January 30

Are You Listening Now? – Xavier Coy and the growing wealth divide. (Theatre Review)

Are You Listening Now? Fresh Works at 505 and Fixed Foot Productions 29 Janary – 2 Feruary 2019 You can grab your tickets here.  For those of us on the left, a desire to cause social transformation usually leads us directly to the naming of an ideological enemy. Today this is easy – the enemies […]

January 22

Love and Anger – Betty Grumble and respect for Valerie Solanas (Theatre Review)

Betty Grumble – Love and Anger 21 – 26 January 2019. You can grab your tickets here. Griffin Theatre Company Just mention the name Valerie Solanas and the internet hums with the hoards of angry men rushing to shut your mouth in the name of free speech. The S.C.U.M. Manifesto is an intentional provocation to […]

January 21

Trainspotting – Stellar production reignites the novel over the film. (Theatre Review)

Trainspotting 16-26 January 2019 Limelight on Oxford – You can grab your tickets here.  Production Shots: Emma Wright In contemporary zeitgeist, Trainspotting has come to define the generation after its characters and their relationship to the Danny Boyle film. See this exemplified in book tours Irvine Welsh makes alongside Chuck Palahniuk whose epic tome Fight […]

January 21

Counting and Cracking – The start of a new conversation (Theatre Review)

Counting and Cracking Belvoir and CoCurious Part of The Festival of Sydney, 11 January to 2 February. Then Adelaide Fetival 2 – 9 March. You can check tickets for Sydney here, and Adelaide here. Images: Brett Boardman   Part way through Act 2 of Counting and Cracking Apah (Prakash Belawadi) makes the following statement: “Two […]

January 17

In the Heights – Quick cover. (Theatre Review)

In the Heights Blue Saint Productions Sydney Opera House. You can find out more here. Images: Clare Hawley In my efforts to cover as many shows in Sydney as I can, I do not always get the chance to perform in depth analysis on each one. However, feedback is essential and it is my intention […]

January 15

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – What do we do with Oompa-Loompa’s? (Theatre Review)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Capitol Theatre January to June 2019 You can grab your tickets here. Images: Jeff Busby Issues of race plagued Roald Dhal when he first penned Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Having originally wrote Charlie as a black child, the story goes he was persuaded by his publisher to make Charlie […]

January 11

Nosferatu: A Fractured Symphony – Standing on the shoulders of our Vampires. (Theatre Review)

Nosferatu: A Fractured Symphony Montague Basement at The Old 505 Theatre 8 Jan – 19 Jan – You can grab your tickets here. Find out more about the production here. Images: Zania Ahmed   “O Germany- Hearing the speeches that ring from your house, One laughs. But whoever sees you, reaches for his knife.” Bertolt […]

January 08

Since Ali Died – Poetry on the Griffin Stage (Theatre Review)

Since Ali Died Griffin Theatre Company Stables Theatre, 7-19 January. You can grab your tickets here. Images: Robert Catto Rap, Hip Hop and other Mainstream Black Art occupy an explosive tension at the intersection of race, commerce and culture. A great deal of Black Art is consumed by non-Black folk and distributed upon non-Black platforms […]

January 07

Fool For Love – Freedom from the father (Theatre Review)

Fool for Love Patina Productions Limelight on Oxford 2-12 January You can grab your tickets here. Images: Clare Hawley Locating Sam Shepard’s Fool For Love in time and psychological context is a complex matter. The themes of Fool For Love and others in his Family Quintet are universal: the outer landscapes imposition upon the inner world; […]

December 20

The Illusionists – The experience of Magic. (Theatre Review)

The Illusionists 19 to 29 December, Sydney Opera House. You can grab your tickets here. It is now the stuff of legend that the Simon Painter produced 2013 The Illusionists show sold out at the Sydney Opera House before it even opened. The shows subsequent popularity has become something of a mystery for critics. At […]