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Hellish: COVID-19 and a broken heart fuel Virginia Gay’s new-look Cyrano

Hellish: COVID-19 and a broken heart fuel Virginia Gay’s new-look Cyrano

Rehearsals for the MTC’s upcoming production brought uneasy reminders of youthful self-loathing.

  • by Jenny Valentish

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Do I get bored watching Harry Potter night after night? Far from it

Do I get bored watching Harry Potter night after night? Far from it

As a debut novelist, the habit of watching closely brought unexpected benefits.

  • by Allee Richards
Arts anger after ‘disgraceful’ decisions to reject rehearsal bubbles

Arts anger after ‘disgraceful’ decisions to reject rehearsal bubbles

First Nations soprano and composer Deborah Cheetham says the state government hurt the arts and reconciliation by not letting her broadcast her opera online.

  • by Nick Miller
Theatre could bring a city together with a ‘bang’ for less than $100m

Theatre could bring a city together with a ‘bang’ for less than $100m

Architect Andrew Andersons says the Roxy Theatre can be restored for far less than the original proposal, leaving Parramatta better for it.

  • by Linda Morris
Teen actors take fresh and defiantly playful look at The Little Mermaid
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Teen actors take fresh and defiantly playful look at The Little Mermaid

Created with a cast of teenagers, including some transgender performers, the show is a free-wheeling critique of the figure of the mermaid in popular culture.

  • by Cameron Woodhead
Vivid Festival postponed as lockdown causes chaos in arts industry

Vivid Festival postponed as lockdown causes chaos in arts industry

The tourist drawcard was due to start in August after last year’s event was scrapped.

  • by Nick Galvin
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Sydney companies in limbo as no date yet for return to the theatre

Sydney companies in limbo as no date yet for return to the theatre

Companies are paying tens of thousands of dollars each week in wages while they await government advice over an extended lockdown.

  • by Louise Rugendyke
Francis Greenslade: more than just ‘the idiot in the funny hat’

Francis Greenslade: more than just ‘the idiot in the funny hat’

Greenslade, best known as Shaun Micallef’s longtime comic partner, isn’t complaining about being typecast. But he can do serious drama, too.

  • by Nick Miller
How the writer of Frozen fixed Disney’s ‘princess problem’

How the writer of Frozen fixed Disney’s ‘princess problem’

To present empowered princesses, Jennifer Lee redefined what it means to be a Disney lead – and encouraged the exploration of rich inner lives.

  • by John Bailey
Integrity, style and heart fuse in a theatrical dance about exclusion
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Integrity, style and heart fuse in a theatrical dance about exclusion

For over a decade, Rawcus Ensemble has been quietly redefining the possible for artists with disabilities.

  • by Cameron Woodhead
Motherhood theme wears thin in Still

Motherhood theme wears thin in Still

Despite exploring rich subject matter, the latest production at 45 Downstairs is shapeless and earnest.

  • by Cameron Woodhead