News and Features

Coral Drouyn talks to the creatives of Songs for A New World which opens at Chapel off Chapel on...
Sweet Poison for Blonde Belinda
Coral Drouyn interviews Belinda Giblin. Belinda Giblin became a household name more than...
The Folly of Sondheim
Tyran Parke, director of the very special event Follies in Concert, talks to Coral Drouyn...
Carmen Returns to Sydney Harbour in 2017
Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour returns in 2017 with one of the most well-known and...

Latest Reviews

Choreography is the star of Willoughby Theatre Company’s NSW Premiere production of the...
Nunsense
Nunsense Director Selena Britz and assistant Ruby Faith have done a fine job...
Ghost The Musical
Ghost The Musical, on the final leg of its Australian tour, opens with a sudden flurry of...
The Taming of the Shrew
Sport for Jove made its debut with this artful, magical retelling of the Shrew back in...

The Show Business Directory

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Kerrie Anne Greenland Releases her Debut Album
Kerrie Anne Greenland, who won the prestigious Helpmann...

Costumes, Props and Sets »

Avoid Costume Wardrobe Horrors
Tracey Nuthall from Costumes Without Drama reports. The...

Finding a Show »

School Musicals News
New from Hal Leonard. www.halleonard.com.au Chitty Chitty...

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Top Tips for Stage Makeup
Opera Australia’s expert Makeup Artist Carl D'...

Production Team and Crew »

Director’s Diary: The Who’s Tommy
Jessica Lovelace directed Tommy for the Blue Mountains...

Sound and Light »

Sound Design Behind Bars
Greg Ginger from Outlook Communications volunteered for...

Theatre Companies »

Mustering Cattle To Treading The Boards
In sixty years the Ballina Players in northern New South...

Training »

Bring It On WAAPA
The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts’...

Venues »

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

Stage Briefs

Australia’s Suzie Mathers is set to star as Glinda alongside West End and Broadway star Rachel Tucker as Elphaba in the London production of Wicked from Monday 5 September 2016. Suzie Mathers and Rachel Tucker will lead the award-winning...
The Royal Shakespeare Company, Louise Withers, Michael Coppel and Michael Watt announced today that Lucy Maunder will join the Australian company as Miss Honey for the Brisbane and Perth seasons of Matilda The Musical. The...
Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, Titanic The Musical tells the stories of the people on board and the men and women who determined their fate. In the final hour of April 14th, 1912 the RMS Titanic,...

Community Theatre

A QUINTESSENTIALLY Australian story, mixing drama, humour and home truths, is the latest offering from ARENAarts as the play in question celebrates its 30th anniversary. Written by Michael Gow and directed by Christine Ellis at the Latvian Centre...
The second production for 2016 at Arts Theatre Cronulla is Ken Ludwig’s Moon Over Buffalo. Director Tom Richards has assembled a talented cast d to carry off this comic play. Combining slapstick and sexual innuendo with comic farce, the play...
During May 2016, Manly Musical Society is staging the musical that redefined and re-invigorated modern musical theatre in the 1970s, going on to become Broadway’s longest running musical at the time. A 10 time Tony award winning musical, A...

Stage Heritage and History

In the late Nineteenth Century the Wild West proved a sensation for Australian and New Zealand theatre audiences. In those days respect for indigenous people and animal rights were not a consideration. Jenny Fewster from AusStage reports. On the 8th...
John Bell’s direction of Bell Shakespeare’s The Tempest in 2015 is a fitting farewell to just one part of his life, and the symbolism of a man who has created magic, abandoning his island for a new life in retirement is lost on no-one....
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...

Schools on Stage

Music and Lyrics by Lawrence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin. Book by Heather Hach. Directed by Brendan Carroll. The Peninsula School. Frankston Arts Centre (Vic). May 19th –May 21st, 2016 When I reviewed PLOS’ stupendous ground-breaking...
How to make your school/venue the ultimate walk around set AND save money AND blow everyone away AND how to write a play for 150 people. Drama teacher Donna Prince shares her secrets. I am in a pretty amazing situation. I have a school that trusts...
Music: Claude-Michel Schonberg. Lyrics: Herbert Kretzmer. Original French Text: Alain Boublil & Jean Marc Natel. Based on the novel by Victor Hugo. Director: Joanna Pearson. Musical Director: Shane Tooley. Downlands College, Toowoomba, 28-30...