The Australian Ballet. State Theatre Arts Centre Melbourne with Orchestra Victoria - 16 – 26 March 2018 and Joan Sutherland Theatre Sydney Opera House with Opera Australia Orchestra. 6 – 23 April 2018.

It’s a rare thing for a dancer to have a career that spans 50 years. It’s still more rare that said dancer would change the face of the art.  Baryshnikov, Nureyev, Nijinsky, Pavlova, Fonteyn. They all changed the face of narrative ballet through their technique and presence. Murphy himself was a formidable onstage presence. It is, however, his off stage work which has made him one of the most influential dancers of our time.

Le Corsaire

Victorian State Ballet. The Concourse, Chatswood. March 17 and 18, 2018

Le Corsaire – or A Pirate’s Tale – is a ballet in three acts based on a poem by Lord Byron. The story is short and simple. Shipwrecked pirates Conrad and Birbanto, and a slave, Ali, are found on the shore by Medora and Gulnare. Conrad falls in love with Medora, Ali with Gulnare. Unfortunately the maidens are captured by Lankendam, a slave trader, and sold to a Turkish Pasha for his harem. The pirates search for the maidens and eventually rescue them despite betrayal by Birbanto.


Adelaide Festival of Arts 2018. Her Majesty’s Theatre. March 16 – 18, 2018

Xenos is a Greek word meaning "stranger" or "alien". Just as Prometheus, a Titan who is credited with the creation of man from clay defies the gods by stealing fire and giving it to humanity, an act that enabled progress and civilization, the Adelaide Festival production, Xenos, is precisely the opposite, showing us mankind’s ‘gift’ to humanity, namely war, that makes us strangers on Mother Earth.

Robin Hood The Truth Behind the Green Tights

By David Nielson. Roleystone Theatre. Directed by Brogan Smirke and Euan Macmillan. Cecil Andrews SHS Performing Arts Centre, Seville Grove, WA. 9-17 March, 2018

Congratulations to Roleystone Theatre for managing to get Robin Hood The Truth Behind the Green Tights to the stage. Just a couple of weeks before Opening Night, Roleystone’s heritage theatre was declared unsafe. The ‘Green Tights’ team managed to find a temporary venue, adjust the sets, notify all the ticket holders and reconvene – playing to capacity houses.

The Wolves

By Sarah DeLappe. Redline Productions. Old Ftiz Theatre (NSW). March 14 – April 14, 2018.

What a great vehicle Redline Productions has chosen to highlight the under-tapped wealth of women in theatre! Written by a woman, directed, designed and stage managed by women, and performed by nine fine, fit, feisty, female actors, this prize-winning first play by American playwright Sarah DeLappe raises the bar in the determined pursuit of recognition and equity across the arts.

The Lover

Adapted from the memoir by Marguerite Duras by Lawrence Strangio; original translations by Barbara Bray, Leigh Harvey and Linda Coverdale. Dramaturg Annie Thorold. La Mama Courthouse, Carlton VIC. 15 – 25 March 2018

Lawrence Strangio, an always interesting, original and risk-taking director, has taken the bold step of adapting Marguerite Duras’ novella/memoir The Lover – and in an original and risk-taking way. 

41 Seconds

By Mary Galouzis. Adelaide Fringe. Presented by Talk Out Loud. Golden Grove Arts Centre then Bakehouse Theatre. March 9-17, 2018

Eight people are lost to suicide each day in Australia and globally it happens every 40 seconds.

Shocking as that statistic is, the devastation wreaked by suicide doesn’t stop with the tragic finality of the actual act. Across the world, from the second after the tragedy occurs, families and friends must deal with lifetimes of facing the reality of their loss.

Eleanor’s Story: Home Is the Stranger

Adelaide Fringe. Tandanya Theatre. February 17th – March 18th, 2018

Eleanor’s Story: Home Is the Stranger is biographical. A sequel to Eleanor’s Story: An American Girl in Hitler’s Germany, it is a 50-minute, one-woman show presented by Eleanor’s granddaughter, Ingrid Garner.

Destroy, She Said

By Marguerite Duras, directed and adapted by Laurence Strangio. DURAS: Desire & Destruction season. La Mama Theatre. March 15 – 25, 2018

Destroy, She Said is part of the new Duras: Desire & Destruction season at La Mama. Four guests in an isolated hotel in the midst of a forest; a tennis game is heard but never seen, a strange card game that is somewhat foreboding. Is there madness looming? Or is this a gathering of post- holocaust  German Jews seeking rebirth?

Elevate! The Musical

Presented by The Dizzy Biz. Adelaide Fringe Festival 2018. Gate 1 at Tuxedo Cat at Broadcast Bar. March 14 – 17, 2018

Being a little claustrophobic myself I can’t think of anything worse than being stuck in a lift with 3 complete strangers. Seems an unlikely premise for a musical, but it really works!

Four seemingly unrelated people enter a lift, only to have it break down and force them to be trapped in uncomfortably close proximity for more than 26 hours.

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