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Operatic adaptation delights young and old
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Operatic adaptation delights young and old

15 July 2021

Composer Emma Jayakumar offers a fresh twist on an Australian classic children’s book. Claire Coleman and junior reviewer Saskia Haluszkiewicz find plenty of common ground in their responses.

Reading time • 7 minutesTheatre
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Pictured is dress rehearsal for West Side Story production on June 26, 2021 at Crown Theatre in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Will Russell) Is it time to retire West Side Story?
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Is it time to retire West Side Story?

9 July 2021

Despite strong performances, Opera Australia’s staging of West Side Story should come with a content note, writes Claire Coleman.

Reading time • 7 minutesMusical Theatre
A concert stage is filled with youth musicians wearing black, with a conductor and two soloists standing on the podium. Deep roots and musical connections
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Deep roots and musical connections

31 May 2021

Musicians of the West Australian Youth Orchestra bring grandeur to Nunggubuyu song and Mahler symphony, writes Claire Coleman.

Reading time • 5 minutesMusic
A young performs as violin soloist in front of an orchestra, with a young male conductor on the podium Young guns debut with orchestra
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Young guns debut with orchestra

10 May 2021

Two emerging Australian talents join the West Australian Symphony Orchestra for a performance Claire Coleman says was well prepared and coolly controlled.

Reading time • 6 minutesMusic
Reading time • 5 minutesMusic
Seven singers in a line across the stage, wearing bright clothes and under multi-hued spotlights. Heads of audience members are in silhouette in the foreground Badass is good for the soul
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Badass is good for the soul

14 March 2021

It wasn’t your standard Perth Festival show but Claire Coleman says The WA Badass Gospel Choir was a welcome salve for a feminist’s bruised and battered soul.

Reading time • 5 minutesMusic
Dear Mum …
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Dear Mum …

22 February 2021

Claire Coleman is moved by the retelling of the honest and extraordinarily emotional stories of real mothers and offspring in Mama Stitch.

Reading time • 6 minutesPerth Festival
Two men and women stand shoulder to shoulder looking undecided Choose your own musical
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Choose your own musical

26 January 2021

Live polling directs the story and who does what in Undecided, and Claire Coleman says it’s great fun.

Reading time • 4 minutesFringe World Festival
 Fiona MacDonald, Linnea Tengroth and Haylee Whisson in 'HAIR' Welcome to the pitty party
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Welcome to the pitty party

16 January 2021

Whether it’s your crowning glory or the fuzz of shame, Claire Coleman finds reasons to celebrate a woman’s body in Hair.

Reading time • 4 minutesFringe World Festival

Cleaver Street Studio

Cleaver Street Studio

Cleaver Street Studio