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When Shakespeare met Aliens, this playwright got excited

When Shakespeare met Aliens, this playwright got excited

Melbourne playwright Keith Gow was suffering bad pandemic writers block. But Henry IV and some alien facehugger puppets helped him break the drought.

  • by Stephen A Russell

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Fringe to take the spirit of the festival online, in quirky style
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Fringe to take the spirit of the festival online, in quirky style

After a virtual show, why not hang out in the virtual foyer, order a (real) beer, and chat to your fellow virtual audience members?

  • by Nick Miller
A tale of two circuses: an existential balancing act
Performing arts

A tale of two circuses: an existential balancing act

Circa in Brisbane and Circus Oz in Melbourne share many of the same challenges, but their host cities are in very different situations.

  • by Cameron Woodhead
All theatregoers should watch this astonishing Australian online work
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All theatregoers should watch this astonishing Australian online work

The Postcards to the Nation project has weaved together 50 monologues in a deeply impressive act of collective imagination.

  • by Cameron Woodhead
Less money, fewer actors, 'safer' shows: fears held for 2021 theatre
Performing arts

Less money, fewer actors, 'safer' shows: fears held for 2021 theatre

Even once audiences are shoulder to shoulder in venues again, performing arts companies have real concerns over what they can afford to offer them.

  • by Nick Miller and Nick Galvin
Real lockdown dilemmas brought to dramatic life
Review

Real lockdown dilemmas brought to dramatic life

Malthouse Theatre's Lockdown Monologues have showcased urgent, real-time artistic reactions to today's unfolding crises.

  • by Cameron Woodhead
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Shakespeare's Globe inspires Covid-safe design
Performing arts

Shakespeare's Globe inspires Covid-safe design

As theatres all around Australia and the world struggle with how to present live performance in the era of coronavirus, one small venue in the US has come up with an unusual plan. 

  • by Michael Paulson
Delivered to an empty room, this performance was desolating
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Delivered to an empty room, this performance was desolating

The convoluted script for Thom Pain relies on its audience being present: performed to a camera it falls flat.

  • by Cameron Woodhead
A paradox wrapped in an accident waiting to happen
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A paradox wrapped in an accident waiting to happen

Toby Schmitz's performance of Will Eno's monologue may fray some tender brain synapses.

  • by John Shand
Auditor casts doubt over Sydney Theatre Company's future
Sydney Theatre Company

Auditor casts doubt over Sydney Theatre Company's future

A double whammy of financial strains, including the COVID-19 crisis, has left Sydney’s premier theatre company in a precarious situation.

  • by Nick Galvin
Puppet animals poised to reclaim the streets
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Puppet animals poised to reclaim the streets

Nanny the Goat, an enormous and slightly intimidating puppet, could be coming to a street near you.

  • by Mikey Cahill