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Friday 12 February 2016
Arts Theatre

the pride: review

Bridget Conway
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Darlinghurst Theatre Company has begun its 2016 season with the bold and relevant The Pride by British playwright Alexi Kaye Campbell. The script was first premiered in 2008 to critical acclaim and it’s no secret why that is. With poetic and life affirming language and an incredibly important message, The Pride is what theatre is meant to be. We…
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Monday 4 January 2016
Arts Books

lip lit: the life and death of sophie stark

Sarah Randall
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Sometimes, as a reader you’re lucky enough to chance upon a book that draws you in until you are so fully immersed in its world that it haunts you for days. Anna North’s The Life and Death of Sophie Stark is one such book. Indeed, the word ‘haunt’ is apt, as Sophie herself haunts the…
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Wednesday 16 December 2015
Books Health

killing the perfectionist within: review

Bridget Conway
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Honor Jane Newman is a psychologist currently living in Melbourne who has penned a short and easy-to-understand self-help book for women living with perfectionism, anxiety and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Killing the Perfectionist Within is a simple little book that gives the reader an insight into the various symptoms of these conditions and then delves…
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Tuesday 15 December 2015
Art Arts

grayson perry: review

Ad Hoc
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I paid roughly $450 dollars for a one-day trip to be in the same room as my art idol, Grayson Perry, at the media preview of his new show My Pretty Little Art Career, which just opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. It is testament to the intense yearning that art, at…
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Saturday 5 December 2015
Arts Comedy

interview with comedian chris endrey

Ruth Scott
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Chris Endrey is an involved artist of various worlds, all of which hope to engage people in their lives and society. Alongside Meg O’Connell he produced and hosted cult variety show In Canberra Tonight. As a musician he performs in various guises, notably with sex-pop band, Fun Machine. His writing has appeared in Crikey, Daily…
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Monday 30 November 2015
Arts Theatre

we are the ghosts of the future: review

Bridget Conway
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As part of the quirky Village Bizarre festival being held at Sydney’s historic epicentre, The Rocks, there is a captivating theatre production being shown that is unlike any other. We Are the Ghosts of the Future is part performance art, part meditation, part exhibition, and wholly a piece of the jigsaw puzzle that makes up the great history of…
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Friday 13 November 2015
Arts Theatre

carmen sweet: review

Bridget Conway
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For two days only, Expressions Dance Company brought their latest production of Carmen Sweet to the Riverside Theatre in Parramatta. As part of a national tour of the simple yet evocative production, the short stint in Parramatta proved fruitful with a packed house and a satisfied audience. I had a chat with the Artistic Director…
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Monday 9 November 2015
Arts Theatre

good works: review

Bridget Conway
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The last instalment of Darlinghurst Theatre Company’s 2015 season is Good Works, a captivating and complex play that dives into the lives of two Catholic families growing up in wartime Oz. The, sadly, deceased Australian playwright Nick Enright, writer of Property of the Clan and the stage adaptation of  Tim Winton’s Cloudstreet, originally published Good Works in 1995….
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Tuesday 6 October 2015
Arts Theatre

property of the clan: review

Bridget Conway
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Showing until the 17th of October at the newly opened Blood Moon Theatre in the heart of bustling Kings Cross in Sydney is The Property of the Clan; a riveting and emotional roller coaster ride that takes you through the true story of the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl in Stockton, Australia in…
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Saturday 3 October 2015
Arts Theatre

the unholy body of ignatius grail: melbourne fringe festival review

Jessie Adams
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A part of Melbourne Fringe Festival program, Madeleine Ryan’s The Unholy Body of Ignatius Grail is an ambiguous, thought provoking piece of theatre that describes a woman’s quest to find her true self. The studio space is filled with large, colourful abstractions which gleam in the low light. Are these voids, or portals? Three women…
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Friday 2 October 2015
Arts Comedy Theatre

hersteria: melbourne fringe festival review

Clara Borg
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From the first moment I entered the building, I knew that I was in for a memorable night. The entire venue—including the foyer—was luridly and gloriously adorned. Amongst the decor were several blow-up flamingos, lots of plastic cupcakes and miscellaneous neon-coloured props scattered everywhere. In the middle of the performance space sat a small tub…
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Saturday 26 September 2015
Arts Theatre

the sleeping beauty: review

Theertha Muraldihar
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Sheer opulence and grace is just one way to describe the Australian Ballet’s rendition of The Sleeping Beauty. David McAllister’s retelling of the classic Grimms fairytale entwined white rats, bluebirds, woodland creatures and a magnanimous Lilac Fairy onto the lavish sets. The plush costumes, dreamy orchestra and majestic decorum played a pivoting role in bringing…
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Saturday 19 September 2015
Arts Theatre

absinthe: review

Bridget Conway
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If you’re keen on burlesque, circus, comedy, and vaudeville, then you’d probably enjoy heading along to Absinthe – now running in Sydney until October 25th. From the Las Vegas live entertainment production company Spigelworld, famous for Empire, Absinthe bursts onto the scene with a tantalising cast of talented performers. The evening begins with the Chair…
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Tuesday 15 September 2015
Featured

pushing buttons: the 2015 festival of dangerous ideas

Eden Faithfull
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From Capitalism and the Climate to the Twilight of Democracy, the Festival of Dangerous Ideas (FODI) is an annual event that takes place at the Sydney Opera House, pushing the buttons and minds of some of the world’s greatest thinkers. The brainchild of Ideas at the House and the Ethics Centre, FODI is far from…
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