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The winners of the 2019 Sydney Theatre Awards have been announced, with 35 Awards presented, shared...
STAGE WHISPERS MAGAZINE: JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2020 EDITION OUT NOW!!!
  IN THIS EDITION Shrek The Musical Beyond the green make-up of Shrek The...
Musicals in 2020
Shrek the Musical Based on the much-loved DreamWorks movie, Shrek the Musical opened on...
Black Cockatoo Script Excerpt
The Sydney Festival and the Ensemble Theatre are teaming up to present the World Premiere...

Latest Reviews

Of course you know David Suchet from his role in Agatha Christie’s Poirot. With 70 episodes...
The Intervention
Independent theatre company French Santa has two productions in this year’s Fringe...
Bed Bug Zoo
Sweet, visually fascinating and whimsical, Bed Bug Zoo is a little charmer of a show with...
The Visitors
Jane Harrison’s intriguing new play imagines seven Aboriginal men watching and...

The Show Business Directory

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Stage on Page 2019
Peter Pinne’s collected book reviews from 2019...

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Opera Goes Digital
Opera Australia has recently invested in some stunning...

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Choosing a School Play or Musical
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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...

Sound and Light »

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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NIDA Summer 2020 Courses for Adults
New confidence for a New Year with NIDA summer classes...

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Adelaide's World of Stages
When we consider theatrical venues the first image that...

Stage Briefs

Fans of Anthony Warlow will get another chance to enjoy his talent  this year, on the high seas. The popular leading man is the headline act on the 2020 BRAVO Cruise of Performing Arts. Known for his astounding performance in the title...
The movie adaptation of Cats has been mauled by critics. The film which opens in Australia on Boxing Day was mocked on-line when the trailer was released,  giving a preview of the digital adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit musical....
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Community Theatre

Shakespeare may be turning in his grave, but this show (which has become a cult classic) contains all 37 of his plays – plus his sonnets - in just 97 minutes! Described by the Los Angeles Herald as “Shakespeare written by Reader's...
The Koorliny Arts Centre was the big winner of the 45th annual Robert Finley Awards held at Perth’s State Theatre Centre on January 18, taking out six categories including Best Musical for The Boy From Oz (pictured left). The awards...
The 25th annual CAT Awards has been postponed due to the bushfire crisis. Organiser and founder Coralie Wood said "many theatre companies involved in the Awards operate along the coast of NSW and in the Southern Highlands and alpine region...

Stage Heritage and History

As Australian opera companies collaborate to revive a ‘national treasure’, Peter Wyllie Johnston takes us through the 30 year history of this landmark Australian musical. The national tour of Jimmy Chi’s 1990 ‘breakthrough...
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...

Schools on Stage

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...
By Lionel Bart. Directed by Beth Parkinson. Mazenod College, Lesmurdie, WA. July 20-27, 2019 Mazenod College’s production of Oliver! might almost be described as "Oliver! - The Arena Spectacular". Performed in the round, in...