Saimir Pirgu as Shepherd, the Opera Australia Chorus and dancers in Opera Australia’s King Roger - photo by Keith Saunders

King Roger

This extraordinary staging by Opera Australia in the Sydney Opera House is the first time Szymanowski’s King Roger has been performed in Australia. A co-production with the Royal Opera House and Dallas Opera, this produc...
PICA Desert Body Creep Angela Goh.jpg

Fringe World: Desert Body Creep

The gummi worm, star player of Desert Body Creep hype, is underwhelming. For one, it is quite small, about the size of a spine. I know this because that’s the first thing solo performer and dancer Angela Goh does with it...
Young Australian Broadway Chorus Honk Jr

Honk! Jr.

Honk! Jr., is a musical retelling of the fairy tale, The Ugly Duckling. Here, the Young Australian Broadway Chorus has whittled things down even further, making a thoroughly entertaining show that’s very lean in its runn...
Dean Arcuri This Show is Gay

This Show is Gay

It’s the 30th Midsumma festival, and there’s a particular silly humour in the blatant redundancy of an offering called This Show is Gay by Dean Arcuri. Look at that promotional image (pictured above) with some sort of an...
La Mama Little Ones Theatre The Happy Prince

The Happy Prince

The Happy Prince opens beautifully. From blackout, it’s a blue light up first that gently gives way to orange. Dawn. Brighter still and we see a woman standing with her back to the audience, slowly moving. She’s wearing ...
Twelfth Night - courtesy of Australian Shakespeare Company

Twelfth Night

The strengths of The Australian Shakespeare Company’s production of Twelfth Night lie in how director Glenn Elston and his cast have approached the text – with one hand out in reverence, the other holding a pair of sciss...
ASC The Wind in the Willows

The Wind in the Willows

An irreverent and entertaining tale inspired by The Wind in the Willows, the show engaged both feet – moving around the Royal Botanical Gardens a smidge – and funny bone. On the bank of one of the Garden lake...
Arts Centre Melbourne Burn the Floor

Burn the Floor

I won’t bury the lead, this iteration of Burn the Floor is spectacular. One of the fantastic qualities of the show is consistency – they start as they mean to go on, and the strength of the performances never waver...