Circus 1903 Reviewed– Sydney Opera House

This article was originally published on AussieTheatre.com  Going to the circus is, for many, a thrilling experience: nostalgia, loud noises, death-defying acts… while sitting in the front row and having popcorn lobbed in your face by the ringmaster did not exactly coincide with these expectations, it’s all part of the fun and games of Circus…

Belvoir’s Prize Fighter Explosive and Compelling: Theatre Review

Belvoir’s first main stage production, Prize Fighter, is a violent, explosive and utterly watchable work of theatre. The show starts with a bang, as two sweaty actors in a boxing ring begin pummelling each other with their fists in the ring. The fight director, Nigel Poulton, has pulled out all stops to make such fights…

The Screwtape Letters review- AussieTheatre.com

This article was originally posted on AussieTheatre.com at http://aussietheatre.com.au/reviews/screwtape-letters-canberra-theatre-centre  There are many ways that Hell could be represented on stage. Walking into The Courtyard Studio of the Canberra Theatre Centre to find an office straight out of a Sherlock Holmes novel was, needless to say, not what I expected. This austere academic venue is wallpapered by…

Review: This, This is Mine – Corinthian Food Store Collective

This review was originally posted on AussieTheatre.com at http://aussietheatre.com.au/reviews/mine-corinthian-food-store-collective  Sitting in a cosy living room mingling with the artistic directors of a show isn’t your typical theatre experience, but it’s an essential part of the Corinthian Food Store Collective’s This, This Is Mine. Founded in 2012 by two NIDA alumni and expanding to a core group…

Review: Cycology: Inside the Mind of Cy Coleman – Sydney Fringe Festival

This review was originally posted at AussieTheatre.com The one-man cabaret show Cycology: Inside the Mind of Cy Coleman, written and performed by Richard Woodhouse, is a vocal memoir. Woodhouse plays Coleman, reflecting upon his life as a musician while performing his most famous songs. Coleman was an American composer, songwriter, and jazz pianist who composed…

Hamlet Reviewed (Sport for Jove & Seymour Centre)

Damien Ryan’s production of ‘Hamlet’ is a decent if forgettable take on Shakespeare’s famous tragedy. The pacing was tight and the selection of scenes interesting and unique, however the show was let down by some unimpressive performers. The actor playing Hamlet disappointed, lacking any real emotional depth. He began the play with an “antic disposition”…

The Voices Project: All Good Things Review

The monologue form can be dated back to the Ancient Theatre of the Greeks and Romans, where it had many uses as a prominent theatrical device. Indeed, in the works of Roman Comic Playwright Plautus, the monologues averaged 17% of the total verses-quite a change from the trend of realism that permeated the modern stages…

Rembering Excellent Theatre- Belvoir’s The Glass Menagerie

My most memorable theatre experience was the Belvoir’s 2014 production of The Glass Menagerie. Having seen Musicals most of my life, this was one of my first experiences of serious drama. I found both the Play, and the Direction to be very different to any other production I had seen before. The small cast size allowed…

The Importance of Live Theatre

“I regard theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being” –Oscar Wilde Live theatre is an important part of society as its unique, temporary and engaging format provides an experience like…

Family revenge explored in Griffin’s formidable modern Greek tragedy

This review can also be found on Griffin Theatre Company’s blog and on TheatreNow. “Two Sisters- Three! – No. Two” Griffin Independent and Stories Like These united last Wednesday in the premier of Anna Barnes’ modern Greek tragedy ‘MinusOneSister’. This haunting story, led by Luke Rogers’s direction with a talented cast and crew, explores themes of…

Setting the Stage- STC’s Endgame and Jumpy

Set often ends up unnoticed in theatrical productions. For the inexperienced theatre-goer, set’s often ignored and unappreciated. As I’ve developed my knowledge and understanding of theatre, I’ve come to appreciate all aspects of it. STC’s recent productions of Endgame and Jumpy, both used set, lighting and sound to establish the mood, and enhance the actor’s performance….