English Breakfast | AJ Lamarque

What is it that makes us who we are? Is it more important to consider where we come from or where we’re going? In AJ Lamarque’s solo show, he uses comedy and poetry to explore his identity of being mixed-race, queer, young, and living cross-culturally in Sydney from London.

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Australia Day | Hunters Hill Theatre

The politics of small town local government committees can be hairy at the best of times but when a new generation swoops in with ideas about how to shake things up and shift the status quo, more than one veteran committee member bristles. Who knew that organising an Australia Day barbeque would lead to bribery, sabotage, and the up-rooting of a corrupt local politician?

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Softly, Surely | subtlenuance

In an unnamed city, a group of strangers, acquaintances, and family members cross paths again and again without realising. They’re all struggling to find peace and purpose in their lives whether they have years stretching out before them or the end looms on the horizon. But they share one common coping mechanism: song.

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Photograph 51 | Ensemble Theatre

Image by Teniola Komolafe

Most people would have encountered the famous duo Watson and Crick in their high school science classrooms when learning about the structure of DNA. But few will have heard about the context surrounding the monumental discovery and the duo’s rivalry with an early pioneer for women in science; a story comprised of pride, betrayal, and a tragic early death.

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Love Song by John Kolvenbach | Little Cup Productions

Image by Steven Ljubovic

This review comes from Night Writes guest reviewer Josephine Lee

Glen Hamilton’s production of Love Song by John Kolvenbach shows us that love is not just romantic or lustful. It is the rocket fuel that reinvigorates our minds and souls into the richness of life. The show welcomes us into a world of the mundaneness and mystery where Ben, Joan, and Harry are individuals working through life yet have lost their ability to feel compassion and emotions for themselves and connect with one another.

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Introducing Aunty Jude | Hurrah Hurrah

Jazzercise? Over. Water aerobics? Lame. Zumba? Yeah right. The future is shoulder dancing. If you’ve ever wanted to bring the true aunty energy to a party, look no further than the sacred shoulder dance as taught by renowned shoulder dancing expert Aunty Jude. Wow your family and friends like never before, but beware the sweat, and also the animate lighting display just over Aunty Jude’s shoulder.

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Alone | Dusty Room Productions & Glow House Ltd

What’s it going to take to save the Earth and, more specifically, the human race from climate change? Moving to Mars? Building a large enough space craft to hold the entire population? Or maybe a tiny little micro-organism found on a far distant planet that eats carbon at an unbelievable rate? The flight crew of the Lily of the Nile have staked everything on that little purple plant but first they have to bring it safely home.

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Rough Trade | Joy Minter & Sydney Fringe Festival

Image by Clare Hawley

Nobody likes Mark Zuckerberg and many people translate their dislike into deleting the ubiquitous Facebook app. But for many others, the social media platform remains an essential tool for connection and, for some others, survival. They gather in groups like Rough Trade, developing community that traverses digital and real life divides.

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Nothing | National Theatre of Parramatta

Image by Noni Carroll Photography

There is something particularly chilling about listening to children work through some of life’s great conundrums like unfairness or death. They haven’t adopted either the niceties or the distracting justifications upon which adults couch these conversations so the ideas are laid bare and shocking. In Nothing, adapted for the stage by Pelle Koppel from the controversial 2000 novel by Janne Teller, a group of children grapple with perhaps the largest question of all: the meaning of life.

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Heaven for Worms (for people) | Tim Dunk

We can thank pharmaceutical companies for a lot of things: vaccinations, the US Opioid Epidemic, and making life-saving medications prohibitively expensive in order to turn some of the largest profits in the world. It turns out they’re also working on creating super humans!

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