All I Want for Christmas is Revue: One of Australia’s Favourite Things

“We’re sold out tonight so please don’t leave any empty seats”, the long line of audience members are told as we line up on the stairs to get inside. This collection of The Melbourne University Law Revue alumni are playing at Campari House, a cosy venue on Hardware Lane. Well known for their successful alumni and high quality sketch, Law Revue putting on a show … Continue reading All I Want for Christmas is Revue: One of Australia’s Favourite Things

World Problems: A World of Problems

World Problems is a work written, created and performed by Emma Mary Hall. She is fresh from winning the Best Emerging Writer at Melbourne Fringe Festival in 2017 for Ode To Man, and her new piece promises to bring a similar poignancy and humour. A one woman show, the production explores themes of childhood, heartbreak and the future.  The work is composed of small fragments, … Continue reading World Problems: A World of Problems

The Girl Green As Elderflower: Tropical Ghosts in Suffolk

Feverish nightmares, child ghosts, tropical maladies, and lively sing-alongs. These are just some of the ingredients that make up La Mama’s production of The Girl Green As Elderflower. Taking Randolph Stow’s novel of the same name as a departure point, Richard Davies transforms the text into a delirious, touching and vibrant musical, directed by Sara Grenfell. The story follows Cris (Billy Sloane), a young man who, after contracting … Continue reading The Girl Green As Elderflower: Tropical Ghosts in Suffolk

The Yellow Wallpaper: A haunting experience

The Yellow Wallpaper, presented by La Mama, is a striking exploration of one woman’s experience of post-natal depression. Originally written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman in the 1890s, director Lawrence Strangio, and performer Annie Thorold, have adapted the text for La Mama’s 2019 Season. This re-imagining of Gilman’s iconic feminist text is claustrophobic, exhausting, and most of all, incredibly effective. This show is by no means … Continue reading The Yellow Wallpaper: A haunting experience

Arbus and West: A dame that knows the ropes isn’t likely to get tied up

Stephen Sewell’s Arbus and West, presented by Melbourne Theatre Company, is a power play between three women. All are connected by Mae West, a sex symbol of the 1920’s and 30’s, and the person which the play revolves around. The show follows one day in West’s Hollywood apartment when she is photographed by controversial fashion photographer Diane Arbus, as well as featuring a number of … Continue reading Arbus and West: A dame that knows the ropes isn’t likely to get tied up

Fran and Leni: Unapologetically feminist

In picking the inaugural text for a female led production company, Seemingly Wholesome Productions couldn’t have selected a more perfect first endeavour than Sadie Hasler’s Fran and Leni. Punchy, raw and real, Fran and Leni follows two punk rockers from their quaint British public school upbringing, through their years of near infamy, into their middle ages, as they struggle with the powerful nature of female … Continue reading Fran and Leni: Unapologetically feminist

Twelfth Night: The garden party of the summer

As a rule, a warm balmy evening, picnic rugs, wine and crackers laden with cheese are all conducive to a great night. Then add a playful and reactive cast, a classic love story, some 80’s classics and by-gosh; you’ve got yourself a hit. Melbourne Shakespeare Company’s production of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night is set up in Central Park, Malvern East. It takes the classic tale … Continue reading Twelfth Night: The garden party of the summer