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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

Simon McBurney: collaborating across the language divide

Simon McBurney: collaborating across the language divide

Simon McBurney dug deep into Stefan Zweig's novel for his stage adaptation of Beware of Pity.

  • by John Shand

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Shanghai Mimi review: Jaw-dropping acrobatics upstage diaphanous music

Shanghai Mimi review: Jaw-dropping acrobatics upstage diaphanous music

The spectacular balance of the acrobats is currently better than that of Shanghai Mimi as a show

  • by John Shand
Camille O'Sullivan review: When the band turns down, Camille turns up the heat

Camille O'Sullivan review: When the band turns down, Camille turns up the heat

Rocking out is not what Camille O'Sullivan does best, writes John Shand.

  • by John Shand
Bridge of Dreams review: Not only was the dream exquisite, it came true

Bridge of Dreams review: Not only was the dream exquisite, it came true

Bridge of Dreams was the culmination of Sandy Evans' life's work

  • by John Shand
HOME review: Enchanted if flimsy world of the inner child

HOME review: Enchanted if flimsy world of the inner child

For American theatre maker Geoff Sobelle, HOME is a place haunted by memories and replete with possibilities.

  • by John Shand
Critics' choice: The Herald's experts guide you through Sydney Festival's best bits

Critics' choice: The Herald's experts guide you through Sydney Festival's best bits

Sydney Festival launches on January 9 with a dazzling line-up of events and activities around the city.

  • by Joyce Morgan, John Shand, George Palathingal & Jill Sykes
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Shanghai Mimi story: The Paris of the East in the Jazz Age

Shanghai Mimi story: The Paris of the East in the Jazz Age

An unusual Sydney Festival show recreates the hybrid of jazz and Chinese folk music that epitomised 1930s Shanghai, writes John Shand.

  • by John Shand
Much to savour in 2019 as local play-writing blooms and the Bard is crucified

Much to savour in 2019 as local play-writing blooms and the Bard is crucified

Sydney Theatre Company had a stellar 2018 and there is more to come, writes John Shand.

  • by John Shand
A year in jazz: From earthquakes to purring scat

A year in jazz: From earthquakes to purring scat

Tenor saxophonists, programmatic compositions and Charenee Wade's singing dominated 2018.

  • by John Shand
Adrian Lim-Klumpes' New Project: Synchronised painting on a sonic canvas

Adrian Lim-Klumpes' New Project: Synchronised painting on a sonic canvas

Already unique, Adrian Lim-Klumpes' new band works on sonic canvases vast and very small.

  • by John Shand
Ned review: Musical misses the mark

Ned review: Musical misses the mark

A new Australian musical leads us into the bush with Ned Kelly, and then strands us there with no new illumination.

  • by John Shand