Arts

Sydney Festival reveals Black Cockatoo as first show of 2020 season

August 8, 2019

Sydney Festival has announced it’s first show of 2020 with Black Cockatoo, a bold new collaboration between screenwriter Geoffrey Atherden and festival artistic director Wesley Enoch. Premiereing at the festival, Black Cockatoo tells the story of legendary cricketer Johnny Mullagh, bringing together Sydney Festival and Ensemble Theatre to explore the tale of Australia’s first ever […]

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Photo Gallery: Chicago: The Musical Sydney Rehearsals (25.06.19)

July 26, 2019

Our first look at the rehearsals for Chicago the musical playing at the Capitol Theatre this August and starring Natalie Bassingthwaighte as Roxie Hart, Alinta Chidzey as Velma Kelly and Casey Donovan as Matron ‘Mama’ Morton’

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Theatre Review: Come From Away arrives in Melbourne for a night of endless fun and laughs

July 20, 2019

This Canadian musical kicked off in Ontario back in 2013 before finally making its way to Broadway in 2017. Now, in 2019, the town of Gander has landed in Melbourne for its Australian premiere at the Comedy Theatre. Come From Away takes place in the week following the 9/11 attacks, where 38 planes and almost […]

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Exclusive Album Premiere: The Barren Spinsters “Ten Steps to Cynical Thinking” (2019)

July 17, 2019

We’ve got the exclusive premier of the new album of Barren Spinsters. They are a two-piece, but sound like there’s a few more musicians joining the party. Brendon Houlahan takes up duties on guitars and vocals, with Matt Tennant on drums. They play 70’s rock with their own modern thrashy interperation. These guys are here for a good […]

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Sydney Contemporary announce Opening Night, Performance Contemporary, and Kid Contemporary programs – as well as something new!

July 17, 2019

One of the most celebrated art events on Sydney’s cultural calendar, international art fair Sydney Contemporary has this year announced a new curated strain, running alongside their much anticipated Opening Night, Performance Contemporary, and Kid Contemporary programs. New program NEXT will focus on cutting edge contemporary art, produced by emerging artists under the age of […]

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Theatre Review: Baby Bi Bi Bi is a wickedly funny hour of cabar-gay

July 10, 2019

From the moment the Flesh Coloured Panties crew (consisting of Samantha Andrew, Erin Pattison, Annabel Larcombe and a Portable Closet) take to the stage with a rendition of “Salad with the Girls, But in a Gay Way”, the scene is set for an hour of deliciously crude and wildly inventive cabaret. With a focus on bisexuality, a […]

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Theatre Review: Cassie Workman’s Giantess is a heartfelt (and hilarious) triumph

July 9, 2019

One day, while shopping for school supplies, a little girl is kidnapped by a troll. She spends the next thirty years trapped in the troll’s house, gradually assimilating to his lifestyle. She cooks, cleans, and is careful to never look outside at the world beyond. Isolated and convinced of her own brokenness, only a giantess […]

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Theatre Review: After a night with Ruby Slippers and co, I LOVE GAY – and you will too!

July 3, 2019

Commander Ruby Slippers and her band of queer warriors are here and they’re ready to slay! Featuring acts from across Australia, I LOVE GAY is a cabaret style celebration of all the colours of the LGBTQ+ rainbow, and it’s damn near impossible not to get swept away in the fun. Produced by Slippers and Brisbane’s […]

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Theatre Review: La Silhouette brings powerful immersive theatre to Brisbane’s MELT festival

July 2, 2019

Brisbane’s The Sui Ensemble have brought immersive theatre to MELT, with the cabaret club inspired La Silhouette. Bringing tales from Brisbane’s queer history to life, audience members participate as club patrons, with (almost) entirely free reign to move and interact as they like throughout the show’s two hour running time. Will you accept owner George’s invitation […]

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Live Review: Chamber ensemble The Boxties bring folk like you’ve never heard it before to the Cremorne (Brisbane, performances to June 29th)

June 28, 2019

Brisbane creative collective The Boxties (that’s “box-tees” not “box-ties”) have returned to the QPAC stage, with A Net of Souls: Songs of Dislocation and Common Ground. The ten piece chamber ensemble have pulled together a collection of songs of change, upheaval, and a longing for community. Industry, love, and war all come forward as disruptions, […]

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Brisbane Writers Festival announces 2019 program

June 27, 2019

Over 160 internationally renowned writers and thinkers will descend upon the River City in early September, for the 57th Brisbane Writers Festival. From the 5th to the 8th of September, workshops and panels will take over several venues across Brisbane. As well as the usual mix of family friendly, YA, and adult events, there will […]

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Theatre Review: Tender Napalm will get in your face and under your skin

June 22, 2019

Tender Napalm is a dynamic play by English storyteller Philip Ridley bought to life in the Holden Street Theatre by Scuti Productions. Under the razor-sharp direction of Rachael Williams,  Man and Woman (played brilliantly by Mark Healy and Carol Lawton) act out a veritable storybook of fantastic tales. The set is simple, stark and effective. […]

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Megan Evans takes home 2019 Footscray Art Prize

June 21, 2019

PARLOUR, a powerful photograph that examines the impact of colonialisation on identity, was chosen from from over 800 entries, and scores its creator, interdisciplinary artist Megan Evans, a $10,000 prize. The judging panel, made up of ACMI’s Katrina Sedgwick, ACCA’s Hannah Presley and VCA’s Raafat Ishak, selected Evans’ work from a shortlist of 33 works, spread […]

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Theatre Review: Things I Know to be True will leave you shaken and amazed

June 18, 2019

A word of advice about Things I Know to be True – do not read any reviews about this play. Just see it. Immediately, if not sooner. Do not risk any twist, turn or roundabout being ruined for you. Having said that, here’s my thoughts. I went into this play with no expectations, having heard […]

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Highlights of Barunga’s off stage festivities – Barunga, Northern Territory

June 15, 2019

The 2019 Barunga Festival wrapped up last Sunday, and it was a jam-packed 3 days of music, arts, sport and culture. Approximately 4000 people travel to the festival at Barunga, which is 80 km south-east of Katherine. Away from the music stages there was plenty going on. Sporting teams from all over the Northern Territory […]

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Guest Playlist: The songs that influenced Angharad Drake’s new single “Start Again”

June 14, 2019

This week has seen Sunshine Coast singer-songwriter and musician Angharad Drake drop her new single “Start Again”, her first since the release of her debut album Ghost in 2017, and since becoming a mother.  On “Start Again”, Drake has returned to a more stripped back style of making music, erring towards the intimate and natural. […]

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Louis Theroux announces 2020 Australia and New Zealand tour

June 7, 2019

Next year, the king of documentaries will be back on Australian shores for the first time following his sold out 2016 tour. Louis Without Limits will see the BAFTA winning investigative reporter explore some of the stories that made his career, in a series of shows with Australia’s own Julia Zemiro. Theroux says: “It was […]

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Celebrated film composer Hans Zimmer to return to Australia

June 7, 2019

After a huge arena tour back in 2017, composer Hans Zimmer will return to our shores for three massive shows later this year. With stunning visuals, an expansive lightshow, and, of course, iconic movie music, Hans Zimmer Live will wow audiences in Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne this coming October. “Performing a concert series likeHans Zimmer […]

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Sydney Contemporary: At least 85 of the world’s best galleries coming to Carriageworks

May 24, 2019

For the 2019 edition of Sydney Contemporary, more than 85 galleries from across the country and around the globe will come together at Carriageworks for four days of Australasia’s largest and most diverse art fair. Five different continents will be represented, showcasing over 300 artists from more than 30 different countries, including France, Japan, New […]

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Theatre Review: Made to Measure is a brave exploration in body image

May 21, 2019

An impending wedding often brings out the worst in people. Familial and societal expectations collide with capitalism at the extreme of feminine expression. The wedding industrial complex magnifies every insecurity and extracts large sums from its subjects. Where women on the larger end of the body spectrum deal with constant reminders and callouts regarding their […]

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