We Are the (End of the) World | Supply Evolution

In a true blue story of hardship, Australian egg farmers are facing bleak times with the invention of man-made egg replacements. A charity concert fundraiser seems like the best solution until it sparks an uncontrollable urge to give, which threatens conceptions of good and fairness. Taking it back to Hume, We Are the (End of the) World takes on charitable giving as a measure of altruism motivated by self-importance and a twisted promotion of individual sacrifice.

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NINE | Little Triangle

Michele Lansdown & Company (Photo by Blake Condon)

Image by Blake Condon

Guido is a master filmmaker with an illustrious career that has taken a turn for the worse with a string of lacklustre releases. When his career reaches crisis point, the consequences of his shortcomings become painfully clear and his womanising ways won’t save him anymore. Little Triangle’s NINE is an unsympathetic fall from grace, a welcome reckoning.

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Bare: a pop opera | Lane Cove Theatre Company

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High school is a difficult time for most people as you try to navigate forced proximity to your peers’ and your own raging hormones. Pop culture classics like The Breakfast Club, Heathers, and Mean Girls all exemplify the last effects of high school but the musical Bare by Damon Intrabartolo and Jon Hartmere, Jr. adds the difference of figuring out your sexuality in the oppressive atmosphere of Catholic boarding school.

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[title of show] | Happy Rainbow Friends Productions

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Image by Blake Condon

Jeff and Hunter have three weeks to write a brand new musical to submit to the New York Musical Theatre Festival so, for lack of a better idea, they write a show about the process of writing a show. As a love letter to musical theatre and homage to the creative industry in general, [title of show] follows in the footsteps of great writer duos to explore friendship, creativity, and the journey through self-doubt.

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Barbara & the Camp Dogs | Belvoir

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Barbara and René are sisters and cousins and singing partners. They’re scraping together a living at odd gigs in Sydney but, when their mother gets sick, they go on a journey to find her first in Darwin and then back in their hometown of Katherine. It isn’t easy to return to a place you ran from and, for Barbara, even harder to remember somewhere that abandoned you. This rock musical about family and belonging, written by Ursula Yovich and Alana Valentine, returns to the Belvoir stage a year and a half after its world premiere.

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The Things I Could Never Tell Steven | Whimsical Productions

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Steven is a difficult man to get a hold of, especially if you’re his parents, wife, or boyfriend and you have something very serious to tell him. This new musical from Jye Bryant centres an absent character in a story about the heartbreak, betrayal, and secrets that those closest to him just don’t know how to put into words.

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Dorian Gray Naked | Popinjay Productions

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Image by Clare Hawley

Dorian Gray has broken free of the confines of Oscar Wilde’s story and he fully intends to settle any discrepancies, right wrongs, and gain control over his legacy. In a clever new meta musical from librettist Melvyn Morrow and composer Dion Condack, the unspoken sexuality of the Picture of Dorian Gray is laid bare while the eternal youth’s hopes and desires are given life out from under his creator’s thumb.

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