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A fractious face of madness

Reviewer ARNE SJOSTEDT has mixed feelings about Rep's production of "Cosi".

The Met and Covent Garden come to Canberra

Excitement is mounting following the dress rehearsal for The National Opera’s premiere production of Mozart’s “La Clemenza di Tito”, opening at Llewellyn Hall tomorrow night (April 10).

Movie review / ‘Ascendant’ (MA)

"I found 'Ascendant' tedious and lacking a sense of conviction," writes movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.  It was made in Australia though.

Movie review / ‘Antoinette in the Cévennes’ (M)

"Antoinette in the Cévennes" is a warmly charming film, an agreeable escape occasionally testing our credulity without abusing it and ending on an optimistic note, says movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘Collective’ (MA)

Why would many Canberra filmgoers find it familiar territory, asks movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD. "The issue driving 'Collective' is not endemic in Australia. But it illuminates a government presence that functions in a manner very similar to Canberra’s main industry. And finds it wanting."

Music contemplates our land and sky

The subtlety and ingenuity in this work were extraordinary. And to make it even better, Cheetham singing her songs added that special touch, writes reviewer ROB KENNEDY.

‘Spellbinding’ music crosses cultures and centuries

After a spellbinding couple of days at the 2021 Four Winds Festival, the final day, Sunday, April 4, hosted more musical and artistic treats, writes reviewer ROB KENNEDY.

Ghost of Mozart in ‘Cosi’ and ‘Clemenza’

The ghost of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart may be lurking in the shadows of Canberra this weekend, with the opening of “Così” at Canberra REP, and Mozart’s opera “La Clemenza di Tito” at Llewellyn Hall.

Music and the arts fill the air

After a year’s hiatus because of covid, the Four Winds Festival was back stronger than before, writes reviewer ROB KENNEDY.

Artsday / Opera bursts into being

The National Opera bursts into being this weekend with Mozart’s “La Clemenza di Tito”, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA in her daily arts round-up.

‘Deep history’ set against coastal bushfires

The second show in the series “You’re Safe 'Til 2024” is coming to the Canberra Theatre Centre this weekend.

Fun, colourful Japanese-inspired fusion

Yaki Boi is a new addition to the Braddon dining scene, with its rooftop location great for people watching, says dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON.

Bell prepares to bare his soul

Notoriously private theatrical personality John Bell will show audiences what makes him tick through the words of his lifelong idol, William Shakespeare, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Artsday / ‘Aladdin Jr’ to weave theatre magic

Here's arts editor HELEN MUSA's daily arts round-up.

‘Mamma Mia’ brings feel-good magic to The Q

What's what and who's who in the arts this week? Here's HELEN MUSA's weekly "Arts in the City" column. 

Boyd’s journey through diplomacy’s ‘sexist dark age’

A timely new book by pioneering diplomat Sue Boyd lifts the veil on one of Australia’s most male-dominated professions, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

April beckons with addictions and documentaries

Columnist NICK OVERALL looks at docos all over the streaming world.

Unusual Passion music puts choir to the test

Reviewer GRAHAM McDONALD enjoys a concert with a different approach in combining elements of liturgical choral music with a jazz accompaniment.

Movie review / ‘The Father’ (M)

"The Father" is a film reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD describes as one that touches our hearts and souls, for the best of reasons – its absolute humanity, sympathy and credibility, without demanding a box of tissues. But take a few, just in case.

Movie review / ‘The Courier’ (M)

"This is no James Bond spy thriller. It’s a sober telling of a version of actual events," writes movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD. He'd been to see "The Courier".

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Movie review / ‘Collective’ (MA)

Why would many Canberra filmgoers find it familiar territory, asks movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD. "The issue driving 'Collective' is not endemic in Australia. But it illuminates a government presence that functions in a manner very similar to Canberra’s main industry. And finds it wanting."

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