A football club is collapsing under its own petty politics and incompetency. All the boys want the power and the glory but none of them have any idea about the work involved. David Williamson’s 1977 script is a precise representation of masculinity behind closed doors and the many pitfalls of the “every man for himself” mentality of hyper-masculine spaces. This reimagining from isthisyours? distills the drama to three female actors in an examination of the classic some 40 years later.
When something tragic happens to a place, a natural disaster or accident or crime, the legacy of that event takes hold of the community and can change it, for better or worse. When Matthew Shepard was murdered in Laramie, Wyoming in 1998, a media frenzy from all over the country and the world turned its gaze onto a quiet, small American town and forever altered the way the town saw itself.
Like debating or mock United Nations, high schoolers across Australia are welcomed to compete in theatresports. Or, some late bloomers may come to the game later on at university or in adulthood as a way to build confidence, make friends, and learn how to make an audience laugh. In a nutshell, theatresports is competitive improvisation and the Cranston Cup is the championship of the game.
To close out their 2018 program, the Woollahra Philharmonic Orchestra decided to put a spotlight on some of their outstanding talents. The Spotlight concert comprised four concertos for four different instruments making for a varied and unusual mix of sounds and styles.
This year marks 20 years since Matthew Shepard was murdered in Laramie, Wyoming which began a media storm about the way our society views gay people and constructs narratives of gay panic and justified violence. When the Tectonic Theatre Project travelled to the small American town to interview residents, they weren’t sure what would come out of it and they probably wouldn’t have predicted the show continuing to be performed two decades later on the other side of the world.
Streeton Trio regulars Emma Jardine and Benjamin Kopp were joined by cellist Trish O’Brien to play two classic pieces acknowledged as two of the best chamber music pieces ever composed. While both composed for piano, violin, and cello, the pieces varied greatly in style and formed a charming pair for a concert.
The first Christmas concert of the season comes from the Australian Chamber Choir with the direction of Douglas Lawrence. Combining a selection of shorter Baroque pieces celebrating Christmas and the festive spirit, the choir filled the crypt of St Mary’s Cathedral for an afternoon.