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In the red

Opera Australia 2014 report: Bigger audience fails to equal big enough returns

Georgy Vasiliev as Pinkerton and Hiromi Omura as Madama Butterfly helped Opera Australia attract a bigger audience. However the increase was not matched at the box office.

JOEL MEARES 5:15pm Opera Australia's latest annual report 'an outcome we cannot sustain over time', says Chief Executive Craig Hassall.


Behind the scenes with Sydney Dance Company director Rafael Bonachela

Sydney Dance Company artistic director Rafael Bonachela.

Sydney Dance Company artistic director Rafael Bonachela will discuss his creative processes.

Back To Back Theatre's Theatre of Speed joins Geelong After Dark festival

Back To Back Theatre's experimental ensemble Theatre of Speed presents We Did Die Laughing at the Geelong After Dark festival.

John Bailey The second Geelong After Dark festival this weekend features Back to Back Theatre's experimental workshop ensemble Theatre of Speed.

Tap Dogs star Adam Garcia to lead Melbourne revival of Singin' In The Rain

Happy again: Adam Garcia will star in the Australian revival of <i>Singin' In The Rain</i>, to open in Melbourne in 2016.

John Bailey Adam Garcia will walk down the lane with a happy refrain in the Australian production of the classic musical.

Storm Boy illustrator Robert Ingpen on bringing Colin Thiele's classic book to life, and seeing it adapted for the stage

Otis Pavlovic and Mr Percival in Barking Gecko Theatre and Sydney Theatre Company's production of <i>Storm Boy</i>.

Sonia Harford Imagination takes flight in a new theatre production of Colin Thiele's classic book– complete with flapping, pecking puppet pelicans.

Comedy tour

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver star to visit Australia for the first time

John Oliver: Coming to Australia.

NICK GALVIN Satirist John Oliver, who once called prime minister Tony Abbott a 'car crash of a human being', is to bring his live show to Australia for the first time.

Puberty Blues' Ashleigh Cummings heads to Hollywood – via Mongolia

Ashleigh Cummings says she will never tire of playing teens.

ELISSA BLAKE Rising star Ashleigh Cummings finds a stint with the Masai in Kenya, travelling with nomads in the Sahara, and bunking down in a yurt in central Asia keep her fresh for roles on screen and stage.

Clinton The Musical: Hillary's presidency fodder for Australian brothers' off-Broadway farce

A scene from the Aussie parody of the Clinton era which has won fans in the US.

Ellen Connolly Aussie humour has won many American fans in a parody of the Clinton era.

Paul Capsis: Judy Garland and me

Paul Capsis in rehearsal for <i>The Wizard of Oz</i> at Belvoir.

Paul Capsis As the actor prepares to play the Cowardly Lion in an adults-only Wizard of Oz, he pays homage to the star who brought the tale to life on screen.

YouTube changes face of comedy

Greta Lee Jackson.

Dee Jefferson A new generation of comedians are skipping the live circuit to achieve fame online through YouTube.

Mic check! Sound troubles test Stephen K Amos at hilarious Perth gig

The British comedian soldiered on when the microphone failed... twice.

CANDICE BARNES An experienced comedian, a well-established venue and an eager crowd should be a recipe for a good night out – providing you don't forget to pop charged batteries in the performer's microphone.

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Dance review

Sydney Dance Company comes up trumps with Quintett and Frame of Mind

Todd Sutherland, Jesse Scales, and Sam Young-Wright (standing) perform in the Sydney Dance Company's Frame of Mind.

Reviewer: Michelle Potter In Quintett, by William Forsythe, and Frame of Mind, by Rafael Bonachela, the Sydney Dance Company troupe displays incredible athleticism and skill.

Grounded: confronting the human side of drone warfare

Game of drones: Kate Cole in <i>Grounded</i>.

ELISSA BLAKE A play about a grounded female fighter pilot illuminates the ethical complexities of drone warfare.

Tamara Saulwick's Endings tunes in to sounds of old to reconnect to loved ones

<i>Endings</i> proves uplifting despite its sombre tone.

John Bailey The end of life takes on a new resonance in the audio world of artist Tamara Saulwick.

Laughs after lights out

Sydney Comedy Festivals: Comedians lean on their tribe to get over post-show 'adrenaline dump'

Wind-down: Comedians, from left, Harley Breen, Jen Carnovale, Matt Okine, Susie Youssef and Luke Heggie at the Enmore Theatre.

ELISSA BLAKE The show is over. The lights are off. The mic stand is gone. What happens now? Comedians share their come-down tactics.

Is This Somewhere You've Been Before? review: Mystery and horror lurk behind one-on-one performance

One on one: Hallie Shellam's intimate show <i>Is This Somewhere You've Been Before?</i>.

Rebecca Harkins-Cross This one-on-one micro performance tosses us headlong into a missing person case, breaking down the illusory space between audience and artist.

No love for Hugh

Tony Awards 2015 nominations see Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal snubbed

This 2014 photo provided by Boneau/Bryan-Brown shows Hugh Jackman as The Man in

Michael Paulson Despite his acclaimed performance in The River, Hugh Jackman has missed out on an acting nod at this year's Tonys.


Oscar Wilde stripped bare in De Profundis at Powerhouse

Brian Lucas captures the spirit of a broken but not beaten Oscar Wilde in this debut performance of De Profundis.

NATALIE BOCHENSKI Taking on the role of Oscar Wilde in a new one man show required actor Brian Lucas to strip the famous author bare – both emotionally and physically.

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Western Sydney representation: Should board members of state cultural institutions be appointed by postcode?

ANDREW TAYLOR State cultural institutions are scrambling to appoint board members from western Sydney to comply with NSW government demands.

Georgy Girl Seekers musical to be produced by Mamma Mia's Richard East

The Seekers celebrated their 50th anniversary tour in 2013. From left, Athol Guy, Judith Durham, Bruce Woodley and Keith Potger.

Robin Usher The much-loved music of the Seekers will be the star of new musical Georgy Girl.

Big in Europe

Barrie Kosky's Komische Oper wins best company at International Opera Awards

Continued success: Barrie Kosky's Komische Opera was named best company at the International Opera Awards.

Alison Smale BERLIN - In this city of three major opera houses, an acclaimed star of recent seasons has been offstage: Barrie Kosky, a self-described "gay Jewish kangaroo" from Australia whose staged productions have encompassed Rameau and Mozart as well as forgotten 1930s operettas and "West Side Story."...


TV stars Gina Riley, Nicki Wendt, George Kapiniaris and John Wood to grace stage

Gina Riley (left) of Kath and Kim fame has joined the stage cast of Nice Work If You Can Get It.

John Bailey The latest casting announcement from The Production Company might have readers thinking they've skipped to the TV listings.

Choreographer Tanja Liedtke's memory kept alive in new double-bill

Legacy: Tanja Liedtke created Enter Twilight for Tasdance in 2004.

John Bailey Tanja Liedtke's Enter Twilight will play Kyneton Town Hall on Wednesday before arriving in Melbourne.

South Park creators' Trey Parker and Matt Stone's Broadway hit The Book of Mormon to open in Melbourne

Rema Webb, Andrew Rannells and Josh Gad in the Broadway production of <i>The Book of Mormon</i>.

DEBBIE CUTHBERTSON Watch out Australia – the creators of TV's controversial animated comedy South Park are bringing their hit Broadway musical Down Under: and looking for homegrown talent to star in their stage show.

Metanoia Theatre pushes the envelope with season of interactive theatre at Brunswick Mechanics Institute

<i>Get In Loser, We're Doing Witchcraft</i>, from experimental live art project Expen$$$ive.

Cameron Woodhead Meet Expen$$$ive, the famous pop band who have never made any music.

Review: As You Like It but Bell's latest production not as Shakespeare would like it

Zahra Newman

Reviewed by Cameron Woodhead Bell Shakespeare's production of As You Like It suffers from incoherent direction and unexceptional acting, writes Cameron Woodhead.

Different Dorothy in Belvoir's St theatre's dark take on Wizard of Oz

Emily Milledge and Lucky Jim star as Dorothy and Toto in The Wizard of Oz at the Belvoir St Theatre.

ELISSA BLAKE Belvoir's adaptation of the story made famous by Judy Garland is 'violent and surprising', says director Adena Jacobs – and definitely not for children.

Sunny Afternoon writer Joe Penhall on the long road to the musical's Olivier Award win

British-Australian playwright and screenwriter Joe Penhall in Melbourne this week.

DEBBIE CUTHBERTSON As he took to the stage this month to accept the Olivier Award for his stage show Sunny Afternoon, English writer Joe Penhall was not at all prepared.

Costume dramas: what you won't see from the dress circle

Teddy Tahu Rhodes tries on a costume from <i>Don Giovanni</i>.

MICHAEL LALLO Things may look glamorous from where you're sitting, but behind the scenes of Opera Australia and the Australian Ballet, an entirely different drama plays out daily.

Male ballet dancers learn the art of dancing on their toes

From left, Rohan Furnell, Joseph Chapman and Luke Marchant practice dancing en pointe.

ELISSA BLAKE The men of the Australian Ballet get to the pointe for a production of Frederick Ashton's The Dream.

Cabaret rolls back years

Hot songs from the year 1942 will be reprised in a special show.

Different signals

Director Rafael Bonachela was inspired by signs.

Heavenly musical tribute

Celestial magic as ensemble takes to the open air.

Madam Pat and all that jazz

Life and times of Pat Thompson at Four Winds Festival.

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