the Director | Active Theatre Productions

THE DIRECTOR (L to R) Sarah Greenwood Josephine Bloom Alex Rowe Brayden Palmer Emilia Hristov

Annie has written the play of her life and she is devastated to see her production team destroying her creation. She tracks down a man who inspired her early on in her career, an Australian director named Peter, but finds him cast aside as the janitor of a theatre school. Against his protestations, Annie convinces him to work on her play without realising the permission he feels granted. The Director attempts to investigate behind the scenes of an abusive and unethical director and tries to dismantle the myth of genius that keeps people like this in positions of power. The discussion of dangerous directors is typically kept under wraps, contained in rumours and whispers, but Nancy Hasty’s play brings it to the fore for everyone to consider.

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Degenerate Art | Red Line Productions

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Image by John Marmaras

The 2016 election of Donald Trump was a rude global awakening that the West had quickly forgotten what Fascism looks and sounds like. In the two years since, still, little has been done to address the insidious ways dangerous ideas and attitudes infect policy and perspective on all shores, including our own. Rich white men (and women) continue to cut funding to necessary sectors like health and public schools, detention centres are active and normal, and, yes, Australia is still racist. That’s why we’re seeing Nazis on stage with more frequency and more urgency; as reminders.

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Snow in Summer | Evergreen Ensemble

Closing their tour to launch their newest album titled Snow in Summer, Evergreen Ensemble played a concert of the same name at the Independent Theatre on a muggy Sunday afternoon. Playing a mix of Scottish and Scandinavian styles and songs with some Italian influence thrown in, the program meandered through melancholic Highland ballads and joyous dance numbers.

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Giving Up the Ghost | Pop Up Theatre

Image by Clare Hawley

The debut production at the new Sydney performance venue Limelight on Oxford, uses a comedic approach to death and grieving to investigate attitudes to euthanasia and how our relationships change, or stay the same, after death. This new Australian play uses farcical elements and touches of the supernatural to unravel the past and future of a family in mourning.

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Embers | Black Match Productions

Image by Lisa Koboyashi

Black Match Productions, a brand new independent dance company born from connections built in the Sydney University Movement and Dance Society (MADSOC), debuted its first piece Embers. Looking to explore the human need for connection through physical representations of relationships and isolations, this piece stands as a solid entrance into the independent scene.

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Shir Madness | Sydney Jewish Music Festival

Shir Madness, Sydney’s Jewish Music Festival returned on a damp Sunday to the Emanuel Synagogue for a day of music, food, and community in celebration of the contributions Jewish composers, musicians, and writers have made and continue to make to the music industry. With musical acts from across the country and across the world, the day was packed with all sorts of genres and styles to enjoy.

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YEN | New Ghosts Theatre Company with bAKEHOUSE

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We are living in desolate times. Politically, socially, and economically the Western world is struggling. YEN, a 2013 play from English playwright Anna Jordan, zeros in on a flat in a dodgy English town called Feltham and the small horrors that take place there. Under different circumstances, this could be a simple boy-meets-girl love story; but under different circumstances it might not have happened at all.

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