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Coral Drouyn looks at HOTA on the Gold Coast, where the arts are thriving. At a time when...
2019 Sydney Theatre Awards Nominations
Nominations have been announced for the Sydney Theatre Awards for 2019, which will be...
Griffin Appoints New Artistic Director
Griffin Theatre Company has announced playwright, director and dramaturg Declan Greene...
Aussie’s Return After Wowing West End
Fresh from a prestigious Olivier Award nomination in London, Bernadette Robinson is...

Latest Reviews

Melbourne Shakespeare Company consistently provides lively and enjoyable outdoor productions of...
Krapp’s Last Tape
Brian Thomson’s set and Veronique Bennett’s lighting at the Old Fitz embrace...
The Little Prince
It may seem a little strange to be reviewing a show that doesn’t open until January...
Handel’s Messiah
Handel’s Messiah, composed in 1741, is an oratorio based on scriptural texts...

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The Australian Musical: From the Beginning
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How do Women Directors Get a Greater Share of the Chair?
Why are women directors in film and theatre still in a...

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Keeping Microphones Hidden
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80 Years of History for University of Adelaide Theatre Guild
The University of Adelaide Theatre Guild can boast many...

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From Peanut Butter to Stage Design
Bethany Fellows knew she wanted to study at the Victorian...

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David Campbell and the SSO Open the Coliseum
Carol Wimmer reports on the opening of this much...

Stage Briefs

The Coalition Government in New South Wales has coughed up $70,000 to help get a musical which lauds former Labor Prime Minister Gough Whitlam to the stage. Independent Musical Theatre Company Squabbologic is one of the big winners from the latest...
David Spicer reports. Producers in Sydney are licking their wounds, with a number of shows struggling at the box office. Despite a thunderous opening night ovation and brilliant reviews the latest adult pantomime from Trevor Ashley has had the...
Preachrs Podcast OnLine & OnStage have announced their five show Adelaide Fringe 2020 season, which includes producing collaborations with UK producer Fragility London and Australian producer Big Mood.    First up, direct from an...

Community Theatre

Draculas Cabaret restaurant was the new venue to host the Gold Palm Theatre Awards formerly Gold Coast Area Theatre Awards) on Monday 2 December 2019. It was the 11th presentation night of the award which covers not only the Gold Coast community...
A TIMELESS classic will be lifted from the page to the stage during November 2019. Adapted by Peter Clapham from Louisa May Alcott’s famous novel, Little Women is being presented by ARENAarts and directed by Christine Ellis at the Roxy...
The November 2019 production at The Guild Theatre is Sufficient Carbohydrate by Dennis Potter. An English businessman and his American counterpart, both employed by the same company, take a holiday with their families on a Greek island. The aim is...

Stage Heritage and History

The good thing about searching the internet is you often come across clips from past musicals that you never knew existed. Frequently archival material surfaces from Broadway shows but it’s rare to find anything from an early Australian...
From prisoners to footballers, from gay men in Broome to Muslims in hijabs, Alana Valentine shines a spotlight on communities shattered by flood, train wreck, abuse and injustice. Martin Portus explores Valentine’s forensic approach to...
MARTIN PORTUS profiles LOUIS NOWRA,  the remarkable talent behind the Australian classic Cosi and much more. A writing career seemed unlikely for young Louis Nowra. Raised in a Housing Commission paddock suburb north of Melbourne without any...

Schools on Stage

The Heights School Players (SA). Golden Grove Arts Centre, Golden Grove. August 16-18, 2019 “The course of true love never did run smooth.” One of William Shakespeare’s most famous quotes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream....
Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg. Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer. Original French text byAlain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel. Additional Material by James Fenton. Adaptation by Trevor Nunn and John Caird. Scotch College, Torrens Park, SA. July 26...
By Lionel Bart. Directed by Beth Parkinson. Mazenod College, Lesmurdie, WA. July 20-27, 2019 Mazenod College’s production of Oliver! might almost be described as "Oliver! - The Arena Spectacular". Performed in the round, in...