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“CUPID is a knavish lad, thus to make females mad,” that troublemaker Puck asserts in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. These familiar lines sound just that bit funnier in the hands of the unforgettably distinctive actress Julie Forsyth, who takes on the role for Bell Shakespeare’s “The Dream”, premiering at the Canberra Playhouse shortly. Forsyth tells […]

Feast for heart and stomach in new show at The Q

“YOU might not want to come on a full stomach, The Q warns patrons heading for the opening of its show, “Food,” tomorrow, Wednesday August 27. No, that’s not because it’ll be stomach-turning but because reportedly there’s a happy sequence in which the audience gets to sample minestrone from Benedict House, bread from Bakers’ Delight […]


Taking nerdsploitation to new heights Dames of Throne is coming to Canberra

THE team that thrilled nerds across Canberra with the “StarWars” parody “The Empire Strips Back” have gone with the next big thing in Game of Thrones. The burlesque show is coming to the Canberra Theatre on Friday November 14. There’s a teaser trailer to see if its your kind of thing, and they do have […]

The Bard ‘unbound’

SHAKESPEARE leaps into life from today with the announcement by Bell Shakespeare of the release today of a new video series “Shakespeare Unbound”, on the  ABC education portal “Splash”. The online education portal ABC “Splash” has released a new video series “Shakespeare Unbound,” accessible free at The series is made up of twelve scenes from […]


It’s back – the largest 10-minute theatre festival in the world

RETURNING to Canberra for its sixth year, Short+Sweet Canberra, accurately billed as “the largest ten minute theatre festival in the world” presents over 30 ten-minute plays, directed and performed by Canberra’s top local theatre talent. Twenty of the plays were also written here, including a mini-musical by Jim McGrath, who wrote “Heart of a Dog.” […]

Saucy Amanda celebrates the ones that got away

AMANDA Muggleton thrives on her reputation as one of our sauciest performers. Born in Stepney, London she emigrated to Australia in 1974. Her most famous television role is perhaps that of Chrissie Latham in “Prisoner,” but her stage performances in “Shirley Valentine” and “Master Class” (for which she won a Green Room Award and a […]

The force Newton left out: sex in ‘Arcadia’

Director Aarne Neeme is a favourite at Canberra Rep and one of Australia’s leading theatre figures, but he’s never staged Tom Stoppard’s “Arcadia” before, so he tells “CityNews”. “Arcadia”, one of the mercurial Stoppard’s most perfect dramas, is at REP from this Friday, with an all-star cast both on and off stage. Briefly, In 1809 […]

Courtroom drama “The Burning” focuses on father and son at the Q

MOST theatregoers are well-acquainted with Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” and John Whiting’s “The Devils,” based on a book by Aldous Huxley, but now it’s time for Canberrans to see “The Burning,”  by admired local playwright Duncan Ley, opening tomorrow at The Q. Like “The Devils,”  it’s set in the early 1600s, this time in Germany, where a […]