A rollickingly all-male The Pirates of Penzance is setting sail for Sydney, direct from London’s West End. As Matthew Gent, who plays the dashing romantic lead Frederic, tells Garrett Bithell, the production has skewed his perception – in fact only a male Mabel feels right.
Brooke Robinson’s first full length play is part urban nightmare, part poetic character study. Taking its title from a poem by American avant-garde hero Rosmarie Waldrop, it tells the story of a woman addicted to spying on her neighbours.
As the irascible Maggie Smith once said, “every (theatre) performance is like a ghost – it’s there and then it’s gone”. Theatre is also wildly unpredictable because of the live factor. Last Wednesday night I saw a performance of Miss Julie few will ever see.
Formed by songwriters Grant McLennan and Robert Forster in the late Seventies, Brisbane’s The Go-Betweens had poetic sensibility and indie cool enough to thrill sensitive hearts and minds throughout the 1980s. Breaking up in 89, they reformed in 2000 before songwriter Grant McLennan’s death in 2006 brought the adventure to an end. The band’s now released Quiet Heart: The Best of The Go-Betweens, and Robert Forster spoke with Andrew Shaw about choosing the songs, and the city that inspired them.
SX is proud to be teaming up with Australia’s premiere arts and cultural event, Sydney Festival, which in 2013, boasts a stellar and diverse program of dance, music, theatre, visual arts and more. Garrett Bithell has a good look at what’s on offer.
When two of Australia’s most exciting and visionary companies come together, magic happens. And so it is with Sydney Dance Company and the Australian Chamber Orchestra for Project Rameau. SDC’s artistic director Rafael Bonachela and dancer Thomas Bradley sat down with Garrett Bithell.