Put on your best ABBA outfits because Porpoise Spit’s most iconic export Muriel Heslop is back, and this time she’s singing! A new musical adaption of one of Australia’s most beloved films, Muriel’s Wedding, hits the stage this November and after a long and exhaustive search the new Muriel has been found!... Read More | Share it now!
June is married to Leo, but she’s also having an affair with his twin brother Rob, and her personal trainer Hellmut. And a Catholic priest, John. Leo, meanwhile, is sleeping with Rob’s sister Michelle, his therapist Dr Shaw, as well as the family au pair Melissa. On top of all of this, June and Leo themselves are attempting to ‘spice things up’ as they hit the middle of their road together.... Read More | Share it now!
The Red Stitch Theatre is utterly beguiling. I’m not sure if it is the fact that they are staging a play set in the Victorian era, or the inviting smell of mulled wine that makes me want to talk like this, but one thing’s for sure, it’s fitting. Affectionately dubbed ‘The Red Shed’, Red Stitch is an intimate space, with a limited number of seats and a quaint little stage so close that you find yourself having to repress the desire to jump and belt out a rendition of “Livin’ on a Prayer”.... Read More | Share it now!
If having Jai Courtney in the title role wasn’t enough to draw theatregoers in, let it be known that this modern-day reimagining of Shakespeare‘s Macbeth is like watching a Hollywood blockbuster come to life on stage. Right from the get-go, it’s as if we are immersed into the world of Mad Max with its rough guts and foul play. It’s refreshing to see a new spin on one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays, and under the direction of Simon Phillips, the cast have managed to sink their teeth into and execute these infamous characters.... Read More | Share it now!
The first thing that surprised me about The 7 Stages of Grieving was that I laughed. A lot. With a title such as The 7 Stages of Grieving, laughter was not something I was expecting, but such is the extraordinary talent of writers Wesley Enoch and Deborah Mailman and the exceptional skill of performer Chenoa Deemal.... Read More | Share it now!
Back in February I was privileged to interview Broadway star Sierra Boggess, and I remember getting off the phone feeling every chirpier than I normally am – and that’s a lot! I connected with her in many ways but one attribute of hers which really came through was her outlook on the world. She is a very grounded woman who emanates an energy into the world, and allows that energy to shape and create her existence. Cut to the Saturday night just gone, and I was seeing her live on stage where all of this wonder was explored.... Read More | Share it now!
I was a week late to the game on seeing this one, as I was overseas during opening week, and try as I might I couldn’t help watching as the glowing reviews went up one by one. I mean really, with the likes of Hayden Tee and Matthew Backer I knew Hayes was on another winner, but Only Heaven Knows is quite simply a real beaut (translation from Aussie: a really fantastic musical).... Read More | Share it now!
Blueprint, the new play currently on at the Blue Room, is tremendously watchable and involving thanks to the three actors, Sean Crofton, Jessica Russell, and Phoebe Sullivan. They exude a physicality and agitated nervousness that manages to convey an ambiently compelling story, even if I’m not 100 percent sure what’s happening a lot of the time during said story.... Read More | Share it now!
Melbourne native Stephen Nicolazzo is no stranger to the works of the Victorian era. His previous adaptations of Dracula and The Happy Prince were staged to much acclaim. Now, Stephen is returning to the era with his latest project, the Australian premiere of the Jen Silverman play The Moors. We caught up with him ahead of the opening this weekend, to find out what interests him about the Victorians, and to get the low-down on his process on bringing the text from page to stage.... Read More | Share it now!
The panto is back! Bonnie Lythgoe Productions brings The Adventures of Peter Pan and Tinker Bell to the State Theatre, Sydney from 7-16 July. Starring Australia’s favourite Todd McKenney as ‘Captain Hook’, this world premiere will feature sumptuous glittering sets, spectacular effects, gorgeous fairytale costumes, fantastic song and dance numbers, infectious and riotous comedy, magic and bags of audience participation.... Read More | Share it now!