Sunshine Super Girl | Andrea James & Performing Lines

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The controversy of a mid-pandemic Australian Open currently playing out across the news stations is a reminder of the place of tennis in Australia’s self-mythology; what the sport symbolises at home but also how it identifies the nation internationally. In Sunshine Super Girl, Andrea James tells the story of Evonne Goolagong Cawley, a trailblazer in tennis throughout the 1970s.

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The Shape of Things | Lambert House Enterprises & Les Solomon

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What is attraction really? Is it all about aesthetics or is there a deeper meaning underneath the surface? And is there a different rule book for art? Neil LaBute’s the Shape of Things mixes the messages of art and attraction amongst four flirty twenty-somethings.

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Twelfth Night (heads or tails) | New Theatre

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After the year we had in 2020, we could all use a bit of a laugh. Cue one of the oldest comedy writers out there with the classic tale of love, deception, mistaken identities, and twins! But, this time, with a twist.

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The Last Season | Force Majeure

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In modern times it feels like every season brings a new crisis whether economic, social, environmental, or a combination of all three. Using Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons as inspiration, Force Majeure’s The Last Season explores intergenerational relationships through the increasing pressures on society as we know it.

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Future Remains | Sydney Chamber Opera

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Beginning with an unsettling and predatory story of infatuation and ending in wild violent abandon, this mash-up performance of Leoš Janáček’s Diary of One Who Disappeared and Huw Belling’s response piece Fumeblind Oracle combine to explore classical themes of desire and revenge under strobing lights.

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poem for a dried up river | Jane Sheldon & Sydney Chamber Opera

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The environment and its vast network of interconnected systems often get discussed in enormous scales of time, space, and impact. For the average person, comprehending these huge scales is daunting. In poem for a dried up river, Jane Sheldon and Sydney Chamber Opera collaborate to experiment with mixing big and small in the story of a tiny creature’s Herculean task.

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You Can Have It All | Laurence Rosier Staines

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Imagine you’ve been binge-watching a television show during lockdown and suddenly the characters turn and address you. The newest interactive theatre project from writer and director Laurence Rosier Staines puts the audience on show for a brief lick of the action behind (and in front of) a theatre production.

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Dislocation | Wild Hearts Youth Dance Company

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Childhood is a precious time of freedom and imagination that we feel an innate desire to protect but not all children receive adequate protection. In Dislocation, eleven children navigate abandonment in a story of resilience and teamwork.

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Molly Sweeney | Clock & Spiel Productions

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It’s an age-old adage that the grass is always greener on the other side. Envy is a routine emotion; we always want what we don’t, or can’t, have. But Brian Friel’s play about a young family in Ireland presents the case for someone else’s insistence on your deficiency and the untold consequences of imposing envy on someone else.

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Director Hailey McQueen and Actor Grace Naoum on Molly Sweeney | Clock & Spiel Productions

In the last month of a gruelling year, with theatres cracking their doors open once again, Night Writes sat down with director Hailey McQueen and lead actor Grace Naoum, playing Molly, to discuss their upcoming production Molly Sweeney with Clock & Spiel Productions.

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