Mockingbird Theatre: The Learning Curve

Chris Baldock was doing nicely, building his reputation as a director, winning awards, working with both new and seasoned actors. Yet there was a dream he hadn’t fulfilled, until last year that is. When Chris started his Melbourne-based Mockingbird Theatre Company in 2012 (with a revamped production of his award winning The Laramie Project), he embarked upon the most exhilarating but also stressful phase of his theatrical life.

2013 Olivier Award Winners

Dame Helen Mirren took out the Olivier Award for Best Actress at the 2013 Awards for her performance as Queen Elizabeth II in The Audience, but it was another play, The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, which dominated with seven awards, equaling the record set by Matilda last year.

The awards ceremony at London’s Royal Opera House on April 28, 2013 was hosted by Hugh Bonnevilleand Sheridan Smith.


Blue Man Group, the international entertainment phenomenon, will play an Australian premiere season at the Sydney Lyric, The Star from August 2013.

Bangarra: Blak

Bangarra Dance Theatre premieres Blak, brand new work with stories about a contemporary clan and the collision of two worlds, playing at Arts Centre Melbourne from May 3 to 11. Following the Melbourne season, Blak will tour to Wollongong from May 17 to 18 before being presented at the Sydney Opera House from June 7 to 22. The production will then be presented in Canberra (July 11 to 13) and in Brisbane (July 18 to 27) for the final leg of the national tour.

Bolshoi Ballet for Exclusive Brisbane Season

For the first time in twenty years Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet will perform in Australia. Peter Pinne reports.

The Bolshoi Ballet will perform Le Corsaire and The Bright Stream in their season when they play the Lyric Theatre, QPAC, 30 May to 9 June, 2013. It follows on the success of The Hamburg Season in 2012, and is the second in the QPAC International Series, a joint initiative by QPAC and Events Queensland.

Happy 80th Sheila Bradley

Before the rise of Toni Lamond, Nancye Hayes, Marina Prior and other home-grown stars, our musical theatre stars came for overseas. Most stayed only for the length of the production, but a few fell in love with us, and we with them, and they stayed to become the cornerstones of our industry.

Circus Oz: Under Construction

The weather was undecided, the hard-hatted media had to negotiate building site puddles, but the Circus OZ troupe didn’t miss a beat when they posed for the cameras in Melbourne yesterday ahead of World Circus Day on Saturday 20th of April.

Australia’s Busiest Playwright

Joanna Murray-Smith talks to Coral Drouyn about her amazing year.

Vale Don Reid

The distinguished actor and playwright Don Reid passed away peacefully at 5pm on Tuesday April 9, 2013 after a fall the previous day.

2013 Adelaide Cabaret Festival

Adelaide Cabaret Festival Artistic Director Kate Ceberano has upped the ante this year with four divas making their Adelaide Cabaret Festival debut, including both the original good and bad witches of Broadway smash hit Wicked, Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel as well as Cassandra Wilson and Molly Ringwald. (Idina Menzel pictured left - photographer Robin Wong)

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