Great Detectives of Old Time Radio Live: National Tour

Successful young entrepreneur Benjamin Maio McKay has detected an interesting niche opportunity and solved it with a perfect blend of stage action, live ‘radio play’ reading and online entertainment, his Great Detectives of Old Time Radio concept. Now it’s ready to tour nationally. Lesley Reed reports.

Great Detectives of Old Time Radio Live was a hit for Preachrs Podcast OnLine & OnStage during the 2015 Adelaide Fringe and was critically acclaimed. However, company founder Benjamin Maio McKay felt the show could be improved.

The Red and Black of Justin Stephens

The Woman in Black, the first production of new theatre company RedFox 3, opens on Saturday 20th August and Coral Drouyn talks to its director and founder.

Back in 2013, a production of The Woman in Black at a small outer suburbs community theatre started everybody talking and picked up every award going. The fact that the play had been running for over 20 years in London may have helped a little, but it was the Gothic Steam Punk vision of director Justin Stephens that caused the buzz.

The Color Purple – Full Cast Announced

From Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning bestselling novel and Stephen Spielberg's Oscar-nominated film comes the Australasian premiere of this Tony Award winning stage musical at Chapel off Chapel, Thursday 13 October until Sunday 6 November 2016.

Spanning four decades and three continents, The Color Purple chronicles the life of Celie, a battered and downtrodden African-American woman. 

It's Curtains for Melissa!

As The Production Company’s second offering for 2016, Curtains prepares to open at the State Theatre this Saturday August 20th, Melissa Langton takes time out to talk to Coral Drouyn.

Ladies in Black Tour Cast Announced

Queensland Theatre Company has announced that the new Australian musical Ladies in Black will tour nationally in early 2017, opening in Sydney on January 3 for its premiere season in the city in which the story is based. The show will then return for an encore season to Brisbane from January 28, before another encore season in Melbourne from February 25, and to Canberra from March 27.

Matthew Bourne’s Lord of the Flies for Melbourne

Sir Matthew Bourne's production of Lord of the Flies, at Arts Centre Melbourne in April 2017, will be an Australian premiere and is exclusive to Melbourne. The performance is an adaptation of William Golding’s classic novel, transformed into a chilling, beautiful and hugely entertaining new production by Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures & Re:Bourne.


Sydney’s Ensemble Theatre has announced its 2017 season of 10 plays, including World Premieres of plays by David Williamson, Kate Mulvany, Kit Brookman and John Misto, as well as a cabaret special event.

OzAsia Festival 2016

This year, the Adelaide Festival Centre’s OzAsia Festival 2016 program features a major arts and cultural focus on Hong Kong including two Australian premieres.

With support from the Hong Kong Economic Trade Office (HKETO) and the Hong Kong Arts Development Council to promote a range of arts and culture from Hong Kong to Australian audiences, the Festival presents:

· Hong Kong Dragon will feature as the main lantern in Moon Lantern Festival, with anticipated audience of more than 40,000 people;

Side Show Twins Announced

One Eyed Man Productions in association with Hayes Theatre Co has announced the cast of SIDE SHOW, due to play a strictly limited four-week season at Hayes Theatre Co from September 23. The Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical tells a stunning tale of sisterhood. With music from the composer of Dreamgirls, SIDE SHOW is based on the remarkable real-life story of conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton and their transition from ‘circus freaks’ to megastars.

Barry Kosky's Saul for Adelaide Festival

The Adelaide Festival announces the return of the Barrie Kosky in March 2017 with his newest production, George Frideric Handel’s Saul. Produced by the Glyndebourne Opera Festival, it will form the centrepiece of the 2017 Adelaide Festival.

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