Review: Control (Observatory Theatre)

The cast of Control, photographed by Geoff Lawrence: Creative Futures Photography. Content note: Control includes coarse language, mature themes, and simulated violence, as well as flashing lights and loud noises. Keziah Warner’s dystopian science fiction triptych has made its Queensland premiere at the Queensland Multicultural Centre, presented by Observatory Theatre. Originally commissioned by Red Stitch... Continue Reading →

Review: Leaves of Glass (The X Collective)

Aidan O’Donnell and Nathan Kennedy as Barry and Steven in Leaves of Glass, photographed by Naz Mulla Content note: This production contains coarse language, depictions of domestic violence, and spoken references to suicide and child abuse. Following postponements earlier in the year due to COVID-19, The X Collective has now opened their riveting production of... Continue Reading →

Review: seven methods of killing kylie jenner (La Boite, Darlinghurst Theatre Company & Green Door Theatre Company)

Moreblessing Maturure and Iolanthe as Cleo and Kara, photographed by Teniola Komolafe La Boite have opened their 2022 season with a raucous, rapid-fire contemporary play that plunges audiences into an online realm of tweets, trolls, and tensions. Written by British playwright Jasmine Lee-Jones, seven methods of killing kylie jenner premiered in London in 2019 and... Continue Reading →

Review: Death and the Maiden (Ad Astra)

Sandra Harman as Paulina Salas and Tom Coyle as Dr Roberto Miranda. Photographed by Christopher Sharman. Content warning: This production contains coarse language, adult themes, and sexual references, including descriptions of sexual violence and torture. This production also contains strobe lighting. Ad Astra present the heart-pounding psychological thriller Death and the Maiden to close their 2021... Continue Reading →

Review: White Pearl (Queensland Theatre)

Imagery by Phil Erbacher Gaslight, Gatekeep, Girlboss. Anchuli Felicia King’s corporate satire has opened at Queensland Theatre and sets out to tackle a broad range of issues, from intracultural racism to start-up culture and the cosmetics industry. Directed by Priscilla Jackman, White Pearl follows the aftermath of an ad that goes viral for all the... Continue Reading →

Review: A Bed of Roses (Arbour Theatre Company)

Scripted by Disapol Savetsila from the true stories and experiences of young people around the world during COVID-19, A Bed of Roses is an immersive theatre experience that explores the familiar frustrations of a share house with the added stress of a global pandemic. After the devastating year that was 2020, the housemates of 22 Rose Street... Continue Reading →

Review: Meat Mirror (Jay Younger & Lisa O’Neill)

Review of May 9 performance by Elise Lawrence. A ten-minute performance art piece in the Mappin’s Nursery Share House, Meat Mirror used video projections and physical theatre to blur the lines between beauty and horror. A collaboration between Jay Younger and Lisa O’Neill, Meat Mirror is a condemnation of social media and the normalisation of cosmetic surgery to achieve... Continue Reading →

Review: SHELTER (The Drawer Productions)

Review of May 9 performance. The Drawer Productions placed the audience at the heart of an unravelling family mystery with their unsettling immersive theatre piece SHELTER. I saw SHELTER on Mother’s Day and it turned out to be an appropriate choice with its focus on mother-daughter relationships and themes of legacy, intergenerational trauma, history’s tendency... Continue Reading →

Review: Intoxication (Before Shot)

Review of May 8 performance. A powerfully personal performance exploring intimacy and connectedness in the digital age. Christopher Bryant demonstrated his mastery of storytelling in this highly polished and deeply personal show. Intoxication is a sharp examination of fear and loneliness in a world where we are constantly connected, constantly performing our identity for known and unknown... Continue Reading →

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