While the name of the season - now online - suggests breaking through opera's glass ceiling, the violent imagery fits the context of ecological disaster, inequality, mental illness, and dystopia.
The newest play from Australia’s most prolific playwright sees David Williamson in vintage form.
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Director Lee Lewis is at the top of her game in this play about family relations, Australia's treatment of refugees, and the privledge inherent in the audience.
In The Visitors, seven senior law men discuss what to do about approaching ships, unlike anything they’ve seen before.
Playwright Jane Harrison's The Visitors shows audiences how a group of Indigenous leaders might have debated what to do when the First Fleet landed in 1788 - but where are the women?
Thirty years on, Bran Nue Dae still feels relevant.
Jimmy Chi's 1990 musical is given its first major stage revival – and leaves the audience singing along.
When Indigenous elder Binno (played by William McPherson) teaches dances to three young men, a bigger plan emerges.
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.
The set design for Lady Tabouli captures all of the details of Lebanese-Australian family life.
Robert Catto/National Theatre of Parramatta
This new play will feel familiar to those of us who grew up in Lebanese Australian families.
The University of Sydney in the late 1950s was full of bright young things who’d go on to shape Australia’s cultural scene.
Clive James' brilliant career began as an undergraduate at the University of Sydney in 1957, where he first honed his skills as a performer and writer.
The script for Exit Strategies was developed by performer Mish Grigor during an artist’s residency in the UK, against the backdrop of Brexit.
A new show by indie performer Mish Grigor, with Aphids Theatre, explores all the exit opportunities that are available to us - and some doors that are better left closed.
Fully Sikh is a significant cultural and artistic achievement that feeds our hunger for sharing stories.
Daniel J Grant/BSSTC
From Perth’s Barking Gecko Theatre and the Black Swan State Theatre Company, Fully Sikh is Australia’s first professional theatrical work about growing up Sikh in Australia.
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.
Come what may. Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge was staged on Broadway this year and is headed for Australian stages.
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.
The cast of The Golden Shield by Anchuli Felicia King, currently on at Melbourne Theatre Company, shows faces too rarely seen on stage.
New research shows less than 10% of Australia's artistic directors come from culturally diverse backgrounds – but many didn't want the research to be done at all.
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.
A Royal Victorian Small Homes House, designed in conjuction with The Age newspaper, 1955.
Photo: Wolfgang Sievers. Pictures Collection, State Library Victoria
Renewed interest in mid-century modern houses is more about substance than style. They represent the emergence of a new spirit and a coming of age in postwar Australia.
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.
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.
Eliza Winstanley, Carte de visite, circa 1860. TCS 19, Houghton Library, Harvard University.
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
Eliza Winstanley, who died of diabetes and exhaustion in Sydney in 1882, is largely forgotten. But as a leading artist on Australia’s earliest stages she deserves a prominent place in our theatrical histories.
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.
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.