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What virus? Tasmania shows how much fun a 2021 arts festival can be

What virus? Tasmania shows how much fun a 2021 arts festival can be

Mona Foma has kicked off in Launceston and it was a plague-free oasis of hyperlocal art, music and culture.

  • by Cameron Woodhead

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Circa lives up to their reputation for the astonishing in Humans 2.0
★★★★½
Sydney Festival

Circa lives up to their reputation for the astonishing in Humans 2.0

The performers excel not only in the building of intriguing physical constructions, but the skilful ways in which they dismantle them.

  • by Jill Sykes
Queer voices become siren song in The Rise and Fall of Saint George
★★★★
Sydney Festival

Queer voices become siren song in The Rise and Fall of Saint George

Paul Mac's electronic, operatic-tinged pop serves as an embrace.

  • by Cassie Tongue
Maureen: Harbinger of Death catches you like a fly in a web of storytelling
★★★★½
Sydney Festival

Maureen: Harbinger of Death catches you like a fly in a web of storytelling

You've heard the phrase "death warmed up"? This makes a play of it.

  • by John Shand
Circus at its grittiest as the grimmest future imaginable becomes real
★★★½
Sydney Festival

Circus at its grittiest as the grimmest future imaginable becomes real

Imagine grinding your own dislodged tooth into a powder so you can ingest it to survive.

  • by Cassie Tongue
Alice in Wonderland: Bright fun at a madcap pace
★★★½
Arts

Alice in Wonderland: Bright fun at a madcap pace

Plunging down a COVID-safe rabbit hole, Alice in Wonderland moves indoors.

  • by Cameron Woodhead
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Nods to Shaw, Wilde and Kafka in transformational The Shape of Things
★★★½
Arts

Nods to Shaw, Wilde and Kafka in transformational The Shape of Things

An unlikely love-match forms the basis for a show that is well worth seeing.

  • by Harriet Cunningham
Laughs mask chance for stiletto in the heart in Queen Fatima
★★★½
Sydney Festival

Laughs mask chance for stiletto in the heart in Queen Fatima

James Elazzi's new play is half sit-com and half affectionate satire of Australia's Lebanese community.

  • by John Shand
Portrait of an icon: Goolagong's story writ large in Sunshine Super Girl
★★★½
Sydney Festival

Portrait of an icon: Goolagong's story writ large in Sunshine Super Girl

This is a play that educates and uplifts, light entertainment with a bite of wit.

  • by Cassie Tongue
The three one-woman shows that lit up theatres in 2020

The three one-woman shows that lit up theatres in 2020

Small casts became the norm in the COVID year, with three essentially one-woman shows - aided by design and technical ingenuity - stealing the glory.

  • by John Shand
Blazing Sybylla leaves other roles in shade
★★★
Theatre

Blazing Sybylla leaves other roles in shade

Kendall Feaver's adaptation of Miles Franklin's novel fails to strike a balance between Sybylla and her antagonists.

  • by John Shand