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Young actors give voice to what teenage boys think about porn – how often they watch it, who they watch it with and why. Sol Rumbl, Ari Maza Long, Sam Salem and Jack Palit in Gonzo. Photo credit Sarah Walke.

Gonzo: we need to talk about young men and porn

Drawing on surveys and group discussions with teenage boys about their use of pornography, Gonzo provides a window into young men’s experiences that's in equal parts funny, engaging, and confronting.
The OzAsia Festival will showcase innovative and youthful performance art from across Asia. Hiroaki Umeda's split flow and Holistic Strata. Credit Ryuichi Marui Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media

The OzAsia Festival is young and confident – here are the shows to watch

From a dancer moving against a wash of static, to a show that takes the audience hostage, Adelaide's OzAsia Festival celebrates both high art and high energy performances.
Wife and husband duo Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton were co-artistic directors of the Sydney Theatre Company for five years. Upton was solo director for a further three. AAP

What is an artistic director, and why does the Sydney Theatre Company need one?

Sydney Theatre Company now has an interim artistic director, after the sudden departure of Jonathan Church. A flagship theatre company can transform a city's view of its place in the world, which is why the role is so important.
Arthur Bolkas and David Woods in The Chat, in which the fate of a prisoner who has breached parole is decided.

Putting audiences, as well as actors, in the hot seat

When former prisoners – and audience members – come together in a play examining our justice system, the result is unruly, uncomfortable and worthwhile.
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Raising chisel to stone, and making art

The first Australian National Playwrights Centre (ANPC) was founded in 1973 – the age of bongs, thongs and social wrongs. Australian drama was by then well into its Biggest Renaissance Ever. The Pram Factory…
The cast of Twelfth Night rehearse at the Belvoir St Theatre. Brett Boardman

‘A wise man’s art’: Twelfth Night and cross-mobility casting

Belvoir St Theatre's production of Twelfth Night features veteran actor Keith Robinson, who returns to the stage after recovering from Guillain-Barre Syndrome. There's radical potential in cross-mobility casting – but Belvoir doesn't quite get there.
Both Hamlet and ‘True Detective’‘s Rust Cohle make audiences wonder whether they’re deserving of sympathy or blame. Nick Lehr/The Conversation

In today’s most popular shows, Shakespeare’s iconic characters live on

The psychological complexity of Shakespeare's characters has rendered them timeless. Today, we see The Bard's influence in shows like 'Breaking Bad' and 'True Detective.'
Whose story are you telling? Neil Armfield’s The Secret River is a chronicle of colonialism. The Sydney Theatre Company/Heidrun Löhr

The Secret River, silences and our nation’s history

The stage version of The Secret River gives us a deeper sense of our history. But can understanding the past from different perspectives help us confront the inequalities that linger in our present?

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