In 2013 the Queensland Symphony Orchestra premiered the First Symphony by the well-known Australian composer and pianist Mark Isaacs. The symphony was entitled “First”, implying the intention of a second at some time. Last month he released his second symphony digitally, performed by the NotePerformer Virtual Orchestra, with Mark himself directing.

Faust | Opera Australia

The myth of Faust, a brilliant man who sells his soul to the devil in return for a life unconstrained by any moral laws, fascinated the 19th century.

The Spoils | Flight Path Theatre

Ben wants to be a victor, but being a self centred dickhead does prove a problem. Narcissistic, neurotic Ben is the agonising protagonist of Jessie Eisenberg’s The Spoils.

Pomona | Secret House

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Poirot and More: A Retrospective | David Suchet

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Family Values | Griffin Theatre

In Family Values, David Williamson softens us up with a string of rib tickling zingers, the dialogue dancing like a butterfly, before the zingers become stingers, a swarm of recriminations and rebukes, fanning out from the familial and into the wider world.

The Life of Us | Hayes Theatre Co

Finely observed and rich with truth, it also has a score full of killer songs and knockout performances by its small but powerhouse cast.

The Ladykillers | Genesian Theatre

Corpsing threatens to pile as high as the corpses on the Newcastle bound train in this production of the The Ladykillers.

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