The Book of Loco

At the centre of the one-man play The Book of Loco is the question of madness in an insane world. If the world is crazy, and surely nobody would deny it is, then isn’t sanity the irrational option? Aren’t we better off e...

Mein Kampf

Central to George Tabori’s extraordinary play Mein Kampf is the notion that laughter is the only sane response to unspeakable horror. It’s certainly a refutation of the famous line by Theodor Adorno that ‘to write poetry...
Les Miserables One Day More photo by Matt Murphy

Les Misérables

After much anticipation, the acclaimed new production of Boublil & Schönberg’s legendary Les Misérables, with its glorious new staging and youthful cast has premiered at Melbourne’s Her Majesty’s Theatre. Based...

Drew Downing’s REBEL

Fresh from a debut season during Melbourne’s Midsumma Festival, Drew Downing’s quasi one-man-show (he has an eminently capable backing trio consisting of double bass, guitar and drums), was invited for a return season as...

On the Grace of Officials

It may be tempting to assume that issues surrounding refugees are analogous from country to country. It is, after all, a global problem, brought about by international movements. Flashpoints in one jurisdiction cause wav...

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...