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Maxine Peake in the stage production of Julia Leigh’s Avalanche: A Love Story. The Other Richard

Maxine Peake brings warmth and likeability to raw, bitter pain in a candid tale of IVF failure

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.
Saoirse Ronan as Mary Stuart in Josie Rourke’s 2018 film Mary Queen of Scots. Liam Daniel/Focus Features

Mary, Queen of Scots is newly relevant in the age of #MeToo

Was Mary Stuart a passionate and jealous failed queen, or a brave and complex woman? Opposing representations in a new film and play reflect modern anxieties about women’s agency and leadership.
Robyn Nevin was horrible – and horribly funny – as Miss Docker in A Cheery Soul. Robyn Nevin and Gillian Jones in A Cheery Soul, 2000, co-produced by STC and Belvoir St Theatre. Photo: Heidrun Löhr ©

The great Australian plays: A Cheery Soul gave us a supreme theatrical monster

An early review of Patrick White’s A Cheery Soul said it ‘upset everybody who saw it’. But this extraordinary play, once a victim of 60s cultural cringe, marked a turning point in Australian theatre.
Wife and husband duo Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton were co-artistic directors of the Sydney Theatre Company for five years. Upton was solo director for a further three. AAP

What is an artistic director, and why does the Sydney Theatre Company need one?

Sydney Theatre Company now has an interim artistic director, after the sudden departure of Jonathan Church. A flagship theatre company can transform a city’s view of its place in the world, which is why the role is so important.

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