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Rose Byrne to star in Sydney Theatre Company's 2016 'Speed-the-Plow'

Rose Byrne likes to surprise, perhaps even shock her fans.

STEPHANIE WOOD 11:45pm Rose Byrne: demure, elegant fashion plate or something else altogether?

Yve Blake finds strangers' facts more fun than any fiction in her one-woman show Then

Performer Yve Blake asked readers to submit stories to her website about who they felt they used to be for her one-woman show <i>Then</i>.

ELISSA BLAKE 11:45pm Yve Blake's Then is a one-woman show with an unusual starting point. Two years ago, she set-up a website,, which invited readers to submit stories about who they felt they used to be.

Cate Blanchett is out and Rose Byrne is in for Andrew Upton's final Sydney Theatre Company season

Rose Byrne in Speed the Plow.

ELISSA BLAKE The Sydney Theatre Company's biggest stars - Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving and Richard Roxburgh - are all notably absent from outgoing artistic director Andrew Upton's 2016 program.

Theatre review: Ghosts in the Scheme theatre from Big hART lacks cohesion

Lex Marinos is Tony in the play Ghosts in the Scheme.

Peter Wilkins This well-intended production lacks balance and cohesion and remains a work in progress.

He works Hart

Kevin Hart announces debut Australian comedy tour

Comedian and actor Kevin hart

KYLIE NORTHOVER American comedian and actor Kevin Hart has announced he will bring his live show What Now? to Australia in February next year.


John Legend, David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper on board for The SpongeBob Musical

SpongeBob SquarePants

Chris Jones Pop stars from Bowie to the Dirty Projectors a part of a Broadway musical of eveyrone's favourite sponge, SpogneBob SquarePants.

Rites of passage theme shapes new program for Malthouse theatre season

<i>Picnic at Hanging Rock</i>, part of the 2016 Malthouse season.

Sonia Harford Teenage boys and lost girls are all part of the "provocations" promised in the new Malthouse theatre season.

Griffin Theatre teams with Bell Shakespeare for season 2016

Griffin Theatre artistic director Lee Lewis will be the only female in the role in Sydney next year.

LOUISE RUGENDYKE While most of Sydney's major theatre companies have staged a change of guard for 2016, Lee Lewis is digging in at Griffin Theatre and is determined to keep her audiences guessing.

Keir Choreographic Award for contemporary dance returns for 2015

Keir Choreographic Award 2014 winner Atlanta Eke. Entries are now open for the 2015 competition.

John Bailey Australia's first major award for contemporary dance has been confirmed for its second year after launching in 2014.

Marieke Hardy receives $160,000 Sidney Myer Fellowship

Marieke Hardy is one of 10 recipients of a $160,000 Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship.

DEBBIE CUTHBERTSON After decades in the public eye as an actor, writer and TV presenter, Marieke Hardy is relishing working behind the scenes in live theatre.

Melbourne Opera brings back Donizetti's banned Mary Stuart

Elena Xanthoudakis.

An all-female team stages opera that was famously banned in Milan in 1835.

Australian comedian Sam Simmons wins top gong at Edinburgh Comedy Awards

Sam Simmons (centre) receives the Edinburgh Comedy Award from John Kearns and Freddie Flintoff.

DEBBIE CUTHBERTSON Australian comedian Sam Simmons' Spaghetti For Breakfast has been named Best Comedy Show at the world's biggest performing arts festival, Edinburgh Fringe.

Into the Woods by Dramatic Productons is Sondheim done well

Dramatic Productions' Into the Woods with Veronica Thwaites-Brown (baker's wife), Grant Pegg (baker) and Kelly Roberts as the witch.

Alanna Maclean Dramatic Productions' staging of Into the Woods will not disappoint lovers of the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine musical take on fairytales.

'Reserved Seating Only' by David Ross Paterson looks at sport from both sides

Reserved Seating Only: David Ross Paterson and Cecelia Specht.

RON CERABONA A play about two very different perspectives on sport has something to say about life in general.

Les Miserables actor Kyle Jean-Baptiste dies in fall from fire escape

Kyle Jean-Baptiste has died after falling from a fourth-floor fire escape.

Liam Stack Kyle Jean-Baptiste, the first African-American actor to play the iconic lead role of Jean Valjean in the popular Broadway musical Les Misérables, died Friday after falling from a fire escape in Brooklyn. He was 21.

Dance review: Bangarra's lore

Bangarra's lore.

Reviewed by Chloe Smethurst Bangarra's latest work reflects the battle to preserve Indigenous culture.

Theatre review: Betrayal – Melbourne Theatre Company does Pinter

Nathan O'Keefe and Alison Bell in MTC's production of <i>Betrayal</i>.

Reviewed by Cameron Woodhead MTC's production of Harold Pinter's play about a middle-class love triangle lacks nuance.

Libbi Gorr has a crack at a one-woman stage show

Libbi Gorr.

CAROLYN WEBB ABC radio host and mother of two Libbi Gorr is terrified but excited about performing a one-woman stage show "Mummy Matters", about motherhood, at the upcoming Melbourne Fringe Festival.

Apartment block brings live-in artists back to the inner city

Artist Kate Scardifield is one of residents living and working at the William Street Hub.

ANDREW TAYLOR Epiphany Morgan and Carl Mason have a confession to make but don't tell their landlord, the City of Sydney council.

Complexity keeps viewers of The Intergalactic Nemesis guessing

Three actors voice the parts, while full-colour comic panels provide the visuals in <i>The Intergalactic Nemesis</i>.

John Bailey A throwback to the radio serials of the 1930s and '40s bursts with effects competing for the audience's attention, but this is just what its writer and director intended.

Sydney Fringe Festival 2015: Erskineville opens its doors as festival hits the street

The Screamers Jackie Vance (left) and Joseph Chetty take a trip to Oz in the Sydney Fringe Festival's hit queer cabaret.

ELISSA BLAKE A hairdressing salon turned into a theatre. A gin joint tucked into a town hall. An entire inner-city neighbourhood converted to a festival village. This year's Sydney Fringe Festival is hitting the streets.

John Oliver Live comedy review Melbourne: Oliver more personal than political

John Oliver.

CRAIG PLATT Fans of Oliver's TV work may be disappointed to find he doesn't spend his live show tearing Tony Abbott to pieces.

Out on a limb at the Melbourne Fringe Festival

 Corey White makes a memorable argument for compassion in even the most unlikely circumstances.

Some of the most memorable Fringe events happen when an artist taking a risk meets an audience willing to do the same.

YouTube comedy duo Juice Rap News create urgent rhymes for historic times

Giordano Nanni (Ken Oathcarn) and Hugo Farrant (Robert Foster) of the satirical YouTube show The Juice Rap News in their Thornbury home studio.

MICHAEL DWYER It looks like comedy, but Melbourne's YouTube rap duo, with its audience of more than 13 million viewers, is deadly serious about saving the world.

Confusion For Three review: Jo Lloyd creates complex encounters within blurred borders

Rebecca Jensen and Shian Law in Jo Lloyd's powerful Confusion For Three.

Jordan Beth Vincent The real audacity in this work lies in the creation of something in which purpose and structure is obscured, and yet the prevailing impression is of repetition and familiarity.

No bad blood here

Taylor Swift's long long list of surprise celebrity guests on her 1989 tour is getting weird

Taylor Swift

EBONY BOWDEN It seems like every morning we awake to headlines about which surprise celebrity Taylor Swift has dragged on stage with her overnight.

Funny business

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: the top 10 jokes

Darren Walsh

ANDREW STEPHENS So a comedian walks into a festival and tells a joke. And it ends up winning the vote as the funniest gag of the fest. But should it?

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Tim Harbour's contemporary dance for Australian Ballet harnesses angry energy

Tim Harbour made the piece for a cast of eight men and four women.

PHILIPPA HAWKER Choreographer Tim Harbour says his new work for the Australian Ballet, Filigree And Shadow, is an exploration of anger and tension, emotions he knows people don't traditionally associate with the art form.

Back to the future

The Chaser to return to print with crowdfunding campaign

The Chaser team: Andrew Hansen, Chris Taylor, Julian Morrow, Chas Licciardello and Craig Reucassel

BHAKTHI PUVANENTHIRAN Television satirists The Chaser are going back to the future with a plan for a quarterly print magazine. And they want 50K.

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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