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Remembering the ghosts of Hamlet past
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Remembering the ghosts of Hamlet past

While not everything gels in Dickie Beau's lip-synching spectacle, Re-Member Me gives a rich sense of a living tradition of Shakespearean performance.

  • by Cameron Woodhead

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Demand for change after Charlie and the Chocolate Factory casting controversy

Demand for change after Charlie and the Chocolate Factory casting controversy

US performer Paul Slade Smith has nabbed the lead role of the Australian production and unionised actors aren't happy.

  • by Broede Carmody
Ghost busting in 'Venice of the east' is kids-approved fantasy
Melbourne Festival

Ghost busting in 'Venice of the east' is kids-approved fantasy

Gabrielle Wang's award-winning children's novel A Ghost In My Suitcase has been magicked into a play premiering at Melbourne Festival.

  • by Hannah Francis
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
Ear to the Edge of Time review: The poetry and politics of astrophysics

Ear to the Edge of Time review: The poetry and politics of astrophysics

Science and beauty track towards the vanishing point of truth.

  • by John Shand
Charming fusion of audiobook and magic lantern
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Charming fusion of audiobook and magic lantern

A big story writ small, Flight takes an epic refugee tale and miniaturises it into an intimate solo encounter.

  • by Cameron Woodhead
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Ibsen's An Enemy of the People laboured from beginning to end

Ibsen's An Enemy of the People laboured from beginning to end

Melissa Reeves' adaptation robs Ibsen's original of its nuanced characterisations, writes John Shand.

  • by John Shand
'First virtual reality play' bogged down by gimmickry
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'First virtual reality play' bogged down by gimmickry

Frogman at Melbourne Festival proves an awkward blind date between established artform and emerging technology.

  • by Cameron Woodhead
Fire Gardens FOMO? There's plenty more to see at Melbourne Festival
Melbourne Festival

Fire Gardens FOMO? There's plenty more to see at Melbourne Festival

So, you missed out on tickets to the amazing Fire Gardens? Never mind - here are our top picks on what to hurry along to.

  • by Hannah Francis
Maggie Stone review: The slow softening of hard Maggie Stone

Maggie Stone review: The slow softening of hard Maggie Stone

Playwright Caleb Lewis' clever plot ensures his concern with causes is kept in check.

  • by John Shand
Lead performances impress in exemplary psychological horror
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Lead performances impress in exemplary psychological horror

Tennessee Williams' Southern Gothic, Suddenly Last Summer, comes to the stage at Red Stitch.

  • by Cameron Woodhead