Evoke | Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra

Image by Robert Catto

For a program inspired to evoke, the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra paired two Romantic European composers Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Adolf Berwald for a performance of three of their early 19th century pieces. Rather than evoking drama or great action, these quieter and more reserved compositions are about great emotions, sombre moments, and pretty rhythms.

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Not Today | Rogue Projects

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The COVID-19 pandemic has been an incredibly challenging experience and, for a lot of young people especially, the crisis also compounded other fears about employment, climate change, and the general confusion of figuring out who you are. In Not Today, Ally Morgan explores her mid-20s with a new original song cycle.

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Yellow Face | Dinosaurus Productions with bAKEHOUSE

Image by Clare Hawley

After David Henry Hwang became the first Asian American to win a Tony award for his play M. Butterfly, his new positioning within the American theatre world became difficult to navigate. Now an unintentional spokesperson for Asian American theatre-makers, the next few years of Hwang’s life and career were complicated, to say the least.

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Lights in the Park | Australian Theatre for Young People & Q Theatre

One night the street lights inexplicably go out and the world suddenly becomes a mysterious playground for fun and mischief. For one group of high schoolers, a night in the dark is the perfect time to right old wrongs, answer hard questions, and try on another life for a change.

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The Removalists | New Theatre

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A woman turns to the police for assistance when her husband assaults her. The police take the opportunity to puff their chests and wield their power. David Williamson’s the Removalists is exemplary of the playwright’s successes and shortcomings in a brutal, violent exploration of power and toxic masculinity.

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Live a Little | subtlenuance

At first glance, Tilly is a typical train wreck. She works a soul-sucking job, has no love life, and spends her weekends eating chocolate in her pyjamas à la Bridget Jones. But Tilly lives in perpetual denial of a painful truth lurking on her horizon and, sooner rather than later, that wall of water crashes upon her shore.

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Henry IV Part 1 & 2 | Streamed Shakespeare

While it’s true that William Shakespeare’s history plays don’t receive as much modern attention as his comedies and tragedies, his ability to dramatise the lives of British rulers garnered the playwright much praise in his day. In Henry IV Part 1 & 2, the expected wit and politics of Shakespeare’s writing is only amplified by real royalty and warfare.

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Is There Something Wrong with that Lady? | Griffin Theatre Company

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The image of the tortured artist is a popular one; the sad sack, the alcoholic, the neurotic recluse. But even for artists who might be considered “normal”, there remains the rather insistent self-doubt: “Why am I doing this?” In Debra Oswald’s solo memoir performance, she explores the life events leading to her career as a writer and the many, many trials she’s faced over that career.

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Razorhurst Walking Tour | Blancmange Productions

In the 1920s and 30s, Sydney earned a variety of newspaper nicknames including Knifehurst and Bottlehurst but the one that stuck was Razorhurst. Blancmange Productions returns this year with another true crime event that dives into the actual locations of murder and revenge during some of Sydney’s bloodiest years.

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Always a Bridesmaid | Castle Hill Players

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Some decades ago, a group of four best friends promised to be each others’ bridesmaids for better or worse. They didn’t predict, though, how many weddings that would entail over four lifetimes of divorces, abandoned grooms, and even a wedding re-do. Now they gather once again at Laurelton Oaks to give away their goddaughter and relive the memories.

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