OA Simon Boccanegra photo by Branco Gaica

Simon Boccanegra

Because of its convoluted libretto dramatising aspects of 14th century Genoese history to reflect the political turmoil surrounding the unification of Italy occurring at the time Verdi was writing Simon Boccanegra, its r...
Boutique Theatre Abigail 1702 Pat Moonie photo by Rebekah Kamsky

Abigail/1702

History shows that an excess of religious fervour can have less-than-virtuous results. A prime example is the 1692 witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts. There, a fanatical pursuit of those thought to serve the Devil caus...
Singin' in the Rain photo by Jeff Busby

Singin’ in the Rain

Is there anyone out there who still hasn’t seen the practically perfect Gene Kelly / Debbie Reynolds / Donald O’Connor film of Singin’ in the Rain? Or maybe you saw David Atkin’s masterful stage reconstruction of t...
Melbourne Ballet Company Divenire Zealots

Melbourne Ballet Company: Divenire

Though it’s been established for 10 years, and its Resident Choreographer, Simon Hoy, is a former Canberran, this is the first visit by the Melbourne Ballet Company to the Canberra region. To introduce his company of ten...
La Mama Courage To Kill photo by Jeff Busby

Courage to Kill

Has Scandinavian culture had any hotter time since that of the Vikings? A big part of this is due to a particular slant on crime fiction. From Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy of books demanding Hollywood film adaptati...
Einstein Master or the Universe

Einstein: Master of the Universe

Good writing, whether literary or scientific, tends follow the principle that everything present has a purpose. More regard for this idea will make Einstein: Master of the Universe a tighter show, and hopefully put it on...
Judith Lanigan Clownland

Clownland by Judith Lanigan

The term Clownland conjures up images and a landscape at an almost mythological level, and indeed clowns are legendary creatures in their own right. Many are undeniably afraid of the concept of ‘Clown’, wheth...
Opera Australia Carmen 2016

Carmen

One of the most popular operas in the contemporary operatic repertoire, Georges Bizet’s Carmen offers tantalizing challenges to directors looking for fresh ways to interpret it. Among the more intriguing and successful w...