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Sydney review - Diplomacy: a remarkable story and a remarkable play

Above: John Gaden and John Bell. Diplomacy By Cyril Gély Translated and Adapted by Julie Rose Directed by John Bell An Ensemble Theatre Production Ensemble Theatre 78 McDougall Street Kirribilli Season: 21 June – 13 July Running Time: 70 minutes, no interval. Bookings: www.ensemble.com.au My 1953 edition of Webster’s Dictionary provides this definition of diplomacy: “dexterity; skill; tact; shrewdness in managing affairs of any kind”. And these are exactly the qualities which writer Cyril Gély has so cleverly enshrined in his masterpiece play Diplomacy. Originally written in French, the translation and adapted version by Julie Rose I’m sure has not lost any power. The plot, the script, the

Warlow and Rix to star in new Jekyll & Hyde production

Jemma Rix and Anthony Warlow. Anthony Warlow and Jemma Rix will star in Concertworks Australian concert production of Jekyll & Hyde in Melbourne on Friday 25 October and in Sydney on Saturday 2 November 2019. “I am thrilled to have been invited to recreate the music and lyrics of Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse for this 25th anniversary celebration of Jekyll & Hyde. After reimagining these iconic characters for the concept recording, I look forward to bringing Frank’s ‘Gothic Musical’ to the Australian stage in these concert performances” said Anthony Warlow. Jekyll & Hyde features a score of pop rock hits from multi Grammy and Tony nominated Frank Wildhorn with the Book and Lyrics by do

The world premiere of a new Australian queer play

New Theatre is thrilled to be presenting the world premiere of this new Australian queer work, which initially developed by the writer as his major work while completing the Masters of Writing for Performance at NIDA in 2018. Earlier this year, a workshop performance of selected scenes, directed by Anthony Skuse, was presented as part of PlayList at Seymour Centre during Mardi Gras. Now, New Theatre has given writer Chris Edwards, and director Riley Spadaro, the opportunity to further develop the work into a full-length play. It's a very exciting prospect. New Theatre had made the difficult, but correct, decision to postpone until 2020 our production of Topher Payne's Angry Fags and we were

Chicago - the high school version

Redcliffe Musical Theatre is presenting a very different production of Chicago at the Redcliffe Entertainment Centre from July 5-14 (eight performances only). This production is directed by a local with enormous experience and credits in direction and choreography – Maureen Bowra – who also directed the highly successful Menopause seen recently at the REC (Redcliffe Entertainment Centre) in a sell-out season! Maureen is a Redcliffe local and thrilled to be bringing high-quality local theatre to the stage at the REC again! Chicago High School Edition is performed by a younger cast of local high school and tertiary students – mainly aged 16-18yrs. This version has some slight changes to the sc

Sydney review- Girl in the Machine: Is love more powerful than technology?

Brandon McClelland as Owen and Chantelle Jamieson as Polly. Image by Noni Carroll. Girl in the Machine By Stef Smith Directed by Claudia Barrie A National Theatre of Parramatta Production Riverside National Theatre Cnr Market and Church Streets Parramatta Season: 20 – 29 June 2019. Bookings: https://riversideparramatta.com.au The writer of Girl in the Machine, Stef Smith poses an interesting question: “Addiction is so human – so what happens when it collides with the digital?” The answer I feel, is the destruction of valued personal relationships. It’s always the same result, whether its drugs, gambling, drinking or, in the case of Girl in the Machine, an addiction to a government provided ‘

Review – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest: powerfully moving piece

Above: The inmates. Right:Ready to party. Below right: McMurphy and Nurse Ratched One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest By Dale Wasserman Adapted from the novel by Ken Kesey Directed by Alex Lanham and John Boyce Brisbane Arts Theatre Petrie terrace Brisbane Season: June 22-July 20. Duration: two hours 30 minutes including interval. Bookings: www.artstheatre.com.au or (07) 3369 2344 The book was written in 1962, the play had its first run the same year and Jack Nicholson starred in the 1975 movie. It may be more than 50 years old now but One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is still a story that resonates today. This Arts Theatre production is a powerfully moving piece, especially in the second act. T

Review - Oklahoma! still has that special something

Chloe Makiol and Joshua Thia as Laurey Williams and Curly McLain. Photo by Dom Henry. Oklahoma! Music by Richard Rodgers Book & Lyrics by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II Directed by Robbie Parkin Savoyards Iona Performing Arts Centre 85 North Road Lindum Season: 22 June to 6 July. Bookings: bookings@savoyards.com.au or phone (07) 3893 4321. Oklahoma! is full of light-hearted verbal sparring (and sometimes fisticuffs) between the cattlemen and the farmers, comedy in the form of the other two ‘star crossed’ lovers, Will Parker and Ado Annie Carnes, and her dalliances with Ali Hakim, a Persian peddler, because she just can’t say no. It’s a romance based on a play Green Grow the Lila

Brisbane Writers Festival 2019 program

Getting into the spirit of things at the festival launch. Brisbane Writers Festival has announced a line-up of more than 160 international writers, thinkers and opinion makers to appear at State Library of Queensland, the home of Brisbane Writers Festival, from 5 – 8 September. In recognition of the UN Year of Indigenous Languages, this year the Festival will explore the powerful ways in which Australia’s traditional custodians convey story, both now and in the past. “The written word hasn’t always been the primary way to tell a story,” said Festival CEO and Artistic Director Zoe Pollock, “Indigenous Australians have been yarning, weaving, painting, singing and dancing the stories of this la

Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort unveils luxurious modern beach villas

Anantara Dhigu Sunset Beach Villa Bedroom Exterior Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort has just unveiled luxuriously refurbished beach villas. Nestled in lush foliage along silvery shores, the updated beach villas retain the resort’s relaxed beach ambiance, now with a refreshed palette of sophisticated neutral tones that reflect the island’s natural hues. ll beach villa types have undergone a striking transformation. Darker timbers have been lightened with soft ivory and beige, brightening interiors and creating a refined beach-house vibe with infusions of tropical charm. Bathrooms have also been rejuvenated to offer sleek indoor and outdoor spaces. Guests can sink into a deep oval tub in their c

Puffs or: seven increasingly eventful years at a certain school of magic and magic

It has sparked a cult following across the world, and now it is Brisbane’s turn to step into the world of magical misfits as TEG Live, in association with Tilted Windmills Theatricals, John Arthur Pinckard & David Carpenter bring the smash-hit comedy play PUFFS or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic to the Brisbane Powerhouse from August 23. For seven years a certain boy wizard went to Wizard School. This, however, is not his story. This is the story of the Puffs, a lovable group of misfits, who just happened to be there too. PUFFS The Play offers a fresh look at the familiar tale of a Certain Boy Wizard from the perspective of three new heroes just trying

Onstage fun in Birkdale

Mates Theatre Genesis presents My Husband's Nuts! on stage at the Birkdale School of Arts, Birkdale, Queensland, 19 July - 3 August, 2019. Barbara's husband Jack, is a nervous wreck and will not leave the house. He is suffering from Agri-phobia (the fear of agriculture) and is convinced that he is a Japanese soldier holding out on an island after World War II. With Jack due to give the opening speech at the local Agricultural Show, Barbara has to rely on three unlikely candidates to restore Jack's mind; Jo, the new vet, Terry, a wannabe law enforcer, and their daughter, Charli. How will they restore Jack's mind without the help of the medical profession, or common sense? Written by New Zeal

Bonanza for piano players in Brisbane streets

Play, Eat and Experience as global art-install phenomenon Play Me, I’m Yours is set to land at Brisbane’s premier riverside dining, Eagle Street Pier, with a helping hand from a local artist. Touring internationally since 2008, Play Me, I’m Yours has reached millions of people worldwide. More than 1,900 street pianos have been installed in more than 60 cities across the globe, from Tokyo to New York, bearing the simple instruction - Play Me, I’m Yours. Now, this concept lands in Brisbane at Eagle Street Pier from 5th July in partnership with the Queensland Music Festival. Play Me, I’m Yours invites the public to engage with, activate and take ownership of their urban environment, and to shar

Sydney review - Gloria: An absolute must see

Gloria By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins Directed by Alexander Berlage An Outhouse Theatre Company and Seymour Centre Production Seymour Centre Cnr City Road and Chippendale Street Chippendale NSW Season: 6 – 22 June 2019. Bookings: www.seymourcentre.com Ever wanted to work in publishing? There’s exhilaration, drama, intrigue and lots of money to be made. You’ll also meet an interesting array of people, especially in the workplace. Take Gloria for example. She’s been a loyal employee with the same company in New York City for 15 years. She does normal things: likes television, keeps to herself, takes her own lunch to work in Tupperware containers. But her co-workers call her “office freak” behind he

Review – Opera Queensland’s Tosca: a sublime night at the opera

Right: Rachelle Durkin as Tosca and Angus Wood as Cavaradossi. Below right: Jose Carbo as Scarpio. Photos by Stephanie Do Rozario. Tosca By Giacomo Puccini Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa Directed by Patrick Nolan Queensland Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Oliver von Dohnányi Opera Queensland Lyric Theatre Queensland Performing Arts Centre South Bank Brisbane Season: June 13-22. Duration: two hours 30 minutes including interval. Bookings: www.qpac.com.au or phone 136 246. Sung in Italian with English surtitles. What a story! What power! What magnificent singing and acting and one of the most dramatic scores in opera. Then we had murder, torture, rape and suicide for good

Sydney review- Murder on the Wireless: a top-notch production

Above: Mark Kilmurry, Georgie Parker and Daniel Mitchell Murder on the Wireless By Arthur Conan Doyle and Mark Kilmurry Directed by Mark Kilmurry An Ensemble Theatre Production Ensemble Theatre 78 McDougall Street Kirribilli Season: 7 June – 13 July. Duration: 90 minutes (no interval). Bookings: www.ensembletheatre.com.au We mainly know Mark Kilmurry as the Artistic Director of the Ensemble Theatre at Kirribilli. In Murder on the Wireless, Mark’s theatrical abilities are well on display as he has written, directed and acts in the production. A courageous undertaking but one successfully carried out I am pleased to report. Murder on the Wireless is a novel and very entertaining piece of thea

Sydney review – Collaborators: a magnificent script well acted

Collaborators By John Hodge Directed by Moira Blumenthal A New Theatre Production New Theatre 542 King Street Newtown Season: 4 June – 6 July 2019. Duration: Act 1: 70 mins, act 2: 60 mins. 15 min interval. Bookings: www.newtheatre.com.au Apparently, Joseph Stalin was an enthusiastic reader and loved the theatre. Of course, he was also acutely paranoid and one of the most evil dictators in history. In Collaborators, writer John Hodge portrays an almost-likable Stalin (or ‘JS’ as he was affectionately known by the secret police) as a contrast to the monster he is remembered as. This black comedy is set in the late 1930’s and centres around the relationship between Mikhail Bulgakov and Josep

Zirk! Circus spectacular is coming to Brisbane in August

Combining Russia’s finest circus traditions with all the skills and daring of today’s new age circus heroes, ZIRK! Circus – The Big Top Spectacular is coming to Australia for the first time. ZIRK! Circus which features eighteen acts from an international ensemble will premiere in Sydney in July before heading to Northshore Hamilton in Brisbane from 7th August (tickets on sale Wednesday 5 June). ZIRK! will be performed in a new Big Top where no audience member is more than 11 metres from the action. Theatre Tours International, in association with the Russian State Circus Company and Moscow’s Nikulin Circus are bringing the new global experience, which has been thrilling audiences and critic

New Brisbane theatre collective’s indie debut

Following a successful run at the Festival of Australian Student Theatre in 2018, The Naughty Corner is running another season of Something in the Water. The original cast will be returning with a new take on the original text written by Bianca Bality and Joe Wilson In a town where nothing ever happens and no one ever leaves, best friends Toni, Shane, Mark and Melanie spend their time drinking at their broken down local, swimming at the dam and kicking around their dust-bowl town. Unable to shake the labels they assigned to one another as children, the teens are desperate to shake things up. Over the course of a single evening old friendships are tested and a seemingly innocent night of drin

Sydney review - True West: compelling and spellbinding drama

Above: Dean Tuttle and Michael Kassulke. Below right:Tony Barea and Susan Jordan. Photos by Christopher Daw. True West By Sam Shepard Directed Dimity Raftos A Kaktus Production by arrangement with Origin Theatrical Limelight on Oxford 231 Oxford Street Darlinghurst Season: 29 May – 16 June 2019. Bookings: www.limelightonoxford.com.au In many western movies, the plot involves two brothers with opposite personalities, fighting for the love of one woman. In a modern day western True West, set in the suburbs of Los Angeles and the two brothers wrangle for the favour of the Hollywood producer, who is eager to pay good money for a unique plot and a solid screenplay. Sam Shepard has written a compe

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