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A DOLL'S HOUSE

A DOLL'S HOUSE

A DOLL’S HOUSE, Sport for Jove at the Reginald Theatre, Seymour Centre, 19 July-2 August 2014. Photography by Seiya Taguchi: main - Matilda Ridgway and Francesca Savige; right: Matilda Ridgway and Annie Byron.

 

In his program notes, director Adam Cook writes of A Doll’s House’s Nora and Henrik Ibsen’s other heroines, “What freedom can they have without a husband, and without money? Money is the more binding of the corsets that the female characters have to deal with.” 

 

He goes on to talk about the “freedom to move” - which, of course, also comes back to corsets and the lack of money. And it’s that lack of freedom to move - physically, economically and psychologically - that still hampers so many women, 135 years after the play’s first performance in 1879. And, if anyone should ask, it’s the answer to the question of whether the play, and others like it, are relevant in the second decade of the 21st century…

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THE EFFECT

THE EFFECT

The Effect, Sydney Theatre Company and Queensland Theatre Company Production, Wharf 1 Theatre, 14th July - 16th August. Photography: Lisa Tomasetti, Main: Mark Leonard Winter, Angie Milliken, Anna McGahan. Right: Angie Milliken.

Mental health and the issues surrounding it are at the heart of writer Lucy Prebble's play and it is a noble effort

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Helpmann Award nominations 2014

Helpmann Award nominations 2014

HELPMANN AWARDS NOMINATIONS 2014 - announced this evening - 14 July 2014.

The most thrilling thing, from my point of view, is the eight nominations for Sweet Charity and Hayes Theatre Co. It shines another light on this new outfit and the extraordinary efforts and imagination we've seen from the company in this, its inaugural year. 

Congratulations to everyone else too, of course! 

And the nominations are...

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TOM SHARAH - THAT 90S SHOW

TOM SHARAH - THAT 90S SHOW

TOM SHARAH - THAT ’90s SHOW, One-Eyed Productions in association with Hayes Theatre Co, 6-13 July 2014 (look out for future touring dates).

 

Tom Sharah is having one hell of a year and it’s only July. He is growing and developing as a performer before our eyes and it’s a thrilling thing to witness. Barely into his 20s, Sharah has always had chutzpah to spare as well as humour, charm and charisma - and talent, of course. 

 

Now, these sometimes overpowering qualities are being tempered by maturity and wider experience. The latter gained most recently and most notably from his first “straight” role as Adolpho in Squabbalogic’s smash hit production of The Drowsy Chaperone (also at the Hayes Theatre).

 

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OTELLO

OTELLO

OTELLO, Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House,  9th July - 2nd August. Photography: Branco Gaica; Main: James Eggleston, Lianna Haroutounian and Jacqueline Dark. Right: Claudio Sgura and Simon O'Neill.

If you're an opera traditionalist, you will love Opera Australia's production of Otello. It has big sets, big costumes, big voices and enough ham on stage to cater for a Christmas lunch.

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MARIO

MARIO

MARIO, One-Eyed Man Productions in association with Hayes Theatre Co, 9-12 July 2014. Photos: archive pix of Mario Lanza.

 

Take a tenor with a voice so glorious it will make your heart bleed; take a musician whose creative ability with words and music is matched only by his piano artistry and what you have is Mario - conceived and performed by Phil Scott and Blake Bowden

 

Mario Lanza was a singing superstar of the 1950s - an American-Italian singer who made the successful cross-over before anyone ever knew such a thing existed. He was born with that rarest and often most fragile thing - the perfect romantic tenor voice - and he and everyone around him exploited it to death.

 

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