Reviews

Triage! A Nursing Cabaret, DISCHARGED!

Fringe World 2018. Directed by Sally Bourne. The Flour Palace, The Flour Factory, Queen St, Perth WA for The Palace Society and Fringe World. Feb 13-23, 2018

Triage! A Nursing Cabaret, DISCHARGED! is the sequel to Zuleika Khan’s highly successful nursing cabaret, Triage! The new show makes its debut at Fringe World and promises to be just as successful as its sister.

Backbone

Directed by Darcy Grant. Musical compositions by Shenton Gregory and Elliot Zoerner. Presented by Gravity & Other Myths in partnership with Brisbane Powerhouse. Powerhouse Theatre (Qld). 16 - 17 February, 2018

What’s your relationship to the earth, to gravity and to other people? What is it you cling to most? What do you fear? What are you allowing to drag you down and what lifts you up? Backbone is more than amazingly talented acrobatics, it’s a work of modern art that evokes some big questions. The show is elemental, with earth, metal, wood, and stone props and air, light and water conjured through laser beams and strategically-placed stage lighting.

Piano Power

Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Daniel Blendulf. Piano: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet. Concert Hall, QPAC. 17 Feb 2018.

The first concert for 2018 in Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s Maestro series Piano Power set the bar impossibly high indeed; a diverse program of French and Russian music, a Grammy Award-Winning pianist, and a dynamic young Scandinavian conductor delivering a performance not only of musical excellence but of technical virtuosity.

According to Otto

Writer and director Wayne Tunks. Tunks Productions / Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. The Depot Theatre, Marrickville. February 14 - 28, 2018

Tunks Productions' According to Otto is a fun fresh vibrant piece of new writing, a perfect fit to open Mardi Gras 2018 in Sydney.

Keith Conlon's Horrible History of Adelaide

2018 Adelaide Fringe Festival. National Wine Centre. 18th - 25th February

South Australia has many well-loved icons; Humphrey Bear, the Police Greys, Violet Crumbles and the Malls Balls to name a few. Another well-loved icon, Mr South Australia himself, Keith Conlon, is performing at this year’s fringe, lifting the lid on some of Adelaide’s horrible history. Conlon, veteran broadcaster, former host of Postcards and current Chair of the South Australian Heritage Council has a lifelong interest in South Australian history and shares his knowledge in a fun and informative hour-long show.

Mamma Mia! The Musical

Music and Lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. Book by Catherine Johnson. Capitol Theatre Sydney: February 15, 2018, then touring.

If you still love a good Abba tune then there is lots to like in this new Australian production. Or if we were to mangle some of Benny and Björn’s lyrics Mamma Mia here it goes again….third time round how can we  resist you?  

The Three Deaths of Ebony Black

Fringe World 2018. The Shambles, Fringe Central, Perth Cultural Centre, WA. Feb 16-25, 2018

The Three Deaths of Ebony Black is a cute, offbeat and funny musical puppet show, based on the following quote by neuroscientist David Eagleman.

“There are three deaths. The first is when the body ceases to function. The second is when the body is consigned to the grave. The third is that moment, sometime in the future, when your name is spoken for the last time.”

Single Asian Female

By Michelle Law. A La Boite Theatre Production. Director: Claire Christian. Belvoir Theatre, Sydney. 17 February - 25 March, 2018

This play was written for the BrisAsia Festival and opened at the La Boite Theatre, Brisbane, exactly 12 months ago, with one change to the 5w/1m cast. As noted at the time, it crackles with authentic Asian flavours, and Michelle Law’s sharp dialogue contributes to a work of significant cultural value.

52 Hertz

Fringe World 2018. Directed by Terence Smith. The Studio, The Blue Theatre for Summer Nights, Fringe Central, Northbridge, WA. Feb 13-17, 2018

52 Hertz is the story of the loneliest whale in the world, and 5 interconnected people experiencing loneliness and isolation.

It was inspired by the true story of 52 Blue, called the loneliest whale in the world, because he calls out at an abnormal frequency of 52 Hertz, and therefore goes unheard by others of his species. 

Sensitively and beautifully designed and directed by writer Terence Smith, the show uses beautiful coloured blocks as its main set pieces. Movement is wonderfully co-ordinated and the ensemble work is seamless.

Socially [Un]acceptable

Adelaide Fringe. Written and performed by Laura Desmond. The Niche at the Producers, Adelaide; 15 Feb - 2 Mar, 2018. Riverside Room at the British Hotel, Port Adelaide; 8 Mar - 11 Mar, 2018.

Laura Desmond has survived the kind of experiences that one imagines most people would not be inclined to share with a theatre-going public – but if by staging a show like Socially [Un]acceptable, a talented performer can start useful conversations, and cause some of us to gain a much-needed change in perspective on the subject of sexual assault and its prevalence in our culture, she deserves our congratulations and encouragement.

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