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…

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…

Finding Neverland a Beautiful Tale of Imagination and Love-100 Word Review

Forster’s adaption of Knee’s biographical play sensitively describes the whimsical J.M. Barrie, and the family that inspired Peter Pan. A poignant and sentimental story about the power of the imagination brought to life with tender performances, graceful directing and a wistful score. Depp was radiant as Barrie, Winslet charmed as his companion, and the children…

Bittersweet youthful love examined in Ensemble’s adaption of classic tale

Ensemble Theatre’s adaption of the story turned film, Ladies in Lavender, provides a slow and somewhat touching story of two elderly spinster sisters who rescue a half drowned polish Violin player from the shore outside their house in pre WW2 England. Although a fine story, the plot was simple and predictable, thus what may have…

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…