Ping-pong balls pour from the ceiling onto a dancer.
Renowned American choreographer Jonah Bokaer's show Rules of the Game is an adventurous collaboration that doesn't quite meet expectations.
Anita Heiss’ latest work presents unsettling questions for the non-aboriginal reader.
A young Aboriginal woman falls in love with an escaped Japanese POW in 1944. Anita Heiss' new book entwines romance with questions of enmity and friendship: who is fighting whom?
En avant, Marche! An energetic – sometimes frenetic – show.
A trombonist is forced to play the cymbals, while a pair of marching girls dance out his frustrations. A full brass band slips from classical, to jazz, to folk and cabaret. En Avant, Marche! is a strange show, but worth your time.
DeLillo's latest novel dwells on the implications of accelerating technology – including the practice of freezing dead bodies in the hope that one day, they could become immortal.
For Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, consonants and vowels function as mere vehicles for the raw emotions.
Radiohead's new album, a lush, complex soundscape, is beguiling, moving and politically urgent. But as always, their music rewards patience: a willingness to listen deeply, with an open mind.
If you read a translation of a book, have you read the book? Can language ever really tell you what someone else is thinking? Jhumpa Lahiri navigates these tricky waters in her memoir, In Other Words.
Sachin Joab, Paula Arundell, Sophie Ross and Glenn Hazeldine in Sydney Theatre Company’s Disgraced.
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Ayad Akhtar's Disgraced explores the contemporary conflict between Islam and the West by exposing the fear and loathing lurking beneath personal relationships.
Journalists Alexander Clifford of the Daily Mail and Alan Moorehead of the Daily Express in the North African desert, 1942.
Imperial War Museum, via Wikimedia Commons.
Alan Moorehead's accounts of the second world war revealed his vital and gripping talent, but his peacetime novels were stilted and corny. A new biography delves into his life and language.
William Yang’s beautiful photography crackles with life.
All the World’s a Stage, Geoffrey Rush,Exit the King, Belvoir, 2007 © William Yang.
William Yang has, maybe more than anyone else, shaped Sydney's view of itself. A new book, William Yang: Stories of Love and Death, collects his iconic photographs, with scrawled annotations.
Dancers create spiralling, flowing patterns in Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s Vortex Temporum at the Sydney Festival.
Courtesy of the Sydney Festival.
Dance and music move together in Anne De Keersmaeker's new work at the Sydney Festival. Erin Brannigan was able to watch this layered and intricate performance come together in Berlin.
Jonathan Coe’s sales are four times higher in France than in the UK.
Jonathan Coe is under-read and underrated – in the UK. In France, his stinging social attacks on Britain are far more popular.
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Obioma's novel struggles to get going, then splutters and stalls to an unimpressive conclusion.
Johnny Depp is James ‘Whitey’ Bulger in Black Mass.
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The pantheon of traditional American gangsters gets a chilling new addition with Scott Cooper's Black Mass.
Bob Marley in 1981.
Marlon James’s book is a whirlwind of different voices ostensibly about the infamous failed assassination of Bob Marley in 1976.
Rabbits transgresses the increasingly porous boundary traditional opera and contemporary musical theatre to great effect.
The Rabbits has adapted Shaun Tan's evocative paintings and John Marsden's spare storytelling into a rich and compelling "opera".
The latest version of Macbeth is stunningly cinematic and vehemently Scottish.
A selection of spacesuits and the TM Soyuz descent module are among the objects at the Cosmonauts exhibition.
The Science Museum
An exciting new exhibition at the Science Museum in London celebrates Soviet space success.
Pan Pan Theatre Company’s production of All That Fall immerses the audience in Samuel Beckett’s play.
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In the program notes to Pan Pan Theatre’s outstanding production of All That Fall at the Sydney Festival, critic Nicholas Johnson underlines Samuel Beckett’s well known opposition to having All That Fall…
Halina Rejin is performing Jean Cocteau’s La Voix Humaine at Carriageworks as part of the Sydney Festival.
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An unnamed woman alone in an apartment conducts an increasingly panicked conversation on the telephone with the man she loves, but who has abandoned her for another. Her assumed fortitude gradually crumbles…