Theatre Review: Muriel’s Wedding: The Musical is a neon-coloured explosion through our culture

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!

Photo Gallery: Muriel’s Wedding: The Musical lights up Sydney’s Roslyn Packer Theatre

Muriel’s Wedding: The Musical kicked off its world premiere performance at Sydney Theatre Company’s flagship Roslyn Packer Theatre earlier this month. It’ll be enjoying performances on the stage until the 27th of January 2018. To give us a taste of what to expect, our photographer Nathan Atkins went along and brings us back these photos.... Read More | Share it now!

Theatre Review: STC’s The Father could not be in better hands than those of John Bell (Performances to 21st August)

Dementia is a truly terrifying condition, one that attacks the very sense of self. It affects not only the sufferer but also those closest to them in the most distressing of ways. In Sydney Theatre Company’s production of The Father this distress is both portrayed and felt keenly, even when the play itself deliberately makes no direct mention of the term.... Read More | Share it now!

Interview: Geraldine Hakewill talks about her upcoming role as Lady Macbeth and how Shakespeare’s work continues to translate in 2017

It’s one of Shakepeare‘s most famous tragedies and the Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC) is bringing Macbeth to audiences with a modern day touch. Starring none other than Aussie actor Jai Courtney in the title role and Geraldine Hakewill as Lady Macbeth, this is sure to be an outstanding season of Australian theatre. Macbeth opens next week and the cast are knee-deep in rehearsals, but amazingly, Hakewill kindly spared us some time out of her schedule to share her thoughts on this venture, and how Lady Macbeth is still relevant in 2017.... Read More | Share it now!

Theatre Review: Chimerica delivers on high visual and performance quality (at Roslyn Packer Theatre until April 1st)

Beginning in 1989, Chimerica brings us Joe Schofield, an American Photojournalist stationed in Beijing. Sitting in his hotel room during the Tiananmen protests, he manages to snap the all-famous photograph of Tank Man – a young student standing defiantly in the way of a line of tanks. Fast forward to 2012 and Joe, now back in New York, is faded and hungry to resurrect and rediscover himself. After a tip-off that the Tank Man may still be alive – and even living in New York – he risks everything to track him down and crack the story.... Read More | Share it now!

Theatre Review: Away is an enduring look at life, conflict & the family Christmas holiday (Sydney Opera House until 25th March)

Michael Gow’s Away is one of Australia’s most popular plays and this latest production makes it easy to see why. The current Sydney Theatre Company and Malthouse Theatre Production sees the play return to its second home at the Sydney Opera House (the show played here one year after it debuted at the Stables Theatre in 1986.) It’s a story that is in some ways deceptively simple and in others is quite layered and complex in its symbolism, imagery and references to different texts. This is a portrayal of three different Australian families going away on holiday in 1967 and one that remains an important and vital slice of home-grown theatre.... Read More | Share it now!