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Friday 1 July 2016
Arts Theatre

the viagra monologues: review

Eden Faithfull
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Geraldine Brophy, actress, playwright and author of The Viagra Monologues, says of her recent foray into the male mind: ‘Parenthood, marriage, celibacy, puberty, virginity, are all complex things that influence human experience, for better or for worse. They are common human experiences, not the province of any gender.’ This notion regarding the experiential equivalence of…
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Thursday 30 June 2016
Arts Comedy Theatre

mother’s ruin: review

Amy Nicholls-Diver
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Mother’s Ruin: A Cabaret about Gin is a riotous journey through the history of gin and its associations with the most scandalous of women. Once the scourge of the masses, now drink du jour, gin is an unlikely but surprisingly entertaining topic for a cabaret. Performed by Maeve Marsden and Libby Wood, under the direction…
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Thursday 23 June 2016
Arts Theatre

first world white girls: review

Amy Nicholls-Diver
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#FirstWorldWhiteGirls is a light-hearted cabaret that satirises that special group of people who live for hashtags, Tiffany’s, and fifteen minutes of fame. Brisbanites Judy Hainsworth and Kaitlin Oliver Parker have brought their #totallyOTT characters Tiffany and Kendall to Melbourne as part of the Melbourne Cabaret Festival. The characters (a trust fund princess and Anna Nicole…
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Friday 27 May 2016
Arts Books

lip lit: sydney writers’ festival—‘why women should rule the world’

Eden Faithfull
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This is a review of a session held at the 2016 Sydney Writers’ Festival.  * It’s not often that you’re able to sit in a room filled with proudly self-proclaimed feminists, listening to a panel of admirable and notable female authors, thinkers and activists describe exactly why you should have the right to rule the…
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Wednesday 18 May 2016
Arts Books

lip lit: burnt rotis, with love

Kathy Pollock
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Burnt Rotis, With Love is a bold collection of 54 poems by Prerna Bakshi. The collection deals with powerful themes of poverty, patriarchy, and oppression. Many of the poems focus on issues particular to India—Partition, the caste system, and the specific environment of Indian domestic life—but even these poems have roots in universally recognisable struggles…
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Tuesday 17 May 2016
Arts Theatre

daffodils: review

Bridget Conway
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We have recently been hit with the difficult news that arts funding for small to medium arts organisations, especially ones that help young people and emerging creatives, has been slashed. The already lacklustre monetary distribution to the arts in Australia is now seriously dwindling and in danger. So, what are we to do? We keep…
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Tuesday 3 May 2016
Arts Books

lip lit: things my mother taught me

Danielle Croci
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What is the role of a mother? And how does the relationship between a mother and her child shape that child’s life and actions? What makes some children grow up to be like their mothers, while others are motivated to turn away and do something completely different? The new book Things My Mother Taught Me…
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Monday 2 May 2016
Arts Theatre

the cherry orchard: review

Bridget Conway
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Anton Chekhov is a well-known playwright in the theatre world because he has a knack for making you think outside the conventional box. Born in 1860 in Russia, Chekhov produced four infamously classic plays and a number of short stories. The Cherry Orchard is the last of his great works and has a heavy player…
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Wednesday 27 April 2016
Arts Theatre

a man walks into a bar: review

Bridget Conway
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Sydney’s Kings Cross was once a happening party district, but with the lock-out laws still in place, late-night boozing just isn’t a thriving business any longer. Kings Cross is now almost a ghost town, and the city itself is in need of new and exciting ways to keep the party going. This is why, I…
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Monday 18 April 2016
Arts Theatre

lady sings it better: review

Karen Liu
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Lady Sings It Better is a four women cabaret group performing at this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival with their show Here to Save the World. Maeve Marsden, Libby Wood, Annaliese Szota and Fiona Pearson bring with it a fresh and raucously hilarious perspective on the way the current discussion of feminism is framed in…
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Wednesday 13 April 2016
Art Arts

review: speak uneasy and flood

Jacqui Malins
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In the front window of Smith’s Alternative, a person is being eaten – or coughed out – by typewriters of varied vintage.  I recognise the face of artist Nicci Haynes, eyes closed, contorted into expressions of fear or outrage. She spits binary code as she is rolled into existence by these machines. Uneasy indeed, these…
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Wednesday 6 April 2016
Arts Books

lip lit: raif badawi: the voice of freedom—my husband, our story

Donna Lu
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The irony of the West’s close relationship with Saudi Arabia would be laughable, if it weren’t so troubling. When King Abdullah, of the ruling al-Saud family, died in January 2015, tributes gushed forth from world leaders. Prince Charles, David Cameron and Barack Obama, among others, flew to Riyadh to pay their respects to a man…
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Tuesday 5 April 2016
Arts Theatre

swan lake: review

Bridget Conway
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It’s almost every little girl’s dream to dance the lead in Swan Lake. The chance to be the centre of attention amidst the grace and beauty of ballet at its most finest is just too enticing to resist. Admit it: even if you now couldn’t care less for ballet, there must have been some point in…
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Friday 11 March 2016
Arts Books

lip lit: our magic hour

Cosima McGrath
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In a recent article for Eureka Street, Ellena Savage wrote that perhaps one of the purposes of reading is to help ‘connect with feelings that don’t have words, that only have images like swirling sandstone’. Jennifer Down’s debut novel, Our Magic Hour, is concerned with these feelings that don’t have words—the inexpressible emotions and sensations…
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