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REVIEW: Masi (Sydney Festival) | Everest Theatre

“Grounding and connective in a way social media and the inter web at large can and will never be.” From across the Tasman, a deeply personal, multi-media story.

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REVIEW: School Dance (Sydney Festival) | Wharf 1

If you’ve ever been a pimply, gangly teenager, you’ll relate to School Dance. And remember the embarrassing soundtrack. Sydney Theatre Company’s festival offering is nostalgic fun.

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REVIEW: Eraritjaritjaka (Sydney Festival) | Theatre Royal

You haven’t seen anything like Eraritjaritjaka. Brought to Australia as part of the Sydney Festival, Switzerland’s Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne delivers a spellbinding multi-media ride.

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REVIEW: Foley (Sydney Festival) | Playhouse

I’m not sure it’s theatre. And neither is he. But neither of us really care. We both know it’s theatrical, but it’s probably more like the most engaging, entertaining university-standard history lesson you’re ever going to get. It’s not just the way he tells it. When you peer even a little bit into the history [...]

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REVIEW: Tubular Bells For Two (Sydney Festival) | Riverside Theatres

It’s not exactly Tubular Bells. Well, not as I remember it. But then, it’s a very long time since I listened to it. Mad multi-instrumentalists Daniel Holdsworth and Aidan Roberts have really come up with a kind of Variations On Tubular Bells, in which they play over 20 instruments, between them, live. The instruments may [...]

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REVIEW: A History Of Everything (Sydney Festival) | Wharf 2

Compressing the history of the universe into 90-odd minutes of compelling theatre is a reasonably ambitious task to set. Yet this is precisely what Belgian company Ontroerend Goed has done with A History Of Everything. Director Alex Devriendt and performer Joeri Smet have collaborated on the fast-paced text and, thanks to its construction, we know how [...]

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REVIEW: Thyestes (Sydney Festival) | CarriageWorks

I doubt a looser, more self-indulgent adaptation of anything would be possible. This version of Seneca’s Thyestes has been written by Thomas Henning, Simon Stone (who also directs), Chris Ryan and Mark Winter; otherwise known, I gather, as The Hayloft Project, commissioned by Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne. You may already be familiar with this famous, [...]

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REVIEW: ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore (Sydney Festival) | Sydney Theatre

It’s probably not often a going-on-400-year-old play can make you squirm. Oh sure, Shakespeare can do that, as he presents his moral dilemmas. But in terms of sheer, in-your-face, cut-to-the-chase direct confrontation, John Ford’s ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore comes on strong, like a kind of Jacobean Scorsese. And, God only knows, Ford had hard [...]

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REVIEW: I’m Your Man (Sydney Festival) | Belvoir St Theatre

What’s with this sudden surge of pugilism? And ‘documentary’ theatre? Mere coincidence? Who knows? But both, so far, are proving to be good things. Like many, I suspect, my steadfast, politically correct, philosophical position on boxing is that it’s a brutal abomination; a travesty, betraying our capacity for higher expression; a throwback to our recent [...]

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REVIEW: Radio Muezzin (Sydney Festival) | Everest Theatre

It wasn’t because my vague expectations of an uplifting theatrical experience, imbued with vocal musicality were foiled. It wasn’t because Sydney Festival, or Seymour, stuffed-up the ticketing. My disappointment and disillusionment ran much deeper. It wasn’t the only cause of a very restless night, but it was a contributor, methinks. Radio Muezzin, it seems, is the result [...]

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