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Acting The Truth

For writers and actors it’s been a challenge since Shakespeare made up Richard III.  How do you play an invented character who’s an inaccurate version of a real life one standing there in the wings? Martin Portus explains the dilemma from his vantage point, on stage in the world’s best known Holocaust play.

Poor Richard may have been freshly unearthed but he long ago lost that propaganda war.

He’s doomed to be always the hunchbacked villain.

“Something Great is Coming”

West Side Story opens this week with a stellar cast, and our Coral Drouyn talks to Choreographer Michael Ralph about re-creating Jerome Robbins original choreography.

The Canterbury Tales Updated by 600 Years

A team of young theatre makers is turning Geoffrey Chaucer’s comedic masterpiece into a “rollicking, surreal and thought provoking night of entertainment.”

This new interpretation of  The Canterbury Tales is half medieval and half community TV talent quest.

Grey’s Lobotomy: A New Australian Musical Comedy

Grey’s Lobotomy, a new musical comedy about the Australian health system by Xavier Brouwer, opens at the Alex Theatre, St Kilda on Wednesday 8 July, playing until Sunday 26 July 2015.

Australia’s medical health system is in a precarious position, and this biting satire explores hospital care and its administration while also examining public health campaigns.

The Book of Kevin

His name’s Kevin, he’s from Queensland and he’s back.

After nearly two years in self-imposed exile, Kevin Rudd is finally prepared to break his silence in his tell-all autobiography ‘Here to help.’

Join the team from Year of the Abbott and Australia Votes 2013 for another satirical send up as they give voice to one of the most fascinating figures in Australian political history in ‘The Book of Kevin’.

Under the NEON Light

Coral Drouyn talks to actress Kasia Kaczmarek about Elbow Room’s new play – the final offering from NEON this season.

Australian Plays Excite Audiences

There’s a new sense of optimism. After going through what one writer describes as a crisis it’s getting easier, albeit slightly, to produce new plays. The healthy crop of new works being performed around the country is proof of the advances being made. Peter Gotting reports.

Anything Goes for Caroline

Australia’s international triple threat Caroline O’Connor has returned to star in the John Frost / Opera Australia production of Anything Goes. She spoke to Neil Litchfield ahead of rehearsals.

Caroline O’Connor’s earliest stage experience included performing imitations of Ethel Merman for her dog. Now she’s about to play one of Merman’s great roles, Reno Sweeney, in the new Australian production of Anything Goes.

Out of The Shadows

The Melbourne Cabaret Festival is upon us and for lovers of 60s music, Coral Drouyn talks to Bree Langridge, who brings her show “Little Diana and The Big Fuzz” to Chapel off Chapel this week.

2015 HELPMANN AWARDS NOMINATED MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCES

Check out video performances from the four 2015 Helpmann Award nominations for Best Musical - Anything Goes, Les Misérables, Dirty Dancing and Once.

Click HERE to see a full list of Helpmann Award nominations.

The winners of the 2015 Helpmann Awards will be announced at the ceremony event on Monday 27 July at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre on the set of Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Les Misérables.

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