

In what is another standout dramatic piece of writing from playwright Tommy MurphyStrangers in Between is a heartwarming tale of friendship and self-discovery. As part of this year’s Midsumma Festival theatregoers were treated to an extraordinary piece of work led by three of Australia’s greatest male actors; Simon Burke, Guy Simon and Wil King. Directed by Daniel Lammin, is an Australian story so many can relate to, with a real sense of wit and sass.... Read More | Share it now!

Caryl Churchill classic Top Girls takes to the stage in The Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Theatre Company is kicking off their 2018 season with the Caryl Churchill classic Top Girls, and will be hitting the stage from 12 February to 24 March. The production is directed by STC Resident Director Imara Savage with an extraordinary all-female ensemble including Helen Thomson, Kate Box, Michelle Lim Davidson, Paula Arundell and Heather Mitchell.... Read More | Share it now!

Interview: Kate Brennan on RIOT! the Dublin Fringe Show Taking Melbourne by Storm

Kate Brennan is no stranger to the stage. The acclaimed Irish actress has performed in everything from a production of The White Devil at Shakespeare’s Globe, to appearing on the small screen on HBO’s The Tudors. Now, she is performing alongside a stellar ensemble of Irish performers in a one-of-a-kind show, RIOT! This celebration of Irish talent combines everything from drag performance, to circus stunts, and even throws in some Irish dancing for good measure.  We caught up with Kate to talk us through what to expect from this Dublin Fringe Festival smash hit.... Read More | Share it now!

Theatre Review: American Idiot‘s Adelaide debut proves to be as much rock show as it is theatre

From the very first riff at the beginning of the title track, American Idiot sounded different. Even in 2004 – when baggy jeans were still cool and I was still using a CD Walkman (because iPods were too expensive) – I knew this was going to be huge. Not being old enough to have experienced the effect that rock concept albums had on people during the 60’s and 70’s, I still somehow knew that American Idiot was going to become my generation’s Tommy.... Read More | Share it now!

Sydney Festival Review: The Town Hall Affair argues the need for more lively feminist debates

The original “Town Hall” debate was no ordinary affair. So it should come as no surprise that the one-act play based on this historic event is no ordinary piece of theatre. The show comes courtesy of New York’s The Wooster Group and rather than a straight, re-telling of an already chaotic feminist discussion, they inject other forms of media and theatre to provide one rich and lively show.... Read More | Share it now!