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Like many a young Melbournian, Otis Elston grew up with The Wind in the Willows at the Royal Botanic Gardens. Only, unlike other Melbournians, he also grew up performing The Wind in the Willows. No longer Portly, Elston now directs the annual production that for so many families is annual tradition. Til Knowles caught up with him to...
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Grab your picnic blankets, make a cheese platter and a glass of eye of newt (er, or wine) and attend Macbeth in the Royal Botanic Gardens this summer. The Scottish Play is this year’s Shakespeare Under the Stars – the annual production of one of the Bard’s works, performed outside by the Australian Shakespeare Company....
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Critically acclaimed sound designer, actor, writer and theatremaker Ben Grant is just about to launch his new electropera (that’s a portmanteau of electronic opera) at La Mama.Titled the Rug, it’s a one-man operatic look into the psyche of a pale male who feels hard-done by in the current political climate. Ben spoke with Til Knowles...
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After a decade of creating and touring their unique experimental theatre to polarised audiences and critical acclaim, the Brisbane-based The Danger Ensemble have relocated to Melbourne and are celebrating with the return of The Hamlet Apocalypse. Part fiction, part reality, part Hamlet, part apocalypse, the play features seven actors playing themselves performing Hamlet as the...
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Maybe you’re a fan of podcasts seeking something a bit more polished. Maybe you love Netflix stand up specials but don’t have that much time to spend in front of the TV. Maybe you’re the kind of person who wants to listen to their favourite comedian’s best material on repeat. No matter who you are,...
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Artist Melanie Jame Wolf / Savage Amusement is back in Melbourne for the Australian debut of HIGHNESS. Part two in a trilogy on archetypes of womanhood, HIGHNESS is a mixture of performance and video exploring what it means to be a queen. Part moving image, part pop culture, part pop culture interrogation, all performance, HIGHNESS looks set to receive...
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The Big HOO-HAA! are turning 8! Since 2010 this rambunctious bunch of hearts and bones have been improvising their way across stages, through festivals, and into the hearts of Melbourne comedy audiences. To celebrate, they’re throwing a 1980s themed show, where the laughs are sure to be as big as the shoulder pads. We caught...
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Now spanning over 220 years, the morbid fascination with the “It Girl” of Versailles continues as Heartstring Theatre present the Australian premiere of award-winning playwright David Adjmi’s much lauded theatrical sweetmeat, Marie Antoinette. Heartstring Theatre is a Melbourne-based company which endeavours to create dynamic, thought-provoking theatre where at least half of the roles are female. Lead...
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Where do things go, when they’re lost? To the Inter-dimensional Lost and Found. Performer Rian Howlett has built a world of the inbetween, a fantastical exhibition of the lost and the story of who found it, the curator. Part museum, part story, the Museum of Lost Things has arrived in Melbourne’s Swamp (aka Bar Ampere’s...
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Actor, dancer and, of course, acclaimed singer Todd McKenney is about to take on a role he’s dreamt of since he started performing: Rock Horror Show’s Frank N’Furter. Firmly lodged in Australia’s hearts thanks to his roles in The Boy From Oz, Strictly Ballroom and his stint as a judge on Dancing with the Stars McKenney is utterly enthusiastic about...