Revolutions Per Minute (RPM)

Australian Youth Dance Festival Gala, presented by Ausdance Victoria and Youth Dance Australia. Meat Market, 5 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne. 10 & 11 July, 2019.

The gala event across two evenings is a culmination of a project that brought together Australian and international youth dance organisations for five days of collaborative workshops. Interacting with leading educators and professionals the participants, aged 15-25, contributed to creating the twelve dance sequences for this impressive show. The project included dancers from all around Australia, and from various international locations: UK, Scotland, Denmark Finland and Singapore.

Annie Get Your Gun

Music and lyrics by Irving Berlin. Original book by Dorothy Fields and Herbert Fields, revised by Peter Stone. Diamond Valley Singers. July 5 – 13, 2019

Annie Get Your Gun is packed full of hit songs, and demands a sense of ensemble, great stylistic verve, and sure musicality from its cast and creatives.

DVS's production of the show managed to deliver on these key elements, particularly in the casting of the principal roles of Annie Oakley (a fiery Sophia Bubner) and Frank Butler (a charming Wade Robinson).  

Love is a Drag

Tim Draxl. Sydney Cabaret Festival. Seymour Centre, Sydney. July 10-12, 2019

“My Man”, “The Man I Love”, “Bewitched”, “Mad About The Boy” …. all love songs that are generally sung by women but actually written by men. And they are among the numbers that make up the 1962 album Love is a Drag, a recording of male-to-male love songs that became a cult hit in the gay community. 

Bondi Feast

Festival of Theatre, Comedy, Cabaret and Circus. Bondi Pavilion. July 9 – 20, 2019

There are lots of good reasons to head to Bondi Beach this winter. Although the famous lifeguards are mainly off duty, behind them, in the soon to be spruced up Bondi Pavilion, is a smorgasbord of entertainment on offer – including many award winning acts from fringe and comedy festivals interstate.

The Gospel According to Paul

By Jonathan Biggins. Cremorne Theatre, Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), Brisbane. 9 to 13 July 2019

Written and performed by Jonathan Biggins, The Gospel According to Paul is a tour de force script brought to life in a performance of inspired wit but also political admiration. While Biggins gives a brilliant impersonation, he doesn’t set out to look or sound exactly like Paul Keating; but he does conquer Keating’s key attributes: the arrogance, the ego, and the political nous.


By David Greig, adapted from Stanislaw Lem’s novel. Malthouse Theatre. Merlyn Theatre. June 28 – July 21 2019.

Solaris is another remarkable feat of staging from Director, and Malthouse’s Artistic Director, Matthew Lutton.  On an immaculate white set (Hyemi Shin) with walls that magically open and close to furnish cold impassive environments on a space station, three living scientists try to understand the strange, lurking, human-like, presences that have beset their environment.  These disturbances are attributed to extraterrestrial interactions from the planet Solaris and unnervingly they have been, mysteriously, growing in efficacy.  

The Outsiders

Based on the book by S E Hinton, adapted by Christopher Sergel. Deadset Theatre Company. Bakehouse Theatre, Adelaide. 9-13 July 2019

“Nothing gold can stay,” says Ponyboy, quoting a Michael Frost poem whilst watching the sun go down. That seems to be true for this new production from Deadset Theatre Company, which tries to mine a rich seam of material, but nothing here glistens for long.

I Hope It’s Not Raining In London

By Nicholas Thoroughgood. Bearfoot Theatre. Tuggerah Season. Touring Nationally June / July 2019.

It’s a shame the arts funding is the way it is in this country, leaving emerging artists and companies needing to self-fund tours, because Bearfoot’s touring production of their acclaimed 2018 production I Hope It’s Not Raining In London deserves a longer run, in more locations, to more patrons.

Strictly Ballroom: The Musical

Created by Baz Luhrmann. Book by Baz Luhrmann & Craig Pearce. Adapted by Terry Johnson. Matt Byrne Media. Arts Theatre, Adelaide. 4-13 July, 2019. Shedley Theatre, Elizabeth. 18-27 July, 2019.

It’s a relatively rare event that brings Australian characters and all their quirks to the musical-theatre stage. This reality ensures that Matt Byrne Media’s new offering is, at minimum, a refreshingly unusual experience, even for those who may be familiar with the much-loved movie that marked Baz Luhrmann’s cinematic debut and which forms the basis of this show.


AIDA The Musical

Music Elton John, Lyrics Tim Rice, Book by Linda Woolverton, Robert Falls And David Henry Hwang Based on Aida by Giuseppe Verdi. Gosford Musical Society Juniors. Laycock Street Community Theatre. July 9 – 13 2019

Gosford Musical Society’s Juniors never fail to deliver. Whether they are staging the last Disney screen to stage adaption or tackling this contemporary rock musical.

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