AAR Ben Gerrard in I Am My Own Wife photo by Rupert Reid

I Am My Own Wife

Surviving Nazi and Communist Germany was hard enough, let alone as a transvestite, but Charlotte von Mahlsdorf did it to acclaim. I Am My Own Wife is a gripping re-enactment of von Mahlsdorf’s life told through the eyes ...
Nicola Gunn photo by Sarah Walker

Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster

A white stage stained with a faint water-like projection and Nicole Gunn dressed in her ‘happy any day’ casual getup talking to you. It’s all you need for an engaging night at the theatre. Nicola Gunn’s Piece for Person ...
Geraldine Turner

Geraldine Turner – Turner’s Turn

If you subscribe to the idea that you should leave a cabaret performance knowing more about the performer than when you went in, then Turner’s Turn ticks all the boxes. Turner has the history, and among her accomplishmen...
Hissy Fit photo by Lucy Parakhina

Hissy Fit: I might blow up someday

Hissy Fit is live, experimental performance art. Far from your mainstage musicals and plays, the show challenges you in its meaning making and surprises you in its performance choices. Rock band meets bra-burning feminis...
Rhonda Burchmore

Rhonda Burchmore – Broadway Baby

It’s important in intimate cabaret to have a few runs on the board and a good backstory. Rhonda Burchmore has both in spades. She’s done it all. One of Australia’s most enduring entertainers, she’s shared the boards with...

Masquerade

The most difficult and awkward reviews to write are for those shows that leave you feeling that they haven’t been able to realise their promise. Regrettably, technical difficulties in the first act of the opening night o...
Red Stitch Actors Theatre Olga Makeeva and Edward Orton in Jurassica photo by Jodie Huntchinson

Jurassica

From the Jurassic to our own Anthropocene epoch, environmental pressures push all life towards adapting to survive. Sometimes that means getting better at blending in. Migrants to Australia, starting from that first non-...
Melbourne Festival Strut & Fret Limbo

Melbourne Festival: Limbo

These days, arts festivals appreciate the variety and accessibility that a circus-based show can add to a program. In Limbo, Melbourne Festival 2015 has picked a ripper; one with the familiar propelled to extremes, and d...