Picnic at Hanging Rock | New Theatre

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The story of Picnic at Hanging Rock has haunted the Australian conscious for decades. The original novel spurred on multiple film and stage adaptations as well as a musical, radio play, and miniseries. This most recent stage adaptation by Tom Wright condenses the atmosphere of the iconic tale and heightens its drama exponentially.

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Iphigenia in Splott | New Ghosts Theatre Company

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Effie talks back to strangers on the street. She subsists on binge drinking and guilting her granny out of spare tenners. Effie is the kind of person you avoid eye contact with but, this time, she’s talking directly to you and you’re going to listen.

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Project XXX | Sydney University Dramatic Society

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Depending on who you talk to, women’s sexuality can be threatening, empowering, dangerous, deviant, or irrelevant. Even after the sexual revolution of the 1960s and the sex positive movement of the 21st century, women’s relationship with sex continues to be a contentious taboo. Project XXX focuses on the realm of pornography and asks whether the industry is a hindrance or a tool for women’s sexual autonomy.

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The Silver Tunnel | The Rev Bill Crews Foundation

Church, like all sacred places, is a space for contemplation, where people seek answers for life’s trials and even grapple with the great unknown of death. In collaboration with the Rev Bill Crews Foundation, playwright Warwick Moss bring those concerns to the fore with a new short play spanning life, heaven, and hell.

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Hotel Bella Luna | Ponydog Productions with Jetpack Theatre

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Do you ever stare up at the moon in hopeless wonder about the possibility of visiting the space rock one day? Your days of waiting are over because Hotel Bella Luna is a fully functioning hotel resort with a whole host of activities for relaxation and extreme adventuring, whichever strikes your fancy. Unfortunately, on this visit, new guests will have to work together with staff to save the hotel from a system malfunction that will result in mass death!

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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

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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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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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