Shakespeare’s Hamlet is arguably his most frequently performed play, with Hamlet himself known as one of theatre’s most iconic leading men. The original text has been interpreted and reinterpreted throughout theatrical history, with big names, gender swaps and re-contextualisations providing fresh takes on the play. The most subversive and widely respected of these interpretations is Heiner Müller’s Hamletmachine. This 1977 play originally ran for seven … Continue reading Ophelia/Machine: Hamlet Who?
A trio of unlikely adventurers. A quest to save all humanity from a terrible fate. It may sound familiar, but I bet you haven’t seen it done quite like Mudcrabs do it in their first long-form narrative work, Mindquest: Journey into Forever. The show centres around Eva (Liv Bell) and Gil (Shane Woods), two Brunswick locals pulled into a quest to save the universe from … Continue reading Mindquest: Saving The Universe, One Hipster at a Time
Clocking in at just an hour, Liz Newell’s play, Alone Outside crafts a delicate portrait that moves too slowly and ambles too indulgently to be fully appreciated. Taking a narratorial approach to ever-shifting family dynamics and growing up rural, Newell taps into universal experiences of love, loss and compassion. It is unfortunate to see such interesting themes and topics collapse beneath a logy execution. Further, the … Continue reading Alone Outside: A Burdensome Picture of Living Rural
The latest endeavour of comic singer songwriter Lou Wall, Lou Wall’s Drag Raceis not your ordinary fringe show. It is a glitzy, spoofy, non-binary drag fringe show, and is not to be confused with the Ru Paul created cess pool of cis white men, something which so many of us have come to identify with the art of drag. This racially diverse, intersectional and cross … Continue reading Lou Wall’s Drag Race: Drag With a Difference
Just put the damn teaspoon on the plate, man! You know when you’ve got a lazy Sunday all to yourself and you decide to experiment in the kitchen with the fettucine alfredo recipe your mum gave you, and you have no idea how it will turn out? That’s what The Good Person Recipe was like, with the appropriate analogy and all that. The show had … Continue reading The Good Person Recipe: Your Ancestors Probably Didn’t Pass This One Down
Somehow, despite loving theatre like the puppy I never got, I have never seen an UMMTA show. I have missed showing after showing, year after year of their music theatre extravaganzas, but I am glad to say I finally made it. And of all the shows to see, a double bill of new works written by up and coming artists is quite the first time. … Continue reading The Factory: Seeing Double