Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks

Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks

From bowl cuts to liking ‘that’ boy band (you know the one), it is easy to look back on childhood and wonder ‘what on earth was I thinking’. And while many adults would be ashamed to admit they share the same interests f...
Leah Shelton stars in Bitch on Heat - photo by Sarah Walker

Darwin Festival: Bitch on Heat

Leah Shelton’s Bitch on Heat leaves it’s audience panting. This is slap-in-the-face performance art that cuts a carving knife sized chunk right out of the patriarchy. This frantic, high-camp solo performance work is set ...
The Street Theatre METAMORPHOSIS - photo by Shelly Higgs

Metamorphosis

Franz Kafka’s novella about a young man, who wakes up one morning to find that he has transformed into a giant insect and the response of his family to his predicament, has spawned many adaptations. Perhaps the most dura...
DF My Urrwai Ghenoa Gela - photo by David Charles Collins

Darwin Festival: My Urrwai

“Legs . . .  back . . . head . . .” Ghenoa Gela (who likes to be called G) prepares to perform the traditional island dance that her parents began teaching her as soon as she could walk. Her Rockhampton schoo...
Another Country

Another Country

I had expected to emerge from the cinema ready for some verbal activism on behalf of the afflicted Indigenous community shown on screen. I understand and despise cultural oppression and dispossession of a beloved land. I...
MIFF19 Pavlo Lehenkyi stars as Emerson in A Family

A Family

The saying goes that you can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your family. Yet if you were to go by the events in 2019 Australian-by-the-way-of-Ukraine dark-comedy A Family, you might just be able to hire ...
Iron Lung 'night Mother photo Pia Johnson

‘night, Mother

Whether it was in the performance, particularly in the final moments – Thelma’s (Caroline Lee) grief, visceral, her body twisting from guilt and the loss of her daughter, Jessie (Esther van Doornum) – o...