Jo Bloom is Head of Education Development at the Australian Shakespeare Company.

You don’t need to flex your visual imagination muscle in the latest show from The Umbilical Brothers. Because two green screens, a lot of cameras, special effects, computer power and an onstage tech wizard named “Doug” do it for you.

A knight to remember! Featuring the iconic music of ABBA, the worldwide stage hit CHESS THE MUSICAL will debut at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre in April 2021. Heather Bloom chats to director Tyran Parke about post pandemic performances and the enduring nature of live theatre. 

This week Heather Bloom chats to Jake Matricardi, an usher for the Marriner Group on his thoughts on the COVID-19 pandemic and the crisis unfolding in the theatre world.

After five years as Artistic Director of Union House Theatre, Petra Kalive joined Australia’s oldest professional theatre company in early 2020 having previously directed BeachedMelbourne Talam and Hungry Ghosts for the Company.

This week, Heather Bloom chats to professional dancer, Kearna Philpott who was on board the RCCL Spectrum of the Seas when the pandemic began.

As we continue our series investigating how artists and the arts industry is coping throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, I travel (virtually of course) to the UK and speak with Flying Director James Zala from Flying by Foy.

Welcome to the first in a series of interviews, Artists in Isolation, our first guest is cabaret superstar and front-line worker Zuleika Khan who shares her experiences as a theatre maker stuck in isolation and a nurse protecting the community.

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The Umbilical Brothers

You don’t need to flex your visual imagination muscle in the latest show from The Umbilical Brothers. Because two green screens, a lot of cameras, special effects, computer power and an onstage tech wizard named “Doug” do it for you.

Jo Bloom

Jo Bloom is Head of Education Development at the Australian Shakespeare Company.

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The Little Prince | Broadway Entertainment Group

Le Petit Prince or The Little Prince is a most beloved tale by the French pilot, writer and aristocrat, Antoin de Saint-Exupéry. A fable that will resonate no matter how old you are or whatever your life story. 

The Appleton Ladies' Potato Race | State Theatre Company South Australia

There's something special about Aussie rural country towns. They all share some characteristics but they also each have their own treasured, unique traditions and private aspirations for their future, and a pride in their particular identity.

Happy Days | Red Line Productions

A feminine counterpart to Krapps’s Last Tape, but funnier, and arguably less dour, Happy Days is happier, with wishful wisps of hope and a wistful whisper of nostalgia.

James Flynn Quintet

Popular entertainer James Flynn returned for a swinging weekend of jazz on the 4th and 5thof June.

Am I Who I Say I Am? | George Catsi

Behind every name is a story, or is it ‘behind every story there is a name’?