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In This Edition • Meet Miss Honey – interview with Matilda The Musical’s Elise...
The Book of Kevin
His name’s Kevin, he’s from Queensland and he’s back....
Under the NEON Light
Coral Drouyn talks to actress Kasia Kaczmarek about Elbow Room’s new play –...
Australian Plays Excite Audiences
There’s a new sense of optimism. After going through what one writer describes as a...

Latest Reviews

When Four Corners broadcast footage of widespread dirty deeds in the Greyhound racing industry, the...
Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts
There is nothing better than hearing a theatre full of children laughing. Wait! Yes there...
Bajazet
Since 2004, Pinchgut Opera has been reviving lesser-known operas of the 17th and 18th...
Peter Pan
Peter Pan flew into Brisbane just in time for the school holidays in a captivating and...

The Show Business Directory

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Elements: Simon Gleeson’s Debut CD
ELEMENTS, the debut album from Musical Theatre star Simon...

Costumes, Props and Sets »

How to Make Props and Sets Sparkle
Master Sydney set builders Bob and Col Peet are on a...

Finding a Show »

ORiGiN™ Now Represent Tams-Witmark in Australia and New Zealand
ORiGiN™ Theatrical has announced that they will...

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So You Want To Shoot An Actor?
Creating a realistic bullet hit on stage has always been a...

Production Team and Crew »

Not For The Faint-Hearted
Gone are the days when the amateur musical circuit could be...

Sound and Light »

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

Training »

New Voices - New Songs
Musical Theatre Wunderkind Matthew Lee Robinson is bringing...

Venues »

Opera House to Upgrade Theatre Machinery in Joan Sutherland Theatre
Sydney – Tuesday, 23 June, 2015: The Sydney...

Stage Briefs

Seven great Australian female singers come together for a very special one-off event at The Sydney Opera House to pay tribute to the late Billie Holiday, otherwise known as ‘Lady Day’. The concert Ladies Sing the Blues, will feature Lady...
The Malthouse Theatre Board has announced the appointment of Matthew Lutton as the company’s Artistic Director. ‘We are delighted that Matt will be taking up the role of Artistic Director as we embark on the next chapter of the company...
Dream Lover, The Bobby Darin Musical – a story about the legendary American singer, actor and musician – will hold its World Premiere in Sydney in 2016. Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres said the musical has been...

Community Theatre

Phoenix Ensemble's upcoming production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is taking comedy all the way back to its roots – to Ancient Rome! Running over five weekends from 7 August at Beenleigh’s boutique Pavilion...
Based on the original operetta Merry Widow by Franz Lehar, and featuring an identical score, Bluegum Widow has a distinctly Australian flavour. Set in the Australian Embassy in Paris 1901, with the action moving to a Parisian apartment, it's a...
The challenge of playing one of the most iconic characters in musical theatre history is what drove Charmaine Gibbs to audition for the lead role in MoonGlow Productions’ upcoming season of Mary Poppins. Now one of Wollongong’s best-...

Stage Heritage and History

On a recent trip to Rome’s Colosseum, Michael Sutton discovered how this world famous icon functioned as a theatre, thanks to a team of German archaeologists. Underground halls were the wings where animals, scenery, performers and Gladiators...
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...

Schools on Stage

The senior students of Scotch College Adelaide have taken on a substantial musical theatre challenge this year. Not content with simply studying Jesus Christ Superstar as part of their theatre education, they have selected the rock opera to perform...
Music and Lyrics by Mark Hollmann. Book and Lyrics by: Greg Kotis. Rosny College. Rosny College Theatre, Tasmania. Director: Darren Sangwell. 21 – 30 May 2015 Producing Urinetownthe Musicalmust have been a gift for director Darren Sangwell....
Book: Thomas Meehan. Music: Charles Strouse. Lyrics: Martin Charnin. Coomera Anglican College, Gold Coast.Director: Kirsty Terry. 30thApril – 2ndMay, 2015. I have seen countless professional and community productions of Annie, I have even...