It’s been far too many Friday nights spent indoors and away from the luscious velvet curtains of the Princess Theatre and icy blonde locks of Draco Malfoy.

A small group of amateur actors, some professionals, no overarching theme for some ten minute plays. What could possibly go wrong?

I have heard many performances of this great work over the years, starting with Barenboim’s of the 1960s. But Levit’s gave me a new insight into it.

These concerts last just ten minutes, with the listener, the performer, and no-one else.

The concert Birds was part of a series of nine chamber music concerts held at the wonderful Ukaria centre near Mount Barker in the Adelaide hills.

This long and interesting concert was structured around Schoenberg’s extraordinary setting of 21 poems by the Belgian poet Albert Giraud, Pierrot Lunaire. Composed in 1912, the work created such a sensation that Stravinsky went all the way from Paris to Berlin to hear it.

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!

Most read reviews

Blue Stockings | Red Phoenix Theatre

 This is a remarkable and very timely and pertinent play, expertly staged and directed by Libby Drake and masterfully (mistressfully?) acted by a very fine, large cast.

Meow Meow's Pandemonium

Accompanied by the incredible Melbourne Sympathy Orchestra under the direction of Benjamin Northey, the comedic cabaret covid free powerhouse eventually arrived on stage to kick off two incredible hours over two fabulous evenings at our glorious Hamer Hall.

The Little Prince | Broadway Entertainment Group

Le Petit Prince or The Little Prince is a most beloved tale by the French pilot, writer and aristocrat, Antoin de Saint-Exupéry. A fable that will resonate no matter how old you are or whatever your life story. 

The Lifespan of a Fact | Melbourne Theatre Company

Based on real life events, The Lifespan of a Fact dissects what happens when the truth gets in the way of a good story and the moral implications of elaboration.

The Appleton Ladies' Potato Race | State Theatre Company South Australia

There's something special about Aussie rural country towns. They all share some characteristics but they also each have their own treasured, unique traditions and private aspirations for their future, and a pride in their particular identity.