Fringe World Trygve Wakenshaw Nautilus

Fringe World: Trygve Wakenshaw – Nautilus

As the Guardian pointed out in an interview with the performer earlier this year, what Trygve Wakenshaw does is not, by popular opinion, ‘cool’. Clowning is not cool. And within the school of clowning, mime is probably t...
The Desperettes

The Desperettes: A Guide to being a Wingman

It wouldn’t be a Midsumma Festival without a colourful musical offering that just sweeps you along with its fun and energy. You’ll get this from female vocal trio The Desperettes with their cabaret exploration of how gal...
The Australian Ballet Storytime Ballet The Nutcracker - photo by Jeff Busby

Storytime Ballet: The Nutcracker

Continuing its delightful series of fairy-tale ballets for children, which began last year with The Sleeping Beauty, The Australian Ballet has this year produced an even more appropriate ballet, The Nutcracker. Designed ...
Ecosexual Bathhouse - photo by Matt Sav

Fringe World: Ecosexual Bathhouse

Fornicating. Lush. Steamy. Obscene. Nature is the longest, most tender and most gloriously degenerate lover we’re ever going to have. And humanity is the shittiest partner. We’ve ravaged her/his/their multiform body in s...
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...