Six generations gathered around a weathered wooden table; their history, trauma, and stories carved into its surface. In Tanya Ronder’s Table, the Best family have survived abandonment, war, and leopard attacks, charted over decades, to explore the central forces of love and family.
New York City is a media capitol of the Western world and it generates a mythical image of power and success for budding writers like those working the magazine office of Gloria. But dreams don’t last forever and the facade quickly falls to reveal more to the characters than they perhaps cared to know. What builds and backs ambition? And what happens when times runs out?
After 18 years and 700 performances around the world, the Spooky Men’s Chorale is nearly ready to release their seventh album in celebration of coming of age. Founded in the Blue Mountains but appearing at prestigious festivals all over the UK and Australia, this group has gathered quite a following of loyal fans keen on the neat balance between spooky and silly with which the Spooky Men infuse their music.
Weddings as moments of great personal and cultural significance are often very emotional experiences from the engagement to the bachelor/bachelorette parties and all the little rituals that go into the big day. For marginalised people, people who are not reflected in bridal magazines or represented in bridal shops, and who don’t even appear in trashy wedding reality shows, organising a wedding can encompass an additional range of emotions that damper the joy and frivolity of the occasion. Alana Valentine’s new play Made to Measure confronts the experience of trying to celebrate yourself in a world that won’t celebrate with you.
Extremism has been a hot topic for at least the last two decades and with every new attack, when innocent people are targeted and murdered again and again, people ask why and they ask how. The British theatre company Knaive Theatre brings its debut production to Sydney to provoke discussion about the backstory for one of the world’s most infamous terrorists.
When something tragic happens to a place, a natural disaster or accident or crime, the legacy of that event takes hold of the community and can change it, for better or worse. When Matthew Shepard was murdered in Laramie, Wyoming in 1998, a media frenzy from all over the country and the world turned its gaze onto a quiet, small American town and forever altered the way the town saw itself.
This year marks 20 years since Matthew Shepard was murdered in Laramie, Wyoming which began a media storm about the way our society views gay people and constructs narratives of gay panic and justified violence. When the Tectonic Theatre Project travelled to the small American town to interview residents, they weren’t sure what would come out of it and they probably wouldn’t have predicted the show continuing to be performed two decades later on the other side of the world.