Why Men Keep Frocking Up

Men in dresses have been strolling with us for centuries, but it seems that our appetite for it in Australia’s performing arts is inexhaustible. Martin Portus explores the phenomena with one of our most stylish exponents - Paul Capsis.

From the Greeks to the Elizabethans, from Georgian mollies to Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst, from Betty Blokk Buster to the Footy Show, drag is a constant star but a new wave appears to be sweeping though this century’s teens.

Amahl and the Night Visitors in Adelaide

In excess of half a century is a long time to wait, but at last Adelaide audiences have a chance to enjoy the full glory of Amahl and the Night Visitors, a classic I’m told has not been performed as a fully staged production in South Australia since 1958.

Gian Carlo Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors stands alongside Dicken’s A Christmas Carol as a beloved Christmas story and will be brought to life at the Space Theatre in December by Adelaide producers Emma Knights and Karen Lettice.


The new artistic management team for the Old Fitz Theatre today announced the first six months programming in the 2015 season. Red Line Productions, run by Sean Hawkins, Andrew Henry and Vanessa Wright, have announced six mainstage plays and four late shows as part one of the season, entitled REINCARNATION.

An Evening With Audra McDonald in Melbourne.

Broadway phenomenon Audra McDonald will appear in Melbourne for one-night-only, October 31, 2015.

From Porgy and Bess to Grey’s Anatomy, Audra McDonald has one of the world’s most recognisable faces. Her voice, however, must be heard to be believed.

Immersive Theatre, Pop-Up Style


Australia will soon see one of the hottest examples of immersive theatre.

Frank Hatherley updates his recent Stage Whispers feature on the phenomena.

Submissions Open for 2015 Your Theatrics International Cabaret Contest

The Your Theatrics International Cabaret Contest (YTICC), previously the Australian Cabaret Showcase, will once again undertake heats in major cities across Australia and New Zealand in January 2015. The 12th annual contest will offer contestants a number of exciting developments including a number of new sponsors who will contribute to the ever growing prize package.

Stitching up the Drama Scene: Red Stitch 2015.

Coral Drouyn takes a look at the coming season for Melbourne’s Red Stitch.

Sweet Charity Melbourne Dates

Arts Centre Melbourne is delighted to announce that Sweet Charity, the smash-hit production, will play from 25 February – 8 March 2015 as part of a national tour.

After premiering at Hayes Theatre Co in February 2014 Sweet Charity received rave reviews, played to a sold-out audience, and won three Helpmann Awards, including Best Female Actor in a Musical for Verity Hunt-Ballard. Now it’s Melbourne’s time to experience the rough, wrenching, and gorgeous musical theatre experience that left Sydney wanting more!

Merrigong Theatre Company Season 2015

Merrigong Theatre Company has launched its 2015 Season, a year of theatre in Wollongong and surrounds, that celebrates the art of great storytelling.

Highlights include classic Australian stories, two productions from the UK, a musical, family fun, circus, and an interactive show where audience members can choose their own audio adventure.

La Boite Season 2015

For its 90thbirthday year, La Boite Theatre Company has unveiled what it describes as the most culturally diverse 2015 season to grace any stage in the country, ranging from star-studded classics to a story of a Congolese child soldier by one of Australia’s most exciting new playwrights.

Five of the ten writers and directors responsible for its new 2015 Mainhouse productions are women and half of the actors come from non-Anglo backgrounds.

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