News and Features

According to the media release, Barry Humphries puts the ‘F’ back into festival with...
Five for Fun
Coral Drouyn explores some of the theatre on offer at this year’s MICF. The...
Where the Science Ends is Where the Artistry Can Begin
Dr Lindsay Zanno touring paleontologist with Walking With Dinosaurs The Arena Spectacular...
Matilda: First Australian Cast Announcements
The Royal Shakespeare Company, Louise Withers, Michael Coppel & Michael Watt today (...

Latest Reviews

Seamlessly and expertly put together, Absinthe is a wild and wonderful erotic romp made up of a...
AIDA
It’s a warm, autumn Sydney evening.  In the clear, blue sky a half moon rises...
Avenue Q
Oh what a delicious and totally satisfying dessert Trifle Theatre Company give us for...
Piece of Cake
The Kransky Sisters are a unique part of Australian entertainment landscape and the...

The Show Business Directory

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The Nick Enright Songbook
Edited by Peter Wyllie Johnston (Currency Press $49.95) The...

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 »

Hot School Shows
Legally Blonde the Musical and Legally Blonde the...

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Just The Ticket
Putting on a school theatre production these days is a...

Production Team and Crew »

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

Sound and Light »

Technical Tips for Schools
Stage Whispers asked our technical gurus for their most...

Theatre Companies »

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

Training »

Studying Drama in London
The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London is...

Venues »

ADELAIDE FESTIVAL CENTRE: $90 MILLION FOR MAJOR REDEVELOPMENT
Today (March 15, 2015) the South Australian Government has...

Stage Briefs

Stage Whispers is excited to support a new theatre web comedy series .... A Long Way From Broadway. The series tells the story of a small town New Zealand musical theatre society. Each episode will center around a musical number that celebrates what...
Blue Saint Productions in association with Hayes Theatre Co are thrilled to premiere the 2014 Broadway revival of Violet in Australia. Violet is a musical with music by Jeanine Tesori and libretto by Brian Crawley based on the short story The...
Daryl Somers is set to return to the spotlight in a new production of the all-singing, all-dancing Hot Shoe Shuffle. The Triple Gold Logie-winning star of Hey Hey it’s Saturday, Family Feud and Dancing With the Stars joins the cast for the...

Community Theatre

Ian Fleming’s wonderful family tale Chitty Chitty Bang Bang couldn’t be further removed from his famous James Bond series, except perhaps for the fact that very imaginative and fantastically equipped motor vehicles feature in each. Now...
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...
4000 Miles spotlights the relationship between Leo and his grandmother Vera, as it bumps and veers over the span of one month. Castle Hill Theatre’s production of the play, written by Amy Herzog and based on her own feisty grandmother,...

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

Stage Whispers is excited to release its second edition of SPARK. Click HERE to read it. The School Performing Arts Resource Kit is an electronic magazine providing tips on all aspects of putting plays and musicals on stage. There are sections on...
CONNECTED, a new Australian musical aimed at teaching kids about the dangers of cyber bullying, is about to tour NSW schools. Writer Craig Christie speaks to Neil Litchfield about the musical. OMG! LOL! Teenage kids today can’t function...
By Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. Directed by Kerri Hilton. Musical Direction by Alicia Walter. Xanten Centre, St Norbert College, Queens Park, WA. 25-28 March 2015. St Norbert College staged this quirky little musical in their own theatre...