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Nearly three-quarters of Australians go to live art events, such as Dark Mofo in Hobart. Stefan Karpiniec/Flickr

Creative country: 98% of Australians engage with the arts

New survey from the Australia Council shows pretty much all Australians engage with the arts, and 8-in-10 do so online. However more people are ambivalent about public arts funding, and more people think the arts are too expensive.
As thrilling as they are for audiences, Australia’s musical theatre scene is dominated by productions honed on the West End and Broadway. PAUL MILLER

Where are the new Australian musicals? Waiting in the wings

Musical theatre nominees at the 2017 Helpmann Awards are dominated by overseas productions. Our own productions need way more support to compete on the world stage.
The Chapel Perilous follows the life of Sally Banner “a rebel in word and deed”. Flickr/Andrew Sutherland

The great Australian plays: sex, poetry and The Chapel Perilous

No other Australian playwright has mined their own life as much as Dorothy Hewett. In this expressionist drama, she depicts a girl of yearning heart, looking for love and hungry for life.
The wives win hands-down in The Merry Wives of Windsor. REUTERS/Toby Melville. An image of playwright William Shakespeare from The Herball, a 16th-century book on plants.

Vale Shakespeare, the (not always) patriarchal Bard

While London and Stratford-upon-Avon go into meltdown over the upcoming anniversary of Shakespeare's death, a new production – shown recently in Western Australia – is worth looking at closely.
In All the Sex I’ve Ever Had six Sydneysiders over 60 talk frankly about love, life and everything in between. Prudence Upton

Sydney Festival review: All the Sex I’ve Ever Had

There is something a little anxiety-inducing about knowingly walking into a closed theatre in which we will have no choice but to listen to the over-60s talk about their sex lives.

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