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With the onslaught of COVID-19 and the mass shutdown of public events across Victoria and the...
Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2020 Cancelled
Media Release Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2020 has been cancelled, following the South...
Morning Melodies to go on at Arts Centre Melbourne
Arts Centre Melbourne will start to broadcast upcoming Arts Centre Melbourne performances...
Mass Theatre Closures
New restrictions announced yesterday by the Prime Minister limit the number of people...

Latest Reviews

This musical is like a good slow cooking recipe. You add all the ingredients, leave it in a pot and...
Mamma Mia!
Australians can take much credit for the success of Abba, the group who these originally...
Running with Emus
The beautiful dulcet tones and clarity of Julie Nihill’s voice and the sincerity of...
Pirates of Penzance
Platinum Entertainment’s production of Pirates of Penzance is one of their best...

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How do Women Directors Get a Greater Share of the Chair?
Why are women directors in film and theatre still in a...

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

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Climbing The Acting Treehouse
The roles keep rolling on for Central Queensland...

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Stage Briefs

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the executive team and board of the new Melbourne Festival have made the decision to postpone the inaugural festival until 2021.  The decision has by no means been taken lightly, but we...
A Message from Arts Centre Melbourne Workers in the performing arts across the state are experiencing the immediate and devastating impact of event cancellations and venue closures due to COVID-19. From independent artists and small companies...
Producers John Frost, Suzanne Jones and Ambassador Theatre Group Productions are disappointed to announce that the Australian seasons of Dolly Parton’s hit musical 9 TO 5 will be postponed. "The priority for the producers is the well-...

Community Theatre

For St Luke’s Theatre Society, 2020 meant many changes.  Firstly, because of construction work on their home premises, they had to find alternate premises for the year.  They negotiated with the Anglican Christ Church at Yeronga....
The Stage: The Pavilion Theatre Castle Hill, home of Castle Hill Players The date: 19th March 2020 The play: Andrew Bovell’s Things I Know to be True The Director: Me! (Carol Wimmer). In a less tumultuous world, this production of Bovell...
Stage Whispers Perth correspondent Kimberley Shaw shares ways of making your audience and company as safe as possible during the outbreak of Covid 19.  Be aware that advice is changing very quickly, so little theatres (with an audience under...

Stage Heritage and History

There was a time when imported stars always scored the leading roles in musicals staged in Australia. Leading lady legends Nancye Hayes, Toni Lamond and Jill Perryman, and dancer Kevan Johnston led the charge to showcase local talent. Peter Eyers...
Dr Rodney Seaborn dedicated himself to the development of Sydney theatre 33 years ago by establishing a philanthropic foundation to restore Sydney theatres, support the creators of new productions and to collect and preserve cultural heritage. He...
As Australian opera companies collaborate to revive a ‘national treasure’, Peter Wyllie Johnston takes us through the 30 year history of this landmark Australian musical. The national tour of Jimmy Chi’s 1990 ‘breakthrough...

Schools on Stage

Can teenagers change the world? Playwright Dan Giovannoni thinks so and his play, commissioned by the Melbourne Theatre Company, shows how it can be done. Stage Whispers: What is title about? Dan Giovannoni: It is a play about moments and...
The Heights School Players (SA). Golden Grove Arts Centre, Golden Grove. August 16-18, 2019 “The course of true love never did run smooth.” One of William Shakespeare’s most famous quotes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream....
Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg. Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer. Original French text byAlain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel. Additional Material by James Fenton. Adaptation by Trevor Nunn and John Caird. Scotch College, Torrens Park, SA. July 26...