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IN THIS EDITION All The World’s A Circus Barnum, Russian Circus ZIRK! and Cirque Du Soleil...
Todd Joins The Circus
It’s Todd McKenney’s toughest challenge yet - singing whilst walking and...
Diary of a Busy Opera Singer
Being in one major production at a time is more than enough for most performers. Imagine...
Megan Hilty at Opera House
Brisbane Performance Added Tony Award®-nominated Broadway favourite and television...

Latest Reviews

Murray Music and Drama’s production opens with a tribute and dedication to Doris Day, star of...
Catch Me If You Can
This musical version of the popular movie is based on an incredibly true story and...
The Pillowman
It is easy to understand why this script won various awards, as it relates a story that...
Swansong
Swansong has returned for a short season at Theatre Works before the show heads off...

The Show Business Directory

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Book Nook’s Play Tips
Mary Sutherland from the Australia’s Performing Arts...

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Tips From Costumes Without Drama
Costuming school productions has a different set of...

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Choosing Australian Plays – Bringing our Stories to Life
Stage Whispers readers are being offered a three-month free...

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Open Day for Stage ‘Aladdin’s Cave’
Sydney based scenic supplies company Yeo Creative Solutions...

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We Will Rock You Rocks
We Will Rock You has blasted off around Australia. Three...

Sound and Light »

Sound Advice
Artie Jones from Factory Sound shares his tips for trouble...

Theatre Companies »

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

Training »

Strictly Ballroom at WAAPA.
Strictly Ballroom The Musical will quick step, cha cha...

Venues »

Design for New Brisbane Theatre Unveiled
Just short of a year since the announcement was made about...

Stage Briefs

Rehearsals for Hayes Theatre Co’s production of the new musical RAZORHURST start on May 20. Set in Sydney’s Darlinghurst, this exciting new musical, with book and lyrics by Kate Mulley and music by Andy Peterson, will have its...
Squabbalogic in association with the Seymour Centre will present the pre-world premiere of a brand-new Australian musical, The Dismissal, centred on one of the biggest political crisis in Australian political history in the York Theatre from...
Stan Kouros, a co-founder of Actors Centre Australia (ACA), is returning to the stage after a break of almost thirty years to take the role of Walker in the Company of Rogues production of Boy Out of the Country at the Bondi Pavilion Theatre...

Community Theatre

Hunters Hill Theatre (HHT) continue their 2019 season in June with the comedy, Play On! by Rick Abbot, directed by Margaret Olive  Play On!tells the story of a plucky community theatre group trying desperately to produce a murder...
Arts Theatre Cronulla's new production is God of Carnage, a satiric comedy by award-winning French playwright Yasmina Reza, who has been referred to as one of the greatest comedy writers of our time. The play made its London debut in 2008 and...
Castle Hill Players present the farce Leading Ladies by Ken Ludwigat the Pavilion Theatre from 31st May until 22nd June, Leading Ladies is directed by the company's President, Stephen Snars. In choosing his play for the 2019 season, Stephen said...

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

Music: Marc Shaiman. Lyrics: Scott Wittman, Marc Shaiman. Book: Mark O’Donnell, Thomas Meehan. Australian School of the Arts, Sheldon College, Brisbane. Redlands Performing Arts Centre. May, 2019. It's an interesting conundrum - how...
The Sport for Jove Theatre Company is having its largest ever school Shakespeare program in 2019. The season is designed by theatre and education professionals, encompassing full-scale productions, symposiums for HSC students and The Shakespeare...
Young Aussie musical theatre stars from all over the nation embarked on the performance tour of a lifetime in January, which took them to New York City, to the Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta, Georgia, and ended in...