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.
This new production from State Theatre Company South Australia and Belvoir explores the messy and contradictory inner selves of pre-teen girls.
The newest play from Australia’s most prolific playwright sees David Williamson in vintage form.
Brett Boardman/Griffin Theatre Company
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.
Joan Didion’s The White Album at Sydney Festival created a space for community and connection at the heart of a crisis.
Reed Hutchison/Sydney Festival
I saw the performance the first day the smoke was clearing. We need connection to find a way forward; I found it in the theatre.
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.
Totes Adorbs ❤ Hurricane is ‘a euphoric spectacle amid pop-culture icons and idols’.
A reliance on visual elements to create the world of performance in Japan traces back hundreds of years through kabuki dance-drama. Two new shows keep that tradition alive.
Under director Yaron Lifschitz, this version of Orpheus and Eurydice is interested in exploring the tragedy implicit in this story.
Jade Ferguson/Opera Queensland
This new version of Gluck's opera, from Opera Queensland and Circa, is raw, physical and confronting. Completely captivating and deeply moving.
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?
Zan Wimberley/Back to Back Theatre
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’.
Jason Tavener/BIFEM 2019
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.
The Other Richard
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.
Daniel J Grant
In the vein of Arthur Miller, a new play sees family drama and political issues clash in an enclosed space.