Theatre

Perfectly pitched

Perfectly pitched

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre: The Night Zoo · Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, 22 September · Review by Rosalind Appleby · High in an ...
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An elephant puppet and a girl puppet being operated by a person.

A magical menagerie

Junior review: Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, The Night Zoo · Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, 19 September · Review by Isabel ...
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tennis court with three "players"

Game, set and match

Review: Fugue, Court My Crotch · Blue Room Theatre · Review by David Zampatti · The young – and I ...
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Group hug

Only connect

Does technology connect us? Or does it push us further apart? That’s a question that Mandurah's youth performing arts company ...
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First in, best dressed

First in, best dressed

Review: WAAPA 3rd Year Performance Making Students, “TILT” (Programme One) · The Blue Room Theatre · Review by David Zampatti ...
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Astute, insightful and absolutely relevant

Astute, insightful and absolutely relevant

Review: WAAPA Third Year Acting, Stuff Happens · Roundhouse Theatre, WAAPA · Review by David Zampatti · There are people ...
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A little bit goes a long way

A little bit goes a long way

Review: Black Swan State Theatre Company and Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company, Skylab · Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre of WA, ...
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Unveiling: gay sex for endtimes

An intriguing experiment

Review: Renegade Productions, Unveiling: Gay Sex For Endtimes · The Blue Room Theatre, Perth, 14 August · Review by Jonathan ...
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Threshold

A timely tale of political intrigue

Review: The Boston Curse, Threshold · The Blue Room Theatre, 9 August · Review by Steven Cohen · Director Bridget ...
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Julius Caeser

From dystopia to reality

Review: Bell Shakespeare, Julius Caesar · State Theatre Centre, August 8 · Review by Xan Ashbury · Shakespeare’s political thriller, Julius Caesar, ...
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Curious Incident - Joshua Jenkins (Christopher Boone), Amanda Posener, Matt Wilman and Oliver Boot. Photo by BrinkhoffMögenburg

Seeing through a different lens

Review: The National Theatre of Great Britain: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time · His Majesty’s Theatre, 8 ...
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A woman, a man and a bird surrounded by flowers.

First peek at 2019 Perth Festival

Perth Festival has given us a tantalising glimpse of its 2019 programme, revealing four of the works on the line-up ...
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Howl by Aphids. Man on a segue.

A camp, joyful parade of art history

Review: Aphids, Howl · Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth, 27 July · Review by Jonathan W. Marshall · Howl, ...
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cloud nine

A perfect match

Review: West Australian Youth Theatre Company, Cloud Nine · Studio Underground, July 20 · Review by Xan Ashbury · This production ...
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Kadmos & Agaue

Artisanal and delicious

Review: Vahri McKenzie, Bakkhai · Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, June 16 · Review by Xan Ashbury · Tragedies are not ...
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JR Brennan

The crossover between art and crime

From artist to parole officer to criminal justice activist, JR Brennan is an independent performance and music maker who's not ...
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Two women having an argument

New playwright makes her mark

Review: Mudskipper Productions, Banned · The Blue Room Theatre, 5 July · Review: Claire Trolio · Sport, and particularly AFL, ...
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woman lunging amongst trees

Stories of land and love

Junior review: Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, The Farmer’s Daughter · Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, 4 July · Review by Isabel ...
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Farmer with dancer

Louder than words

Review: Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, The Farmer’s Daughter · Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, 4 July · Review by Nina Levy ...
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An absolute cracker

An absolute cracker

Review: shake & stir theatre co, George's Marvellous Medicine · State Theatre Centre of WA, 4 July · Review by Varnya ...
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Chris Isaacs in foreground, Areille Gray in background

Fresh, stylish and subversive

Review: The Last Great Hunt, Improvement Club · State Theatre Centre of WA, 28 June · Review by Xan Ashbury · ...
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Catherine-McClements-and-Johnny-Carr.-image-credit-Daniel-J-Grant

A tricky path to compassion

Review: Black Swan State Theatre Company, The Events · Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre of WA, 22 June · Reviewed ...
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JJ Fowler

A collector of ideas

Writer, director and actor Jeffrey Jay Fowler is one of six artists who make up The Last Great Hunt, a ...
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Hiro. Photo by; Stephen Heath Photography
www.stephenheathphotography.com

Tapping into our deepest fears

Review: Samantha Chester, HIRO: The Man Who Sailed His House · The Blue Room Theatre, 23 June · Review by ...
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Black Swan State Theatre's production of Assassins (Music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim), Directed by Roger Hodgman; Heath Ledger Theatre, 15th June 2018, photographed by Philip Gostelow.

A kind of magic

Review: Black Swan Theatre Company, Assassins · State Theatre Centre of WA , June 20 · Review by Xan Ashbury ...
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Bus Boy

Nuanced and intense: a wonderful back-to-back billing

Review: Rorschach Beast, Bus Boy and Static Drive Co, Tissue · Subiaco Arts Centre, 20 June · Review by Steven ...
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Poetry in survival

Poetry in survival

Imagine surviving a tsunami. HIRO tells the true story of a man who did just that, swept out to sea, ...
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When he gets that way

A restrained battle of wit

Review: Susie Conte, When He Gets That Way · Subiaco Arts Cenre, 15 June · Review by Claire Trolio · ...
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Georgina Cramond

Through the lens of anxiety

Review: Ribs, Interrupting a Crisis · Subiaco Arts Centre, 13 June · Review by Jenny Scott · Written and performed ...
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Matt Penny in Find the Lady

So much more than magic

Review: Matt Penny, Find the Lady · Subiaco Arts Centre, 6 June · Review by Jenny Scott · Find the ...
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Samantha Nerida and Timothy Green

Dirty little secrets

Porn is our collective dirty little secret… or is it? In the play Tissue, local theatre company Static Drive Co ...
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The winners of the 2017 PAWA Awards

And the winners are…

Seesaw warmly congratulates the winners of the 2017 Performing Arts WA Awards! BEST NEWCOMER 2017 Georgina Cramond – Interrupting A ...
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PAWA Awards 2017

Best on the boards

As readers of Seesaw know, the WA performing arts sector punches well above its weight in terms of both the ...
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Hir by Taylor Mac

The domestic heart of darkness

Review: Black Swan State Theatre Company, Hir by Taylor Mac · Studio Underground, Perth, 12 May · Review by Jonathan ...
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Susie Conte in Sparrow

A window on the past

Review: Tempest Theatre, Sparrow by Susie Conte · Subiaco Arts Centre Studio, 3 May  · Review by David Zampatti · ...
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summer of the 17th doll

Black Swan’s Doll is a revelation

Review: Black Swan State Theatre Company, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll  · Heath Ledger Theatre, May 9 · Review by ...
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Hive Mind

Tasty home-grown honey

Review: Rorschach Beast, Hive Mind · Blue Room Theatre, 3 May · Review by Xan Ashbury · Monday nights in ...
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Brutal honesty & perverse pleasure

Brutal honesty & perverse pleasure

Review: Antifragile, Hold Your Breath (Count to Ten) · The Blue Room Theatre, 26 April · Review by Steven Cohen ...
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The Talk by The Last Great Hunt photo by Daniel James Grant_ pictured L-R Christina Odam, Cassidy Dunn, Megan Hunter-011

Chipping away at age-old taboos

Review: The Talk, The Last Great Hunt · Subiaco Theatre Centre, 11 April · Review by Xan Ashbury · For ...
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Charlotte Otton. Photo: Marshall Stay

Making a splash

The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts’ Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA) course has been running for just six years ...
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Huff by Cliff Cardinal

Raw, innovative and utterly engaging

Review: Huff by Cliff Cardinal, co-presented by Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company and Native Earth Performing Arts · Subiaco Arts Centre, ...
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Second Woman

Brave, intense, strange

Perth Festival review: The Second Woman by Nat Randall and Anna Breckon · Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, 3 March · ...
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The Far Side of the Moon_Cr. Toni Wilkinson, Perth Festival 2018_03

The far side of expectations

Perth Festival Review: The Far Side of the Moon, Robert Lepage · State Theatre Centre, 24 February · Review by ...
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Lucy Peach

In praise of Peach

Fringe World review: Lucy Peach: My Greatest Period Ever - 13 February; How to Period Like a Unicorn - 22 February · De Parel Spiegeltent ...
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Madame Nightshade's Poison Garden

Garden of satirical delights

Fringe World review: Madame Nightshade's Poison Garden, created and performed by Anna Thomson, directed by Sarah Ward · The Studio at the Blue ...
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Nassim

Oh! What a journey

Perth Festival review: Nassim by Nassim Soleimanpour · Studio Underground, 20 February · Review: Xan Ashbury · "Nassim means breeze - ...
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A Farewell to Paper

Of typewriters and telegrams

Perth Festival review: A Farewell to Paper · Heath Ledger Theatre, 17 February · Review by Nina Levy · In ...
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Fleabag

Hard to keep laughing

Fringe World review: Fleabag, a DryWrite and Soho Theatre production · Blue Room Theatre, 15 February · Review by Xan ...
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beyond time

Mesmerising marvel

Perth Festival review: Beyond Time by U-Theatre · His Majesty’s Theatre, February 11 · Review by Suzanne Ingelbrecht · A ...
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Barber Shop Chronicles

A balm for the soul

Perth Festival review: Barber Shop Chronicles, by Inua Ellams · Octagon Theatre, 9 February · Review: Xan Ashbury · Often ...
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Josephine

For kids only!

Fringe World review: Josephine by Second Chance Theatre · The Blue Room Theatre, 7 February · Review by Cass Runyon & ...
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Less Light

Darkness proves immersing

Fringe World review: Less Light by Lazy Yarns · The Round - State Theatre Centre, February 7 · Review by ...
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A middle-aged view of adolescence

A middle-aged view of adolescence

Fringe World review: Seventeen by Turquoise Theatre · The Blue Room Theatre, 7 February · Review by Nina Levy · ...
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Joan

Superstar Joan is not to be missed

Fringe World review: Joan by Lucy J Skilbeck · State Theatre Centre Round, 7 February · Review by David Zampatti · The idea ...
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19 weeks

Solo show submerges audience in emotion

Fringe World review: 19 Weeks by Emily Steel · COMO Pool at COMO The Treasury as part of Blue Room Summer ...
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Night sweats

One for the insomniacs

Fringe World review: Night Sweats by Static Drive Co · The Blue Room Theatre, 3 February · Review: Claire Trolio · ...
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yourseven image

Life as polaroid

Fringe World review: yourseven by James Berlyn · Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, 3 February · Review by Varnya Bromilow · There’s ...
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Seeking basic needs

Theatre on foot

Fringe World review: Seeking basic needs and other tales of excess by Renée Newman · Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, 1 ...
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Jemima Foxtrot in Above the Mealy-Mouthed Sea

Extraordinary Foxtrot spins cathartic tale

Fringe World review: Above the Mealy-Mouthed Sea, Unholy Mess Blue Room Theatre, 30 January Review by Xan Ashbury Occasionally, you ...
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the way the city ate the stars

Stories that pack a punch

Fringe World review: Wil Greenway: the way the city ate the stars · The Blue Room Theatre, 28 January · Review by ...
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Cull

Skewering social media

Fringe World review: The Very Good Looking Initiative's Cull  · Don Russell Performing Arts Centre, 28 January · Review by Jenny ...
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Above the mealy-mouthed sea

From across the sea

She’s performed at Glastonbury and the Edinburgh Fringe, written commissions for the BBC and published a collection of poetry. Now ...
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52 hertz

Only the lonely

We all feel alone at times, but when you're experiencing loneliness it can feel like you're the only one. 52 ...
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The Motherhood

Take a long, hard laugh at yourself

If you've ever been in a relationship or looked after a child then you should relate to The Motherhood's 'Surviving ...
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Pierre Ulric

The scientist turned magician

Starting with love and ending in blood, Pierre Ulric's 'Confessions of a Magician' isn't your standard conjuring show. In his ...
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The wee small hours

The wee small hours

How did you sleep last night?  If you've had any experience with the frustrations of the sleepless wee hours, Night ...
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Pushing provocative buttons

Pushing provocative buttons

CULL is a new show from Melbourne-based company, The Very Good Looking Initiative (TVGLI).  Described as a darkly comedic look ...
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Pared down & Picasso-esque

Pared down & Picasso-esque

Review: The Twits - Spare Parts Puppet Theatre ◆ Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, 6 December ◆ Review by Varnya Bromilow ...
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Fierce diva shines

Fierce diva shines

Review: Masterclass - Perth Theatre Trust ◆ Subiaco Arts Centre, 22 November ◆ Review by Varnya Bromilow ◆ I have ...
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Brutality as theatre

Brutality as theatre

Review: Let The Right One In - Black Swan Theatre ◆ Heath Ledger Theatre, 15 November ◆ Review by Xan ...
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Quirky robot action!

Quirky robot action!

Review: My Robot by Barking Gecko Theatre ◆ Studio Underground, 10 November ◆ Reviewed by Ellen-Hope Thomson ◆ Entering the theatre ...
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Perth Festival picks

Perth Festival picks

Seesaw co-editor Nina Levy shares her tips for the 2018 Perth Festival. One of my favourite things about living in ...
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Stranger than fiction

Stranger than fiction

Review: I Am My Own Wife, Black Swan State Theatre Company ◆ Studio Underground, 18 October ◆ Review by Varnya ...
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Bali serves up whip-smart treat

Bali serves up whip-smart treat

Review: Bali, The Last Great Hunt ◆ Subiaco Arts Centre, 19 October ◆ Review by Nina Levy ◆ Living in ...
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A step back in time

A step back in time

Review: The Secret Project: Dispatch ◆ Wireless Hill, 7 October ◆ Reviewed by Nina Levy ◆ It’s dusk on an unseasonably ...
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The story behind the storyteller: Sally Richardson

The story behind the storyteller: Sally Richardson

Sally Richardson's work defies simple definition. Bringing together circus, theatre, puppetry and clowning, her latest production, Fearless, is no exception ...
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Up, up and away!

Up, up and away!

Review: Polar Bears Go Up ◆ Awesome Festival, Heath Ledger Theatre, 5 October ◆ Reviewed by Nina Levy ◆ Polar ...
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Exciting, acrobatic and muddy!

Exciting, acrobatic and muddy!

Review: Kaleidescope and Mud Island ◆ Awesome Festival, 4 October ◆ Review by Veronica Bromilow ◆ Reviews by Veronica Bromilow, ...
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922/1000

922/1000

Review: The Spaceman Cometh ◆ Awesome Festival, 30 September ◆ Review by Sir Cassidy Runyon and Varnya Bromilow ◆ Review ...
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Evocative, freaky wonderment

Evocative, freaky wonderment

Rules of Summer, Spare Parts Puppet Theatre ◆ Dolphin Theatre, 22 September ◆ Review by Varnya Bromilow ◆ Truth be ...
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Powerful & visceral

Powerful & visceral

Hypatia, Open Lid Ensemble · The Blue Room Theatre, 20 September · Review by Xan Ashbury · Hypatia is inspired and inspiring ...
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A feast for the eyes, ears and brain

A feast for the eyes, ears and brain

Review: Laika: A Staged Radio Play, Second Chance Theatre • The Blue Room Theatre, 13 September • Review by Xan ...
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Wit of the acerbic kind: Switzerland

Wit of the acerbic kind: Switzerland

Review: Black Swan Theatre Company- State Theatre Centre, 24 September - Review by Varnya Bromilow- As a play, Switzerland is very ...
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Strange & stunning: Arteries by Ancestry

Strange & stunning: Arteries by Ancestry

Review: Arteries by Ancestry, FUGUE - The Blue Room Theatre, 22 August - Reviewed by Jenny Scott - Arteries by Ancestry ...
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A tense and captivating ride

A tense and captivating ride

Review: An Almost Perfect Thing, Gabrielle Metcalf - The Blue Room Theatre, 15 August - Reviewed by Claire Trolio - Three ...
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Placing old age centre stage

Placing old age centre stage

Acclaimed Australian actor Jenny Davis OAM talks to Nina Levy about why her role in Black Swan State Theatre Company's ...
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Real hope

Real hope

Review: Sista Girl - Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company and State Theatre Company of South Australia - Subiaco Theatre Centre - ...
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Confronting privilege & prejudice: Bell Shakespeare's 'Merchant of Venice'

Confronting privilege & prejudice: Bell Shakespeare’s ‘Merchant of Venice’

Review: The Merchant of Venice - Bell Shakespeare - State Theatre Centre of WA - 9 August - Reviewed by ...
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1984: the message amidst the medium

1984: the message amidst the medium

Review: 1984, Headlong, Nottingham Playhouse & Almeida Theatre - His Majesty’s Theatre, 4 August - Reviewed by Varnya Bromilow I remember the ...
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A delicate and poignant gem: Coma Land

A delicate and poignant gem: Coma Land

Review: Coma Land - Black Swan State Theatre Company & Performing Lines WA - Studio Underground, State Theatre of Western ...
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Innocence and experience

Innocence and experience

Roslyn Oades is at the forefront of headphone-verbatim theatre – an innovative form that fuses real life and drama. Xan ...
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The Arrival

A strange and beautiful ride

Review: The Arrival - Spare Parts Puppet Theatre - The Dolphin Theatre, University of Western Australia - 5 July - ...
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Dark, disturbing depiction of dysfunction

Dark, disturbing depiction of dysfunction

Review: The Eisteddfod, Black Swan State Theatre Company - Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre of WA - 28 June 2017 ...
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