State Theatre Company of S.A. Season 2013.

Two world premieres, including one State Theatre Company commission, two commissioned adaptations of classics and two co-productions with other major Australian theatre companies are amongst the shows on offer in the first program from new State Theatre Company of South Australia Artistic Director Geordie Brookman, and CEO/Producer Rob Brookman.

Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award 2012: Entries Close Oct 3.

Applications for the Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award 2012 for the development of a play or other approved performing arts project close on October 3.  The winner will receive a cash prize of $20,000 making the Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award one of the richest in Australia.

Dr. Seaborn came to prominence in the performing arts community when in 1986 he purchased the Stables Theatre, Kings Cross which in turn led to the establishment of the Seaborn, Broughton and Walford Foundation dedicated to supporting the art form which was so dear to his heart.

2012 Helpmann Award Winners Announced

The 2012 Helpmann Awards®, celebrating excellence and achievement in 41 categories of live performance in Australia, were announced at a Black Tie ceremony at the Opera Theatre, Sydney Opera House, on September 24.

2012 Helpmann Awards® Presented Tonight

The 2012 Helpmann Awards® Ceremony will be held tonight, Monday 24 September at 8pm at Opera Theatre, Sydney Opera House, whilst the After Party will be held at Marquee at The Star. Simon Burke will host the Awards Ceremony.

Elle’s Legally Blonde Sorority Sisters

After a brief media peek at some of the songs from Legally Blonde The Musical, just prior to the first preview performance on Friday September 21, Stage Whispers’ Neil Litchfield had the chance to chat with Renee Burleigh, Ashlea Pyke and Chloe Zuel, who play Elle’s sorority sisters Margot, Serena and Pila.

Forum Fever

It has officially started - Forum Fever. Three of its smiling victims, Mitchell Butel, Shane Bourne and Bob Hornery, diagnose their symptoms, and for Coral Drouyn the laughs prove infectious.

Summer Season 2012 / 3 at Arts Centre Melbourne

Arts Centre Melbourne will present a comprehensive Summer Season from December 2012 through February 2013, its first for many years. Summer at Arts Centre Melbourne will feature a program of local and international theatre, dance and live music performances and activities.

The theatrical highlight, the much anticipated Australian premiere of War Horse, is set to inspire other artistic and exhibition spin-offs, amidst a variety of theatrical and musical events.

OVO Ovation

Cirque du Soleil’s latest extravaganza has opened in Sydney – the second stop on its national tour.

David Spicer describes the production as elegant and stylish.

His favourite characters were the flying Butterflies.A pair combine hand-to-hand, ballet, contortionand an aerial flying act on a rope that allows them to swoop and land, leap and fly in perfect unison.

Keeping the insects in harmony is the Assistant Artistic Director Jennifer Bender. David netted this interview.

2013 Season at Belvoir

Belvoir (Sydney) has announced its 2013 Season of 13 productions across both upstairs and downstairs theatres.

Belvoir’s 2013 Season is about growing up, or not. About taking chances and attempting to right wrongs. It’s about finding your place in a messy, chaotic world.

Artistic Director Ralph Myers kicks off the year with Peter Pan, a work for adults and children alike with a team of fabulous clowns and headed by the funny/dangerous Meyne Wyatt (pictured left) as the boy who wouldn’t grow up.

Genevieve Lemon

On the eve of her return to the Melbourne stage for Fat Swan, with an imminent return season of Death of a Salesman to follow in Sydney, Genevieve Lemon is interviewed by Stage Whispers’ Coral Drouyn.

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