I speak from personal learnings when I say that most people are probably unaware that One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was a play on Broadway before it was that classic film starring Jack Nicholson. That the play has even starred the likes of Danny DeVito (who went on to reprise his role in the film), Kirk Douglas and Gene Wilder, our beloved late Willy Wonka. Who knew right? I certainly didn’t! It is this play that Sport For Jove have currently adapted on the Seymour Stage.... Read More | Share it now!
Most people would be familiar with the story of Cyrano De Bergerac – doesn’t ring a bell? – perhaps you’re more familiar with the 1987 film adaptation Roxanne, with Steve Martin as the plays protagonist Cyrano. Written in 1897, the themes of Edmond Rostand’s play are as relevant today as when he wrote it. Questions of what is beauty? What form does it take? What is love and how can we see past false ideals? Courage and identity are highlighted as prominent themes, with the Sport for Jove adaptation being set during the years leading up of the First World War.... Read More | Share it now!
There are some standout performances in White Box’s production of Blackrock, now playing at Sydney’s Seymour Centre, but they’re not enough to lift it to the heights this play deserves. At a time when violence against women remains high in our nation’s consciousness, we need plays like Nick Enright’s Blackrock to hit us where it hurts. This production, unfortunately, lacks a bit of punch.... Read More | Share it now!
You’ve probably heard the phrase ‘wrestling with their inner demons’ – you may even know someone who has. In Institute, English physical theatre company, Gecko, has taken that idea and turned it inside out, giving us a powerful and beautiful physical representation of the inner workings of the human mind.... Read More | Share it now!
Native Earth Performing Arts’ Sydney Festival offering, Huff, is arresting, confronting, and oddly comedic. Immensely talented writer and performer, Cliff Cardinal, ensures the audience is continually unsettled, and you will find yourself laughing at circumstances that are far from funny. If you’re looking for a feel-good night out, safely ensconced behind the theatrical fourth wall, this is not it. But as an experiment in physical storytelling and audience alienation, Huff is deserving of your time.... Read More | Share it now!
The Seymour Centre is known for its innovative and provocative productions, and 2017 looks to be no different. In its seventh year, the Reginald Series present unique performances from some of Australia’s leading small and independent arts companies. With work that touches on transgender and gender issues, violence against women, future technologies and speaking out against societal injustice, the line-up is electric.... Read More | Share it now!
The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare’s tale of a woman “tamed” by a man, has seen many adaptations over the years, but perhaps none so clever as the latest offering from Sport for Jove. Set in Hollywood during the silent film era of the 1920s, a time of strong women – both on the silver screen and in the streets for women’s Suffrage – we see film star Bianca (Lizzie Schebesta) being fought over by her co-stars Hortensio (Terry Karabelas) and Gremio (Barry French). However, her father Babtista (Robert Alexander) has proclaimed that she will not marry until her elder sister Katharina (Danielle King) is wed first, trouble is she is the most feared of beings – a shrew – and no man will touch her. Hortensio and Gremio are united in their search to find a man to tame the shrew and Hortensio employs the skills of his friend Petruchio (James Lugton) who is keen to wed.... Read More | Share it now!