October 14, 2013
At Sydney's daring Carriageworks, an unlikely Irish-Chinese co-production that is playful, absurdist and rather provocative. But what does it all mean?
October 3, 2013
In Sydney via Timor, the genre-bending, cross-hatched Doku Rai is the kind of immersive experience you want to have in the theatre -- but rarely do.
September 17, 2013
A new indigenous arts company brings native voices to the stage. This Fella, My Memory is not perfect, but it shows great promise.
August 12, 2013 2
Sydney Chamber Opera is a diamond in a world of largely unimproved cultural carbon. Its Owen Wingrave, Benjamin Britten's made-for-TV work, is a rare treat.
July 15, 2013
I'm Your Man was one of the theatrical highlights of last year's Sydney Festival. The Belvoir St boxing drama has now embarked on a national tour.
May 30, 2013
Stories Then And Now, a CarriageWorks piece from Annette Shun Wah and William Yang, is not only nourishing theatrically, but socially. It's important work.
March 20, 2013
What happens when you put seven seniors from south-western Sydney, who've never acted before, on a stage? It's rough and ready but has important things to say.
March 11, 2013
Part of Performance Space's "Matters Of Life And Death" series, Brian Lucas' Performance Anxiety demonstrates a performer with anything but.
December 4, 2012
A multi-media experience from CarriageWorks residents Stalker Theatre offers moments of breathtaking spectacle. And a little perspective on life.
November 29, 2012
This is opera with life; intense, dramatic and challenging. Sydney Chamber Opera's production of The Lighthouse was a percussive and potent work at CarriageWorks in Sydney.
November 5, 2012
A new dance performance work at Carriageworks' Performance Space in Sydney was shocking, unsettling theatre -- on a gladiatorial scale.
August 16, 2012
Performance Space’s just elapsed short, sharp season of short, sharp works was called Show On and encompassesd no less than nine discrete events, one of which (Applespiel Make A Band And Take On The Recording Industry) I’ve already reviewed. Presented in partnership with Mobile States, it’s a short but dense season of contemporary performance from […]
August 9, 2012
Applespiel is a Sydney (Wollongong originally, but don’t hold that against them) ‘performance collective’ that’s enjoyed, I understand, some little success at the Edinburgh Fringe, as well as closer to home. On this occasion, Applespiel Make A Band And Take On The Recording Industry. That’s the name of their 60-minute show developed at Performance Space last […]
April 24, 2012
It’s not as if there isn’t considerable and considerably impressive craft brought to bear in Yumi Umiumare’s critically-acclaimed solo work, EnTrance, which opened Performance Space’s new season at CarriageWorks last week. As far as I’m aware it’s Umiumare’s debut in Sydney. In Melbourne, she’s already been warmly embraced. The Age, for example, has waxed especially lyrically: […]
January 24, 2012
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, […]
January 17, 2012
Sometimes, we are blessed. Babel one night. I Am Eora the next. And Queenslanders reckon they have it good. The brainchild of renowned indigenous director Wesley Enoch and co-writer Anita Heiss, I Am Eora is an epic pastiche of local Aboriginal history, heritage and culture, bringing together about the most diverse possible collection of talent […]
November 17, 2011 2
Recently, My Darling Patricia gave us Africa, presented by Sydney Theatre Company. And a wonder of wonders it was. Now, for something completely different, Posts In The Paddock, the product of a long period of research and collaboration based on the whiff of an oily rag of a story the team have diligently followed-through, without […]
November 14, 2011
Bargain Garden can hardly be reviewed as a play as it’s too immersive and experiential for that, since the audience infiltrates, albeit unwittingly, the performance space. Or do the performers trespass on the audience space. I’m not sure. Theatre Kantanka and Ensemble Offspring’s treatise on rampant, reckless consumerism falls easily into the ‘now, for something […]
September 13, 2011 1
Sometime ago, while half-watching a doco on SBS, I stumbled into controversial psychological researcher Harry Harlow, who made a name for himself conducting cruel, if arguably useful, research on monkeys. Even in half-watching, it registered with me that his science was a little dubious, in the way of a John Lilly, or Tim Leary. He […]
May 25, 2011
Dean Walsh is a hippy-come-lately. And the only hippy I know that hails from Mt Druitt. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. There’s a lot that’s very, very right about it. After all, a hippy, essentially, at best practice, is someone who cares about the world and who’s set about to heal it, rather […]