Thom Pain (Based on Nothing) | Red Line Productions

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For the second instalment of theatre for film, Red Line Productions presents Will Eno’s meta, wandering monologue piece Thom Pain (Based on Nothing). Surrounded by cameras, Thom scatters himself across the stage, bouncing around the cranium of the black box Old Fitz Theatre like an illusive riddle.

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Sherlock Holmes & the Death on Thor Bridge | Genesian Theatre

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Crime fiction has long been a source of dark entertainment; imaging the worst case scenario, exploring the evil that lurks in plain sight, using a smattering of clues to hunt down a killer. Sherlock Holmes, the iconic detective, and his faithful assistant Dr Watson return to the Genesian stage in this new adaptation of the Death on Thor Bridge.

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Veronica’s Room | Nomad Art Group

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A woman is trapped in a room, adamant she is not Veronica, and desperate to return to her date in 1973. There doesn’t seem to be a reason not to believe her other than Veronica’s long history of manipulation and violence. In this psychological thriller, the past and present get so twisted that one can’t rely on the truth anymore.

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Pit | sandpaperplane & Old 505 FreshWorks

A young girl is abducted and never seen again. More than 10 years later, when a man is arrested for her abduction and murder, it should feel like closure for her grieving parents. Instead, it throws the years since her disappearance into painful relief: illuminating the many ways they have used denial to cope.

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Our Blood Runs in the Street | Chopt Logic

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Mardi Gras celebrations are often centred on taking pride in LGBTQIA+ identities and showcasing the many possibilities available in the margins but, simultaneously, this is a time for acknowledging the survival and resilience of a community routinely subjected to violence and systemic persecution. Our Blood Runs in the Street focuses on the findings of the “NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into Gay and Transgender hate crimes between 1970 and 2010”, its reopening in 2019, and the lasting impact of violence.

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Looped | the Guild Theatre

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Based on a real event, Looped is Matthew Lombardo’s imagining of the 8-hour recording session fading Hollywood star Tallulah Bankhead needed to record a dubbed line for Die! Die! My Darling! Over the course of the day her infamous ways clash with changing times and a young film editor with other issues on his mind.

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Life is Impossible | subtlenuance & Old 505 FreshWorks

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An Australian woman and a French woman are boarding together in New York City in the middle of World War II. Both have their gaze turned outwards; one towards hope for a new world on the horizon, the other towards the insufferable present across the Atlantic. Neither of them entirely achieves what they are searching for.

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War Horse | the National Theatre of Great Britain

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For millennia art and philosophy have attempted to explain the particular relationship between humans and animals. A relationship that is paradoxically twisted around cruelty and productivity as much as it incorporates love and care. Michael Morpurgo’s novel adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford attempts to distill this complexity in the story of a boy and his horse at the centre of one of humankind’s worst legacies.

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Twelfth Night | Sport for Jove

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Like the topsy-turvy celebrations of the Twelfth Night in Christian tradition, in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night nothing is as it appears. A pair of separated twins reunited, a series of misdirected affections and declarations of love, and a fool apparently in control of it all make up this jumbled comedy.

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The Campaign | White Box Theatre & Seymour Centre

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The Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey conducted by the Australian Government in 2017 was a controversial decision that sparked a turbulent and retraumatising time for LGBTQIA+ people, particularly those who remembered the recent civil rights debates in Tasmania. From 1988-1997 gay rights activists campaigned to decriminalise homosexuality in Tasmania, the last state to do so; a campaign honoured in Campion Decent’s verbatim play the Campaign.

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