My Country // Sarah Lee
Scrutinising the output of a national theatre at a time of rising nationalism is a worthwhile activity, but it needs either radical intention or emotional insight.
The really remarkable thing about Greig’s Malvolia is not that she is a woman. It is that Greig has completely re-conceived Shakespeare’s character.
Theresienstadt ghetto / Andrew Shiva, Wikimedia Commons
Newly-discovered scripts reveal the public hopes, dreams and fears of prisoners in the World War II Jewish ghetto at Theresienstadt.
Woody Harrelson’s directorial debut, released this month, signals that we are in a new age of cinema.
Assisted Suicide: The Musical.
There's a problematic bias in the way that assisted suicide is portrayed in the media.
Anita Francis, ‘The Complete Works of Shakespeare,’ book sculpture, 2014. By permission of the artist.
For over four centuries, Shakespeare’s plays have been picked apart and reimagined.
Emma Rice © Sarah Lee
For many, it is Rice’s advocacy of gender equality and diversity that define her short tenure at the Globe. So what happens next?
Sex Workers' Opera
Verbatim theatre is being adopted more and more to give a voice to marginalised communities in the hope of instigating social change.
Margaret of Anjou can still speak to modern women in power today.
Shakespeare’s use of dialect is a key argument used by those who stand by the traditional author. But these so-called “Warwickshire dialect” words are nothing of the sort.
The Sessions Live
A new show offers viewers the chance to be a fly on the wall at the Beatles recording sessions.
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.
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.
Memory has become prosthetic – outsourced to the internet. But remembering, not forgetting, is the enemy of creative reinvention.
In All the Sex I’ve Ever Had six Sydneysiders over 60 talk frankly about love, life and everything in between.
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.
Alan Rickman has died at the age of 69.
Rickman was an unmistakable, unmissable performer.
Lear’s mordant images and sonorous cadences throb with dire warning and a sense of imminent catastrophe.
Lear's mordant images and sonorous cadences throb with dire warning and a sense of imminent catastrophe. So what's the play's key message, for current times, with Geoffrey Rush in the title role?
We cannot help but remember Hamlet: it is iconic.
Robin Goldsworthy, Ivan Donato, Philip Dodd, Josh McConville. Photo: Daniel Boud
Hamlet is a play that haunts itself. Its saturation into cultural consciousness means that watching a performance is inevitably a process of past ghosts and past echoes framing the current performance.
Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s last collaboration The Seven Deadly Sins, first performed in 1933, in circumstances not dissimilar than those we face today. Pictured: Meow Meow.
Victorian Opera this week stages The Seven Deadly Sins, the final collaboration between Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht. First staged in 1933, it is a masterpiece by two of the most revolutionary artists of Weimar Germany.
Jules Wright was political, provocative and passionate.
As a theatre director and supporter of the arts, Jules Wright was political, provocative and passionate. She was also overlooked in Australia's obituaries when she died earlier this year. Why?
1984’s politics, while tuned for the threat of a different villain at a different time, ring eerily true today.
Manuel Harlan/Melbourne Festival
Orwell's 1984 is a heavily laden text, which turned the author's name into a byword for authoritarian nightmare. So what can we take from the 2015 stage version at the Melbourne Festival?