The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

By Robert Louis Stevenson, adapted by Noah Smith. Castle Hill Players. The Pavilion Theatre Castle Hill. Jan 31 – Feb 22, 2020

Robert Louis Stevenson’s macabre novella about a dual personality, one good, one evil, was first published in early 1886. A year later the first adaptation for the stage opened in Boston. Many adaptations have followed, both on stage and screen. This adaptation by American playwright Noah Smith is a chilling science fiction thriller that demands meticulous direction, precision acting and accurate, split-second sound and lighting operation.


By Iskander R. Sharazuddin. Fringe World. The Blue Room Theatre, Main Space, James St, Perth. Jan 24-Feb 1, 2020

A post mortem is an analysis or discussion of an event - especially to determine why it is a failure.

Post-Mortem is a beautiful blend of physical theatre, dance and strong, well-written dialogue, which explores the relationship of young couple Nancy and Alex. This tight, beautifully choreographed and smoothly executed two-hander packs an emotional punch.

Mamma Mia!

Directed by Lindsay Nobile. Townsville Choral Society. Townsville Civic Theatre, Townsville, Queensland. 30 January to 8 February 2020.

I HAD not seen any productions of this 20-year old jukebox musical before this, but I can see exactly why it has lasted the distance to become the ninth longest-running show in Broadway history.

We live in such uncertain political times and, coupled with a country that is still reeling from the effects of the bushfires and a hesitant first anniversary of Townsville’s floods, Mamma Mia! provided the perfect recipe on a warm and humid tropical night in North Queensland.


Directed and produced by Miranda Hill. Midsumma Festival, La Mama Courthouse, 349 Drummond Street, Carlton. 30 January – 1 February, 2020.

This is a delightful performance that features 3 Shades Black ensemble and The Consort of Melbourne choir. This annual event, which highlights and celebrates the work of contemporary and historical LGBTIQ+ composers, is now in its ninth year. The collection of highly talented musicians not only produces an exceptional quality of sound and performance, but also creates a positively enchanting atmosphere.

Golden Age Girls

By Amy Fortnum, Jess Clancy and Mav Newman. Fringe World. The Studio, Subiaco Arts Centre. Jan 29 - Feb 1, 2020

From squabbling school girls to duelling divas, Irene and Ruth have competed against each other all their lives. But only one of them can truly be the darling of the retirement home circuit. Accompanied by the ever-present Peter, this is an epic battle of the sopranos.

Bite Me

By Sian Murphy. Fringe World. Directed by Elise Wilson. The Blue Room Theatre, Main Space. Jan 28 - Feb 1, 2020

One of the higher aims of theatre is to make life changing impact on your audience, changing the way they see the world. I think it will be a long while before I enter the fruit and vegetable section of the super market without thinking about Bite Me.


By Finegan Kruckemeyer. Fringe World. Directed by Alexa Taylor. Kaos Room, The Blue Room Theatre, James St, Perth WA. Jan 28 - Feb 1, 2020

Finegan Kruckemeyer's Love is a warm and fun production, set in a small town, with a plethora of wacky characters and a lovely message about love.

When a huge storm threatens the coastal town of Mellingong, residents are asked to evacuate to the Town Hall, taking only their most prized possession - the things Oslo’s Mum calls love luggage. Twelve year old Oslo, community minded at all times, sets out to ensure that the residents’ love luggage is safely transported to the Town Hall, and learns a lot about love on the way.

The Midsummer Carnival

Brisbane Powerhouse, 24 January to 8 February, 2020

Presented by Brisbane Immersive Ensemble and the Brisbane Powerhouse, The Midsummer Carnival is a mix of daring carnival feats, sideshow alley tricksters, cabaret singing, gypsy jazz and audience participation. This short adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream transports that famous tale to the fairgrounds and alleyways of a local travelling show. The Brisbane Immersive talents are many and varied – from acrobatics to singing, to sword-swallowing. The atmosphere is fun and engaging.


By Alistair McDowall. SECRET HOUSE in association with bAKEHOUSE Theatre. Director: Anthony Skuse. Kings Cross Theatre, Sydney. 24 January – 8 February 2020

Alistair McDowall, the young British author of this over-rich pudding of a play, has his seven characters in search of Pomona, an urban wasteland, a concrete island buried somewhere in the heart of Manchester, England. Not that there’s the slightest suggestion of a Mancunian accent among the seven actors at the Kings Cross Theatre, which is absolutely jammed for this first night occasion.


By St John Crowcher. Producer and creative consultant Libby Klysz. Fringe World. The Blue Room Theatre, Main Space, James St, Northbridge, WA. Jan 28 - Feb 8, 2020

Ragnarøkkr is a story of Armageddon, merged with a Nordic rock concert. Wild, crazy and very, very loud, this traditional Norse story of Ragnarök is told in a new unique way.

Writer/creator St John Crowcher cuts a striking figure as Loki, bare chested and winged as he tells and sings about the downfall of the gods. Music collaborator Joe Lui plays guitar and plays Loki’s son Jormungandr, with Grace May Smith on drums as Fenrir. The lighting - by Chris Donnelly - is rock concert like and highly atmospheric.

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