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When Indigenous elder Binno (played by William McPherson) teaches dances to three young men, a bigger plan emerges. Christopher Woe

Black Drop Effect review: infusing the present moment with layers of the past

The world premiere of Nardi Simpson's Black Drop Effect takes in the complex histories of Aboriginal responses to commemoration, and makes space for protest, cultural reclamation and negotiation.
Anthem is a play of ‘a lot of heart, energy, and fire.’ Pia Johnson/MIAF

Anthem review: a portrait of Melbourne’s working class

20 years on from Who's Afraid of the Working Class? In Anthem, the Melbourne public transportation system behaves as a microcosm of larger political tensions and anxieties.
Come what may. Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge was staged on Broadway this year and is headed for Australian stages. Supplied

Hollywood onstage: why are so many musicals adapted from movies?

Stages worldwide seem to have been taken over by musicals made for movie-lovers. While this creative process has a long history, it can limit opportunities for original works.
Zahra Newman in Wake in Fright. A new adaptation of Kenneth Cook’s novel retells the story of a man’s descent into violent masculinity with a female voice, accompanied by visual and aural spectacle. Pia Johnson

A radical new adaptation eviscerates the dominance of male voices in Wake in Fright

In a new adaptation of the classic Australian novel, the story of masculinity and despair in the outback is told through a female voice.
Scott Sheridan and Natasha Herbert in Cloudstreet, a new production of the stage adaptation of Tim Winton’s literary epic. Pia Johnson

In Cloudstreet, nostalgia all too easily redeems Australia’s colonial past

A new production of Cloudstreet - the play adapted from Tim Winton's literary epic - is visually arresting. But despite a diverse cast, Indigenous characters remain spectral and peripheral.

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