Tag Archives: Theatre

Girl Shut Your Mouth

I was dubious walking into Theatre Underground. Growing up with a director in the house, my tolerance for over-acting and annoying theatre personas is low. Loaded: A Double Bill of New Plays, however, lingered in my mind days after, and forced me to go through a process of figuring out, which I think all is a […]

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INTERVIEW: Jessica Messenger from Multiverse Theory in D

A word of warning: writer Jessica Messenger’s new play is going to hit pretty close to home for those of us with any kind of inclination to perfectionism (um, guilty). When you hear its subject matter, that makes sense: the play’s about a woman named Naomi, who on the surface appears to have it all […]

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Next to Normal

To describe the show Next to Normal as a musical about a family would be like describing Black Swan as a dance movie, or an Arrested Development episode as cheery family satire: technically correct, and useful if you’re looking for just a snapchat-caption summary, but for any other purpose hopelessly far from the dysfunction, drama […]

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Between Solar Systems

The Blue Room Theatre’s latest offering is everything you’d expect from highbrow contemorary indie theatre: it’s a thoughtful, interrogative piece about isolation and loss; it’s a piece presented by some of the most promising names in the independent theatre scene; and, of course, it’s the kind of thing that makes you think long after it’s […]

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All That Glitters

Four lanky people in gold morph suits, teased hair speckled with glitter, heads bowed, shuffling silently in line as they enter the space. They’re shot with invisible bullets – they retch and moan, their bodies spasm and contract, they bow their heads and snap straight again. Their arms cradle imaginary babies, that they rock silently […]

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INTERVIEW: Gita Bezard from All That Glitters

Gita Bezard doesn’t consider herself an activist. She laughs as she says she tries to be, but next to her brother – who was arrested after breaking into this year’s Australian Open men’s final, to hang a banner drawing attention to the plight of refugees in detention on Manus Island – she describes herself as […]

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Songbird

It’s quickly becoming my favourite way to enter the Blue Room. When the usher announces the start of the show and you shuffle towards the door, straightening out your eco-friendly slap band and handing it over to gain admission, before crossing the back of the stage to find your seat – while realising the play’s […]

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INTERVIEW: Shakara Walley from Songbird

We’ve got Shakara Walley’s mum to thank for the new play, Songbird, that’s opening at the Blue Room this week. Your see, Shakara, the play’s writer and producer, was inspired to write it after acting in John Harding’s acclaimed play Up the Road as part of her Aboriginal Theatre course at WAAPA – she says the story, […]

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INTERVIEW: Finn O’Branagain and Scott Sandwich from The Epic

There are few things I love more than sharing stories with a friend over a beer. There’s the camaraderie, and the intimacy of the one-on-one, and that undeniable thrill of pulling together your best words, to make your story an absolute cracker – one that’ll have your friend going home saying, “you won’t believe what […]

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A Chat With Warwick Doddrell

Warwick Doddrell and I quickly find out that we have in common the fact that we both have trouble taking criticism. “Are you a middle child?” I ask, assuming he’d say yes, and we’d find another point of connection with our birth order – a position typically associated with personality traits like passivity, sensitivity, and […]

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