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Arts funding shake-up welcome news

SMH SPECTRUM

Director Rosie Dennis is working with seven Minto residents aged 64-78 on a show that celebrates growing old., Life as We Know It. Campbelltown Arts Centre, 26th February 2013


SMH Photo by Anna Kucera

ANDREW TAYLOR 12:15am Life for small arts organisations should become easier following this week's arts funding restructure, according to the Australia Council for the Arts.

Lunch with Celia Pacquola

Cloud nine: Celia Pacquola has been working on <i>Utopia</i> with Rob Sitch, one of her comedy heroes.

LAWRENCE MONEY 1:47am Celia Pacquola can make light of almost any situation but just don't mention Swedish room service.

James Thierree's Tabac Rouge set for 2015 Sydney Festival

High-wire act: James Thierree will be bringing a new show to the 2015 Sydney Festival.

LENNY ANN LOW 11:45pm The grandson of silent cinema star Charlie Chaplin will bring his newest theatre spectacle to the 2015 Sydney Festival.

Brisbane's future musical theatre stars go into the woods

Musical theatre students go Into the Woods for their major final year performance at the Conservatorium Theatre, South Bank.

Alex Connellan 1:27pm Brisbane's next crop of stage stars will be "magnificent", according to a London-based director.

Comments

The Effect improves but the result is unsubtle

Dehumanising environs: The Effect is perfectly watchable as a romantic melodrama.

Cameron Woodhead 1:07pm I’m not sold on the effect of The Effect, the four-hander from Lucy Prebble where love and neuroscience collide.

La Mama

There Are Trees That Are Dancers play review

Beverly Geldard as Hilda in There Are Trees That Are Dancers La Mama

Rebecca Harkins-Cross 12:26pm The life of painter Sybil Craig provided the inspiration for this play writes Rebecca Harkins-Cross.

Sydney Festival

Sydney Festival reveals James Thierree show as first act

James Thierree in <em>Tabac Rouge</em>, the first act announced for Sydney Festival 2015.

LENNY ANN LOW 8:12am Sydney Festival director Lieven Bertels reveals the first show for next year's arts festival.

CD review: Basement Jaxx

Junto by Basement Jaxx.

Andrew Drever Basement Jaxx

Animal brilliance keeps everything moving

Lauren Langlois and Alisdair Macindoe in Chunky Move's Keep Everything.

Reviewed by Chloe Smethurst Antony Hamilton’s Keep Everything is bursting with ideas. Challenging and entertaining, it was created with a top-notch team of collaborators in 2013, and is back in Melbourne after a national tour.

Theatre is like kissing strangers

Reviewed by Rebecca Harkins-Cross It’s been a few years since we’ve seen a solo show from Anna Lumb, the self-described “pocket rocket” whose effervescent performances combine elements of circus, burlesque and physical comedy

Theatre

Ensemble Theatre announces 2015 season

Co-artistic director Mark Kilmurry 
will direct David Hare's revised version of <em>My Zinc Bed</em>.

John Shand For the company, it will be the swansong years of artistic director Sandra Bates reports John Shand.

Making the Casus for circus as art

Tense action from Casus Circus.

NATALIE BOCHENSKI Casus Circus searches for moments of stillness in its second production, Finding the Silence.

Comments

Oscar Wilde's genius endures in this new State Theatre Company production

Stylish comedy: Certain scenes have assumed memorable status.

Peter Wilkins This sparkling production of The Importance of Being Earnest is testament to the satire's popularity.

Comedy

The 10 best jokes of the Edinburgh Fringe 2014

Felicity Ward.

Aussie comic Felicity Ward won over this year's Edinburgh Fringe festival with her humour.

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Review: The Two-Character Play 'a bit of a mess'

Obsessed: A 1973 picture of Tennessee Williams in London.

Reviewed by Cameron Woodhead Winterfall Theatre’s production is an attractive proposition if you’re a Tennessee Williams fan who hasn’t seen the play.

Production Company

The Production Company's Show Boat strikes some awkward notes

Reworked classic: Alinta Chidzey and Gareth Keegan in Showboat.

Reviewed by Rebecca Harkins-Cross 'Show Boat' was groundbreaking in the 1920s, but jars against modern racial sensibilities.

Helpmann Awards winners dominated by Sydney theatre talent Cate Blanchett, Richard Roxburgh

Best actress: Cate Blanchett (right) won Best Female Actor in a Play for her turn in <em>The Maids</em>.

JOEL MEARES It was a clean sweep for Sydney in the theatrical categories of this year's Helpmann Awards, held last night at the Capitol Theatre. 

Awards

Ring Cycle carries off six Helpmann Awards in big night for Opera Australia

Jane Ede & Lorina Gore as The Rhinemaidens in Opera Australia's Ring Cycle 2013.

JOEL MEARES Neil Armfield's 'Ring Cycle' was richly rewarded at the Helpmann Awards on Monday night.

The King and I at the Sydney Opera House in September

Timeless dance: Lisa McCune as Anna and Teddy Tahu Rhodes as the king.

ELISSA BLAKE For the dancers in the The King and I, the ballet sequence took some serious rehearsal time, writes Elissa Blake.

Review: Therese Raquin sucks in the audience

Impressive: Elizabeth Nabeen has the title role in Therese Raquin, being staged by Theatre Works.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed by Cameron Woodhead Gary Abrahams’ Therese Raquin is beautifully paced and engaging theatre that should attract a mainstream audience. (Indeed, I heard a nice old duck say during interval, “This is holding my attention much better than the MTC usually does.”)

Theatre

Pink Triangles has a powerful message

Bent

John Bailey An upcoming production at Theatre Works is set to open on the 75th anniversary of the start of World War II.

VCA

VCA Music Theatre graduates form Company 11

John Bailey Government cuts saw a curtain call for the course, but the spotlights are back reports John Bailey.

Review: Devdas the Musical

Forbidden love: Nikhil Anand, left, as Devdas and Ila Srivastava, as Paro, in <i>Devdas the Musical</I>.

Michelle Potter A musical about an Indian love triangle was unlike any show Michelle Potter had ever seen.

Brendan Cowell

Brendan Cowell's new play, The Sublime, is close to his sport-loving heart

Footy fare :Brendan Cowell's new play, The Sublime,  at Fairfax Studio, Arts Centre Melbourne, runs until October 4.

Sonia Harford Two sportsmen, one young woman and an end-of-season footy trip. In reigniting the sparks of this unstable compound, Brendan Cowell is a brave man.

'A bit of a joke': Helpmann Awards still dividing the critics

Critically unloved but well represented among the nominees: <i>Strictly Ballroom The Musical</i>.

ANDREW TAYLOR Sir Robert Helpmann would surely turn in his grave if he could hear the words used to describe the performing arts awards that are named in his honour.

Helpmann Awards

Helpmann Awards: Critics pick their winners

The Age and Sydney Morning Herald agree: Angels in America should take home theatre's top gong.

Who should win big at Monday night's Helpmann Awards? Our critics cast their eyes and ears back at the that was and play a round of "In a perfect world..." to pick their favourites among the nominees.

Glory Box: Sharp, disturbing and subversive

Remember those birthday parties you were dying to attend as a kid? Well, Finucane & Smith’s Glory Box is nothing like those.

Painful history of Coranderrk brought powerfully to life

Established in 1863, Coranderrk Station was an anomaly – a Victorian Aboriginal settlement that flourished in spite of the racist policies of the Protection Board, becoming a refuge for dispersed Indigenous peoples.

Rolling Thunder Vietnam examines war through stories and classic songs of the sixties

War cry: The cast of Rolling Thunder Vietnam.

ELISSA BLAKE The stories of young Vietnam War soldiers combine with the unforgettable music of the era in the stage show Rolling Thunder Vietnam, Elissa Blake writes.

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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