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...

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...

Cream of The Crate: Album Review # 172 – Koko Taylor: What It Takes

cream of the crate: album review # 172 – koko taylor: what it takes
      This review was originally posted on the first Toorak Times web site where publications ceased on that site in March 2017. The old site will be permanently closed in 2020 and these reviews are being re-published in order to preserve them on the current Toorak Times/Tagg site.    This is album retro-review number 172 in the series of retro-reviews of...

Hugo Race and True Spirit at The Winnebago 18/7/2016

hugo race and true spirit at the winnebago 18/7/2016
Watching this band for the second time and becoming more aware of their brilliance I have become entranced by the rough elegance of hardened, long term travellers from the Australian punk and rock experience that took the dangerous road to Europe to explore their music over many years and have a performance presence that elevates the sense. This is no band...

Jojo Rabbit Movie review 2019

jojo rabbit  (the movie review)  2020
I initially resisted seeing this movie mainly because of my unfounded preconceived idea that it was nothing more than a silly comedy about World War Two in Nazi Germany. Wrong!! This Best Adapted Screenplay winner at the 2020 Academy Awards,  is a skilfully presented black comedy/historical drama/satire as well as a young boy’s ‘coming of age tale.  Taika Waititi’s screen interpretation of...

Frankenstien

frankenstien
Presented by Theatre Works and Don't Look Away and written by Lally Katz, this a modern interpretation of work penned by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. Oddly beautiful, and uncomfortable in it’s own skin this production is laced with some potent undertones but more importantly it's just damn good fun all round. This is Frankenstein, but not as you would know the...

ROBERTO DEVEREAUX by DONIZETTI

ROBERTO DEVEREAUX BY DONIZETTI
Opening nite time again this time for this AUSTRALIAN PREMIER fabulis production of I @ Athenaeum by Melbourne opera company. This is MOCs third in the TheTrilogy series, each being held at different Melbourne inner city venues.... back to the future now and home in Collins St Saturday nite November 11,14,16,18 at 7-30pm sharp!   Music to dye for great set on the now-adaze...

Cream of The Crate: Album Review # 174 – Various Artists: The Unissued 1963 Blues Festival

cream of the crate: album review # 174 – various artists: the unissued 1963 blues festival
    This review was originally posted on the first Toorak Times web site where publications ceased on that site in March 2017. The old site will be permanently closed in 2020 and these reviews are being re-published in order to preserve them on the current Toorak Times/Tagg site.      This is album retro-review number 174 in the series of retro-reviews of...

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...

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

it’s only the end of the world – film review
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...