Gregory Burke is the writer of Black Watch, one of two plays presented by National Theatre of Scotland at this year’s Sydney Festival.
Gregory took time out to discuss his experiences writing the play and the message behind it with Australian Stage's Ashley Walker.
The bewildering confusion between dream and reality begins before one takes one’s seat in the theatre. You have to negotiate a building site and enter the Adelaide Festival Theatre by a side entrance (how like slipping into dream that is!), and put on a mask, so that it seems that the audience is itself on stage.
At this moment in our cultural history, as Australia emerges gradually from the restrictions imposed because of Covid 19, each live concert is a particularly reviving and refreshing experience.
The cast of one is Robyn Nevin, and it was no surprise that her performance was riveting.
The revelation of this concert to me was that, yes, musicians, like audiences, have been starved of live performance opportunities for the last year, but that has given musicians plenty of time to practice, time that isn't always there during normal concert life for successful groups such as The Streeton Trio.
What a Pulse the acrobats exhibited! What unanimity, what complicity in their formation and deformation of their complex body structures!
A new study examining the impact of the Corona virus pandemic on the Victorian music sector found that 58% of respondents are considering leaving the industry.