Category: Theatre review

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Mamma Mia! (Capitol Theatre, Sydney)

This review was first published on Daily Review on 16 February 2018 ABBA are too often dismissed as those comely Nordic popstars who defined Eurovision camp while singing of heterosexual love and heartache. To do so forgets the group’s music has only been outsold by those other four megastars of pop, The Beatles. And ABBA arguably left an even greater imprint on pop. Madonna, Kylie, Taylor … Read More Mamma Mia! (Capitol Theatre, Sydney)

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Tribunal (Carriageworks, Sydney)

This review was first published on Daily Review on 18 January 2018   A didgeridoo plays, a dark ceiling is lit with starry effects, a simple Afghan mat is laid out, a few chairs sit either side. Tall stacks of brown filing boxes are neatly lined up backstage. Aunty Rhonda Dixon Grovenor, a Darug/Yuin elder, walks on stage and maps out the peoples of … Read More Tribunal (Carriageworks, Sydney)

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My Name is Jimi (Sydney Festival)

This review was first published on Daily Review on 16 January 2018 “No. No, they still remain in Europe.” They are seven of the most powerful words spoken in My Name is Jimi, and they are spoken quietly by the grandmother of the show’s star, Jimi Bani. You might know Bani from characters he plays in Redfern Now, The Straits or Mabo (where he played the title role of … Read More My Name is Jimi (Sydney Festival)

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Circus Oz Model Citizens (Prince Alfred Square Parramatta)

This review was first published on Daily Review on 14 January 2018 The opening scenes of Circus Oz’s Model Citizens poke fun at suburban conformity. The cast dresses in a uniform hospital blue colour, three members return as ballet-dancing sheep, and it wraps up with a satirical song by Freyja Edney about buying into organic food and tolerating diversity but not wanting it in ‘my backyard’. Entering … Read More Circus Oz Model Citizens (Prince Alfred Square Parramatta)

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Greek family drama takes us on a voyage of tragedy and comedy

I have an 11-year-old boy, and it’s next to impossible to imagine him running away from home to sell counterfeit whiskey on the streets of Cairo. But that’s what George Catsi’s father did*, and the fantastical tale is one of many in Catsi’s one-man show, Am I Who I Say I Am? Eleven-year-old Emmanuel would ply customers with a small sampler, and once they agreed to buy … Read More Greek family drama takes us on a voyage of tragedy and comedy

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Sydney Festival 2016 Reviews

  La Verità First published by Daily Review, 10 January 2016 Acrobats climb and fly in physics-defying movements through double helix ladders suspended from the sky. Dancers on crutches vault and sail over the stage without their bodies touching the floor. A rhinoceros plays piano while his twin tries to capture floating tissue sheets of music. Inspired by the surrealist worlds of Salvador Dali, the Sydney … Read More Sydney Festival 2016 Reviews

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