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John Shand has written about music and theatre since 1981 in more than 30 publications, including for Fairfax Media since 1993. He is also a playwright, author, poet, librettist, drummer and winner of the 2017 Walkley Arts Journalism Award

Table Manners review: Ayckbourn's benevolence makes us like his comic characters

Table Manners review: Ayckbourn's benevolence makes us like his comic characters

Yalin Ozucelik shines as Norman in the first installment of the The Norman Conquests trilogy.

  • by John Shand

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A Cheery Soul review: Surrealism, Anglicanism, carnal desire and satire

A Cheery Soul review: Surrealism, Anglicanism, carnal desire and satire

Patrick White's A Cheery Soul offered Australian playwrights another way of depicting the world

  • by John Shand
Charenee Wade is carrying Gil Scott-Heron's blazing torch into jazz

Charenee Wade is carrying Gil Scott-Heron's blazing torch into jazz

Singer Charenee Wade ensures jazz retains its political relevance.

  • by John Shand
Madiba review: South African heart partially lost in translation

Madiba review: South African heart partially lost in translation

Nelson Mandela's worthy story deserves better songs and a smaller room.

  • by John Shand
Forq review: Scratching their own initials on the music tree's trunk

Forq review: Scratching their own initials on the music tree's trunk

Forq's brand of jazz-rock combines playfulness with punches to the solar plexus.

  • by John Shand
Sir Alan Ayckbourn: 79, and still trying to get it right

Sir Alan Ayckbourn: 79, and still trying to get it right

Playwright Alan Ayckbourn looks back on a long career.

  • by John Shand
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Degenerate Art review: Fascism scrutinised through the prism of art

Degenerate Art review: Fascism scrutinised through the prism of art

Playwright Toby Schmitz launches a preemptive strike against the growing rise of fascism.

  • by John Shand
Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam review: Of moral weights and dissected hearts

Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam review: Of moral weights and dissected hearts

The spearing grief of Peter Goldsworthy's novel now impales theatre audiences.

  • by John Shand
Scenes from a Marriage review: On-stage scenes of emotional fog and illumination

Scenes from a Marriage review: On-stage scenes of emotional fog and illumination

Ingmar Bergman's classic screen exploration of a failing marriage is turned on its head on stage.

  • by John Shand
Evie May review: Loren Hunter brings Evie May to buzzing life

Evie May review: Loren Hunter brings Evie May to buzzing life

The new musical Evie Mae might have its problems, but it has found a gem of a performer in Loren Hunter.

  • by John Shand
The Feather in the Web review: Mad tunnel of laughs with a dose of woe

The Feather in the Web review: Mad tunnel of laughs with a dose of woe

Nick Coyle stabs you where it hurts when you least expect it – mid-laugh.

  • by John Shand