Room 648: Five Star Farce

MUCTG’s production of Room 648 takes on an adaptation of Ray Cooney’s 1990 British farce Out of Order. A simple affair between a government official and a secretary from the opposition grows more and more complicated with the appearance of spouses, the hotel manager, a nosy concierge and a corpse. This already complex plot is further convoluted by intricate set and props, physical comedy and constant costume changes, … Continue reading Room 648: Five Star Farce

Lɘar: Walking Backwards isn’t Easy

Melbourne University Shakespeare Company’s Lɘar set out to re-conceptualise both conventional theatre and the traditions of Shakespearean representation. Presenting an ambitious and transformative portrayal of the Shakespearean tragedy, Lɘar explored the consequences of hitting rewind, delivering a thought provoking and admirable performance. Adelaide Greig’s direction of Lɘar created opportunity for a wild shift in the presentation of the perennial tragedy: King Lear. Beginning from the original … Continue reading Lɘar: Walking Backwards isn’t Easy

SPENCER: A Charming New Australian Work

Playwright Katy Warner’s newest work SPENCER is touching, hilarious and Australian. Produced by Lab Kelpie’s Adam Fawcett and directed by Sharon Davis, the play is debuting at the intimate Chapel Off Chapel theatre. Scott (Jamieson Caldwell) is a man well on his way to becoming an AFL star but has come home to regain his focus before the next season. His mother (Jane Clifton) is … Continue reading SPENCER: A Charming New Australian Work

Romeo is Not the Only Fruit: The Bitter Juice of Queer Deaths In Media

Jean Tong, producer and co-writer of Romeo is Not the Only Fruit, stated during the Q&A after the final show, “there’s never a non-political moment when you’re not a white person”. As such, let it be a truth universally acknowledged that Romeo’s writer is a queer person of colour, and will thus be in want of a politically-charged theatre show. Romeo is Not the Only … Continue reading Romeo is Not the Only Fruit: The Bitter Juice of Queer Deaths In Media

Love and Information: ICAC Takes on Caryl Churchill’s Contemporary Masterpiece

Written in 2012 by the renowned playwright Caryl Churchill, Love and Information is an unconventional play. With no specific narrative, it is made up of around fifty separate scenes grouped into seven thematically connected sections. Churchill leaves most of the compositional choices to the director and production team allowing them to choose which scenes to use. She offers a toolbox of theatrical material rather than … Continue reading Love and Information: ICAC Takes on Caryl Churchill’s Contemporary Masterpiece

Sunday in the Park with George: A Musical Masterpiece

“The challenge: bring order to the whole.” Challenge accepted. UMMTA has bravely approached the genius composer, Sondheim, with Sunday in the Park with George. Inspired by Georges Seurat’s painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, the musical takes place in both the months preceding the painting during 1884, Paris, and in an Art Museum in America, 1984. Seurat and later his … Continue reading Sunday in the Park with George: A Musical Masterpiece

Sunday in the Park with George: Putting it Together

Sunday in the Park with George is a Broadway musical inspired by the painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grand Jatte by French painter Georges Seurat, the father of the late-nineteeth century pointillist movement. Sunday In The Park With George marks the first collaboration between composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim and writer James Lapine, who directed the original production on Broadway in … Continue reading Sunday in the Park with George: Putting it Together