James Plays Epic for Adelaide Festival

The combined brilliance of the National Theatre of Scotland, the National Theatre of Great Britain and the Edinburgh International Festival will bring the Exclusive Australian premiere of an extraordinarily powerful historical trilogy to the Adelaide Festival of Arts in February. Lesley Reed reports on The James Plays.

Saturday Night Fever in Melbourne

StageArt Theatre is using quadruple threat performers for its February production of Saturday Night Fever the Musical at Chapel off Chapel. The cast are singing, dancing, acting and playing musical instruments. The Executive Producer Robbie Carmellotti told *David Spicer that Melbourne has so much talent he could have cast it twice over.

How is Saturday Night Fever relevant today?

Bernadette Robinson's White House Songfest

Bernadette Robinson speaks to David Spicer about her latest one-woman songfest drama Pennsylvania Avenue, this time set in the White House, which is touring Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

In Songs for Nobodies Bernadette Robinson channeled five singers and the impact they had on complete strangers. Audiences were stunned at the authenticity of her impersonations that ranged from Maria Callas to Judy Garland.

STC's The Present Broadway Bound

Following its sold-out, critically acclaimed engagement in Sydney, Australia last August, The Present, Andrew Upton’s adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s first play, Platonov, will be presented on Broadway for a limited engagement in the early Winter of 2016.

With the Sydney Theatre Company all-Australian cast including Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh, The Present will be directed by John Crowley. Set and costume design is by Alice Babidge with lighting design by Nick Schlieper. Stefan Gregory is Sound Designer and Composer.

Avante-Garde Exodus From Female Perspective for Adelaide Festival

Adelaide’s 2016 Festival of Arts includes amongst its events some superb and diverse theatre. In her first Festival preview, Lesley Reed reports on Go Down, Mosesan exclusive Australian Premiere from one of the world’s leading avant-garde theatre companies, Societas Raffaello Sanzio.

Jersey Lads at Adelaide Fringe

Promise Adelaide specialises in creating opportunities for South Australia’s up and coming under 21 year-old music and theatre stars. The supremely talented young non-profit performance company secures rave reviews every time it puts on a show. Promise Adelaide now presents a tribute to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons during Adelaide Fringe 2016. Lesley Reed reports.

Fringe Premiere for The Last Time I Saw Richard

Well known South Australian independent theatre company will present a new Australian show at the 2016 Adelaide Fringe in mid-February. The Last Time I Saw Richard is one of only eight 2016 Fringe events to have secured an Adelaide Fringe Cultural Fund grant for the 2016 festival. Lesley Reed reports.

Archie Roach to Headline 2016 Desert Fringe

Port Augusta will get a taste of the Adelaide Fringe for the ninth annual Desert Fringe in March 2016, featuring a program of local and international talent, a twilight concert headlined by world renowned performer Archie Roach and a host of local artists including many talented Aboriginal performers.

With 19 artists over two days and a wide range of activities to suit all ages (many of them free), there’ll be no excuse to stay away from this year’s Desert Fringe.

2015 Sydney Theatre Awards

The Sydney Theatre Awards for 2015 were presented on January 18, 2016, at a gala ceremony at the Paddington RSL.

Best Mainstage production went to Belboir's Ivanov, Best Independent production was Sport For Jove's Of Mice and Men, while the award for Best Main Stage Musical production was taken out by Matilda, with the award for Best Independent Musical going to Blue Saint Productions' Violet at the Hayes Theatre Co.

The Light in the Piazza for Adelaide Fringe

A soaring tale of love, passion and forgiveness hits Adelaide Fringe 2016, as prolific Adelaide musical theatre company Davine Interventionz stages The Light in the Piazza for Adelaide Fringe 2016. Lesley Reed reports.

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