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Masquerade: how Kate Mulvany unlocked the secrets of Kit Williams' classic tale

Actress and playwright Kate Mulvany: her love of <i>Masquerade</i> began 30 years ago.

Kate Mulvany When the Australian actress was a sick child in a cancer ward, a picture book filled with riddles and magic helped keep her hopes alive.

Christmas has Cal Wilson in the saddle.


Cal WIlson Ditching all retro fantasies, it's time to get back in the saddle after a lifetime of hit-and-miss cycling.

Band of Magicians keeping the magic alive

James Galea from Band of Magicians

John Bailey Magic can attract some bona fide weirdos.

Circus-themed burlesque show Limbo redefines big top entertainment

Stripped back: A Simple Space distils circus performance to pure acrobatics.

ELISSA BLAKE Circus burlesque performer Heather Holliday started out as a Coney Island magician's assistant before setting a record for sword-swallowing.

Opera singer Michael Vaiasinni's first Carols by Candlelight a 'dream come true'

Homecoming: Michael Vaiasinni has returned to Australia from Italy to perform 'O Holy Night' at the Carols by Candlelight.

BHAKTHI PUVANENTHIRAN Michael Vaiasinni spent the Christmas Eves of his childhood watching Carols by Candlelight but this year the 24-year-old legally blind opera singer will perform on the very same stage.

Billie Whitelaw: Death of the 'perfect' actress

Billie Whitelaw.

Billie Whitelaw, who has died aged 82, was not only one of the most intelligent and versatile British actresses of her generation. When she made her name in the surrealistic drama of Samuel Beckett, he called her the "perfect actress".

Too risky: Why orchestras and opera companies avoid Australian works

Rare premiere: <i>Jandamarra – Sing for the Country</i> at the Sydney Opera House.

ANDREW TAYLOR A study has found just 7 per cent of Sydney Symphony Orchestra concerts were Australian works this year and the percentage was in for Melbourne and Queensland's orchestras.

Hakuna Matata Christmas

The Lion King cast reveal plans for Brisbane Christmas

The international cast of The Lion King will spend Christmas in Brisbane.

NATALIE BOCHENSKI The stars of The Lion King reveals how they will celebrate Christmas.


Dancer Kristina Chan found her Plan B, without ballet, led to a brilliant career

Moving: Kristina Chan rehearses for <i>Puncture</i>.

Valerie Lawson Rejected by the Australian Ballet School, Kristina Chan has made her name as both a dancer and choreographer.

Losing a dress to accidental flirting: actor Toby Schmitz's guide to behaving in the theatre

The cast of <i>This Blasted Earth</i>: Blazey Best, Ewen Leslie, Septimus Caton (foreground), Jan Langford-Penny, Travis Cotton and Ella Scott-Lynch.

Toby Schmitz Toby Schmitz gives his take on theatre etiquette.

NYE at Federation Square: Lights, circus and island sounds


John Bailey Fed Square is calling on Melburnians to to be part of an ultraviolet spectacle built exclusively for its NYE celebrations.

Former Perth festival director David Blenkinsop dies

Former Perth International Arts Festival director David Blenkinsop.

John Bailey The arts world has bid farewell to David Blenkinsop, a leading figure whose 23 years as artistic director of Perth International Arts Festival shaped the Australian cultural scene.

Tim Crouch's one-man show I, Malvolio encourages audience to misbehave

Reverse heckler: Tim Crouch in his one-man show

Cameron Woodhead Tim Crouch says Australian audiences are more attuned to misbehaving, and that's what he wants them to do during his one-man show "I, Malvolio".

Camille O'Sullivan's Changeling coming to The Famous Spielgeltent at Sydney Festival

Woman in red: One of the many faces of actress and singer Camille O'Sullivan.

ELISSA BLAKE Camille O'Sullivan is bringing her one-woman rock and roll theatre to the Sydney Festival. Elissa Blake talks to her.

Jason Blake's wrap of the year in theatre: 2014

Hugo Weaving in Sydney Theatre Company's Macbeth.

Jason Blake Gender balance in our theatre companies was a talking point in 2012 and 2013. This year audiences reaped the results of an overdue conversation.

Julia Donaldson's The Snail and the Whale comes to life at the Sydney Opera House

Bedtime favourite: Children's story <i>The Snail and the Whale</i> has become a theatre work.

ELISSA BLAKE A critically lauded work of theatre for children, The Snail and the Whale, based on the picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, comes to the Opera House.

Sydney Festival's Wot? No Fish!! explores marriage, love and hardship

Drawing domesticity: Ab Solomons sketched scenes from his life on the pay packets he would hand over to his wife Celie. The doodles inspired the show, <i>Wot? No Fish!!</i>.

ANDREW TAYLOR The chance discovery of a shoebox full of drawings uncovered a couple's secrets and hidden passions.


Stella Young memorial: Tears and joy over iconic comedian

Comedian Nelly Thomas' tears over her friend.

Michelle Griffin and Bhakthi Puvanenthiran The public memorial for trailblazing activist Stella Young was an exuberant gig in her honour.

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Stella Young memorial: Comedian still gets last word at public farewell

Stella Young's friends and fans say goodbye at the Melbourne Town Hall.

BHAKTHI PUVANENTHIRAN If organisers of Stella Young's memorial sought to get a crowd as colourful as she was, they met their goal.

You must remember If the Stage Exploded

Performance: In creating <em>I Guess If the Stage Exploded ...</em> Sylvia Rimat consulted scientists to learn about the way humans create memories.

ELISSA BLAKE German performance artist Sylvia Rimat wants her show I Guess If The Stage Exploded … to be unforgettable.

Sydney Theatre Awards: recognition for small musicals and female playwrights but snubs for Strictly Ballroom and Hugo Weaving

Recognised: Sarah Peirse with Eamon Farren in <i>Switzerland</i>.

ELISSA BLAKE Nominations for this year's Sydney Theatre Awards have passed over Strictly Ballroom and Hugo Weaving.

Melbourne Theatre Company announces Women Directors Program class of 2015

Fringe success: The co-creator of

John Bailey The Melbourne Theatre Company has selected the participants for its 2015 Women Directors Program after the success of the initiative's first incarnation this year.

Castlemaine State Festival features works inspired by fact

Yarn spinner: Jan Wositzky will perform a tribute to legendary bushman Bill Harney at the festival.

John Bailey The Castlemaine State Festival's 2015 program, announced last week, features a baker's dozen of theatrical outings.

Richmond venue The Owl and the Pussycat to reopen

Jason Cavanagh has left The Owl and the Pussycat after five years at the helm.

John Bailey When Jason Cavanagh left Richmond venue The Owl and the Pussycat, its future was uncertain, but now it has confirmed it will reopen its doors early next year.

Yana Alana's hilarious Between the Cracks cabaret confronts taboo issues

Cult figure: Yana Alana in <i>Between the Cracks</i>.

BHAKTHI PUVANENTHIRAN Through comedy and song, a naked Yana Alana exposes more than just her body in another divine diva performance.

UK dramatist David Wood adapted children's classic The Tiger Who Came To Tea for the stage

Roaring fun: A stage performance of Judith Kerr's children's classic,

Sonia Harford Actor and writer David Wood, dubbed Britain's “national children’s dramatist”, never forgets the risks in meddling with treasured childhood stories such as Judith Kerr's classic "The Tiger Who Came to Tea".

The Crucible at Bella Vista Farm review: well told in ambient setting

Captivating: Georgia Adamson and Julian Garner in Sport For Jove's <i>The Crucible</i>.

Jason Blake Get up close to the candle-lit action to immerse yourself in Arthur Miller's witch hunt – made all the more eerie in its rural setting. 

Close to the Bone review: Intimate Circus Oz show thrills with detail

Spencer Inwood of Circus Oz performs on the Aerial ring at The Melba Spiegeltent.

Chloe Smethurst Close to the Bone features the current company performers, up close and very, very personal.

The serious job of bringing theatre to children

The Luck Child David Collins

ELISSA BLAKE David Collins brings the magic of theatre to life for children through the folk tale stage show The Luck Child, writes Elissa Blake.

Entertainment a serious business for Disney Theatrical Group boss Tom Schumacher

Trademark: Disney Theatrical Group president Tom Schumacher has a collection of distinctive spectacles.

LAWRENCE MONEY The world of theatre can be merciless, but it has a unique allure.

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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