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Saturday, August 24, 2019

Merciless Gods

merciless gods
It's so refreshing to see some great theatre being produced, though calling Little Ones stage adaption of the work by Christos Tsiolkas "great" seems almost reductive. It's impossible not to be simultaneously blown away yet also drawn inwardly into this performance. Each of the spiralling narratives builds to an unsettling end, as all of the sexual tension explodes and...

Tanderrum

tanderrum
Over the past four years, to mark the commencement of Melbourne Festival the five clans of the Kulin Nation: Wurundjeri, Boon Wurrung, Taungurung, Dja Dja Wurrung and Wadawurrung n welcome us to country in Tanderrum, a ceremony that up until recently had not been performed here in Melbourne since 1835. These are the first words spoken before the 18 days of stories and sensations that...

Model Citizens

model citizens
This is where circus rediscovers it’s rhythm, Model Citizens is a triumphant exercise into art and the way in which it so perfectly can capture the very essence of a country’s  identity. To say this is strictly circus would be doing it an injustice, for there are some damn fine moments of choreography, and as a whole, the performance...

The Moors

latest enews: “a visual, sensual and theatrical masterpiece” the moors beckon you
There is something masterful at play here, a beautiful gothic splendour lurking just under the surface of this dark brooding almost hyper-feminist tale, set among the eery gloom of a manor house on the moors. Never one to take itself to seriously, The Moors also offers moments of brilliantly timed humour of the darkest and most wicked kind. A work that...

It’s Only The End Of The World – film review

it’s only the end of the world – film reviewvideo
Oh lord this was tough to get through. Directed by French Canadian Xavier Dolan, who is only 27, this adaptation of a play by Jean-Luc Lagarce has already kicked a few goals for the boy genius who was once a child actor. His movies ‘Mommy’ and ‘I Killed My Mother’ (which premiered at Cannes in 2009 and received an eight minute...

Djuki Mala are Fabulous

djuki mala are fabulous
What a marvellous show at Map 57, Djuki Mala is one of the most enjoyable experiences I have had at any show this year. The dancers from NE Arnhem land, Yolngu people, are also known as the ‘Chooky Dancers’ the comedic energy they bring to their dance when crossing cultural styles, their Zorba the Greek brings the house down. It is...

The Way Out

the way out
Close your eyes, really tight, breath the clean air and even just a for a second, imagine a bleak and dystopian place that has snatched from us all that is great about this country. Now, was that difficult, or is it not so much of a far reaching prophecy? For debuting play-write Josephine Collins, this is the backdrop to which...

Perfect Strangers – film review

perfect strangers – film reviewvideo
                                        Perfect Strangers screened during the Palace Cinemas 2016 Italian Film Festival and was one of my favourite films last year. It was a box office hit in Italy and the Tribeca Film Festival praised the script for it’s ‘masterful flow between...

A  THIN  LIFE

a  thin  life
  Every now and then a hitherto unknown work, by a departed master of their craft, greets the light of day. Fortunately for all, Frank Howson in particular, we have not had to wait for Howson’s physical demise to enjoy this gem of a short film, “A Thin Life.” After strong encouragement from MUFF Fest Director, Richard Wolstencroft, Howson and editor,...

DREAM LOVER – The Musical

dream lover – the musical
America Comes To Sydney via St. Kilda If America has a ‘Kissing Cousin’ it is Australia. Canada is geographically too close, and, too many of the blighters have French as their mother tongue. New Zealand is too small. South Africa is, well, too South African. England: No way! America had to fight a war to yank themselves free from the...