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Sapphires star Shari Sebbens finds the stuff of Shakespeare in Waterloo

Shari Sebbens and Shareena Clanton play sisters Cassie and Sissy in the Sydney Theatre Company's production <i>Battle of Waterloo</i>.

ELISSA BLAKE 12:15am  Shari Sebbens, star of Redfern Now and The Sapphires, describes her latest theatrical outing as "mad and beautiful".

B-Girl: iOTA, Craig Ilott and Blazey Best reunite for a glam-rock fantasy

iOTA as the glam rock god from another planet in the musical B Girl.

Jacqui Taffel A crazy idea comes to fruition as a glittering new star hits the stage.

Choreographer Mark Morris says live dance needs live music

The Mark Morris Dancers will be performing at the Sydney Opera House in June.

ELISSA BLAKE Outspoken New York choreographer Mark Morris on why tight budgets are no excuse for not dancing to live musicians.

Globe Theatre's Hamlet trades frills for colour-blind force

Amanda Wilkin and Keith Bartlett from London's Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.

Reviewed by Cameron Woodhead Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London brings their touring production of "Hamlet" to Geelong.

Opera Scholars Australia revels in Grimm tales set to imaginative score

Gordon Kerry, composer of Opera Scholars Australia's new work.

Reviewed by Martin Duffy New work from Opera Scholars Australia weaves together the fairytales of the brothers Grimm.

Senator Brandis' arts budget exposes sector to fickle fashion

Artist Zoe Angus performs an impromptu dance for Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Shadow Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus last week at ACCA to protest against changes to arts funding.

Julian Meyrick The aftermath of the 2015 budget for the arts is one of confusion and dismay, writes Julian Meyrick.

Rosa's ripping yarns kicks of Hayes Theatre's winter cabaret season

Rosa the Waxer, aka Marney McQueen, is bringing her yarns to the Hayes Theatre.

ELISSA BLAKE The confessions of waxer Rosa Waxoffski will get the winter cabaret season off to a hot and sticky start.

Retro Futurismus looks back to a cooler future

Retro Futurism.

John Bailey What happened to the space-age dreams our pop culture promised? A new show presents a retro-glam vision.

Bizet's Carmen the greatest femme fatale

Men fall at the feet of Carmen, played here by Nancy Fabiola Herrera with the Opera Australia Chorus.

Jane Shilling Georges Bizet's Carmen is the ultimate alluring woman, whose attraction results in death.

Winter is coming: What to do in Sydney every day in winter

British comedian John Oliver plays the State Theatre on August 30 and 31.

Louise Rugendyke and Elissa Blake From hot ticket John Oliver to music by Mark Ronson and Blur, more movies than you could hope for, plus ice-skating galore, here's your guide to the best Sydney has to offer this winter. Now just get out and enjoy it.

What's on in Sydney this weekend: 20 things to hear, see and do

The brains behind <i>Mad Men</i>, Matthew Weiner, is at the Opera House on Sunday.

Elissa Blake, Sharne Wolff, Garry Maddox, Sarah Thomas and Louise Rugendyke From the secrets of Mad Men to the art of Radiohead and a night of Hijinks at Madame Tussauds, we have your weekend covered.

Around the globe with a 400-year-old play: Globe Shakespeare goes Geelong

Globe Shakespeare's Amanda Wilkin and Keith Bartlett in Geelong, where they will perform in Hamlet as part of a world tour.

DEBBIE CUTHBERTSON Amanda Wilkin could be easily forgiven for forgetting where she is and who she's playing.

Semaphore review: Signals in encoded language flag stories through dance

Bright red and yellow Semaphore flags deliver colour and dazzling movement with Kate Neal's production.

Chloe Smethurst Encoded languages such as Morse and the eponymous semaphore have provided ample material for composer Kate Neal.

The Exonerated review: Patchy production of death-row drama

The Exonerated is based on real cases reconstructed from court transcripts, letters and extended interviews

Rebecca Harkins-Cross The fact that Bob Dylan's Hurricane plays as the audience enters the theatre hints at the fervid but somewhat obvious tone.

Circus Oz and Melbourne International Comedy Festival co-founder John Pinder dies aged 70

John Pinder (left) with Mark Ford, the executive producer of the Sydney Comedy Festival15

DEBBIE CUTHBERTSON Arts administrator and producer John Pinder, who had a key role in the founding of Circus Oz and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, has died at the age of 70.

For her father

New stolen generation play wins Katie Beckett $20,000 Balnaves Award

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 27:  Actor and writer Katie Beckett poses for a portrait at the Belvoir Theatre on May 27, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. Katie Beckett has been announced as the winner of The Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright's Award 2015.  (Photo by Jessica Hromas/Fairfax Media) *** Local Caption *** Katie Beckett

ANDREW TAYLOR Inspired by her own experiences with child protection services, actor and writer Katie Beckett has written a play about the new stolen generation, and has already won an award for it.


Performing arts community mourns Neighbours actor and Melbourne Theatre Company actor Bob Hornery

Bob Hornery, who  spent half a century with the Melbourne Theatre Company, pictured in 2012.

Peter Craven The performing arts community pays tribute to Melbourne Theatre Company stalwart and film and television actor Bob Hornery.

Skilled exploration of notions of home

Scene from The Dust and Us, La Mama.

Reviewed by Cameron Woodhead Theatre company Human Animal Exchange explore ecological and feminist themes in their new work.

Results are in

Sydney Theatre Company reports financial loss, falling attendances for 2014

Number one ticket: <i>Cyrano de Bergerac</i> was the Sydney Theatre Company's biggest seller for 2014.

ANDREW TAYLOR The Sydney Theatre Company has blamed the late cancellation of two shows at the Roslyn Packer Theatre for the company's financial loss in 2014.


The right moves

Shaun Parker and Co wins Emerging Talent prize at NSW Creative Achievement Awards

Rapid rise: choreographer and dancer Shaun Parker with four company dancers.

JOEL MEARES It may be just four years old, but Shaun Parker and Company has quickly become one of Australia's most exciting dance prospects.


Australian Ballet loses millions on performances but reports healthy surplus

The Nutcracker was one of the Australian Ballet's most successful shows in 2014, earning more than $6.5 million at the box office.

ANDREW TAYLOR The Australian Ballet, one of the country's most heavily subsidised arts organisations, does not attract enough paying guests to cover its costs.

New play readings at MTC Connect

Two sides: New works in Melbourne Theatre Company's Connect series examine immigration in Australia.

John Bailey Yes Way, We Made Australia Home is a "gentle reproach" to the Operation Sovereign Borders slogan.

Chalk About dance production poses big questions about existence

Stretching imaginations: Glasgow-born dancer and choreographer Christine Devaney and Belgian performer Hendrik Lebon's dance work Chalk About.

John Bailey The critically-acclaimed production Chalk About explores notions of identity, place, history and the future.

Melbourne playwright Debra Thomas wins playwrights' award

Kate Mulvany is the new Patrick White Playwright's Fellow.

John Bailey Melbourne playwright Debra Thomas has won the 2014 Patrick White Playwrights' Award for The Man's Bitch, a satire charting the tumultuous career of former Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

The search for meaning in the information age

Director Kip Williams is rehearsing the Australian premiere of Caryl Churchill's <i>Love and Information</i> on at the Malthouse from 12 June to 4 July.

Sonia Harford This production of Caryl Churchill's new work takes the form of episodic vignettes that reflect the bombardment of modern technology in our lives, writes Sonia Harford.

Ned review: Chord of discontent as Kelly musical lacks inspiration

Ned The Musical

Rebecca Harkins-Cross Slick staging can't save this humdrum and uninspired musical about notorious outlaw Ned Kelly.

All Saints' Anna Houston discovers leather love at Venus in Fur

Anna Houston and Gareth Reeves appear together  in the new Sydney production of <i>Venus in Furs</i>.

ELISSA BLAKE Actress Anna Houston finds bondage gear to her liking when she prepares for her latest stage role.

Barry Humphries guides Adelaide Cabaret Festival with uncanny ability to offend

Cabaret without rules: Barry Humphries' mission for the Adelaide Cabaret Festival.

ANDREW TAYLOR Barry Humphries promises some "very disreputable moments" in his latest role as director of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, which starts on June 5.

The Living Museum of Erotic Women theatre production opens in Collingwood

The living museum of Erotic Women.

ANNABEL ROSS Most of us have heard of Frida Kahlo, Salome and Catherine the Great. But names such as Messalina, Izumo-No-Okuni and Khutulun? Well, they're less likely to ring bells.

Tim Minchin: I'm bringing Matilda the Musical home

Tim Minchin: composer and lyricist for <i>Matilda the Musical</i>.

Tim Minchin As the smash-hit musical comes to Sydney, its Australian composer remembers the twists and turns that took him from struggling artist to showbiz star.

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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