Music: Sergei Prokofiev. Choreography: Ben Stevenson. Conductor: Andrew Mogrelia. Queensland Ballet. Playhouse, QPAC, 5-20 April, 2013

Queensland Ballet started off its year with Cinderella and judged by the audience response it was a popular choice. The season had been sold-out before it began.

The first ballet under the leadership of its new artistic director, Li Cunxin, this production of Cinderella was created in 1970 by Ben Stevenson for National Ballet in Washington DC, who has been present in Australia during the restaging by Texas Ballet Theatre’s Tim O’Keefe.

Driving Miss Daisy

By Alfred Uhry. Directed by David Esbjornson. Comedy Theatre, Melbourne. From April 6th, 2013.

I am not going to review this astonishing night of theatre. Critics across the world have been topping each other with superlatives, and even inventing new words for this production. Any extra evaluation is superfluous.

Stage Whispers has previously reviewed this remarkable production during both its previous seasons in Brisbane and Sydney.

Instead, I would like to offer a heartfelt “Thankyou” to everyone involved.

Luminous Flux

Tasdance. Choreographers: Tanja Liedtke (Enter Twilight) and Byron Perry (Light Entertainment). Riverside Theatre, Parramatta. April 5 & 6, 2013.

Wikipedia defines luminous flux as the “perceived power of light adjusted to reflect the various sensitivity of the human eye to detect different wave lengths of light” – a fitting title for this production from the feisty Tasdance ensemble. It is contemporary, abstract, physically exacting , visually compelling – and very exciting.


Adapted by Nick Dear from the novel by Mary Shelley. Ensemble Theatre Production. Sydney Opera House March 27 – April 13, 2013 and Ensemble Theatre, April 17 – May 4, then touring nationally.

Regular Stage Whispers reviewer David Spicer took to the Red Carpet with his daughter Rebecca, currently studying the novel Frankenstein for her HSC, for opening night of Frankenstein at the Sydney Opera House. She shares her perspective, having dissected Mary Shelley’s original in HSC English classes.


By Stephen Vagg. Brisbane Arts Theatre. 23 March – 20 April 2013

It’s always exciting when a new play arrives and even more so when it is set locally about familiar characters.

Leap of Faith: Circus in Motion

National Institute of Circus Arts. Artistic Director – Matthew Jessner. 4 - 13 Apr 2013

Leap of Faith: Circus in Motion showcases the talents of 24 final year Bachelor ofCircus Arts students from NICA, the only training institute of its kind in Australia, providing professional training through a 3 year Bachelor of Circus Arts.

Performing in their state-of-the-art, purpose built facility these extraordinary young people leapt, spun and bounced their way through 70 minutes of contemporary circus. The physical strength, flexibility and dexterity displayed were amazing in this well rehearsed show, which flowed beautifully from act to act.

Girl in Tan Boots

By Tahli Corin. SBW Stables Theatre. Collide and Griffin Independent. April 1 – 20, 2013

Hannah hasn’t turned up at her parents’ house as usual for a meal on Sunday. She isn’t taking calls. She hasn’t been seen since Friday evening. Her mother (Odile Leclezio) reports her missing and Detective Carapetis (Linden Wilkinson) begins investigating. 

Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2013

Our Reviewers are out and about at the Comedy Festival.
Just the Two of Each of Us

The Pajama Men. Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio. April 4 – 21.

The Addams Family

Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. Music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa. Based on characters created by Charles Addams. Capitol Theatre, Sydney. Opening Night: March 23, 2013.

Dancing off black and white TV screens onto the stage, The Addams Family now springs to life in its own joyous musical comedy, playing at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre.

Based on the Charles Addams cartoons that inspired the TV show, black, white and shades of grey still provide the broad palette, allowing judicious splashes of cleverly placed colour to illuminate plot and character in striking designs.

The Birdmann & Tigerlil

Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, Brisbane, 21 & 22 March 2013

These are actually independent vaudeville or burlesque acts. They complement each other in style, to make before-and-after halves of a 90 minute show.

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