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In This Edition   Mamma Mia! -Thank You For The Music Three divas who never tire of singing...
Barry Humphries: The Man Behind the Mask
Celebrated Australian performer Barry Humphries AO, CBE will take Australian audiences on...
Bachelor Gal
New one woman comedic cabaret Bachelor Gal premieres on November 17 & 18 at the...
A Starry Wizard of Oz
Peter Pinne talks with stars Anthony Warlow, Lucy Durack, Jemma Rix and newcomer Samantha...

Latest Reviews

Last night I saw something that made me very sad. The Lonesome West was one of the best plays I...
Wanted – one body!
Written by British actor and playwright Charles Dyer, Wanted – one body! has been...
The Importance of Being Earnest
Oscar Wilde is the master of the comic line and the memorable phrase and there are many...
Let the Right One In
Black Swan State Theatre Company’s final production of 2017 is a very dark...

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Gravity - Debut Album by Jemma Rix
Dubbed the best female vocalist in Australia, musical...

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Costume, Prop and Special Effect Marketplace
New Plymouth Operatic New Plymouth Operatic have a...

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Choosing a Show - School Releases
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Students’ Throats Slashed
A report into how students at a New Zealand High School had...

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Director’s Diary: The Who’s Tommy
Jessica Lovelace directed Tommy for the Blue Mountains...

Sound and Light »

Dazzling Club Lights
Souths Juniors’ Leagues Club was rocking to Hot...

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Theatres In The Middle Of Nowhere
Thespians are flying the flag in the most remote parts of...

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Summer Creativity Recharge at NIDA
Summer is the perfect time to open your mind to new...

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Australia’s Best Suburban Theatre
It’s on the same stretch of water as the Sydney Opera...

Stage Briefs

Melbourne musical theatre company StageArt has announced the shows that will be included in the upcoming 2018 season. All three shows will play at Prahran’s Chapel off Chapel. “All three productions are character-based...
Davine Interventionz Productions has confirmed that composer and pianist John Bucchino will be playing for the South Australian Premiere season of IT'S ONLY LIFE during the 2018 Adelaide Fringe festival. This production focuses on the...
Luckiest Productions (Sweet Charityand Little Shop of Horrors), is combining forces with One Eyed Man Productions (Calamity Jane), in association with Hayes Theatre Co, to present the celebrated musical Gypsyfrom 18 May 2018 at the Hayes Theatre Co...

Community Theatre

There is no better way to finish off the 2017 season of plays at The Pavilion Theatre, Castle Hill than with a murder mystery thriller farce, Wanted – One Body!  which opens on Friday 17 November and runs until Saturday 9 December. With...
Farce is one of the most entertaining forms of theatre! Highly exaggerated, extravagant, and thus improbable situations propel the action. It is also characterized by physical humor, the use of deliberate absurdity or nonsense, and broadly stylized...
DEATH comes to us all – but in the case of Roleystone Theatre’s November / December 2017 production of Terry Pratchett’s Mort, he offers the title character a job. Dying of Alzheimer’s in early 2015, Pratchett was the UK...

Stage Heritage and History

It was only fifty years ago that Police would raid theatres to arrest and charge actors with obscenity. Jenny Fewster, the Project Manager for AusStage, recounts a time when ending up in jail was a performance risk. Artist Michael Gordon Brown...
In the late Nineteenth Century the Wild West proved a sensation for Australian and New Zealand theatre audiences. In those days respect for indigenous people and animal rights were not a consideration. Jenny Fewster from AusStage reports. On the 8th...
John Bell’s direction of Bell Shakespeare’s The Tempest in 2015 is a fitting farewell to just one part of his life, and the symbolism of a man who has created magic, abandoning his island for a new life in retirement is lost on no-one....

Schools on Stage

Mark McDowell from Yourshow Pty Ltd has some handy hints. Budgets for school musicals are usually set in stone, i.e. “the same as last year”. The bean counters will tell you the maximum you can spend and that is that. Some schools give...
Saturday 21st Oct, 2017 – Aotea Centre, Auckland. Saturday 28th Oct, 2017 – Civic Theatre, Newcastle. OzTheatrics and AMICI Trust, in collaboration with international partner iTheatrics and sponsor Music Theatre International,...
By Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. Cecil Andrews College. Directed by Celeste Underhill. Cecil Andrews Performing Arts Theatre. Sep 14-17, 2017 Cecil Andrews College presented Grease (the schools version) in their performing arts centre. The...