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.
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.
Bringing together their Scandinavian influence with some brand new compositions, A Singular Path showcases the many dimensions of Elysian Fields as an ensemble and as talented individuals. Including features from each performer and their instrument, the program placed them all in the spotlight.
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.
Desire is an enduring human quality leading to acts of love or lust since time immemorable. Hello Again, based on a play by Arthur Schnitzler, explores encounters of desire throughout the 20th century in a mosaic of intimacy and emotion.
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.
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.
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.
To begin the Independent Theatre’s new series Sundays, Supper & Song, the much beloved Spooky Men’s Chorale returned for a concert featuring old favourites from their repertoire and selections from their newest album. Described by their spookmeister Stephen Taberner as the “right amount of cheese”, the group’s combination of heart and humour hasn’t gotten old.
For the last stop of their 2020 Australian tour, Deva Premal and Miten with their guests Manose and the Temple Band arrived in Sydney to spread their message of peace and healing with a rapt audience. Performing a selection of chants and original songs, the group provided a concert high in energy and passion.