The Art of Seeming Craftless

As “The Laramie Project” – the most critically acclaimed production of 2012 in Melbourne – goes into its final week, the cast took some time out to chat with Coral Drouyn about the process of ensemble acting.


In this Edition.

• Sondheim and Rush on their way to the Forum.

• Hot Tickets in 2013: Musicals, Plays and Operas.

• David Hobson: Tenor turns key to musicals.

• Theatre Programs - Who needs them? Who wants them?

• Boys Will Be Boys (and Girls) - All-male Pirates of Penzance.

• Brett Sheehy: MTC’s new Artistic Director.

• Dad builds theatre in memory of daughter.

• Making sets on a budget.

Adelaide Festival 2013: Theatre and Dance

The 2013 Adelaide Festival runs from March 1 to 17. The program, announced on October 30, 2012, includes a wide range of international and Australian theatre and dance productions.


Adelaide Festival returns to international theatre commissioning with Nosferatu, a psychological vampire thriller from Polish director Grzegorz Jarzyna and his Warsaw based theatre company TR Warszawa.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Preview

Melbourne’s Forum To Premiere Sondheim’s Unsung Lyrics

Lucy Graham was at the media preview of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at Her Majesty's Theatre, Melbourne today (October 25), where she spoke with cast members including Geoffrey Rush.

According to Geoffrey Roy Rush, Melbourne audiences will be treated to Sondheim’s ‘as yet unperformed lyrics’ when the show opens at Her Majesty’s Theatre this Saturday.

Auditions for 2013 Hot Shoe Shuffle National Tour

Auditions to find the new Tap Brothers commence in 2 weeks.

Update link - key cast members announced.

One of the most successful Australian Musicals of all time is coming back to the Australian Stage. The hot and fast paced Tap Dance musical comedy featuring the big band hits of the 1940s, Hot Shoe Shuffle is touring Australia in 2013.

Theatre and Opera Seasons 2013

Theatre and opera companies across Australia and New Zealand have been busy announcing thir 2013 seasons.

Below, we've gathered links to our coverage of the various seasons for your convenience.

Sydney Theatre Company

Melbourne Theatre Company

Griffin Theatre Company

Tim Winton’s Dirt Music on stage as Signs of Life.

Tim Winton is becoming the new David Williamson of Australian theatre. Adaptations of his novels are best sellers on the stage. First there was Cloudstreet, adapted by Nick Enright, then Rising Water last year, and in 2012 Black Swan Theatre Company’s production of Signs of Life, touring Western Australia before it arrives at the Sydney Opera House in November. Constantine Costi speaks to the Director Kate Cherry.

Good Things Come in Senior Packages.

Jane Clifton, shortly to appear in John-Michael Howson’s More Sex Please … We’re Seniors! at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre, speaks to Coral Drouyn.

Chitty Chitty Samba

Director, Roger Hodgman invited the media into the Rehearsal Room of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang today to watch a run through of the big song and dance number ‘The Bombie Samba’.

‘The Bombie Samba’, performed by Baroness Bomburst (Jennifer Vuletic), Baron Bombhurst (Alan Brough) with the Vulgarian chorus and takes place during the Baron’s big birthday bash.

David Williamson: Addicted to Playwriting

Managing Carmen – a play about a cross-dressing AFL footballer - is the latest blockbuster in the making from David Williamson, set to open in Brisbane, Perth and Sydney. Frank Hatherley meets Australia’s best-known dramatist, without his high heels on.

David Williamson announced his retirement from playwriting in 2005. He was drained, he had a major heart problem, he’d been hospitalised half a dozen times and, anyway, he was “out of fashion”.

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