Man with a Mission

With the Heart of St Kilda charity concert on 6th September, 2016, Coral Drouyn talks to the amazing Brian Nankervis.

Brian Nankervis is better known to some of us as the marvellous comic beat poet Raymond J Bartholomeuz, or (if you’re a little young to remember the eighties) as the co-creator  and adjudicator of the fabulous Rockwiz, SBS’ great contribution to entertainment and nostalgia. But to the people of  St Kilda, Brian is a local, and a bloody good bloke and they owe him a lot, especially those in need.


In This Edition


Dream Lover, Dream Songs, Dream Story

Talking to the stars and creatives of the new Bobby Darin musical

These Boots Are Made For Dancing

Toby Francis chats about Kinky Boots ahead of its Australia Premiere

Meet Aladdin

Ainsley Melham and his magic carpet ride in the new Disney blockbuster

The Helpmanns

Best Helpmann gags as Matilda makes a clean sweep of musicals awards

Mamma Mia! Returns To Australia in 2017

MAMMA MIA! will tour Australia in 2017 – 2018 commencing its national tour in Canberra in November 2017 before moving on to five other capital cities. The announcement was made by the Hon. Andrew Barr, ACT Chief Minister.

Brisbane’s Double-Dose of Snow White

During September Brisbane has the unusual situation of two different versions of the Grimm Brothers classic fairytale Snow White playing main stages during September 2016. Peter Pinne reports.

First up is the exclusive Brisbane appearance of France’s Ballet Preljocaj performing Snow White as part of QPAC International Series and the Brisbane Festival. It plays the Lyric Theatre, QPAC, from the 2nd September until the 11th.

MTC Season 2017

Melbourne Theatre Company Artistic Director Brett Sheehy AO today (Aug 28, 2016) revealed MTC’s 2017 Season – a collection of works from around the world that celebrate the art of great, live storytelling. 

‘Season 2017 is one of our most exciting yet,’ Brett Sheehy said. ‘The year ahead draws together an enviable assortment of artists to present stories from France, Britain, Ireland, America, India, and, of course, Australia for a season that will bring laughter, empathy, debate and intrigue to all our lives.’ 

A ‘Worldly” Actor

With Around The World in Eighty Days ready to burst onto our stages, Coral Drouyn talks to leading man Ian Stenlake.

Ian Stenlake is exactly what you would expect from one of our most prolific leading men; charming, self-effacing and warm, not to mention easy on the eye, though he admits he was even more so a decade ago.

Don’t Mention The War

Coral Drouyn explores how Fawlty Towers the ‘best comedy of all time’ will translate to the stage.

Groundhog Musical A Big Hit in London

Peter Pinne reports.

With reviewers calling it “an instant classic” and “could be better than the movie”, Tim Minchin’s musical version of the beloved Bill Murray movie Groundhog Day this week received a five star reception when it opened at London’s Old Vic.

Great Detectives of Old Time Radio Live: National Tour

Successful young entrepreneur Benjamin Maio McKay has detected an interesting niche opportunity and solved it with a perfect blend of stage action, live ‘radio play’ reading and online entertainment, his Great Detectives of Old Time Radio concept. Now it’s ready to tour nationally. Lesley Reed reports.

Great Detectives of Old Time Radio Live was a hit for Preachrs Podcast OnLine & OnStage during the 2015 Adelaide Fringe and was critically acclaimed. However, company founder Benjamin Maio McKay felt the show could be improved.

The Red and Black of Justin Stephens

The Woman in Black, the first production of new theatre company RedFox 3, opens on Saturday 20th August and Coral Drouyn talks to its director and founder.

Back in 2013, a production of The Woman in Black at a small outer suburbs community theatre started everybody talking and picked up every award going. The fact that the play had been running for over 20 years in London may have helped a little, but it was the Gothic Steam Punk vision of director Justin Stephens that caused the buzz.

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