Category Archives: Theatre

Storm Boy at QPAC

Duration: 90 minutes
Playhouse, QPAC (Opening Night)

The children’s book by Colin Thiele has had many incarnations in film and stage since its first edition in the 1960s.   For longtime fans, it would be easy to compare it to previous works and be easily disappointed.   However, as someone not familiar with the story, the latest adaptation runs through to 17 August at QPAC’s playhouse is presented in the best way possible on stage as it introduces a classic story to a new generation of fans.

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This Bitter Earth: Stripping down the hopes and dreams of every relationship we have ever had

Run Time: 72 minutes (Opening Night)
On assignment for Sydney Scoop / Editor: Rebecca Varidel
Production Images: Bob Seary

It’s the latest experimental live show in New Theatre Newtown’s 2019 program.  The 17 day short run production shines a spotlight on an an area of relationships clouded by languid debates of equality and homophobia in recent decades.

This Bitter Earth is my way of parsing this current cultural moment we’re living through.” says playwright, Chris Edwards,  “We see a generation of people struggling to connect with each other as there’s this looming, ever-present sense of twenty-first century despair hovering over our heads at all times.”

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Are you Being Served: Hit UK Comedy adapted for the Perth stage!

Directed by Andrew Watson, all the innuendo, misunderstandings, mistaken identity and farce of hit television comedy has been adapted for the stage version and written by the show’s original creators David Croft and Jeremy Lloyd.

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Veronica’s Room: A spine-tingling thriller exploring the thin line between fantasy, reality and madness

Ira Levin’s best-selling horror novel, Rosemary’s baby is brought to life under the direction of Georgina Kling.  Veronica’s Room has a sense of looming danger, suspense and unexpected twists that constantly keeps the audience thinking.

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Fun Facts about ‘HAIR: The Musical’

The cast has been announced and the theatre scene is ablaze in anticipation to see what principal headliners Paulini and Hugh Sheridan do with Broadway’s most coveted roles, Dione and Berger!

“After auditioning for three months and seeing over 800 artists, I am so pleased to be announcing this young, dynamic and exciting cast. Declan and the creative team have been working around the clock creating a new version of HAIR for these wonderful actors to embrace, and soon it will be time to share it with the country. What an honour to announce the cast on the 50th anniversary of it opening in Sydney in 1969; it is time to Let The Sun Shine In once again.” said Producer, David M. Hawkins said, 

The new production is set to tour Perth, Geelong, Wyong, Wollongong and Sydney before the finale at HOTA Gold Coast.  Joining Sheridan and Paulini are a tribe of great local talent including, Prinnie Stevens (The Voice) as Sheila, newcomer Matthew Manahan as  Claude. Angelique Cassimatis (Priscilla/Saturday Night Fever) as oxygen-conscious Jeanie, and direct from Broadway, Harris M Turner (Summer) in the role of  Hud – King of cool.   Stefanie Caccamo (Beautiful/Once) is sweet Crissy, still waiting for Frank Mills, and Callan Purcell (Jasper Jones) will sow his seeds as Woof.

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100 Reasons for War: A chaotic, mind opening work, Perth

Playwright Tom Holloway and Director, Ella Hetherington, present 100 Reasons for War takes.  It’s a tangential look at the reasons societies often find themselves in terrible and tragic conflicts.  Funny, moving and provocative, 100 Reasons for War questions the multiple and complex reasons why war has become such a prominent feature in the history of humankind.

“It’s a play grappling to find an answer, knowing full well there is no reasonable solution,” Hetherington said. “Don’t expect your regular sort of play!  We need to think about the current state of the planet – our actions as a species and as individuals.  We are at war with the climate, each other and even ourselves but, at the same time, we’re on a quest for world peace, as well as peace in our homes and peace within.

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Sweeney Todd: Short run Melbourne show 20-23 June

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Run time:  132 minutes including intermission

There are distracting technical aspects to the Sydney production that affected the full impact of the  show but in saying that the assembly of a high profile cast and revival of a forty year old musical score that is arguably still unmatched by modern theatre is worth the time.  The creative liberties taken in the script add a nice local touch with the insertion of Sweeney Todd’s backstory that sets him on a course of revenge.

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