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Theatre

Posted 28 Sep 2016 @ 1:59pm

★★★★ 

 

Switzerland is a play based on the character and real life of Patricia Highsmith who is best known for her Ripley series of novels. An unusual and strong character, Joanna Murray-Smith had a generous and rich source to draw from in painting this intriguing genius of a writer in her play. Switzerland is where this play is set and where Highsmith spent the latter and last...

Posted 14 Sep 2016 @ 3:31pm

Following huge sell-out demand, more shows have been added to the hotly anticipated Melbourne Festival event, Lady Eats Apple. 

 

Coming from the acclaimed Australian theatremakers Back to Back Theatre, the production is brought to life under the direction of Bruce Gladwin. Collapsing the space between the epic and the everyday and divining the mythic in the mundane, Lady Eats...

Posted 8 Sep 2016 @ 2:32pm

Not meaning to be salacious, but it’s all sexy and disruptive over at Malthouse. Malthouse’s 2017 program picks up the 2016 trend of theatre as provocateur and bolts with it. The fact that the company’s program is the antithesis of staid theatre is, in no small degree, due to Malthouse’s artistic director Matthew Lutton’s deft and bold leadership.

 

Lutton is...

Posted 31 Aug 2016 @ 1:01pm

★★★★

 

Originally debuting in 2013 with MTC, Eddie Perfect’s The Beast is back onstage at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre. As the posters around the city suggest. The play is full of ‘Murder! Lies! Cows!’ – the ingredients Perfect uses to take his audience on a journey of set pieces, including a fishing trip, a tree-change and a gourmet wine-matched dinner.
 
The Beast...

Posted 22 Aug 2016 @ 3:54pm

A co-production with St Martins Youth Arts Centre, Gonzo has been developed from interviews with anonymous boys aged 12 to 18, who have shared their personal experiences with and their relationship to internet porn. 

 

These usually behind closed door revelations will be played out by actors Ari Maza Long, Sam Nugent, Jack Palit and Sol Rumble, divulging alarming and uncensored...

Posted 16 Aug 2016 @ 3:41pm
Devised and performed by acclaimed director/performer Brian Lipson and choreographer/director Gideon Obarzanek, Two Jews Walk into a Theatre sees these artists present themselves as their fathers on stage.   

 

It’s probably a good thing that Zenek Obarzanek and Laurence Lipson never met in real life, but the fictional meeting of these two irascible old men makes for entertaining and...

Posted 8 Aug 2016 @ 3:44pm

You Got Older is a black comedy written by US playwright Clare Barron, directed by Red Stitch ensemble member Brett Cousins.

 

Have you ever had to remain standing when everything you know comes crashing around you? That is exactly what You Got Older is all about. The story follows the unemployed Mae, who has just been dumped and is suffering from a nasty rash, as she temporarily...

Posted 12 Jul 2016 @ 2:29pm

The music of internationally renowned musician Tim Finn and the poetry of lauded writer Dorothy Porter will intertwine in a new production for Malthouse Theatre. 

 

Originally conceived by Porter and Finn in 1995 as a rock concert album, this collaboration of two incredible artists has finally found its way to the stage of an intimate performance of songs about love, sex and...

Posted 9 Feb 2016 @ 2:07pm

It’s quite a splendid affair chatting with cabaret chanteuse Meow Meow. Hers is a seductive wit, and her banter bubbly (with just a touch of decadence). When I speak to the world-touring artist she is en route to an early-morning rehearsal in preparation for Meow Meow’s Little Mermaid at Sydney Festival, having recently wrapped a long performance run in Boston and now neck-deep in Seven Deadly...

Posted 8 Feb 2016 @ 2:44pm

A classic of Australian literature, Joan Lindsay’s Picnic at Hanging Rock will make its theatrical debut when the story is adapted to the stage for the very first time.

 

Picnic at Hanging Rock tells the story of three schoolgirls and their teacher who inexplicably vanish, and the five people that struggle to solve the mystery of their disappearance. The text has been adapted by...

Posted 8 Feb 2016 @ 1:13pm

Deborah Bruce's The Distance is set to make its Australian premiere when award-winning actors Nadine Garner (The Weir), Susan Prior (Puberty Blues) and Katrina Milosevic (Wentworth) take to the stage.

 

Billed as a collision of moral dilemma and comedy, The Distance studies friendships at their breaking point by exploring society's views on motherhood and the fallout after a...

Posted 19 Jan 2016 @ 1:40pm

Theatre Works will present an internationally curated season of work from the USA, Britain, Scotland, Germany and Holland as well as five world premieres and two remounts from MTC and Malthouse independent seasons in their largest program to date.

 

In his fifth and final program for Theatre Works, Creative Producer Daniel Clarke has described the selection of 17 works as "queer...

Posted 19 Jan 2016 @ 1:38pm

Award-winning musical Velvet will make its Melbourne premiere after sell-out seasons at the Edinburgh Fringe, Brisbane Festival and the Sydney Opera House.

 

Directed by Craig Ilott, Velvet is inspired by the sounds and events of the infamous Studio 54 nightclub - following one man's journey as he slips past the velvet rope into an underbelly of disco and debauchery.
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Posted 3 Jan 2016 @ 1:31pm

Rachel Trainor is a happy kiwi. Now based in Melbourne, she has landed a job Dracula's Cabaret Restaurant's 35th production, their new show Terror Byte, an ‘adrenaline-spiked aphrodisiac for the soul.’ Dracula’s is famed for its polished and funny cabaret shows; this new one takes a vampire/poltergeist theme into new territory fusing fetish burlesque, circus, comedy, drag and good old-...

Posted 29 Dec 2015 @ 9:03am

Little Mermaid will see the return of legendary post-modern diva Meow Meow to Malthouse Theatre this January.

 

Meow Meow’s Little Mermaid is the second part of the Little trilogy of fairy tales gone rogue, following Meow Meow’s Little Match Girl. This one woman spectacle of modern cabaret will present her take on Hans Christian Andersen’s mermaid tale of teen self sacrifice,...

Posted 29 Dec 2015 @ 9:02am

Kicking off their season for 2016, Red Stitch will showcase the Australian premiere of UK playwright Penelope Skinner's The Village Bike.

 

Described as "fiercely erotic", The Village Bike analyses presumptions of male and female sexuality alongside the borders that divide role play and reality. The play tells the story of Becky, who pregnant with her unborn child sets off on a...

Posted 10 Dec 2015 @ 3:39pm

Melbourne Theatre Company will open their 2016 season with the new musical Ladies In Black.

 

The musical, adapted from the Madeleine St John novel, The Women in Black, and brought to life by director Simon Phillips with songs by Tim Finn, is a celebration of glamour, gowns and growing up in 1950s Australia.
 
The production features over 25 original songs and a...

Posted 2 Dec 2015 @ 10:46am

★★★★

 

The third show in Melbourne's newest festival, the Poppy Seed Festival, Man With A Plan's Gin Sister highlights the acting talents of three talented women in a poetic and often thought-provoking theatrical response to women's drinking culture.
 
Originally inspired by Anton Chekov's Three Sisters, the show draws from a wide range of influences, including Greek...

Posted 25 Nov 2015 @ 11:53am

Celebrating 15 years in 2016, Red Stitch Actors Theatre has grown from shows seating 30 people to sell-out performances with an increasingly expanding following. Their upcoming season features band new works, including six Australian premieres and two world premieres alongside special events.

 

Shows making their Australian debut include The Village Bike by British playwright...

Posted 25 Nov 2015 @ 11:16am

Concluding the season for the inaugural Poppy Seed Festival is Vicky Jones’ award-winning hit The One - a viciously funny new play about Harry and Jo, a couple trapped in a violent and destructive cycle of co-dependent love and lust. Winning the Verity Bargate Award for new writing and premiering in 2014 to rave reviews, the show is 65 intense minutes of sex, violence and snack food and...

Posted 25 Nov 2015 @ 11:14am

Making its Melbourne debut this year, the Poppy Seed Festival is an exciting new addition to the Melbourne theatre scene. Featuring four shows across multiple venues, the festival encourages a real sense of connection and camaraderie between all artists involved. Beat sat down with Jean Goodwin from Man With A Plan to discuss the festival, the theatre scene in Melbourne and her upcoming show ...

Posted 24 Nov 2015 @ 9:08am

Bogan Bombshell is the one woman tour-de-force written by and starring Susie McCann (Hairspray, Annie), that is taking a satirical look at life in the 'burbs with an all original cabaret.

 

With a wealth of positive reviews behind the production, McCann acts as Janene from Clarinda, guiding the audience through tales of the outer suburbs as she aims to raise enough money to...

Posted 18 Nov 2015 @ 2:01pm

When does a badly written racist book become a play? When it’s in the hands of director Beng Oh and playwright Jane Miller, of the 15 Minutes From Anywhere Theatre Company. The book in question, a 19th century novel called The Yellow Wave by Kenneth McKay, has formed the basis for a subversive theatrical reinterpretation, poised to enjoy a run at Melbourne’s inaugural Poppy Seed Festival. Beat...

Posted 18 Nov 2015 @ 1:59pm

Sensual, acerbic, witty and sexually-charged — these are some of the adjectives you’d use to describe boylesque outfit, Briefs, who’ve returned to Melbourne this month for The Second Coming. A refinement of their Melbourne Fringe Festival debut, Briefs: All Male Sharp Shootin’ Circus Cabaret, The Second Coming has been lauded overseas for its electricity, humour and sparkling costumes. UK Time...

Posted 18 Nov 2015 @ 1:51pm

MDMA is something you take for a good time, yes? The rave generation’s favourite party drug has more than a recreational application as Beat finds out when we chat to David Woods, co-founder of Ridiculusmus and director of Give Me Your Love, his upcoming play at Arts House about innovative approaches to mental health, notably the use of psychotropic drugs.

 

“It’s in its clinical...

Posted 17 Nov 2015 @ 8:01am

Australian cabaret institution Dracula's have announced a new show entitled Terror Byte, featuring camp costumes, slapstick comedy and circus acts.

 

The new show promises to combine steampunk aesthetics with cutting edge theatrical and staging techniques, showcasing infrared video tracking technology to create futuristic effects - making them the only Australian theatre company...

Posted 13 Nov 2015 @ 1:59pm

Lips is an original Australian work that keeps women on our stages and violence to the page. Women are the abusers and the abused; the tortured and stoic storytellers of tragedies, of sex, love, rape and beauty. 

 

They choose to speak out without guilt or shame. They unapologetically demand to end the silence against violence, to be heard: to be made real. A collection of...

Posted 11 Nov 2015 @ 3:49pm

Actor Ash Flanders performs in ‘boy mode’ for the MTC’s production of Buyer and Cellar, a play set entirely in Barbra Streisand’s basement-turned-shopping mall. Beat chats to the actor usually-seen-in-a-frock about the one-man show by US writer Jonathan Tolins that’s wowed audiences in London and New York. “It’s been the hardest thing I’ve ever done to date,” Flanders tells us. “It was fun to...

Posted 11 Nov 2015 @ 3:44pm

Theatre director Alister Smith reckons obsession is a good thing when it comes to art. In his case, the work of seminal US playwright Tennessee Williams has preoccupied him since he was at high school. Smith is directing TBC theatre’s production Project: Hysteria, the umbrella title for the epic, ambitious and inspiring presentation of two of Tennessee Williams’s one-act plays, The Pretty Trap...

Posted 11 Nov 2015 @ 3:43pm

“It’s a bit mad,” says performer Brian Lipson, about his show for Arts House, EDMUND. THE BEGINNING. Produced by Antechamber Productions, EDMUND. THE BEGINNING has grown out of an Australian Council Fellowship Lipson was awarded in 2011. “The Fellowship was a wonderful thing,” the UK born actor tells Beat. “I elected to work with 25 people.  I’ve been doing theatre for 40 years or so and you...

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