Stop Kiss

Stop Kiss is a beautiful script, running two periods of time alongside and within each other, one moving away from the story’s climax and one moving towards it. It takes the audience through the sweet, awkward and entici...

Dancing for the Gods

It’s been a long time between visits. The Chitrasena Dance Company from Sri Lanka, last performed in Canberra in 1972, headed then by the charismatic founder of the company, Chitrasena and his wife, Vajira. After a week ...

The Magic Flute

What a difference a cast change makes. When Opera Australia first staged this production in 2012, it was cast with some of the company’s brightest young emerging singers. Not all were up to the task however and at the pe...

La bohème

Like many before me, La bohème was the opera in which I discovered how deeply moving the heady mix of great music, drama and visuals could be. My epiphany took place during a 1973 performance of La bohème given by the Au...

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Who needs London’s Regents Park when you have the gorgeous Bella Vista Farm to pose the perfect setting for A Midsummer Night’s Dream? Out on a farm stead in Sydney’s north west, Sport For Jove kick off its summer Shakes...

GREASE

For more that forty years, Grease has enjoyed a number of revivals, from stage and arena productions through to a national tour in an over-sized circus tent.  Its success firmly built on the 1978 film starring Olivia New...

Dirty Dancing

Having been at the world premiere of Dirty Dancing in Sydney’s Theatre Royal in 2004, it was interesting to be able to re-connect with this show ten years later at the Australian premiere of this brand new production. De...

Scandalous Boy

It’s not every day you get the opportunity to see a play set in Rome in 130 A.D. Life was different then. Public nudity was common-place, and mothers enthusiastically coached their handsome young sons in the sensual skil...