In The One, Vanessa Bates takes the now familiar theme of cultural belonging and creates a potent mix of exuberant comedy and moving insight into the challenges of being Eurasian in contemporary Australia.
Ray Lawlor’s characterisation of the four doomed characters in Summer of the Seventeenth Doll is complex and their changing relationship nuanced, and the four actors in the Genesian Theatre's iteration fully meet the challenge.
Terrain can also be read as an affirmation of the survival, and the resurgence, of Aboriginal culture and the very real possibility that ancient ways may yet protect the land from the ravages of climate change.
While the proliferation of digital theatre during Covid had live theatre anxious over its future the technologically tuned-in Coil offers the theatrical equivalent to the hybrid car. Coil is a live-cinema event, that is, a mix of live performance and screen action, and while hilarious is, at the same time, elegiac in mood.
You may hesitate to leave your warm home on a very cold evening to go to the theatre but you will be well rewarded if the production is Belvoir Street’s Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes. Playwright Hannah Moscovitch’s engaging script charting one young woman’s reversal of the embedded gender power imbalance underlying our everyday transactions is superbly performed and stylishly staged.
In A is for Apple the battleground is the long-established Jewish patriarchal traditions that shape the behaviour, and the role in the Judaic community, of Jewish womanhood. It ends with a passionate, deeply moving appeal by the young Shoshana for new stories, new and inclusive imaginings.
Alana Valentine, whose play Wayside Bride is on at Belvoir Theatre, relished the “sound of an audience listening actively” at the Currency Press Australian Playwrights Festival. The festival celebrated 50 years of the Redfern-based publisher of stage plays and more.
While Kirsty Marillier’s debut play Orange Thrower lights up the Stables’ small stage with the energy of its lovely young cast it also explores the dark side of the coming-of-age of two mixed-race South African immigrant sisters.
ArtsLab is Shopfront Arts Cooperative’s annual emerging artists’ festival, and each year offers a new, exciting and varied program. See it this year, writes Catherine Skipper, as your support will help to ensure a vibrant future for the arts in Australia.
Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls of Tehran explores how entitlement, conspicuous consumption and a life without meaning other than self-advertisement have usurped the values of modesty, charity and belief.
Wudjang: Not the Past mixes the world of the song cycle with the energy of dance. But it is through its use of the Mununjali language that we absorb a feeling, a reverence, for Country about which and through which Stephen Page is telling both his own story and our story.
Playwright Tom Holloway explores why people would queue to sit in a chair and lock eyes with an artist in a gallery and other meaty questions in the world premiere production of The Museum of Modern Love in January 2022.
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.
SandSong: Stories from the Great Sandy Desert is Bangarra Dance Theatre’s first new full-length work for three years, and in keeping with their unique signature style it combines authentic storytelling, superb technique and a powerfully emotive performance.
The uppermost theme of Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard is not merely large-scale change but how to adjust to a change that is already in the process of taking place. Consequently Eamon Flack’s up-dated, thought-provoking and up-beat adaptation and staging of Chekhov’s much-loved play has much of importance to offer to our present, uncertain times.
The declared mission of new company, Fuser Production, is “to stir the human spirit” and incite “awe, challenge and inspiration through original and compelling art” and Intact, its debut performance, is deeply engaging and awe-inspiring.
You could watch TV or Netflix, but if you really wanted a completely absorbing and dynamic 60 minutes of entertainment you could see Tiny Universe, co-presented by Milk Crate Theatre and Shopfront Art Co-Op. Showing for a very short season, Tiny Universe deserves a longer season and a more extensive audience.
Bringing Martin Sherman’s adaptation of E.M. Forster’s rich and sprawling novel A Passage to India to the compact stage of the Genesian would have posed many challenges. Apart from a large number of characters and costumes, a diversity of locations, the narrative is in no haste to reach its haunting conclusion.
Dogged offers theatregoers a unique and startling theatre experience. Unflinchingly facing the problematic relationship between black and white people in Australia, it is a brilliantly conceived, powerfully realised and deeply confronting parable.
Monologues work well in an intimate space, and the small King Street Theatre Popupsairs venue works well for Sylvia Marie Keays in Paul Gilchrist’s Live a Little. As Tilly, a young woman who has an uneasy relationship with herself, with others and with the truth, Keays is by turns insouciant, witty and distraught.
In Stop Girl award-winning journalist and foreign correspondent Sally Sara offer us a semi-autobiographical story of grief and guilt, trusting that we will respond with understanding and compassion. Directed with integrity by Anna-Louise Sarks, the play offers a moving validation of the concept of moral injury.
Gratefully, we welcome back Monkey Baa Children’s Theatre to the stage after a year’s absence. Their first 2021 production, an hilarious and imaginative musical adaption of Pete the Sheep, based on a whimsical tale by Jackie French and Bruce Whatly, adapted by Eva Di Cesare, Sandra Eldridge and Tim McGarry, with lyrics by Phil Scott, is dynamic and absorbing entertainment for the 4 to 84 year olds.
The Secret of Chimneys is lovely fun. There’s a body, a stolen letter, a secret code, a hidden black diamond necklace and a missing person along with a gallery of wonderfully exaggerated and beautifully performed characters under the strong direction of Molly Haddon.