The Good Person of Szechuan

It’s tempting for historians and lazy people to conflate Brecht and agitprop, but it isn’t strictly accurate. A portmanteau of agitation and propaganda, agitprop really finds its apotheosis in the communist theatre of Ch...

Mike McLeish: Message to my Girls

As the audience files into the theatre ahead of Mike McLeish’s new show, the lyrical refrain I’m not angry anymore from Concrete Blonde’s song Joey plays discreetly and subversively in the background. But when McLeish wa...

But Wait…There’s More

There is nothing more exciting than wandering along the banks of Melbourne’s Yarra River on a brisk June evening as the white Circus Oz Big Top comes into view. We know we are in for rough and tumble ride, and none...

Grounded

Concentration. Speed. Accuracy. A fighter pilot needs these skills to survive and thrive in the deadly arena of battle, but even these all come to naught without a steely determination to kill. The affect of the kill on ...

Shadowland

Shadow theatre has been around a very long time, and it carries significant cultural associations. Puppetry always plays a large part, and the subjects of this kind of spectacle are often kings and princesses. Pilobolus’...

Love Letters

Ever since it was first performed by the author himself in 1988, A.R. Gurney’s celebrated play Love Letters has been a favourite among name actors. Exploring a relationship between two lifelong friends through their lett...

CIMF – The Fire and the Rose

Though not the final concert of the festival, The Fire and the Rose never-the-less provided Christopher Latham with his perfect swan song as Artistic Director. For despite the rigours of planning and delivering a very am...