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Ghostly comedy for REP’s silly season

THEY’RE normally hard-nosed realists over at Canberra Rep, but Noël Coward’s comedy, “Blithe Spirit,” the fifth production in the 2014-15 season, has them breaking most of the rules. Opening this Friday November 21 in a new production by Kate Blackhurst, the hilarious “Blithe Spirit” was, improbably, written in in 1941 when Coward headed to a […]

Arts / The little, lost suburb talks back

HOW do you make a theatre piece about a suburb? Easy, say, installation artist Louise Morris and theatre director/writer Pip Buining – just engage with the locals. In planning a site-specific “theatrical journey”, “Anthology”, Morris and Buining have set their sights on Westlake, the suburb once located in Stirling Park between the lake and the […]

Bell emboldens school actors with The Scottish Play

BELL Shakespeare and the Canberra Theatre Centre are about to astonish Canberra, and by implication the rest of the country, with their inaugural “Bell Shakespeare Schools Festival” running this week in the Playhouse. It’s a first, with high schools and colleges from the ACT and nearby region exploring the Bard in all his complexity. Billed […]

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NSW stumps up $20,000 for Canberra’s theatre awards

MEMBER for Monaro John Barilaro was joined yesterday by Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant to announce a $20,000 grant to help fund the Canberra Area Theatre (CAT) Awards. Following the ACT Government’s decision to withdraw funding support for the CAT Awards, Mr Barilaro said the NSW Government was keen to ensure […]

Out-of-towners to star in ‘Poppins’

FREE Rain Theatre has today made its long-awaited announcement of the interstate leads for its March 2015 of “Mary Poppins” at Canberra Theatre. The two leads, Mary Poppins and Bert, will be played by in-demand young musical theatre stars leads Alinta Chidzey and Shaun Rennie. This announcement is likely to further aggravate discontent in the […]

Arts / Surprises in Canberra Theatre’s celebratory season

TO dark-voiced cabaret star and MC Mikelangelo, it was a once-in-50-year opportunity to celebrate. To theatregoers keen to hear the Canberra Theatre’s selection of theatrical goodies for 2015 it was a chance to “oooh” and “aahh” at novelties, old favourites and one or two surprises at the 2013 subscription season on Monday (October 20). With […]

Arts / Rep season aims to entice

CANBERRA Repertory Society’s 83rd season is an enticing mix of audience-pleasers covering a pleasantly-predictable range of genres. Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible”, directed by Jordan Best, is well-calculated to provide meaty roles for REP’s actor-members, while Patrick Hamilton’s Victorian thriller “Gaslight”, to be staged by barb barnett, promises a nerve-wracking night out. It’s a stage favourite, […]

Pictures / “The Wharf Revue” at the Canberra Theatre

EVERYONE’S favourite lampoonists return for a special edition of The Wharf Revue packed full of their trademark irreverent, anarchic political satire. This brilliant blend of side-splitting sketches and musical mayhem never fails to amuse. Fresh with a new Senate that makes unrepresentative swill look good, Canberra’s never been so appealing – Australia is open for […]