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Theatres, MSO warn road map start date won’t work without rehearsals

Theatres, MSO warn road map start date won’t work without rehearsals

Theatres and concert halls may not reopen on the date set in the state government’s road map because they can’t rehearse or build sets in advance.

  • by Nick Miller

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When Simon’s comedy show was cancelled, he had a cunning plan

When Simon’s comedy show was cancelled, he had a cunning plan

Melbourne’s lockdown killed hundreds of Fringe Festival shows. But some artists found ways to work in – or around – the rules, so the show can go on.

  • by Nick Miller
The furry passion project that keeps Emmylou Harris playing

The furry passion project that keeps Emmylou Harris playing

As the rest of Music City went dark, the Nashville legend was raising money for her shelter for sick and elderly dogs.

  • by Michael Dwyer
The immersive online game that tests your ‘Facebook stalking’ skills

The immersive online game that tests your ‘Facebook stalking’ skills

Plymouth Point, which plunges you into a mystery with a thrilling, occult turn, launches in Australia this week and has already spawned two sequels.

  • by Nick Miller
Smash-hit musical Hamilton announces return to Sydney stage

Smash-hit musical Hamilton announces return to Sydney stage

The lights are set to go up again on the musical nearly three months after it was forced to shut.

  • by Nick Galvin
We’re back! Sydney’s first big show reopens to fully vaccinated

We’re back! Sydney’s first big show reopens to fully vaccinated

Sydney’s theatres are beginning to awake from their lockdown slumber.

  • by Nick Galvin
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Departing MTC director calls for mandatory theatre jabs
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Departing MTC director calls for mandatory theatre jabs

Brett Sheehy, who steps down this month as artistic director, wants the government to pass a law so theatre staff and audiences must be vaccinated.

  • by Nick Miller
Cabaret stars turn to gamers and influencers for streaming tips

Cabaret stars turn to gamers and influencers for streaming tips

Deprived of their intimate, candlelit venues, cabaret stars are learning the tricks of the online broadcasting trade.

  • by Stephen A Russell
He blew the cobwebs off MTC – but he leaves with regrets

He blew the cobwebs off MTC – but he leaves with regrets

There are tears being shed in Brett Sheehy’s last weeks at Melbourne Theatre Company – many by actors he can’t give work to.

  • by Nick Miller
Broadcast rule change saves (some) Fringe, brings back live music

Broadcast rule change saves (some) Fringe, brings back live music

A change in lockdown rules will be seized upon by artists desperate to ‘pivot’ their Fringe festival shows online.

  • by Nick Miller
Keep the gags coming: where to find your lockdown LOLs online

Keep the gags coming: where to find your lockdown LOLs online

Have you heard the joke about Australian comedians making stand-up work, even when they’re sitting down?

  • by Mikey Cahill