The Violent Outburst that Drew Me to You: A boyish triumph

Every year Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC) produces an education show, which is presented in the intimate Lawler Theatre before going on a regional tour. These productions have often been some of my favourite produced by the company, as they can afford to take more risks in script, actor and staging choices than in main stage productions. The 2019 education performance is The Violent Outburst that … Continue reading The Violent Outburst that Drew Me to You: A boyish triumph

(un)Australian: The legacy of a cultural crisis

I like the idea of university theatre groups putting on two short plays instead of a single big one. I like the freedom it affords theatre-makers to experiment and the lowered pressure on the audience. If the first show is bad, it’ll be done soon anyway. And if it’s great, you savour every moment. Four Letter Word Theatre has been deploying the double-bill tactic for … Continue reading (un)Australian: The legacy of a cultural crisis

Bitch on Heat: A Modern Day Pandora’s Box

Bitch on Heat is artist Leah Shelton’s most recent project, a highly physicalised display of performance art staged in the intimate venue of Theatre Works. Designed to both demonstrate and rival the patriarchy and its relentless oppression of women, Shelton takes on one of the biggest issues we currently face. Directed by Ursula Martinez, this show explores the timelessness of sexism, and how it has … Continue reading Bitch on Heat: A Modern Day Pandora’s Box

Mr Burns: A Post Electric Play

Up-and-coming Melbourne-based company Lightning Jar Theatre made a sound decision when it chose Mr Burns: A post-electric play as its latest production – one that paid off in a sold-out first season. Now it’s back, by popular demand, for a short re-run at fortyfive downstairs. Don’t be fooled by the primitive illumination: this is electrifying theatre. Critically acclaimed as one of the 25 best American … Continue reading Mr Burns: A Post Electric Play

Kirk Dangerous Kills the Prime Minister: A Museum of the Damned

James Macaronas, well known amongst the University of Melbourne community for his highly genred sci fi works, presents his first one-man show at the iconic Butterfly Club. Kirk Dangerous Kills the Prime Minister is a political show, entrenched in the realm of science fiction and caricature. The narrative follows the elusive Kirk Dangerous on a mission of assassination. Directed by Ellie Woods, the performance sits … Continue reading Kirk Dangerous Kills the Prime Minister: A Museum of the Damned