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.

Despite Mozart's start as a child prodigy and his fame spanning 225 years, his role in this show is a supporting act. The real showstoppers are Kathryn and Paul O’Keeffe who tumble, twist and pantomime this show to life.

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The lights go down. The cicadas scream. The lights come up and we wait for the play to begin. Later, in the second act stricken by logorreah, we can’t wait for the play to end.

Seizing this once in a career opportunity, the incredible creative forces behind this production of Phantom have triumphed and powerfully re-imagined one of musical theatres most enduring and recognisable works against a globally famous backdrop.

Suspense and surprise go south in North by Northwest, substituted with cheesy cheer east of Edam.

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Like champagne that’s lost its chill, life can lose its thrill.


Frilly, flimsy and flippant, focusing on frivolity,  the serious business of office politics,...


Suspense and surprise go south in North by Northwest, substituted with cheesy cheer east of Edam.


Infectiously entertaining and rivetingly alive, Wayside Bride is a boldly embroidered quilt...


The lights go down. The cicadas scream. The lights come up and we wait for the play to begin....