News and Features

On a whirlwind publicity trip to Brisbane, movie legends Hayley and Juliet Mills found a few...
Brisbane Season Announced for Les Misérables.
Queensland Premier and Arts Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk announced today that Cameron...
Australia Council Cut
Acclaimed theatre and film director Neil Armfield has expressed alarm at the decision...
STAGE WHISPERS MAGAZINE: MAY / JUNE 2015 EDITION OUT NOW!!!
In This Edition • Caroline O’Connor returns for Anything Goes • A new...

Latest Reviews

When Dirty Dancing the movie opened in 1987 it drew mainly adult audiences, but between then and...
The Who’s Tommy
Tommy is a ‘sensation’-al high energy, multi-media rock’n’...
The Book of Everything
Though it may seem a long way to Ferntree Gully, it’s always worth the effort to...
Glengarry Glen Ross
David Mamet may be one of the world's most respected living playwrights, but for me,...

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Into The Woods on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD
Disney’s film version of the Stephen Sondheim /...

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How to Make Props and Sets Sparkle
Master Sydney set builders Bob and Col Peet are on a...

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Cameron Mackintosh Announces Australasian Office for Music Theatre International
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Just The Ticket
Putting on a school theatre production these days is a...

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Not For The Faint-Hearted
Gone are the days when the amateur musical circuit could be...

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Sound Course for Employment
Actors might struggle to get a job after they graduate, but...

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

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Artistic Education of Excellence …
For 34 years now I have been both fascinated and intrigued...

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Bendigo’s Stunning New Prison Theatre
Launching a new theatre is a daunting enough challenge, but...

Stage Briefs

At the Annual General Meeting of Sydney Theatre Company (STC) Chairman David Gonski tonight noted that the result for the theatre operations of STC and the Roslyn Packer Theatre (RPT) for the twelve months to 31st December 2014 was a deficit of $297...
Catherine Alcorn (The Divine Miss Bette, Go Your Own Way: The Story of Christine McVie and Nothing But a Song) is creating a compilation album featuring rearrangements from each production and is calling on fans to help fund the project.  Since...
Griffin Theatre Company has announced the five finalists shortlisted for the 2015 Griffin Award for Best New Australian Play, now in its eighteenth year: Christopher Bryant (Melbourne /Sydney); Stephen Carleton (Brisbane); Kendall Feaver (Sydney);...

Community Theatre

The Guild Theatre at Rockdale in Sydney's south is presenting The Book of Everthing from May 15 to June 13, 2015. Thomas, aged nine nearly TEN is being brave when he carries the neighbour's shopping into her house because all the kids think...
ARENAarts (WA) is paying tribute to the late Terry Pratchett by staging an adaptation of Maskerade, one of his popular Discworld novels, during July 2015. Dying of Alzheimer’s earlier this year, Pratchett was the UK’s best-selling author...
Sharmony Productions has been created by two long standing Brisbane actresses, Sharon White and Sandra Harman, in order to produce quality theatre productions focusing small cast plays which showcase the talents of more seasoned performers, as...

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

Music and Lyrics by Mark Hollmann. Book and Lyrics by: Greg Kotis. Rosny College. Rosny College Theatre, Tasmania. Director: Darren Sangwell. 21 – 30 May 2015 Producing Urinetownthe Musicalmust have been a gift for director Darren Sangwell....
Book: Thomas Meehan. Music: Charles Strouse. Lyrics: Martin Charnin. Coomera Anglican College, Gold Coast.Director: Kirsty Terry. 30thApril – 2ndMay, 2015. I have seen countless professional and community productions of Annie, I have even...
Directed by Kristen Twynam-Perkins. Helena College Performing Arts Centre. A very challenging text for Year 12 Performers, The Laramie Project - 10 Years Later, was superbly performed by Helena College's Year 12 Drama Class, in a very mature and...