News and Features

Guy Edmonds and Haiha Le are playing a newly wed couple in David Williamson’s latest play...
Foxy Moron Gets Jumpy
The creator of Kath Day-Night, television’s ‘foxy moron’, JANE TURNER...
STAGE WHISPERS MAGAZINE: JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2015 EDITION OUT NOW!!!
In This Edition • Verity Hunt-Ballard on Mary Poppins, Motherhood and Sweet Charity...
Fake It ‘Til You Make It
UK Couple Tim Grayburn and Bryony Kimmings unpick the ‘Real Man’ at Adelaide...

Latest Reviews

David Mamet’s plays are normally full of foul-language, testosterone-macho braggards, and...
Madama Butterfly
The 1997 set and costume design for this production is just as stunning as it must have...
Loving Repeating
Once in a rare while a show comes along that somehow transcends the sum of its parts...
Couples
Couples, a one act ‘comedy/drama’ (as the program calls it), is set in a...

The Show Business Directory

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STAGE TO DISC by Peter Pinne: 2014
Matilda (Tim Minchin) (Broadway records/Yellow Sound...

Costumes, Props and Sets »

Extreme Designs
In the east and west, theatre companies have staged...

Finding a Show »

Let’s Put on a Show: New Releases November 2014
From Hal Leonard Australia. www.halleonard.com.au Getting...

Other Goods and Services »

Put Your Cast Into A Spin
For over ten years Tim Hawkins has been bringing together...

Production Team and Crew »

Stage Management: The Glue that Holds a Production Together
By Marcus Pugh from Resolution X Once the curtain opens,...

Sound and Light »

Radio Microphone Nightmare
Using your old radio microphone became a criminal offence...

Theatre Companies »

Many Happy Returns for Genesian Theatre
A small theatre in a large city is celebrating an enormous...

Training »

How Actors Make Ends Meet
So you want to be an actor? How hard is it to get a job...

Venues »

Rising From The Rubble.
Christchurch’s historic Isaac Theatre Royal re-opened...

Stage Briefs

It’s that time of year again for the annual Oz Showbiz Cares / Equity Fights AIDS HATS OFF! returning to the Seymour Centre’s York Theatre on Monday 23 February 2015. HATS OFF! TO THE HITS gathers the stars of Sydney’s musical...
Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) today announced the Brisbane season of The Lion King has smashed box office records making it the highest grossing show in the Centre’s 30 year history. The production also had the second highest total...
Malthouse Theatre’s Artistic Director Marion Potts will leave the company at the end of March to take up a senior position with the Australia Council for the Arts. Upon finishing her tenure with Malthouse Theatre, Marion will take up the...

Community Theatre

Mary Poppins will fly around numerous Australian community theatres in 2015, yet again challenging the technical ingenuity of many of our companies. The newly released mega musical is clearly the hot new choice on the circuit, and we look...
Restoration Comedy a Timely Romp for Adelaide’s Stirling Players Adelaide audiences always look forward to shows in the hands of well-known director Dave Simms because he has the happy knack of choosing plays outside the mainstream, adding...
The house full signs have gone up, but not all community theatre productions of The Phantom of the Opera have gone without a hitch. Sally Alrich-Smythe took time out of a Phantom rehearsal to peer behind the mask. “Don’t even think about...

Stage Heritage and History

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...
In 1873, outside the Melbourne Theatre Royal, a fair young girl, with a face surrounded by reddish gold hair, approached manager Mr Harwood.  In a sweet voice, tinged with a slight Irish brogue she asked, ‘Please sir, can I be an actress...

Schools on Stage

Presentations for the winners of the Music Theatre Guild of Victoria's 28th Annual Bruce Awards were held on December 13, 2014 at the George Woods Performing Arts Centre, Yarra Valley Grammar. The Junior Winners are: Junior Production of the...
The integration of live performance and the magic of the big screen is more popular than ever. Brad Jennings and Steven Maxwell have been pioneers of the art form. Their company Markwell Presents was founded in 2002 after the school teachers met and...
Its alumni include international artists Human Nature; musical director, pianist and composer John Foreman; 2013 The Voice finalists Diana Rouvas and Darren Percival; ARIA winners Paulini and Angus and Julia Stone; musical theatre stars David Harris...