Mullumbimby

What makes a place more than “just a place”? A town, more than “just a town”. Sure, most of us choose to live in an area because it is close to work, or close to friends and relatives, or, if you have no choice (which is more likely in these shrinking times) where you can afford to live.

Genevieve Kingsford

The music of multi-award winning composer Stephen Sondheim arrives at Chapel Off Chapel in this sensational concert selection of his Broadway hits – Everything's Coming Up Sondheim. Heather Bloom had a chat with one of the show’s stars, Genevieve Kingsford about all things Sondheim.

Julian Louis, Artistic Director NORPA

In a meet and greet with locals, Julian Louis, Artistic Director of Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NORPA) reveals plans for their latest work, Dreamland at the Bangalow A&I Hall.

Joey McKneely

Two-time Tony Award-nominated choreographer, Joey McKneely (Smokey Joe’s Café, The Life, Twelfth Night, The Wild Party and The Boy From Oz) has received world-wide acclaim for his vibrant re-staging of West Side Story. He spoke to Australian Stage's Heather Bloom ahead of the Melbourne season.

Muriel’s Wedding Melbourne launch

After entertaining guests and media with an irreverent look back at the journey to find her, Director Simon Philips gave way to the young woman taking on the role of iconic outsider Muriel Heslop in the upcoming Melbourne and Sydney seasons of Muriel’s Wedding The Musical – and she’s anything but terrible!

2018 Byron Writers Festival

Countdown to the 22nd Byron Writers Festival (‘Where Stories Take You’) and once again the Festival brochure is out, whetting our appetite for all things creative, in a writerly fashion!

Luke Leonard

I recently stumbled upon a story-telling night happening at Fitzroy's Kodiak Club. Run and MC'd by local comedian Luke Leonard, it was largely cast with other popular local comedians. But this was no mere comedy gig.

Dolly Diamond

Radiating mere metres from Chapel off Chapel, Miss Dolly Diamond graciously acknowledged the attention from passers-by as a micro consequence of her commitment to the promotion of Melbourne’s forthcoming Cabaret Festival.

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Week 1 | 2022 Adelaide Festival

The Adelaide Festival is a cultural flagship of Australia. Modelled on the Edinburgh Festival, it has throughout its history staged works unfamiliar to Australian audiences.

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Driftwood The Musical | Umbrella Productions

Driftwood the Musical is a moving, enthralling story of a family surviving the ravages of war. It so timely, that it’s both poetical and painful.

Blackheath Chamber Music Festival 2022

This year's line-up, a cross section of some of the finest chamber ensembles in the country, would have graced any of Australia’s more well established festivals, and it is a massive endorsement of Festival Director Catherine Harker’s entrepreneurial skill that she was able to secure these wonderful musicians for a festival that too few people have yet heard of.

The Girl from the North Country

Set in Duluth Minnesota in 1934, The Girl from the North Country is a snapshot of troubled people enduring troubled times, gripped as they are by the Great Depression.

Cathedral | State Theatre Company of SA

It's a brave actor that takes on a single hander. The challenge of remembering lines, and holding audience's attention alone on stage for an hour and a half is a gargantuan one. But the actor is not alone.

Pieces of Shit | Bronte Charlotte and Leigh Scully

Charlotte and Scully delivered a thoughtful, funny, and moving new play that balanced toilet humour with hard-hitting, timely content.

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& Juliet, to premiere at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre in 2023

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Entries for $10,000 Playwright’s Award Close Soon

In November 2021, Newcastle’s premier theatre production house, The Very Popular Theatre Company, launch its inaugural $10,000 playwright’s award, which is open to applicants across Australia.