ACM Panti Bliss

Panti: High Heels in Low Places

Panti Bliss, she of the crimson and sequinned ball gown, high heels and voluminous blonde hair, is a drag queen. She’s the alter-ego of Rory O’Neill of the small town of Ballinrobe, County Mayo in Ireland. Panti: H...
West of the Moon Tanya Voltchanskaya

Fringe World: West of the Moon

Since the death of John Hurt, I’ve been thinking a lot about The Storyteller – a 90s children’s series in which Hurt plays the titular character (and sports a very large prosthetic nose). A place where myths and le...
FW Christopher Samuel Carroll in Paradise Lost - photo by Richard Lennon

Fringe World: Paradise Lost

Like Voldemort after six months with a personal trainer, his sinewy near-naked body a ghastly pallor leaving only the eyelids seemingly stained pink, Satan appears before a small hushed audience in the deep belly of Pert...
La Mama Todd in Venice - photo by Annabel Warmington

Todd in Venice

“…which seemed to hover in a limbo between creation and decay…” – Thomas Mann, Death in Venice Todd in Venice feels right at home in the space at La Mama. The rudimentary set, the makeshift props, the unabashed way...
Hayes Theatre Co cast of Cabaret with Paul Capsis as The Emcee

Cabaret

Continuing in the long line of inventive small scale reworkings of classic musicals at the Hayes Theatre, David Hawkins’s new production of the Kander and Ebb musical Cabaret is nothing short of brilliant. For those who ...
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...