Anthem is a play of ‘a lot of heart, energy, and fire.’
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.
The Shadow Whose Prey The Hunter Becomes turns the questions back on its audience: why are you sitting in this theatre? What do you hope will happen?
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Bryoni Trezise considers questions at the core of Back To Back Theatre's new work: why are we sitting in this theatre? What do we hope will happen? And who, really, are we?
Adelaide composer Dan Thorpe wrote and performed this piece of ‘composed theatre’.
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XXX Neon Sign – a piano work about working in a Brisbane porn shop – is a new work of 'composed theatre', where the performer and the performance are inextricably linked.
Maxine Peake in the stage production of Julia Leigh’s Avalanche: A Love Story.
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Avalanche: A Love Story, is a play based on the author's memoir detailing the anguish of her six unsuccessful attempts at IVF. It depicts doctors who prey upon an ageing woman’s despair and the stigma attached to 'failed' mothers.
My Dearworthy Darling: the new production from writer Alison Croggon and theatre company The Rabble.
This new production from Alison Croggon and The Rabble asks us to consider how women's voices are ignored, and makes us listen across time.
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.
In a new adaptation of the classic Australian novel, the story of masculinity and despair in the outback is told through a female voice.
Celia Pacquola as Jenny Milford in The Torrents. A new production of the forgotten Australian play shows its themes are still relevant today.
A new production revisits a play dropped from the Australian theatrical canon long ago. Set in a regional newsroom, the play's themes are strikingly relevant today.
Sheridan Harbridge as Tessa in Prima Facie, a new play about a lawyer who becomes a victim of the legal system after she is sexually assaulted.
Written by a former lawyer, a new play presents a forceful critique of the Australian legal system's treatment of sexual assault.
Igor Sas in Water. The play deals with the issues of ‘illegal’ immigration and environmental crisis in three narratives.
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In the vein of Arthur Miller, a new play sees family drama and political issues clash in an enclosed space.
Scott Sheridan and Natasha Herbert in Cloudstreet, a new production of the stage adaptation of Tim Winton’s literary epic.
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.
The performers in The Mares switch between roles using simple theatrical magic.
A new play draws on Greek myth and the modern world of racehorse breeding to explore present day violence against women.
Renato Musolino is the beating heart of a new production of Animal Farm.
An impressive solo performance of Orwell's classic novella by Renato Musolino portrays a world not so far from our own.
Sue Smith’s play recreates wild years spent on the island of Hydra, which became an artist’s refuge.
A new play tells the story of George Johnston and Charmian Clift's time on the Greek island of Hydra, which ultimately led to the novel My Brother Jack - but not without sacrifices.
A Man of Good Hope is a theatrical adaptation of the book of the same name, playing as part of this year’s Adelaide Festival.
In A Man of Good Hope, an energetic cast of over 20 performers take the audience on a journey through the life of Somali refugee Asad Abdullahi.
Melita Jurisic as Mae West and Diana Glenn as Diane Arbus in Stephen Sewell’s Arbus and West.
One of Australia's most prominent playwrights has reimagined the infamous encounter between Hollywood icon Mae West and photographer Diane Arbus.
A scene from La Reprise, director Milo Rau’s first production following the publication of his controversial ‘Ghent Manifesto’ on theatre.
La Reprise is remarkable theatre about the murder of a gay man, Ihsane Jarfi, in Belgium in 2012.
Michelle Lim Davidson, Anthony Taufa and Nakkiah Lui in Sydney Theatre Company’s production of How to Rule the World.
The latest offering from playwright Nakkiah Lui illustrates just how ripe our political class are for satirical representation.
One Infinity is a cross-cultural collaboration produced by Playking Productions and Jun Tian Fang.
One Infinity is a music and dance collaboration about crossing cultures and breaking boundaries. The performance celebrates differences without attempting to resolve them.
Stefan Zweig’s Beware of Pity is being staged at this year’s Sydney Festival by Schaubühne Berlin and Complicité director Simon McBurney.
Beware of Pity is a play based on Austrian author Stefan Zweig's novel of the same name. It is a coming-of-age story that asks whether pity can be our undoing.
Shakira Clanton in Henrietta Baird’s The Weekend.
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Debates about the place of the monologue in theatre fall away when you have a show as compassionate and funny as The Weekend.