An Enchanted Evening | Riverside Theatres Digital

Image by BAM Studios

Two of Australia’s leading performers come together for an evening of romance and reminiscing. Combining numbers from world renowned operas and musicals, An Enchanted Evening offered a night of reprieve from this challenging year.

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The Big Blue | Q Theatre

There are two expanses into which humankind has gazed for millennia: the vast darkness of space and the depths of the blue sea. The Big Blue is about reaching out into the emptiness and the surprising things that will reach back to you.

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Animal Farm | New Theatre

Image by Bob Seary

The last few years have felt particularly prophetic as the global timeline twists in on itself with the rise of fascism in the west, the collapse of democracy in Hong Kong, the civil rights movement of Black Lives Matter, and the “unprecedented” times of COVID-19 which saw responses from political leaders uncannily similar to the AIDS crisis and the 1918 flu pandemic. So it’s not surprising to see artists turn to the well-worn narratives of George Orwell as an imperfect mirror for the cycle of oppression and revolution we’re living through.

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SmartFone Flick Fest 2020

Image Still from Distant Friends by Jill Kingston and Molly Haddon

Australia’s international smartphone short film festival is back in 2020 to show off some of the best amateur and professional films shot with just the technology of a smartphone or tablet. All entries are competing for the opportunity to have their films screened in cinema and for prize packs totalling over $40,000.

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The Mona Lisa Five | Upper Crass Theatre

Have you ever wondered what life was like for the upper echelons of society? What the wealthy are really like behind closed doors? The Mona Lisa Five stresses that you probably shouldn’t go to the party, even if you’re invited. James Hartley’s rich romp shows off just how deadly greed can be.

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Macbeth: the Installation | Barestage Theatre

Macbeth has been done live and it’s been done digitally, but for the COVID-19 world, Barestage Theatre combines the two forms for a techno-punk rendition of the fall of the Scottish king. Performed live and streamed straight to your home, Macbeth: the Installation traverses boundaries of intimacy and performance.

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This Modern Coil | Upper Crass Theatre

The year 2020 has taught us nothing if not how painful the passing of time can be. James Hartley’s surprisingly prescient 2016 play This Modern Coil is a rumination on fate, free will, fear, and the power of imagination as two soldiers await something, anything, in no man’s land.

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Neighbourhood Watch | New Theatre

Image by Chris Lundie

Mary St is a perfectly ordinary suburban street with perfectly ordinary residents. The only thing missing is perhaps a bit of community spirit, the comfort of having someone keeping an eye on your business. But when two relative newbie neighbours strike up a friendship, the close quarters create more friction than expected.

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A Murder Story, Retold | Ninefold

In a tiny room shared by two people and a television, a silent battle rages on. Three people plot their murderous revenge in a poisonous cup of tea before the light falls and their roles are reversed. A Murder Story, Retold uncovers the creeping macabre in the mundane.

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Transfigured | Selby & Friends

For the third instalment of the Selby & Friends program, the group performed in ascending order a piano trio, quartet, and quintet from a selection of composers. Beginning with something sweet and ending with a complex tang, the concert provided a variety of compositional flavours for savouring at home.

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