The Fairy Tale of My Life | 180 Collective

He’s a household name, his stories are children’s classics with generations of memories attached to them, and yet many don’t know a whole lot about Hans Christian Andersen and his troubled life. Through a smoke-and-mirrors uncanny interpretation of his story, 180 Collective illuminate the life of a complicated man navigating self-doubt, homophobia, and crushing class barriers.

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Tom at the Farm | Fixed Foot Productions with bAKEHOUSE

Image by Becky Matthews

Tom arrives at a rural farmhouse with the expectations of an uncomfortable but predictable encounter with his deceased partner’s family. His presence, though, unravels a long string of lies and secrecy stretching from William’s childhood into their relationship, right up until he died. Perhaps even more unexpected, though, is what Tom learns about himself deep in the muck of the farm.

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Wil and Grace | Rogue Projects

Image by Noni Carroll

Who doesn’t like to dabble in the occult while on a bender with your roommate? Sometimes desperate times call for some desperate wish fulfilment, even if that wish is for the reincarnation of the most famous playwright in English history. Wil and Grace is a heartfelt romp through fantasy, witchcraft, and grief in a Petersham sharehouse.

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Lights in the Park | Australian Theatre for Young People & Q Theatre

One night the street lights inexplicably go out and the world suddenly becomes a mysterious playground for fun and mischief. For one group of high schoolers, a night in the dark is the perfect time to right old wrongs, answer hard questions, and try on another life for a change.

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Jali | Griffin Theatre Company

Image by Estelle Yoon

The concept of home and what having one gives to you are things many Australians are lucky enough to take for granted. Stability, safety, a memory of where you’re coming from, and a plan for where you’re going; small things denied to so many. In this autobiographical solo show, Oliver Twist examines his own experiences with starting over as a Rwandan refugee.

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Iphigenia in Splott | New Ghosts Theatre Company

Image by Clare Hawley

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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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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