January 17

Jack Data – Lisa chats with Ruth Bell. (Theatre Interview)

  Jack Data is playing at the 505 Theatre as part of their wonderful Fresh Works Program. You can grab your tickets here. I had a wonderful time constructing my questions for Ruth Bell. This renewed interest in fembots (and now mascbots) is a writers fantasy of sci fi meets 1960’s spy thrillers. This new […]

January 13

Sorting Out Rachel – Lisa Chats with David Williamson (Theatre Interview)

  Sorting Out Rachael is at the Ensemble Theatre from 19 January to 17 March. You can grab your tickets here. My personal history with David Williamson’s plays have been chequered. As a young student of literature I was a passionate fan, taking great delight in his portrayal of all things Australian, grateful for his wit […]

January 13

Green Day American Idiot – American punk-lite at its best. (Theatre Review)

Green Day’s American Idiot Sydney Opera House – Concert Hall January 11 – 14. You can grab your tickets here. Being a fan of hard core punk, I never liked Green Day. Americanized watered down punk-lite, they were a mish mash of decent riffs tied together with THAT song ensuring no one could have the […]

January 11

My Name Is Jimi – Subtle poking at a white anxiety. (Theatre Review)

My Name is Jimi Belvoir Theatre 15 – 21 January. You can grab your tickets here. Theatre is, grammatically, what makes us see. Rather, the theatre is that which exposes what is usually hidden. Theatre makes visible the invisible. In this sense, the representation of culture from the kwod of Wagadagam by Jimi Bani exposes […]

January 05

The Wizard of Oz – Basking in the warm glow of nostalgia. (Theatre Reiew)

The Wizard of Oz The Capitol Theatre, 30 Dec 2017 to 4 Feb 2018 You can gab your tickets here. The word ‘nostalgia’ comes from two Greek roots: nóstos (“return home”) and ἄλγος, álgos (“longing”). It can be defined as longing for a home that no longer exists or has never existed. Nostalgia is a […]

December 15

A Christmas Carol – Kissing the Scrooge in all of us. (Theatre Review)

A Christmas Carol Lies Lies and Propoganda with bAKEHOUSE Theatre Company. From 14 to 24 December at KXT You can grab your tickets here. I’ve always been a little wary of A Christmas Carol. Is it a play about a kind of redemption available to all of us, or a nasty man who is so […]

December 11

The Seagull – Actors transcend writers by the embodiment of text. (Theatre Review)

The Seagull The Depot Theatre with Secret House Theatre Company From 6 – 16 December. You can grab your tickets here. Images: Bob Seary The aesthetic stage, by its very nature, is severed by the ethical problem of concrete existence – self choice. The stage is for Chekhov an artificial actuality or shadow existence. Theatre […]

December 09

Barbara and the Camp Dogs – The unholy cry of Ursula Yovich. (Theatre Review)

Barbara and the Camp Dogs Belvoir Theatre 2-23 December – You can grab your tickets here We “good” Aussie white folk nod in recognition to the theory of “Decolonise, Don’t Recognise” but putting these good intentions to task is another thing altogether. As the extraordinary Ursula Yovich stands before us and yawps her lament, we […]

December 01

High Fidelity – A joyful celebration of stupidity as healing. (Theatre Review)

High Fidelity Highway Run productions with Neil Gooding Productions Hayes Theatre November 18 – December 17. You can grab your tickets here. In his preface to Phenomenology, Hegel takes Schelling to task for suggesting stupidity is at the origin of being. But is not High Fidelity a flawless example of this very idea? Schelling posits […]

November 27

Virgins and Cowboys – Lisa chats with Morgan Rose and Dave Selswick (Theatre Interview)

Virgins and Cowboys is showing at The Stables theatre 30 November to 16 December. You can grab your tickets here. For Louis Althusser, questions of thought had to do with battles, frontlines and the  balance of power. Meditation and withdrawal be damned, it was intervention that sparked revolution, ideas and intelectual movement. Politically speaking, success […]