Francis Greenslade and the mark of The Platypus

Francis Greenslade and the mark of The Platypus

True to its name, The Platypus, written and directed by Francis Greenslade, is a platypus of a show, made up of strange and ill-fitting parts including one part audience, two parts actor, and multiple genres. Mamet, Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, Restoration Comedy, and a...

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Tim Draxl performs Sunset Boulevard

Tim Draxl performs Sunset Boulevard

  For the first time, witness Tim Draxl perform Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic 'Sunset Boulevard'. This musical masterpiece opens on Tuesday 21st May at the Princess Theatre in Melbourne's East End Theatre District . For more information and tickets:...

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Back to Back Theatre presents MULTIPLE BAD THINGS

Back to Back Theatre presents MULTIPLE BAD THINGS

MULTIPLE BAD THINGS, the new work by Back to Back Theatre will come to Malthouse later this month direct from a season at Brussels Theater Nationale as part of Kunstenfestivaldesarts. Directed by Back to Back Artistic Associates Tamara Searle and Ingrid Voorendt, who...

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Homo Pentecostus asks what is your church?

Homo Pentecostus asks what is your church?

Co-created by Joel Bray, Emma Valente and Peter Paltos, Homo Pentecostus will make its world premiere at Malthouse Theatre later this month. Billed as an odyssey of self-discovery and liberation, the work is based on Bray's own experiences of growing up in a...

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Laurence Boxhall: The art in Switzerland

Laurence Boxhall: The art in Switzerland

A gripping psychological thriller, Switzerland by Joanna Murray-Smith, makes its way to the Ensemble Theatre next month. A crisp two-hander starring Toni Scanlan (Belvoir’s The Weekend) as Patricia Highsmith, alongside Laurence Boxhall (The Mousetrap Australia),...

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Conor Leach talks the catharsis of Fourteen

Conor Leach talks the catharsis of Fourteen

The new smash-hit Australian play, Fourteen, begins its national tour at Riverside Theatres on 3rd May. Based on Shannon Molloy’s award-winning memoir of the same name, Fourteen is the inspirational true story of growing up gay in central Queensland, adapted into a...

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Elijah Williams Makes A case for the Existence of God

Elijah Williams Makes A case for the Existence of God

Acclaimed Seymour Centre favourites, Outhouse Theatre Co (Consent, Ulster American) returns with an Australian premiere from one of America’s most celebrated contemporary playwrights. A case for the Existence of God is Samuel Hunter's heart-wrenching, compassionate,...

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Sydney Comedy Festival – Ting Lim

Sydney Comedy Festival – Ting Lim

Ting Lim – Enmore Theatre Thursday 16 May – Sunday 19 May https://www.sydneycomedyfest.com.au/event/ting-lim-well-this-is-awkward/ How would you describe the show to someone who knows very little about it? I find it very hard to say no. I’m a yes person. It’s about...

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Rebecca Massey Talks Holding the Man

Rebecca Massey Talks Holding the Man

Holding the Man is a play that has been described as the love story which defined a generation. Based on Timothy Conigrave's autobiographical book, Holding the Man traces the devastating results of HIV though the lens of Tim and John and their enduring and tragic...

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Sydney Comedy Festival – Ryan Sim

Sydney Comedy Festival – Ryan Sim

How would you describe the show to someone who knows very little about it? I’m trying to bring the energy of punk rock into this show. It’s high energy, fun, and a little bit dark at times. It’s what happens when the spirit of DIY falls into the hands of a “Silly...

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Sydney Comedy Festival – Shad Wicka

Sydney Comedy Festival – Shad Wicka

Shad Wicka - Well, well, well How would you describe the show to someone who knows very little about it? I witnessed an old man fake a heart attack so he could be the first person to leave a packed flight, and it was the most inspiring thing I've ever seen. This show...

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Sydney Comedy festival -Maddie Southall

Sydney Comedy festival -Maddie Southall

How would you describe the show to someone who knows very little about it? Gayer Than I Used To Be is a show about how I am well… gayer than I used to be. To everyone’s surprise, delight, disdain and confusion (depends who you ask) I’ve taken a step off the beaten...

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Caitlin Burley Gears up for The Great Divide

Caitlin Burley Gears up for The Great Divide

David Williamson's The Great Divide is set to open at Ensemble Theatre later this month. Penned by Australia's most prolific playwright, The Great Divide unfolds in the picturesque town of Wallis Heads, not unlike Williamson’s current hometown Noosa in Queensland. In...

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Sydney Comedy Festival – Nick Capper Meat Oblong

Sydney Comedy Festival – Nick Capper Meat Oblong

Australia's premier agricultural comedian, Nick Capper, is sick of reinventing the wheel. Now, at the tender age of 40, he's got nothing left to lose – it's time to reinvent the oblong. Don't be a square, come get geometric.  How would you describe the show to someone...

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Cathy Hunt and her journey through 7 Captiva Road

Cathy Hunt and her journey through 7 Captiva Road

 7 Captiva Road, by Andrea Ciannavei, is an explosive dark comedic drama about three generations of an Italian American family preparing for the death of their matriarch. A potent and intricate work that, for director Cathy Hunt, really grabbed from the outset. While...

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Carl De Villa’s healing journey through RENT

Carl De Villa’s healing journey through RENT

  Growing in the Philippines, Carl De Villa had to learn to "hustle and bustle" from a very young age. It was an environment that resulted in traumatic experiences for De Villa, who admits it sounds very vague, but explains it's "too much to handle". The trauma...

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Gary Abrahams’ new and surprising Yentl

Gary Abrahams’ new and surprising Yentl

Many would know the story of Yentl from the 1983 movie which was directed, co-written, co-produced, and starred the fabulous Barbra Streisand. The story is based on Isaac Bashevis Singer's short story, Yentl the Yeshiva Boy, and traces the desire of an Ashkenazi...

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Kate Fitzpatrick in modern adaptation of Gaslight

Kate Fitzpatrick in modern adaptation of Gaslight

Set to be one of the most talked about performances of 2024, Gaslight, a modern adaptation of the 1938 suspenseful thriller by Patrick Hamilton and starring Kate Fitzpatrick, Geraldine Hakewill and Toby Schmitz, is set to premiere in Brisbane as part of the 2024...

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Ray Chong Nee Scores in Alone It Stands

Ray Chong Nee Scores in Alone It Stands

Ensemble Theatre is thrilled to present Irish playwright John Breen’s heart-warming comedy Alone it Stands, later this month. A ballsy, true tale of triumph over impossible odds on the field, and based on the famous 1978 rugby match in Limerick, Ireland, this David...

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Norton James and the joy of The Choir of Man

Norton James and the joy of The Choir of Man

Straight form London's West End, The Choir of Man has been a juggernaut since its original opening at Edinburgh Fringe in August 2017. The show consists of a wildly talented group of instrumentalists, world-class wordsmiths and sensational singers; this cast of nine...

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Lara Croydon and the legacy of Tiddas

Lara Croydon and the legacy of Tiddas

Tiddas, a heart-warming story of sisterhood, is about to make its Sydney debut at Belvoir. The comedy is Wiradjuri Author Anita Heiss’ own stage adaption of her much-loved novel about sisterhood and the deep bonds between women in society and comes to the stage next...

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Big Name, No Blankets with Andrea James

Big Name, No Blankets with Andrea James

Big Name, No Blankets is an epic new rock'n'roll theatre show celebrating the legacy and impact of Australian music icons, Warumpi Band, told from the perspective of founding members, the Butcher Brothers. From Papunya (a small town in the Northern Territory) to...

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Sarah-Louise Young: An Evening Without Kate Bush

Sarah-Louise Young: An Evening Without Kate Bush

An actress, writer, director, improviser and internationally renowned cabaret performer, Sarah-Louise Young comes to Sydney Festival for An Evening Without Kate Bush – a glorious celebration of the irresistible forces and incandescent genius of Kate Bush and the fans...

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Kamarra Bell-Wykes on a wild visceral ride

Kamarra Bell-Wykes on a wild visceral ride

This November, Malthouse Theatre presents an extraordinary double bill by First Nations company A DATLIGHT CONNECTION, featuring the critically acclaimed productions Whose Gonna Love ‘Em? I am that I AM and the return season of the 2022 hit Chase. Led by visionary...

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Yumi Umiumare celebrates being out of order

Yumi Umiumare celebrates being out of order

Running since 2017, ButohOUT! is the only creative platform of its kind in Australia.  Created and run by artists Yumi Umiumare and Taka Takiguchi 滝口貴, it focuses on the distinctive art form of Butoh. ButohBAR 番狂わせ OUT of ORDER is the 2023 finale event from the...

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Madeleine Jones Dives into The Memory of Water

Madeleine Jones Dives into The Memory of Water

Shelagh Stephenson’s Laurence Olivier Award winning play, The Memory of Water, takes a new look at the age-old traditions of recollecting family stories. A beautiful bittersweet comedy, bound by sisterly love, anger, tears and of course laughter. The 1996 hit British...

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Patricia Cornelius: In The Club is about tough stuff.

Patricia Cornelius: In The Club is about tough stuff.

Written by Patricia Cornelius, one of Australia’s most awarded and uncompromising playwrights, In The Club is a powerful and compelling work that shines a fierce light on consent, coercion, and sexual violence. Given recent news headlines, a timely piece indeed, and...

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Vivian Ngyen and her Astonishing Comet Boombox

Vivian Ngyen and her Astonishing Comet Boombox

An interspecies relationship podcast, silicone shamans, and an ancestral trip to a motherboard factory take centre stage in The Astonishing Comet Boombox. This is a brand-new show from Writer and Producer Vivian Ngyuen created with rising playwright Chenturan Aran....

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Themme Fatale Talks Le Freak

Themme Fatale Talks Le Freak

Le Freak hot on the heels of two sell-out seasons is set to make its return at the 2023 Melbourne Fringe Festival. Featuring world-class, award-winning trans, queer, disabled and sex worker performers Le Freak shines a lens on sideshow and how this artform has...

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Tony Nikolakopoulos Talks Life of Byron

Tony Nikolakopoulos Talks Life of Byron

Australian comedy legends Tony Nikolakopoulos and George Kapiniaris team up once again to bring you the world premiere of The Life of Byron. Following the success of their national 2-year tour of their previous collaboration, The Last Proxy, the duo, along with writer...

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Uma Dobia is… Intolerant

Uma Dobia is… Intolerant

Lifelong allergy sufferer, Uma Dobia, knows a thing or two about navigating the world while looking for danger in every crumb. In her playful new cabaret, Intolerant, Uma uses her genre-hopping vocal, storytelling and comedic skills to confront her obsessions with...

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My Cousin Vlad CATASTROPHA!

My Cousin Vlad CATASTROPHA!

After taking Australia by storm with People Are Gonna Lose It & The People Have Lost It Tours, Vlad is back with his follow-up tour and third show CATASTROPHA! Welcome to the rabbit hole of culture, ethnic traditions versus Aussie life, modern-day problems, and...

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Eva Rees: Hour of the Wolf

Eva Rees: Hour of the Wolf

Created by Matthew Lutton and Keziah Warner, written by Keziah Warner, and directed by Matthew Lutton, Hour of the Wolf invites audiences to Hope Hill, a fictional town that is yours to freely explore on the longest night of the year. This is the world premiere of a...

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Ed Gamester and his real-life superheroes

Ed Gamester and his real-life superheroes

Following its phenomenal success in the UK, Mythos: Ragnarök will be making its international debut at Melbourne Fringe Festival this October. The creator of the show, Ed Gamester, is delivering a spectacle truly unique in the world. Dexterously weaving ancient myths...

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Riding with Anna Lumb in Joyride

Melbourne Fringe is just around the corner and synonymously it brings with it some super effective fringe artists who bring their own creative and exciting visions to the festival. One of those shows is Joyride, a new hybrid physical theatre and live artwork staged in...

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Callan Harris – GODZ on Mt Olympus and Beyond

Callan Harris – GODZ on Mt Olympus and Beyond

Back from sell-out international and national tours, GODZ, the Winner of the 2022 Melbourne Fringe People's Choice Award now returns to the Fringe at  Festival Park . This adults-only, jaw-dropping offering from the Head First Acrobats boys sees their unique mix of...

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Debra Oswald This is my Life

Debra Oswald This is my Life

 One of Australia’s favourite writers, Debra Oswald, (film, television, stage, radio and children's fiction) will take to the stage in a totally honest exploration of the ups, downs and in-betweens of being a writer and how to navigate things post the success of...

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Rosa McCarty: Queen of CLOC’s Chess

Rosa McCarty: Queen of CLOC’s Chess

The Queen and her Checkmates   When CLOC Musical Theatre takes to the stage in October with its production of Chess, Rosa McCarty, a mainstay of Melbourne musical theatre, will be revisiting one of her favourite shows and roles as Florence Vassy.  ...

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Zahra Newman and her Lady Day

Zahra Newman and her Lady Day

Zahra Newman steps into the iconic role of Billie Holiday this month performing in Belvoir’s Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill.  Newman, who was very attracted to the project initially because of the inherent creative and technical challenge, says to portray a...

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Francesca Savige and her Summer of Harold

Francesca Savige and her Summer of Harold

Sydney's Ensemble Theatre's latest offering is the world premiere of Summer of Harold, a trio of cracking comedic plays about adventure, obsession and hope from award-winning playwright Hilary Bell. Comprised of two monologues and one two-hander, this powerful new...

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Gabriel Comerford and the beauty of idk

Gabriel Comerford and the beauty of idk

Force Majeure's new work, idk, is a movement and narrative performance examining the nuances of navigating consent and the shifting nature of boundaries. Australian-Malaysian artist Gabriel Comerford is one of three performers in the work and says he has been a big...

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Anna O’Byrne on becoming Eliza

  Playing the role of Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady would be an incredible opportunity for any performer, but being directed by none-other-than Dame Julie Andrews herself takes that incredible opportunity to whole different level.This was a unique,...

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Albert Mwangi Talks Mr Bailey’s Minder

Albert Mwangi Talks Mr Bailey’s Minder

Actor Albert Mwangi is currently deep in Ensemble Theatre's season of Mr Bailey’s Minder, but has taken some out to speak about the power and humanity of the piece. A potent drama by beloved Australian writer Debra Oswald, Mr Bailey's Minder was written in 2005 and...

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Zya Kane and her Sense of Place

Zya Kane and her Sense of Place

Sense of Place is the latest offering by Weave Movement Theatre and, as the title suggests,  is an exploration of the spaces and places in our hearts, minds, memories and everyday reality through physical theatre, soundscape, and visual projections. Co-Director Zya...

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Jennifer Vuletic and Chopin’s Piano

Jennifer Vuletic and Chopin’s Piano

Musica Viva Australia is thrilled to present Chopin’s Piano, a stunning fusion of chamber music and theatrical performances honouring Frederick Chopin’s revolutionary 24 Preludes, as well as the history of a small, craftsman’s pianino. For acclaimed actor Jennifer...

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Alistair Baldwin’s Telethon Kid

About a disability influencer and body positivity activist, comedian Alistair Baldwin's debut play, Telethon Kid, is about to hit the Malthouse Theatre stage. Exploring the life of protagonist Sam, who rises to fame as the poster child of Perth Children’s Hospital...

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Jing Xuan-Chan: The family and identity of Miss Peony

Jing Xuan-Chan: The family and identity of Miss Peony

Presenting a tri-lingual show for the first ever time on a Sydney mainstage, Miss Peony is a glitzy, glamorous and slightly-unhinged dive into the world of beauty pageants, featuring projected captions in English, Cantonese and Simplified Chinese simultaneously...

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The Success of Starlight Express

The Success of Starlight Express

  Earlier this month, one of Andrew Lloyd Weber's most successful musicals reached a significant milestone: Starlight Express celebrated 35 years in Bochum, Germany.   During those 35 years more than 839 artists from 36 countries have performed well over...

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Iopu Auva’a:  Away is driven by love

Iopu Auva’a: Away is driven by love

Michael Gow's iconic Australian work, Away, is set to o open at Theatre Works early next month.  Clever, funny yet deeply moving, Away has become one of the  most widely produced Australian plays of all time.  Set in the Australian summer of 1967-1968 the play...

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Wil King sets the tone for This Is Living

Wil King sets the tone for This Is Living

This July, Malthouse Theatre presents Ash Flanders’ new work, This Is Living, a semi-autobiographical play that turns The Malthouse into a Hepburn Springs getaway. The work is described as the saltiest, sweetest, and most honest look at love and friendship you’ll see....

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Tamzen Hayes moving through a collection of memories

Tamzen Hayes moving through a collection of memories

Tamzen Hayes brings her sensitive and vulnerable show, Never Said Motel, to the 2023 Bondi Festival, on from 30 June to 16 July. Part solo performance and part installation piece, Never Said Motel,  first premiered at Melbourne Writers Festival in 2019, then went on...

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Mark Kilmurry: Benefactors is the perfect night out

Mark Kilmurry: Benefactors is the perfect night out

Writer Michael Frayn, creator of international hits Copenhagen and Noises Off, explores what it is to be human in a statistically driven world, in Benefactors, his Olivier Award-winning 1984 comedy set in the late 1960s. Presented by Sydney's Ensemble Theatre and...

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Eric Turro Martinez- The King of Cuban Dance

Eric Turro Martinez- The King of Cuban Dance

Eric Turro Martinez, of Buena Vista Social Club fame, has got a brand new show that is playing this  June for one night only at The Palms. Buena Vista Dance tells the story of Cuba's golden age through narrator and dance and will be a fascinating look at Cuba's...

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Paul English finds a friend in Willy Loman

Paul English finds a friend in Willy Loman

The well respected Melbourne Independent Theatre Co.  Hearth Theatre, is currently on tour with Arthur Miller's classic 1949 play Death of a Salesman. Following on from their hugely successful season in 2022 this extraordinary ensemble of Melbourne actors will be...

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Tasnim Hossain – developing creative partnerships

Tasnim Hossain – developing creative partnerships

I Wanna Be Yours is the widely acclaimed debut play from London Laureate and poetry slam champion Zia Ahmed, a contemporary cross-cultural romance.  Directed by Resident Director Tasnim Hossain, it is a compelling new work exploring identity, racism and love, this...

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Briony Dunn: The Feast That is Moth

Briony Dunn: The Feast That is Moth

An action-packed graphic-novel fiction fantasy by Declan Greene is about to erupt at Theatre Works - Moth is a love-letter to every teen… and to those who used to be. Directed by Briony Dunn, Moth spotlights a climactic bullying incident that devastates a friendship...

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Dion Mills is Uncle Vanya

Dion Mills is Uncle Vanya

This June, multi-award-winning director Bronwen Coleman (Dirt, Naomi, Ignis) and the Anthropocene Play Company breathe immediacy and new life into Anton Chekhov’s renowned classic, Uncle Vanya. First published in 1898 and first performed in 1899 at the Moscow Art...

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Top 10 Coronation-themed Musicals

Top 10 Coronation-themed Musicals

Our Top 10 Coronation-themed Musicals   10. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat  Joseph's ability to interpret the king's dreams is pivotal to his journey. In 'Song of the King' the Pharoah asks Joseph to interpret his confusing dreams.   9. Pippin...

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Ruva Ngwenya: from party tricks to Tina Turner

Ruva Ngwenya: from party tricks to Tina Turner

  Singing was merely something Ruva Ngwenya considered to be her "party trick". Instead, Ruva Ngwenya describes herself as being a sports fanatic during her early years at Kew High School. "I did all the sports - volleyball, netball," commented Nwenya. "And then...

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Sammy J’s Good Hustle

Sammy J’s Good Hustle

 After five years, 200 episodes and countless legal threats Sammy J is stepping away from his weekly ABC TV spot – but not before throwing a giant farewell party. Come and farewell Government Coach, Playground Politics, National Yoga, bush poet SJ Paterson,...

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Nicolette Minster’s Net Worth is Worthy

Nicolette Minster’s Net Worth is Worthy

According to NetWorthRanks, Nicolette Minster is a 6ft, 30-year-old worth $15mil. Except she’s not. She’s a 38-year-old who shops in the same Woolies she used to work at and whose career highlight was starring (featuring) alongside Meryl Streep at age three. But what...

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Andrew Hansen: Comedy, Music and Life

Andrew Hansen: Comedy, Music and Life

​Andrew Hansen, 'the good one from The Chaser', is about to take his Andrew Hansen is Cheap gig on tour. Just finishing up his MICF stint, 2023 Adelaide Fringe Winner, Hansen, talks show, comedy, music and more.​ ------------------------------------------------ - How...

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Keziah Warner and her Nosferatu

Gothic drama enthusiasts are in for absolute treat later this month as Malthouse Theatre prepares the unveiling of Nosferatu. An atmospheric work based on the 1922 silent German Expressionist horror film, Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror, playwright Keziah Warner takes...

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Kellie Gnauck: From Opera to Meatloaf

Kellie Gnauck: From Opera to Meatloaf

Kellie Gnauck never imagined she'd be belting out the songs of Meatloaf in a rock arena musical. Her first introduction to the arts was attending opera. "I had a grandad who was quite a famous opera singer and he worked for the Sydney Opera Company," she explained....

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Amy May Nunn’s Lemon Tree on Dreg Street

Amy May Nunn’s Lemon Tree on Dreg Street

Playing as a part of the 2023 Midsumma Festival,  award-winning playwright and poet Amy May Nunn  returns to Theatre Works with their latest work; Lemon Tree on Dreg Street. Nunn confesses that the play emerged from a lockdown writing exercise and was never intended...

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Boxing Day BBQ – a venture behind the red curtain.

Boxing Day BBQ – a venture behind the red curtain.

By Nick Pilgrim Established in 1958, Sydney’s Ensemble Theatre is one of the city’s leading independent live entertainment groups. Located in leafy Kirribilli, their harbour inlet home base is a brisk ten walk from Milson’s Point Railway Station on the North Shore...

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Alex Rathgeber’s dramatic year

Alex Rathgeber’s dramatic year

Alex Rathgeber has already enjoyed an extensive and diverse international career. He's played Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera on London's West End. He's appeared in numerous television series, and played roles on stage ranging from the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz to...

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Top Ten Most Wanted Musicals

Top Ten Most Wanted Musicals

Our Theatre Matters team of editors, writers and reviewers were asked which musicals they would most like to see have their Australian premiere. 125 votes were cast to create our list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Musicals.   10. Sister Act the Musical The film was...

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Blake Bowden’s dream role

Blake Bowden’s dream role

Blake Bowden has enjoyed an enviable theatre career. "My first show was in my second year out of high school. I was just 19 and, not giving away my age, but I am, I'm going into my 19th year in theatre. I'm almost at that 20 year mark so time does go really quickly!"...

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Angus Cameron’s Very Raw and Earnest cavemxn

Winner of the 2015 Midsumma Queer Playwrighting Award and shortlisted for the Red Stitch INK new writing program in the same year,  Angus Cameron’s award-winning play, cavemxn, is about to beat its way to Chapel Off Chapel. A play written in stages, and over some...

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Matthew Lutton’s Gothic Monsters

Hatching from the darkly creative minds of Malthouse Theatre Artistic Director Matthew Lutton, choreographer Stephanie Lake and Sydney-based writer Emme Hoy, Monsters - described as a thrilling fever dream and promising more than a few chills and thrills -  was born...

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Aaron Orzech – An Abandoned Neverland

An epic work five years in the making, NEVERNEVERNEVERNEVERNEVERNEVERNEVER is the story of a special bond and a special friendship between two seemingly, on the surface, disparate individuals. Aaron Orzech is 36 and Sol Feldman is 13, together their theatrical...

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Amanda Muggleton Is The Mentor

Amanda Muggleton Is The Mentor

Theatre Works is in the habit of supporting new Australian works with The Mentor, by playwright Joshua White, being no exception. A tour de force two-hander, The Mentor is White's first page to stage production. An exciting work shaped by many creative hands and...

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Therèsa Borg’s Titanic Task

Therèsa Borg’s Titanic Task

Therèsa Borg co-founded Melbourne production house TEG Entertainment Store/Life Like Touring for whom she wrote and directed over 20 family musicals. Her directing credits, amongst others, include Sweeney Todd, starring Anthony Warlow and Gina Riley at Her Majesty’s...

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