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.


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.

Songs to Celebrate

Squeezed between the MICF, the MIJF, and the forthcoming Melbourne International Cabaret Festival, the Melbourne Recital Centre presents The Great American Songbook Festival. Coral Drouyn urges you all not to miss it and talks to one of the stars, Johanna Allen, about a very special show.

Miles Davis (just to drop a name) said, “music and life are all about style,” and it’s no secret that the musical style of the Great American Songbook transformed the sounds of America in the 20th century.

Far More Than The Bear Necessities of Fun For Adelaide Kids

This July, Adelaide’s school holidays promise a treat for littlies when Windmill Theatre and Adelaide Festival Centre present Bear With Me, produced by Metro Arts. Lesley Reed reports.

Children are invited to bring their own teddy bears along to the Space Theatre when Brisbane ukelele duo *Tyrone and Wesley deliver this playful and interactive musical tribute to the teddy bear.

Bring It On The Musical For Sydney

Inspired by the 2000 film about interschool cheers squad rivalry, Bring It On The Musical plays at the NIDA Theatres, Kensington (NSW) from June 27.

Bring It On The Musical tells the story of the challenges and unexpected bonds formed through the thrill of extreme competition when rival high school cheer squads perform explosive dance and aerial stunts, tumbling and flipping across the stage, performing elaborate routines culminating in towering formations of human pyramids.


Staged in a different Australian city every year and producing its eighth event in July, the National Play Festival is a must for theatre lovers. Lesley Reed reports.

In 2015 the National Play Festival, a fine showcase of contemporary new plays by Australia’s leading playwrights together with new works-in-progress by talented homegrown emerging playwrights, will be hosted by Adelaide.

Acting for Real

Coral Drouyn talks to Jonathan Peck, about to open in his first starring role at The Owl and the Cat in Melbourne.

An illustrious former Prime Minister – Malcolm Fraser – once said “Life wasn’t meant to be easy.” It’s especially true if you’re an actor. Ninety per cent of our actors are out of work at any given time and, whilst a writer can still write; a musician can still play; a designer can still design; an actor needs an audience to act.

A Festival of Fabulous Firsts: Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2015

Brimming with world firsts, a strong Australian flavour and a pinch of F-words, Barry Humphries’ 2015 Adelaide Cabaret Festival will be a smorgasbord of fabulous music, wit and comedy. Lesley Reed previews Humphries’ inaugural curation of an arts festival anywhere in the world.

Fast Five Questions with Keira Daley about Slapdash Song Night!

The next Slapdash Song Night! - motto “Singy-sing, talky-talk, drinky-drink!” - is on Friday June 5, at Ginger’s, upstairs at The Oxford Hotel, 1/132 Oxford St, Darlinghurst.

Guests on June 5 include Shondelle Pratt, ukulele-wielding comedian Jim Fishwick, singer-songwriter Courtney Powell, and the cast of Squabbalogic's upcoming Australian premiere of Triassic Parq.


On a whirlwind publicity trip to Brisbane, movie legends Hayley and Juliet Mills found a few minutes to chat with Stage Whispers’ Peter Pinne about their upcoming play Legends.