Directed and choreographed by Bangarra’s artistic director and national treasure, Stephen Page, and co-written by award-winning playwright, Alana Valentine, Wudjang: Not the Past promises to be a breath-taking theatrical experience.
Riverside Theatres must be congratulated on having ensured that their audiences can stay connected and entertained during the Covid-19 lockdown through Riverside Theatre Digital. Now as theatres re-open, Riverside’s An Enchanted Evening eases the transition back to theatre-going by offering audiences the choice of seeing the show in-theatre or live-streamed into their homes.
While it was a joy to be back watching a live theatre performance, we might ask is there need for yet another stage adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s well-known and loved defence of women’s need for creative freedom. If audience reaction is an indication, then Carissa Licciardello and Tom Wright’s latest adaptation has been completely validated, not by a noisy standing ovation but by something much deeper, a few seconds pause, an intake of breath, the sound of thinking before the clapping begins.
Bangarra Dance Theatre’s new work, SandSong, telling the stories of the land and the people of the Kimberley country, was set to tour Canberra, Brisbane, Melbourne and Bendigo in June to September this year but owing to Covid-19 the tour was postponed until 2021.
Following the success of Lyle Kessel’s Orphans, Red Line Productions (Artistic Director, Andrew Henry), presented a live-streamed reading of Gruesome Playground Injuries by award-winning American playwright, Rajiv Joseph. The reading featured actors Rose Byrne (in New York), Ewan Leslie (in Sydney) with musical accompaniment by guitarist John Butler (in Perth) and stage directions by Anna Houston.
Belvoir St Theatre launched its 2020 season with one of its biggest successes of last year, the compassionate and heart-warming exploration of depression and suicide, Every Brilliant Thing. While the play does not avoid the anguish inherent in its subject, it affirms life by offering ways in which we can talk about suicide, and asking us to consider how we treat those impacted by a loved one’s suicide.
Bangarra Dance Theatre is a precious and fragile national and international treasure. As this year marks the 30th year since its inception and foreshadows a generational change, the immersive installation Knowledge Ground: 30 years of sixty five thousand celebrates the launching of an archival platform which catalogues and curates Bangarra’s history online.
Sad, violent and true, The Deadly Run (Season 2: Deadhouse: Tales of Sydney Morgue) is an immersive theatre experience dramatising notorious cases which passed through the Sydney Morgue and Coroner’s Court in The Rocks.
Making a return to magic realism, Paul Gilchrist sets his new short play Simple Souls in an abandoned night club, a venue reflecting the despondent mood of its central character, Marguerite (an impressive Madeleine Withington).
Described as “a piece of theatre that talks to the #MeToo movement … from real Australian women, whose experiences we could learn from and be inspired by”, I’m With Her fulfills its brief with compelling energy and conviction.
Yve Blakes’s Fangirls celebrates the majority of teenage worshippers for whom their idols provide individual comfort in a “cruel and messy world” and through whom they connect with a community who share their personal interests.
It has always been a privilege to be invited into the world of the Bangarra Dance Theatre, and especially so as the company celebrates its 30th anniversary by paying homage to the work of those who have contributed through their passion and energy to its spectacular success.
Set in the very realistic kitchen of a Harris Park restaurant, Curry Kings of Parramatta gives its audiences a comical and often heart-wrenching insight into the lives of migrants from South East Asia.
The Genesian Theatre, a very well-loved, small, central-Sydney theatre, is to be ingested by a new 187-bedroom, 18-storey hotel and ground level retail and restaurant development that will be built beside it and cantilevered over it.
The Dance of Death, translated by May-Brit Akerholt, is one of August Strindberg’s most produced plays, although at the time of its writing, 1900, a Swedish censor thought it too “disagreeable” to be performed.
First seen at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2006, Potted Potter: The Unauthorised Harry Experience – A Parody by Dan and Jeff has since toured internationally for a decade. This immensely popular show is back in Australia by magical demand having previously performed here in 2012 and 2014.
The dynamic Le Dernier Appel (The Last Cry) is set against the backdrop of New Caledonia’s forthcoming referendum which will determine whether the one-time penal colony becomes independent of France. Holding approximately a quarter of the world’s nickel deposits, New Caledonia has a prosperous economy, however, the indigenous Kanaks are subject to economic exploitation and social discrimination.
Written by a 19 year-old Shelagh Delaney, set in working class Britain and first produced in 1958, how relevant is A Taste of Honey to a Sydney audience in 2018? Its central interests – were challenging in its time.