Navy Pier | North of Eight

The minimalist setting and strength of the script combined with the talent of the actor’s keeps the audience on the edge of their seats without ever pushing for thrills.

The Bodyguard – The Musical

In 1992, The Bodyguard was the second-highest grossing film of the year, behind Disney’s smash hit animated feature, Aladdin. Twenty-five years later, both films have been turned into stage productions and both of those, by sheer coincidence, are currently playing in Melbourne.

Guru of Chai | Indian Ink

Jacob Rajan delivers an utterly sublime performance, portraying all seventeen characters in the Guru of Chai – an award winning and original work from decorated New Zealand theatre company, Indian Ink.

Riot Days | Pussy Riot Theatre

Five years ago three young women danced a punk prayer in a Moscow cathedral dressed in brightly coloured frocks and balaclavas, a brilliant juxtaposition of femininity and menace.

Di and Viv and Rose | Melbourne Theatre Company

Female friendship is a funny thing. Both complex, and nurturing we are often taught to be competitors yet grow to become each other’s greatest fans instead. At the very heart of Amelia Bullmore’s play is the enduring nature of female friendship and how vital it is in emotional development.

Matrophobia! | The Daughters Collective

This show by The Daughters Collective touts itself as ‘honest’ feminist comedy delving into the ‘beauties, horrors and complexities of mother-daughter relationships.’ Maybe so, but unless I’ve missed something, great chunks of it come across as mother-blaming and lacking in context.

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