5 September

Melbourne Theatre Company announces 2015 season

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MTC 2015 season

MTC must be acutely aware that it’s never had a female Artistic Director in its history, and next year’s season clearly aims to redress this, featuring several plays with women in key creative roles. The result of a welcome cultural shift in the medium as much as the fruition of its inaugural Women Director’s Program, exactly half of the 2015 season is written, adapted or directed by women.

Opening play Jumpy, by British playwright April De Angelis, stars Jane Turner in a comedy about a fractious mother–daughter relationship. No doubt trading on audiences’ fondness for Kath and Kim, it will be directed by MTC royalty Pamela Rabe, and comes off a highly successful West End run.

An alumnus of the Cybec Electric series of play readings is playwright Kylie Trounson, the daughter of the “Father of IVF” Professor Alan Trounson. Her play The Waiting Room explores the profound changes in society’s notions of family and fertility brought about by her father’s pioneering work on IVF.… Read more

3 September

Malthouse Theatre 2015 season launched

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Launched on a surprisingly balmy September evening, the Malthouse Theatre 2015 season boasts a healthy mix of new faces and Malthouse favourites, dance and theatre, text-based work and more exploratory, devised pieces. There’s tragedy and comedy, world premieres and worthy revivals.

The year opens with the return of Blak Cabaret, followed by a swag of new dance pieces as part of Dance Massive 2015, including work from Kate Champion, Anouk van Dijk and Victoria Chiu. Deeper into the season, there’s new theatre from Malthouse regulars Lally Katz, Declan Greene, Jane Montgomery Griffiths and Ash Flanders.

Looming as a season highlight, Caryl Churchill’s most recent play, Love and Information will get its Australian premier in a co-production with the Sydney Theatre Company in June. Nicola Gunn and David Woods collaborate on a new work about class and privilege. The year then rounds out with newcomers Justine Campbell and Sarah Hamilton, and holiday favourites The Listies.… Read more

28 July

Top five things to know about the Melbourne Festival 2014 program

Cirkopolis

The Melbourne Festival is the most significant arts festival in the city’s calendar, and this year, the organisers are squeezing over 60 music, theatre, film, dance and art events into just 17 days. The program – released today – can feel a little overwhelming, so we’ve put together the top five things about this year’s cultural fiesta that impress us most.

1. The opening of the festival will bring together elders from the five clans of the Kulin nation
Last year, elders from the five clans of the Kulin nation (Wurundjeri, Boonwurrung, Wathaurong, Taungerong and Dja Dja Wurrung) invited the people of Melbourne to a Tanderrum: the first ceremony of its kind since modern Melbourne was founded in 1835. This powerful affirmation of Koorie culture is back again this year, comprising song, storytelling and dance.

2. There’s a huge focus on circus
And it’s far from lion-tamers and tightropes. Festival Director Josephine Ridge and her team decided to celebrate Melbourne’s rich circus tradition (the Arts Centre used to be the site of the Wirth Brothers’ Circus in the early 1900s) by inviting the world’s most innovative circus artists – including Montreal’s Cirque Éloize, Belgium’s Dique & Fien and France’s Circa – to perform alongside local indie ensembles like Dislocate.Read more

15 July

Site is Set is a series of four surprising performance art pieces

Use Your Illusion

Site is Set is the latest project from Field Theory – a collective made up of seven artists who are into supporting visual art, live art and theatre that crosses boundaries and encourages audience interaction.

This four-week performance series is all about breaking barriers, starting with the type of venues in which you’d expect to experience art.

Exposition, created by artists Jason Maling and Lara Thoms, is an expo within an expo (the Melbourne Art Fair, to be exact). Maling and Thoms have braved the most left-field fringe fairs out there, and will bring special guests to the Royal Exhibition Building to shed light on the cosplay community, psychic networks and quilting groups.

In Use Your Illusion, theatre-maker Bron Batten will invite a qualified hypnotist to put her, and some willing audience participants, under a spell, blurring the lines between acting and truth in the eerie Collingwood Masonic Centre.… Read more

23 May

Wicked lottery

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Wicked

The musical that even non-musical people know is well into its Regent Theatre run, which means that if you’re hoping to spend One Short Day in the Emerald City, you might run into problems nabbing the good seats online. Or, maybe you’re a dangerous, incredibly spontaneous type who makes theatre-going decisions at the last minute. Either way, no one wants to end up with the dodgy cheap seats up at the back.

Thankfully, Wicked has come up with a solution that will have you Dancing Through Life. It’s a ticket lottery, and it’s all very Broadway. On any performance night, you can go into the draw to win front row seats at a very affordable price.

How does this lottery work, you ask? Well, two and a half hours before the show begins, just head to the Gershwin Theatre box office and buy yourself a $35 lottery ticket (two per person ­– don’t be greedy).… Read more