THEATRE & PERFORMANCE

THEATRE: THE PROMISE

Continuing its seeming predilection for comrade theatre in 2009, the Belvoir this week opened a new production of Alexei Arbuzov’s The Promise, a rediscovered … Read more

THEATRE: DEALING WITH CLAIR

What do you get when you cross a thriller with a satire who was raised by a black comedy of manners? You’re on the way … Read more

OPERA: MANON LESCAUT

With five librettists working on Manon Lescaut, it is not surprising that the story of Puccini’s heroine stretches credibility, beginning as she is about … Read more

OPERA: BAROQUE MASTERPIECES

Luke Gabbedy (Aeneas) and Yvonne Kenny (Dido) in Opera Australia's 'Dido and Aeneas'  SW09  Branco Gaica 25.6.2009 (527) As the indisputably greatest exponents of the Baroque style, Handel and Purcell are perennial favourites on the opera circuit, second only to the standard romantic … Read more

THEATRE: THE TENT

The Tent 2 Made of old trucking canvas and scrap metal, The Tent is not your average pitched shelter, and nor is it your average performance. Pieced together … Read more

THEATRE: NEW DIRECTIONS

It’s that time of year again when the New Theatre gathers together a collection of the most diverse and exciting contemporary plays around for its … Read more

OPERA: AIDA

Opera Australia is presenting Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida on stage for the first time since 1995, although this is the first new production of the work … Read more

THEATRE: POOR BOY

Two poor boys – one lost to death, the other haunted by a ghost – and the lives of their fractured families collide in this visually stunning production featuring tracks by Tim Finn. But can this ‘play with songs’ pull off all the melodrama? Only just.

THEATRE: PERICLES

As we follow the heroic Prince Pericles (Marcus Graham) on his myth-laden journey through ancient, exotic and richly coloured worlds, we witness the menacing sea … Read more

THEATRE: THE CITY

Rotating around an alienated couple, Christopher and Clair, their rarely seen children, and a deeply lonely nurse neighbour, The City is a dark and cryptic treatise on marital breakdown, consumer imperatives, the brutalities of war and the nature of storytelling, written by edgy UK playwright Martin Crimp and directed by Benedict Andrews.