It is a brave festival director who hangs an entire festival on the music that was mostly composed in the first quarter of the 20th Century.

On Being Horatio

Trevar Alan Chilver had a front row seat for the development of the latest adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, but now finds himself on stage, rehearsing for the role of Horatio. Here he takes an insider’s look at the development and premiere production of Gertrude’s Hamlet.

‘Where play meets sketch’ is how Freshly Ground Theatre creator Sam Floyd describes the company’s latest offering, Every Base Covered. He might have added hand crafted, heartfelt and seriously entertaining.

Sam Floyd talks to Australian Stage's Alice Allan.

Dancers seem to have a lot of important bases covered. Healthy, active lifestyle? Check. Artistic expression? Check. Fun activities as part of a team? Check. Opportunity to receive rapturous applause while wearing a leotard? Yep, got that covered as well.

Australian Stage's Brenton Amies recently took his one-act play Who the Hell is Martin Copper? to the Canberra Festival of One Act Plays. He gives us his insider report.

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Tyran Parke

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. 

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Yes, the bodies you see are perfect specimens of sculptured sixpacks and biceps you could walk over and get at least 2000 steps in. But they are muscles moving bodies in marvellous ways. These boys can dance and every movement is potent.

Skylight | Verendus Theatrical/Red Phoenix Theatre

This is a production of which any director, cast and theatre company should be proud.

 

Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark | The Listies

To pee or not to pee. It sounds like a lowbrow take on the infamous Hamlet quote. One that a philistine would utter while their cronies scoff and drink mead and the thespians nearby cringe while nibbling on breast of peacock. 

Shrek The Musical

With the world struggling to find a new norm in these ever-changing circumstances, never has the phrase “the show must go on” been more apparent. 

The Shape of Things | Lambert House Enterprises

What becomes of the broken arted? They are cast from paradise according to Neil La Bute’s The Shape of Things.