Popular SA Newsreader A Playwright

What happens when a news reader’s way with words extends beyond the news desk into playwriting?

Answer: a library tour of his latest plays, of course. Lesley Reed reports.

Former ABC TV and BBC World Service newsreader and presenter, John Ovenden is well-known in South Australia, having been a past face of ABC news in the state. John now works as a theatre reviewer, but perhaps less known to locals is the fact that he is also a playwright.

Timeless Beauty

As The Australian Ballet prepares to open its season of Sleeping Beauty in Perth tonight, Coral Drouyn talks to Lynette (Lindy) Wills, former principal artist who is playing the evil Carabosse in this stunning new production.

Sydney Dance Company 2016

Sydney Dance Company has announced their 2016 Artistic Program, comprising two new works from Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela alongside acclaimed choreographies from Sweden’s Alexander Ekman and Adelaide based Australian choreographer Gabrielle Nankivell, in addition to newly commissioned dance works from four up and coming Australian choreographers, yet to be revealed.

Black Swan Celebrates 25 Years With Season 2016

Black Swan State Theatre Company has announced its 25th anniversary season, revealing the hidden places and secret spaces of where they make their work, celebrate theirr past and look to the future. The 2016 Season will deliver three world premieres, five new Australian plays, three WA premieres, two co-productions, a French classic, a modern German classic, a multi-award winning American play and three Malcolm Robertson award-winning plays.

Theatre at the 2016 Adelaide Festival

Highlights of Artistic Director David Sefton’s fourth and final Adelaide Festival of Arts in 2016 include an epic theatrical spectacle among its 32 theatre, music, dance and visual arts events. The line-up includes 8 world premieres, 20 Australian premieres and 18 events exclusive to Adelaide over 18 days from 26 February to 14 March 2016.

Stars, Who Needs Them!

The latest round of cast announcements for big musicals have been long on natural talent and short on celebrity. Has the tide turned away from casting stars from outside the established theatre world? David Spicer reports.

The “Family” Man

Coral Drouyn talks to actor Michael Dalton just one week out from the opening of the Australian Premiere of Jimmie Chinn’s play A Different Way Home.

The Aspirations of Daise Morrow – World Premiere

A quarter of a century after Patrick White’s death the author’s prose undergoes additional creative process as Brink Productions unlocks the theatre in one of his short story texts, creating a brutally funny and profound new play. Lesley Reed reports.

How does one acknowledge, through a theatrical work, the 25th anniversary of the death of Australian writer and Nobel Prize recipient Patrick White?

After all, White’s works were essentially brilliant prose, not drama.

Jacka VC

A new rock and roll musical brings to life the incredible story of an Australian immortal - Victoria Cross recipient Albert Jacka. Jackson McInerney spoke to the director, writer and star William James Smith.

Sydney's Von Trapp Chiildren

Eighteen Sydney children are set bring the hills alive in The Sound of Music at Sydney's Capitol Theatre from December 2015.

Producers Andrew Lloyd Webber, David Ian, John Frost and the Really Useful Group have announced the 18 children who have been cast in The Sound of Music. There will be three different casts alternating in the roles of the six youngest von Trapp children during the Sydney season.

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