Theatre Review: Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday is beautifully honest and an absolute delight to watch

A man and a woman blow out the candles on a birthday cake.

Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday explores the fears and hopes of those looking for direction at the start of their lives and those searching for peace at the end. The cast is made up of three young performers (Aileen Huynh, Izabella Yena and Matthew Connell) and three older performers (Jim Daly, Roger Oakley and Evelyn Krape), each wearing a set of headphones. Scripted from real life conversations, these interactions are played to the actors who recite every word, every sigh, every nuance. Presented by Roslyn Oades and collaborators, I’ve never seen a performance quite like this one. At times incredibly funny, poignant and tearful, the gamut of emotions on stage is varied and deep.... Read More | Share it now!

Review: Blackrock is a powerful, painful, must-see piece of iconic Australian theatre (at La Boite, Brisbane until August 12th)

A group of teenagers come together for a party on the beach. But come morning, a fifteen year old girl is dead, raped and then beaten to death. The work of late playwright Nick Enright, Blackrock follows the aftermath of this terrible act, as the party-goers explore their guilt, whether as perpetrators or as bystanders, and their families come to terms with their sons’ actions.... Read More | Share it now!

Review: The screening of The Wharf Revue by The Actors Benevolent Fund was a fine celebration of Australian satire

The Actors Benevolent Fund is a non-profit, charitable organisation who has been providing financial and practical assistance to professional performers since 1944. They support individuals who are unable to work due to illness, injury or disability. This charity recently held a fundraising night at Dendy Opera Quays where they screened a recording of the 2015 instalment of The Wharf Revue live production. This is a popular, political satire and cabaret show that was celebrating its 15th anniversary at the time. This film was a funny and biting look at Australia’s political and cultural landscapes.... Read More | Share it now!

POPSART: La Boite Theatre’s Blackrock, a brutal tale of sexual violence against women that is still relevant as ever.

The new production of Blackrock, a play written by Nick Enright some 20 years ago, opened at La Boite Theatre in Brisbane last night. Its opening coincided with the acquittal of four men found not guilty of the gang rape of a fifteen year old girl in the Blue Mountains; it’s clear this horrifying narrative is as relevant today as ever.... Read More | Share it now!

Review: Frankenstein is a uniquely different version of Shelley’s gothic book (at Theatre Works until 29th July)

In Theatre Works’ latest showing, Frankenstein gets an 180-degree turn in a shadowy and modern portrayal of a horror icon, however, this portrayal felt overly simplistic despite the theatrical reframing. This premier season directed by Phil Rouse tells the gothic story by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley flipping gender and turning to a somewhat contemporary angle by including songs and sounds from the 80s.... Read More | Share it now!