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Open book: State Library's eastern wing reopens with a flourish

Open book: State Library's eastern wing reopens with a flourish

A mural, reading rooms, a bigger Readings bookstore and, of course, coffee.

  • by Hannah Francis

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Blessed be the fruit: Handmaid's Tale opera on way
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Blessed be the fruit: Handmaid's Tale opera on way

You’ve read Margaret Atwood’s chilling book. You’ve seen the BAFTA-winning TV series. Now you can experience The Handmaid’s Tale: the opera.

  • by Hannah Francis
Friends' Ross & Rachel, 10 years on
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Friends' Ross & Rachel, 10 years on

Melbourne Fringe Festival: Jessica Stanley's darkly comic play explores pop-culture relationships and how they impact our own.

  • by Eleanor Marsh
Australian Ballet pulls no punches in new rendition of Spartacus
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Australian Ballet pulls no punches in new rendition of Spartacus

The Soviet-era ballet has been given an update, with ballet dancers swapping swords for fisticuffs.

  • by Jordan Beth Vincent
Fresh new comedy speaks to the zeitgeist
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Fresh new comedy speaks to the zeitgeist

Amelia Roper's Lottie in the Late Afternoon mixes well known actors with rising talent.

  • by Cameron Woodhead
It's art and we're proud: 24-hour hummers drown out cruel gibes
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It's art and we're proud: 24-hour hummers drown out cruel gibes

'F--- that's weird': Humming around the clock for the Fringe Festival.

  • by Carolyn Webb
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Selina Jenkins' Thy Neighbour is no Nanette, but it's very good
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Selina Jenkins' Thy Neighbour is no Nanette, but it's very good

The comparison is obvious but odious. Judged on its own merits, this show is a winner. 

  • by Liam Mannix
Blood on the dance floor as Spartacus gives ballet a political update
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Blood on the dance floor as Spartacus gives ballet a political update

The Australian Ballet reworks Spartacus with contemporary themes and some expertly choreographed fight sequences.

  • by Stephen A. Russell
In a house without love, piano was the key for sculptor Ken Unsworth
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In a house without love, piano was the key for sculptor Ken Unsworth

Now 87 and the subject of a major retrospective at the NGV, the sculptor, thrice adopted as a child, finds one passion remains.

  • by Steve Dow
Born to dance: the future stars of Australian ballet
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Born to dance: the future stars of Australian ballet

Photographer Daniel Pockett was given access behind-the-scenes to observe the dance students of the Australian Ballet School as they prepare for their 2018 Showcase performance at The Arts Centre. To purchase photos visit https://bit.ly/1JW8YqR

Killing time: menacing hitmen a dangerous double act
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Killing time: menacing hitmen a dangerous double act

Veteran actors John Wood and Don Bridges play paranoid partners in crime in Harold Pinter's early play The Dumb Waiter.

  • by Cameron Woodhead