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New Sydney Dance Company work Frame of Mind inspired by artistic director Rafael Bonachela's emotional moment

Rafael Bonachela, artistic director of the Sydney Dance Company, works with dancers Charmene Yap and Richard Cilli.

ELISSA BLAKE 12:15am The Sydney Dance Company's new work is about how quickly things can change, Elissa Blake writes.

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra open Town Hall Series with all-Tchaikovsky program

A highlight of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's Shakespeare's Classics was pizzicato cellos.

Martin Duffy 9:42pm Opening the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's Town Hall Series, conductor Benjamin Northey presided over an all-Tchaikovsky program.

Who are you calling fat? Meet the dancers with Nothing to Lose

Michael Cutrupi in <i>Nothing to Lose</i>.

ANDREW STEPHENS In the usually svelte world of dance, Nothing To Lose tips the scales on physical stereotypes.

Spectrum Now's feast of site-specific theatre

Playwright Jessica Bellamy, creator of

ELISSA BLAKE A new breed of performance takes actors off the stage and into cafes, cars and offices.

Chris Rock

Is that Chris Rock playing himself in Top Five?

Chris Rock: Tackling the issues he jokes about in his comedy.

ANDREW TAYLOR As pointed and profane as his stand-up gigs, Chris Rock's new film - in which he plays a comic trying to sell a movie - riffs on celebrity, race and hip-hop.

Older women act up: Noni Hazlehurst and others find that theatre has grown up

Noni Hazlehurst in Daniel Keene's 'Mother'.

Sonia Harford Theatre roles for 40-plus women have abounded in the past year. Was this a blip or a trend?

Sing-a-long-a Sound of Music still a favourite thing on the big screen

Katrina Retallick is the star of the live production of the Sound of Music singalong at the State Theatre.
19th February 2015
Photo: Steven Siewert

ELISSA BLAKE Your typical movie-going experience requires punters to sit down, keep still, watch their valuables, and shut up. But, when it comes to Sing-A-Long-a Sound of Music, those rules don't apply.

Record ticket sales, but no dough for Perth Fringe Festival acts

Fringe World Perth

CANDICE BARNES EXCLUSIVE: Crowds forked out a record amount of money at this year's Fringe World Festival, but despite the enthusiasm, many entertainers didn't make a single cent from their performances.

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Report urges more arts spending, moving cultural institutions to western Sydney

Sydney Opera House.

ANDREW TAYLOR When Neil Joseph books tickets to a show at the Sydney Opera House, he usually spends more time travelling to and from the venue than watching the performance.

Questions of gender take centre stage in Melbourne Theatre Company's new Neon season

Zoey Dawson's <i>Calamity</i>, part of the Melbourne Theatre Company's new Neon season, promises to show the many faces of Calamity Jane.

Cameron Woodhead Some of our most intriguing progressive theatre makes questions of gender central to its enterprise, something the Melbourne Theatre Company's new Neon program strongly reflects.

The Importance of Being Earnest done purely and simply

The Importance of Being Earnest: from left John Brennan (Jack), Miles Thompson (Algernon).

Peter Wilkins Canberra Rep's production of the Oscar Wilde classic is true to the text and the period.

Oh Cio-Cio San! Madama Butterfly a coup for Perth Festival

Soprano Mary Plazas stars in the title role of Madama Butterfly.

CANDICE BARNES Puppets... in an opera? It might be a break from the traditional telling of Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, but opera lovers who keep an open mind will be richly rewarded.


Crocodile Dundee, Flying Doctors actor Terry Gill, 75, dead

Terry Gill in <i>Crocodile Dundee</i>.

BHAKTHI PUVANENTHIRAN The wife of Terry Gill, actor, singer and playwright has remembered a man that was above all funny.

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Sexercise: The Musical review: Obvious lyrics and musical cliches mar comedy

Nicole Melloy and Lyall Brooks in <i>Sexercise: The Musical</i>.

Rebecca Harkins-Cross While the performers inject energy, the jokes and scenarios in Sexercise: The Musical are tired and out of date.

Yolanda Lowatta wins Bangarra Dance Company's Russell Page Fellowship

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ROSE POWELL A young Torrres Strait Islander dancer has become the first woman and first indigenous person to receive a fellowship to join the Bangarra Dance Theatre.

Man of La Mancha's Jay James-Moody opens up about depression

Theatre Director Jay James-Moody.

ELISSA BLAKE James-Moody dropped a bombshell. "Just a few weeks before starting rehearsals for this show, I was thinking of topping myself," he said, matter-of-factly, to an audience who had been whooping it up all evening. "This show literally saved my life."

Sneak peek of The Sleeping Beauty thrills Perth ballet buffs

Adam Bull goes in for the kiss at a sneak peek of The Sleeping Beauty in Perth.

CANDICE BARNES Who wouldn’t enjoy a nap in air-conditioned comfort in Perth’s 41-degree heat? Australian Ballet soloist Natasha Kusen did, but she wasn’t alone.

Michael Palin: Meeting people is among life's great revelations for the Python with a pen

Michael Palin ... Python with a pen.

LENNY ANN LOW Michael Palin on running, notebooks, lust, meeting strangers in foreign lands and making people laugh for 50 years

Rethinking phone worship at Perth Festival's I Wish I Was Lonely

Hannah Jane Walker and Chris Thorpe explore mobile phone culture in I Wish I Was Lonely.

CANDICE BARNES It wouldn't be an arts festival without the odd quirky, thought-provoking piece - and that’s exactly what was delivered to the audience at I Wish I Was Lonely.

Metropolitan Opera's masterly performance of Wagner's comic opera Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg delights cinemagoers

<i>Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg</i> was an epic indulgence for its cinema audience on Saturday.

Michael Shmith Wagner’s only comic opera, Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, celebrates the spirit of humanity, respect for cultural tradition and the constant need to embrace change.

Lennon: Through a Glass Onion outgrows its humble beginnings in Sydney pub

John Lennon was shot dead in New York in 1980.

John Bailey John Waters' and Stewart D'Arrietta's "Lennon: Through a Glass Onion" has enjoyed an enviable history since its premiere on a small Sydney pub stage in 1992.

The stage is alive again with The Sound of Music

Katrina Retallick stars in Sing-A-Long-A Sound of Music.

John Bailey An Australian tour of one of the most popular musicals has been announced on the 50th anniversary of the release of the film version.

Black Diggers march to Melbourne

History and memory come together in the extraordinary Black Diggers.

John Bailey Indigenous Australians are the focus of Black Diggers, which is coming to Melbourne next month.

Psychopomp & Seething review: Lost in poetic, sensory space of dream design

Comedy and tragedy masks.

Rebecca Harkins-Cross Both Psychopomp and Seething are ruled by a poetic logic rather than narrative.

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Andrew Upton, Cate Blanchett will move to US at end of year

Leaving Sydney: STC's Andrew Upton and his wife, actor Cate Blanchett.

ELISSA BLAKE Andrew Upton and his wife Cate Blanchett are planning to move to America once his term as artistic director at the Sydney Theatre Company comes to an end later this year.

The Canberra Area Theatre Awards turns 20

News: 3rd July 2014. Legally Blonde the Musical. From Left: Damon Grebert-Wade, as Warner, and Mikayala Williams, as Elle. The Canberra Times. Photo by: Jamila Toderas

RON CERABONA The 20th Canberra Area Theatre Awards remembered some past winners as well as celebrating this year's plays and musicals from Canberra and the region.

Comedian Bob Franklin reveals love of horror genre

Dark side: Bob Franklin believes horror and comedy have much in common.

KYLIE NORTHOVER A volunteer placement offered rich fodder for a debut novelist drawn to the darkness.

Comedian Felicity Ward on laughter and living with anxiety

Felicity Ward:

STEPHANIE BUNBURY As Felicity Ward tells it, her working life has been a push and pull between gloom and ebullient certainty.


Review: Piccolo Tales set in the heart of its inspiration

Ideal venue: the Piccolo Bar in Kings Cross.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Jason Blake This show has just an audience of 20, but then it's set in a part of Kings Cross history.

What Rhymes With Cars and Girls review: youthful remembrance uplifted on stage

What Rhymes With Cars & Girls,  Sophie Ross and Johnny Carr.

Rebecca Harkins-Cross Tim Rogers’ first solo album What Rhymes with Cars and Girls (1999) may not be directly autobiographical, but no denying it’s inflected with the circumstances of its creation. A new city, a failed romance and a looming 30th birthday saw the You Am I frontman move away from his grungier roots for country and folk cadences in songs that weigh heavy with restlessness, ennui and dejection.

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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