‘Ida’: Interview with Lucy Seale and Emily White

Union House Theatre’s 2018 production Ida follows the story of the first female students at the University of Melbourne. Earlier this week, I spoke with cast members Lucy Seale and Emily White to hear about the show and their experience with the production. So just tell me about Ida E: So, it’s a remount of a 1994 musical that was done here in 1994 L: In the … Continue reading ‘Ida’: Interview with Lucy Seale and Emily White

Ophelia/Machine: Hamlet Who?

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?

Mindquest: Saving The Universe, One Hipster at a Time

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

Alone Outside: A Burdensome Picture of Living Rural

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

Lou Wall’s Drag Race: Drag With a Difference

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

The Good Person Recipe: Your Ancestors Probably Didn’t Pass This One Down

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

The Golden Horse Awards: 不忘初心 方得始终 Let your true desires lead to where you belong

中华音乐社的《全民金马奖》是一部自编自导的原创音乐剧。讲述了追求梦想的年轻人为生活所迫,不得不随波逐流,但几经波折后,在领奖台的聚光灯下,最终寻回初心。《全民金马奖》伴随着笑与泪展现了一场青春活跃的演出。 The Golden Horse Awards by Chinese Music Group was an original written and directed musical production. It told a story of young dream chasers who bore the pressure of life and were forced to drift along. However, after a series of setbacks, they finally retrieved their true desires under the spotlights of the medal podium. The Golden Horse Awards was a lively and youthful performance, accompanied by … Continue reading The Golden Horse Awards: 不忘初心 方得始终 Let your true desires lead to where you belong

Tastings 18: Program B

Eclectic. Explosive. Energetic. Exciting. Tastings 18 promised a radical evening of original new works, and the five shows that made up Group B were more than up to delivering. The night’s works explored what it means to be creative, to exist in the 21stcentury, to have a body. It’s hard to come away from a show like this feeling anything other than inspired and creatively … Continue reading Tastings 18: Program B

A Tasting[s ‘18] of Raw Emotion

The seven-course dinner that was Tastings ’18 Group A brought together seemingly heavy subject matters, usually hidden by the mundanity of the everyday, and emphasised their immense weight. Five stand-alone performances stripped away their existential layers and provided us with a fleeting but intimate glimpse of bare emotion and experience. All seven performances in Tastings reflected different ends of the social and cultural spectrum – … Continue reading A Tasting[s ‘18] of Raw Emotion