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Coral Drouyn looks at the dreaded audition process which all performers face at some time in their...
Vale Tony Gould
Memorial event postponed. The arts in Australia lost one of its most fervent champions...
2020 Helpmann Awards Cancelled
Live Performance Australia (LPA) has today announced with deep regret the annual Helpmann...
Green Room Awards Ceremony Goes Ahead Online
With the onslaught of COVID-19 and the mass shutdown of public events across Victoria and...

Latest Reviews

This musical is like a good slow cooking recipe. You add all the ingredients, leave it in a pot and...
À Ố Làng Phố
Haunting and scenic, accessible and engaging this amazing Vietnamese Circus, directed by...
Mamma Mia!
Australians can take much credit for the success of Abba, the group who these originally...
Running with Emus
The beautiful dulcet tones and clarity of Julie Nihill’s voice and the sincerity of...

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Stage to Page 2020
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How to Guarantee a Full House
Theatre companies love having their opening night full, but...

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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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Playing with Light
Multi-award-winning Nick Schlieper talks to Martin Portus...

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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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Climbing The Acting Treehouse
The roles keep rolling on for Central Queensland...

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Adelaide's World of Stages
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Stage Briefs

Arts educators have warned the industry needs urgent new funding, or risks facing collapse from the twin pressures of COVID-19 and funding cuts. The warning follows the announcement on April 3 that dozens of arts organisations have missed out on...
In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the executive team and board of the new Melbourne Festival have made the decision to postpone the inaugural festival until 2021.  The decision has by no means been taken lightly, but we...
A Message from Arts Centre Melbourne Workers in the performing arts across the state are experiencing the immediate and devastating impact of event cancellations and venue closures due to COVID-19. From independent artists and small companies...

Community Theatre

Well, maybe not! But when you are a community theatre with a significant diversity of activities, that’s what it seemed like to Ipswich Little Theatre Society members. Our very first casualty was the pantomime production in rehearsal by our...
For St Luke’s Theatre Society, 2020 meant many changes.  Firstly, because of construction work on their home premises, they had to find alternate premises for the year.  They negotiated with the Anglican Christ Church at Yeronga....
The Stage: The Pavilion Theatre Castle Hill, home of Castle Hill Players The date: 19th March 2020 The play: Andrew Bovell’s Things I Know to be True The Director: Me! (Carol Wimmer). In a less tumultuous world, this production of Bovell...

Stage Heritage and History

David Williamson - Australia’s most prolific and successful playwright - is calling an end to his remarkable career of 50 years. Martin Portus reviews his legacy. Note: This article was originally written for the March / April 2020 edition of...
There was a time when imported stars always scored the leading roles in musicals staged in Australia. Leading lady legends Nancye Hayes, Toni Lamond and Jill Perryman, and dancer Kevan Johnston led the charge to showcase local talent. Peter Eyers...
Dr Rodney Seaborn dedicated himself to the development of Sydney theatre 33 years ago by establishing a philanthropic foundation to restore Sydney theatres, support the creators of new productions and to collect and preserve cultural heritage. He...

Schools on Stage

Can teenagers change the world? Playwright Dan Giovannoni thinks so and his play, commissioned by the Melbourne Theatre Company, shows how it can be done. Stage Whispers: What is title about? Dan Giovannoni: It is a play about moments and...
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...