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In This Edition • Les Misérables on Tour • Theatre celebrates the year of...
Sweet Verity’s Rhythm of Life
From a perfect in every way nanny to a dance hall hostess, Verity Hunt-Ballard has...
Gravity-Defying Physical Theatre for Adelaide Festival
French Physics graduate and student of architectural acoustics Aurélien Bory was...
Poetic Epic Transformed Into Stunning Sensory Experience
Begun soon after he completed Ulysses and published in 1939, James Joyce’s...

Latest Reviews

On a rough-hewn platform stage, with its seemingly endless nooks and crannies for musicians and...
Azimut
Director Aurélien Bory’s collaboration with the acrobats who perform his...
A Show From Nothing
With only two chairs to aid them in creating a theatrical scenario, Noah Tavor &...
This Is Not A Love Song
What would you get if the makers of High Fidelity had adapted it to the stage as a...

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Let’s Put on a Show: New Releases November 2014
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Put Your Cast Into A Spin
For over ten years Tim Hawkins has been bringing together...

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Stage Management: The Glue that Holds a Production Together
By Marcus Pugh from Resolution X Once the curtain opens,...

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Radio Microphone Nightmare
Using your old radio microphone became a criminal offence...

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70 Years of Regal Entertainment
One of Sydney’s oldest and proudest musical societies...

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Acting Coach to Oscar Winners Downunder
World-renowned acting coach Larry Moss is conducting four-...

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Rising From The Rubble.
Christchurch’s historic Isaac Theatre Royal re-opened...

Stage Briefs

The Production Company has announced its 2015 season of three musicals, to be performed for short seasons at Arts Centre Melbourne. First up is West Side Story, for a season of ten performances from July 11 in the State Theatre. Gale Edwards directs...
Controversial theatre blogger David Jude Allen, known as 'Diva Knows Best' has closed down his website after being inundated with complaints about his latest target for criticism. The ‘diva’ made headlines when he famously...
NSW Premier Mike Baird and Deputy Premier Troy Grant today (February 24, 2015) announced plans for major upgrades to the Sydney Opera House and Walsh Bay Arts Precinct. Mr Baird said a re-elected Baird Government would create a $600 million Arts and...

Community Theatre

Dust off your hip-hugging flares, your platform shoes and warm up your disco dance moves. Redcliffe Musical Theatre (Queensland) brings the music of the Bee Gees back to their childhood stomping ground with the World Community Theatre Premiere of...
Mary Poppins will fly around numerous Australian community theatres in 2015, yet again challenging the technical ingenuity of many of our companies. The newly released mega musical is clearly the hot new choice on the circuit, and we look...
After an 18 year absence from Australian stages, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical EVITA plays at the Princess Theatre, Launceston in March 2015. Bringing to life the dynamic, larger-than-life persona of Eva Perón, wife of former...

Stage Heritage and History

The colourful and surprising history of those who played in Australia’s convict theatres is now published as an Ebook by Currency House. Martin Portus reports that as well as the odd riot and rude thespians there were quality performances and...
The age-old tradition of Stage Door Johnnies is alive and well in Melbourne (albeit in slightly updated form) for the star of Legally Blonde. Coral Drouyn explains. Way back in the 1880’s, when “Musical Comedies” and “Music...
When Maggie Moore (Mrs J C Williamson) left her marriage for a man fifteen years her junior, she took the theatrical couple’s international hit with her. Leann Richards reports. In 1894 theatre impresario J C Williamson was a very unhappy man...

Schools on Stage

Presentations for the winners of the Music Theatre Guild of Victoria's 28th Annual Bruce Awards were held on December 13, 2014 at the George Woods Performing Arts Centre, Yarra Valley Grammar. The Junior Winners are: Junior Production of the...
The integration of live performance and the magic of the big screen is more popular than ever. Brad Jennings and Steven Maxwell have been pioneers of the art form. Their company Markwell Presents was founded in 2002 after the school teachers met and...
Its alumni include international artists Human Nature; musical director, pianist and composer John Foreman; 2013 The Voice finalists Diana Rouvas and Darren Percival; ARIA winners Paulini and Angus and Julia Stone; musical theatre stars David Harris...