The Curious Incident

One of the most anticipated shows of the year, the National Theatre of Great Britain’s multi award-winning production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time opens in Melbourne tonight. Coinciding with this landmark production, the Arts Centre Melbourne has undertaken their largest ever Associated Program with almost fifty additional curious events designed to engage audiences and inspire the next generation of theatre makers.

Much Ado About Nothing | Melbourne Shakespeare Company

After several successful seasons of outdoor entertainment, Melbourne Shakespeare Company returns with their latest production, Much Ado About Nothing. Heather Bloom speaks to Director, Jennifer Sarah Dean about the enduring nature of Shakespeare’s plays and what we can expect from the MSC’s interpretation of the original romantic comedy.

 

Betty Grumble

If you haven't experienced Betty Grumble, you should. If you think you could come up with a creation like Betty Grumble, you can't, unless you are Emma Maye Gibson, because Betty is the most unique force of Sex Clown you will ever behold. And she is here to delight and entertain you and save the world with her fierce love and loving anger.

This year the annual Helpmann Awards moved to the Capitol Theatre in Sydney. A wise choice, as most people I chatted with thought it a more atmospheric venue and said they enjoyed it far more than previous years.

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Terrestrial | State Theatre Company South Australia

Terrestrial’s author (Fleur Kilpatrick) says in the programme notes that she dedicated her play to lonely girls, bored boys, to quiet towns and “to a landscape that looks like Mars”. She adds ”landscape informs how our trauma, confusion, illness or fear manifests itself”. It does in this play.

Hungry Ghosts | Melbourne Theatre Company

Described as a post traumatic play, Hungary Ghosts is both complex and challenging. While conscious in its use of multiple characters and threads, commentary on national themes does give echo to a central, more personal narrative around culture, loss, belonging, patriotism and identity.

Almost Face To Face | Stephen House

It's difficult to determine who the real star is in this piece; the exquisite writing, or the equally perfect performance. That both are the work of the same person... truly impressive stuff.

Les Misérables | The South Coast Choral and Arts Society

This is an emotional play with not too many dry eyes at times, but if a play and its performers can move you, make you laugh, make you cry, make you think, then a good job has been done.

Good Cook. Friendly. Clean. | Griffin Theatre Company

It might go down a treat as a Nanny's business card, but it seems to have little currency for Tara Marice's character, Sandra in Brooke Robinson's Good Cook. Friendly. Clean.

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Horses to courses: Police stables receive $18M transformation

The former Victoria Police Mounted Branch stables have been transformed into world-class teaching and learning facilities for students of the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Fine Arts and Music following an $18 million make-over.

Launch of unique archive of scenic designs

Ten scene books providing a unique visual record of Australia’s early theatre history, have been digitised and made available online for all to download, study and enjoy.

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