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Latest Reviews - Melbourne

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The River | Red Stitch Actors Theatre

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Red Stitch’s latest production is The River by British playwright Jez Butterworth, which premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in London in 2012.

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With Love and Fury | Katie Noonan and Brodsky Quartet

Saturday, 30 April 2016

With her chestnut hair bleached and shorn, her buckled boots and her ockerish banter with the audience and musicians, Katie Noonan woos us with ordinariness. But, as soon as the first notes are struck and she opens her mouth to sing, we know we are in the presence of the di...

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Peddling | Melbourne Theatre Company

Thursday, 28 April 2016

The play follows the day in the life of this disaffected youth on the fringe of society, as he tries to make sense of himself and his troubled up...

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Private Lives | Balloon Head Theatre

Thursday, 21 April 2016

This debut production by Balloon Head Theatre of Noel Coward's classic romantic comedy was also my first experience of the play, and although I know that it is produced regularly to mostly glowing reviews, and although I am a sucker for a good romcom, I can't say I'm a fan of the pl...

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Bright World | Arthur

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Bright World spans some eighty years of history, bringing together stories from two different continents, Europe and Australia, and two different cultures, Jewish and Ab...

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Upfront 2016 | MICF

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Geraldine Quinn's Spandex Ballet has been hosting Upfront, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s all-female gala night for three years now, and she's always good loud belty fun on this lively night of teasers by some of the strongest  female performers at MI...

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Cirque Adrenaline

Monday, 11 April 2016

Cirque Adrenaline really does live up to its name. It's a great big shiny production and clearly no expense has been spared.

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RAW Comedy National Grand Final 2016

Monday, 11 April 2016

Against a backdrop of headless floating chickens and in front of one of the biggest crowds of the whole Melbourne International Comedy Festival, a dozen raw comics took a five-minute stand for gl...

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How To Tame A Wild Squirrel | Charlie Pickering

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Charlie's interests seem to be mainly about media and current affairs, social media and the internet and, eventually, yes, taming wild squirrels.

Latest News - Melbourne

Thirty years of the Melbourne Comedy Festival

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What “tests boundaries, explores horizons and is about having fun. Is for all people, all ages and all walks of life. Is made in Melbourne and defines our city?” According to seasoned Festival Director, Susan Provan, it’s the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. And it’s just turned 30...

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Douglas Horton to step down from ChamberMade
Monday, 30 March 2009 22:16
One of Australia’s foremost contemporary opera and music-theatre directors, Douglas Horton, is stepping down as Artistic Director of the company he established back in 1988 - the pioneering and internationally regarded ChamberMade Opera - to pursue new projects in film and theatre.

Announcing his decision, Douglas Horton said:
‘This is an exciting new chapter, both for me and for ChamberMade. In 21 prolific years ChamberMade has spearheaded fundamental developments both in the art form and the opera/music-theatre industry. We have brought the work of leading Australian artists to audiences across Australia and across four continents. Now is the time for both myself and the company to engage fresh new energies and new visions. Australia is truly blessed in the range and depth of its talent, and I very much look forward to seeing the baton passed to the next brilliant generation.”

Karen Hadfield, the Chair of ChamberMade, said:
“I have admired the work of Douglas Horton and ChamberMade since it began and it is with great sadness that I see him leave the company he established; I wish him all the very best in his new direction and am happy he will be directing a number of projects for CMO and overseeing the smooth transition to this new phase in the life of the company. We respect his decision and will miss him.”

Douglas Horton will continue on upcoming ChamberMade productions including two international collaborations, the group-devised ‘Beneath’ and Michael Smetanin’s ‘Mayakovsky’, and a new opera by Julian Yu and Glenn Perry, after Tim Winton’s ‘That Eye the Sky’. The Board will commence recruitment for Mr Horton's replacement immediately.
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