2010 CONDA Awards

The 32nd Annual CONDA Awards (City of Newcastle Drama Awards), held at Newcastle’s Civic Theatre last night (Friday, December 17, 2010), saw the evening’s awards in 23 categories spread across sixteen productions and twelve companies.

The CONDAs recognise achievement in both professional and non-professional theatre within this lively theatrical community, where a total of 70 productions were eligible for consideration in a twelve-month period to October 31, with 44 productions receiving nominations in one of more category.

Jason Robert Brown to Tour

Multi-award-winning Composer Jason Robert Brown will tour Australia in February/March 2011

Following sell-out concerts in New York, Europe and the West End, the Tony Award-winning composer, Jason Robert Brown will perform The One Night Only Tour in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth.


Nominations were announced today (December 16, 2010) for the Sydney Theatre Awards for 2010, which will be presented at a gala ceremony on Monday January 17 at 6pm at the Paddington RSL.

Ewen Leslie: Our Next Big Thing

Frank Hatherley chats with Australia’s hottest actor.

I’m waiting at the Wharf Theatre to meet next year’s Prince Hamlet. It’s the Sydney Theatre Company’s Wharf and Ewen Leslie will be the Melbourne Theatre Company’s Hamlet.

Ewen Leslie is Australian acting’s Next Big Thing.

Sydney's Annual Cabaret Showcase Goes From Strength to Strength


Toby Francis won Sydney's 8th Annual Cabaret Showcase in the Grand Final held at The Basement on Monday 20th December. Toby is a graduating AIM Music Theatre student.

WAAPA graduate Gillian Cosgroff was theThe Showcase Award winner, and becomes the standby performer, in the event that Toby Francis is unable to fulfill his obligations to the Festival sponsors.

The Victorian Drama League 14th Annual Awards Presentation Evening 2010

Last night’s Victorian Drama League 14th Annual Awards Presentation Evening was held at Merrimu Receptions, Dandenong Rd, Murrumbeena. Throughout the year three adjudicators attended twenty-four productions around the state and bestowed awards by category as well as a number of individual adjudicator’s awards.


After 25 years as Australia’s most successful Music Theatre Producer, John Frost is taking a big leap in 2011, by producing two new musicals - Dr Zhivago and An Officer and a Gentleman. It is a big change from his reputation as a first class producer of established musicals such as Wicked and Fame. David Spicer spoke to him during a rare break in his activities.

DS: Max Bialystock (The Producers) said never ever put money into your own shows. Do you put money into your own shows?

Sydney Season for Todd’s Boy From Oz Return

He was the original Boy From Oz. Now Todd McKenney has picked up the maracas once again. A two-week Sydney season has now been announced at the Capitol Theatre from March 2, following the Production Company’s sell-out Melbourne season in August and a return Melbourne Summer season from January 5 to 16.

Ten Years of Red Stitch

Melbourne based independent theatre company Red Stitch Actors Theatrecelebrates its 10th anniversary season in 2011. It is unique in its ensemble structure, managed and staffed largely by the actors, with a core team of dedicated technical and design crew.

The ensemble came together in late 2001, principally to create work for actors who weren’t getting opportunities elsewhere, and to produce exciting contemporary scripts that weren’t being performed on Australian stages.

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