The Crossing

Conceived and performed by Kayah Guenther and Gavin Webber. Additional creatives Ben Ely and Chloe Ogilvie of The Farm. HOTA Gold Coast. 22nd-23rd June, 2019. Then Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur.

If you haven’t experienced the magic and originality of The Farm, or the extraordinary charisma of Gavin Webber, then you haven’t fully experienced theatre.

Beachside Stories

Melbourne Writers' Theatre. Directed by Elizabeth Walley. Studio Theatre, Gasworks Arts Park, 21 Graham St, Albert Park. 13th –22nd June, 2019.

This is a delightful collection of stories of five key figures in the City of Port Phillip. Each person is a kind of local star or celebrity in their own right and this project acknowledges their outstanding contribution to their community.

Kate Miller-Heidke

Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Thebarton Theatre. June 22, 2019

The petite, sparkly Kate Miller-Heidke stepped onto the stage with her trademark ‘princess tiara’ and wowed the audience from start to finish. Accompanied by husband Keir Nuttall on guitars, Iain Grandage on piano and cello and backing singer Jess Hitchcock, Heidke had the audience laughing and spellbound by turns.

Drew Downing’s Ultimate 90’s Playlist

Melbourne Cabaret Festival. Chapel off Chapel. June 20 – 22, 2019

Drew Downing’s Ultimate 90’s Playlist is a nineties rock-concert-cabaret show performed by the charismatic crowd pleaser Drew Downing, backed by a fine ensemble of musicians and singers.  The show begins with a medley mix beginning with “Barbie Girl” (Aqua) and breaks into “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (Deep Blue Something).


Music: Richard Rodgers. Book & Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II. Savoyards. Director: Robbie Parkin. Musical Director: Jacqueline Atherton. Choreography: Natalie Lennox. Iona Performing Arts Centre, Wynnum, Qld. 22 June – 6 July 2019

Ever since it was written, Oklahoma! has been a popular and much produced title on the community theatre circuit. Savoyards have done it four times, the last in 2005, and since the show is now back on Broadway (admittedly in a more radical version), it’s time to re-look at the original again, which director Robbie Parkin has done with this production.

How does it stack up today?

David Campbell Back in the Swing of Things

Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Thebarton Theatre. June 20 2019

Thebarton Theatre is not usually a place one associates with Cabaret. The art form requires connection between the performer and the audience and the creation of a rapport, while threading stories are told. Thebarton Theatre is set up in rows, very tightly seating its patrons. A show like David Campbell- Back in the Swing of Things could very easily have become a concert. This was not the case on opening night as this talented showman wove his magic. He had the place jumping and the audience eating out of his hand.

Storm Boy

By Tom Holloway, adapted from the novel by Colin Thiele. Melbourne Theatre Company & Queensland Theatre production, in association with Dead Puppets Society. Southbank Theatre, The Sumner. 17 June – 20 July 2019

It began as a much-loved novel in 1964; then it was a much-loved movie in 1976; then Tom Holloway adapted the novel in 2013; then another not-so-loved try-hard movie in 2019; and now this MTC production of Mr Holloway’s text, directed by Sam Strong.  You might ask, ‘Why?’, but adaptations and revivals are the go at present, the original story is ‘timeless’ and still timely, and Mr Strong hopes that this production will bring children to the theatre.  I think he’s right: it will.

Driving Miss Daisy

By Alfred Uhry. Directed by Jon Lambert. Koorliny Arts Centre, Kwinana WA. June 14-22, 2019

In Atlanta in 1948, Daisy Werthan, a 72 year old Jewish widow has a car accident. Her concerned son, Boolie, hires Hoke Colburn, an African American man to be her chauffeur. Initially an awkward and hostile relationship, over many years, the two develop a deep, life changing friendship.

Ruthie Henshall: Live & Intimate

Adelaide Cabaret Festival. An Enda Markey Production. The Famous Spiegeltent. 21/22 June, 2019.

If what you seek from a cabaret performer is personality coupled with versatility, then Ruthie Henshall fits the bill. She can be comical or serious, rousing or understated. Her repertoire includes familiar favourites from the world of musical theatre, as well as hidden gems. The personal anecdotes range from cheeky and light-hearted to piercing and poignant.

In her distinctively throaty vocal delivery, Henshall prefers to dig deep into the substance of a song, rather than floating free into the realm of gratuitous acrobatics.

Megan Hilty In Concert

Camerata – Qld Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Michael Tyack. Concert Hall, QPAC. 20 June 2019

Musical Theatre fans were in seventh heaven last night when QPAC presented Megan Hilty in Concert with a 40-piece band conducted by music-theatre maestro Michael Tyack. On her first visit to Brisbane three-years ago the sassy blonde Broadway star was great performing with a four-piece group, but hearing her with a swinging big-band was so much better.

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