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Stunning performances by its actors propelled Beautiful: The Carole King Musical to an upset win in...
2018 Helpmann Award ACT I Winners
Muriel's Wedding the Musical was the big winner with five awards, on Sunday 15...
Amy Lehpamer - School of Rock Headmistress
In the role made famous by Joan Cusack in the hit film, Amy Lehpamer will button up,...
Inside The Mind of a Genius
The National Theatre’s stunning Tony and Oliver Award winning production of The...

Latest Reviews

Deluxe Deluxe There’s always a sense of anticipation with a new show from Strut and Fret, and...
The Antipodes
Annie Baker’s The Antipodes is set in a television ‘writers’ room...
Macbeth
Director Rufus Norris sets his Macbeth in a dystopian world, in the chaos, barbarity and...
Good Muslim Boy
A portion of Osamah Sami’s 2015 memoir Good Muslim Boy has previously been adapted...

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The Smitten Scientist
Paper Cuts- a new collection of thirty-six contemporary,...

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Costuming a School Musical.
Jennifer McKenzie from Stage School Australia draws on her...

Finding a Show »

Choosing a Show: New Releases
Music Theatre International Australasia Chitty Chitty Bang...

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Useful Apps For Theatre Groups
Daniel Pepperell from Music Theatre New Zealand has the...

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We Will Rock You Rocks
We Will Rock You has blasted off around Australia. Three...

Sound and Light »

The Wonder of Gobos
Patterns and images called gobos are often used to create...

Theatre Companies »

80 Years of History for University of Adelaide Theatre Guild
The University of Adelaide Theatre Guild can boast many...

Training »

Lighting An Audience
NIDA’s 2017 October season of student productions...

Venues »

New Theatre to Deliver More Performing Arts for Queenslanders
The Palaszczuk Government will deliver a new $150 million...

Stage Briefs

From over 90 entries for the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award 2018-19 (QDPA), and the trio of finalists revealed earlier this year, Brisbane writer David Megarrity has won with his tender and lyrical family-oriented play, The...
Harbour stage in 2019, though this time it might be more appropriate to dub it Musical on Sydney Harbour Taking one of the most iconic works of the 20th century out of the theatre and onto Opera Australia’s outdoor stage will see years of...
Producer LPD in association with Hayes Theatre Co has announced several of the cast members for the upcoming Australian Premiere of the rockabilly musical, Cry-Baby. Playing at Hayes Theatre Co from 20 July, Cry-Baby is ...

Community Theatre

Picture someone who’s shy and doesn’t like to meet people – and then imagine how that disadvantage might be turned into a side-splitting comedy. It’s all part of Serial Productions’ latest show The Foreigner,...
David Spicer attended the 58th national conference of Musical Theatre New Zealand, where amateur theatre companies fight for the rights for the best shows to serve up to their highly developed audience. On the far north of the South Island of...
As part of the celebrations for Rockdale Opera's 70th Anniversary, there’s a special exhibition at Mascot Library and George Hanna Memorial Museum, 2 Hatfield Street Mascot, from 9 June till 7 July, 2018.   Exhibits include...

Stage Heritage and History

Legendary Australian composer Peter Stannard died in March 2018, just months before a star-studded concert revival of Lola Montez, the musical he penned sixty years ago, is staged at Sydney’s Riverside Theatre. In his last interview Peter...
Jenny Fewster from Ausstage reports. In late 19th century Australia, theatre fires had become so common that one of the most popular medicines of the time was advertised under the somewhat misleading headline, “A Theatre on Fire”....
Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s (QPAC’s) latest free exhibition Puppet People: A Snapshot of Australian Puppetry is on view in the Centre’s Tony Gould Gallery untilthe end of January 2018. Beth Keehn reports. Not long ago...

Schools on Stage

Based on the Disney Movie by Peter Barsocchini. Xavier Catholic College, Skenners Head, Ballina. Director: Naomie Fitzgerald. June 28th – 30th, 2018 With more than 110 cast members, this was a mammoth production. Staged in the multi-...
Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar. Music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison.Rosny College (Tas). Darren Sangwell (Director) Andrew Castles (Musical Director) Janelle Stowe (Vocal Director). Set (Adrianne Daley and Maddie Smith) Costumes...
By W.S Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. Additional material by Melvyn Morrow. Directed by Lisa Laurino. Gibney Hall, Trinity College, Perth, WA. May 10-12, 2018 Perth’s Trinity College is renowned for its excellent choirs and music program, but it...