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SUCK UP TO HIM!

SUCK UP TO HIM!

By Diana Simmonds News Posted on July 2 2015

If you want a slurp of cash from the George Brandis Slush Fund for Really Important Art and Artists it would be a good idea to get on the right side of this bloke (above). According to Daily Review  (June 26) these days Michael Napthali is the Arts Minister’s “policy adviser” in all things arts related.

So who is this pleasant looking chap? On 27 August 2005 he was a guest on Geraldine Doogue’s Saturday Extra  show on ABC RN. She introduced him as “an intellectual property and entertainment lawyer and a former executive at Sony Music”. He’s moved onwards and upwards since then, of course.

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MTC PUTS MONEY WHERE MOUTH IS

MTC PUTS MONEY WHERE MOUTH IS

By Diana Simmonds News Posted on June 22 2015

Posted on Melbourne Theatre Company’s website on 20 June 2015. The statement, while measured and relatively neutral, speaks volumes about the turmoil going at the top end of the Australian arts community thanks to the Brandis hi-jacking of Australia Council funds. It also suggests a level of unhappiness and conflict within AMPAG (Australian Major Performing Arts Group) that could also be sheeted home to the federal arts minister and his unashamed bullying tactics.

Here it is, in full:

“Following yesterday’s Board meeting, the Melbourne Theatre Company Board, including Executive Director Virginia Lovett and Artistic Director Brett Sheehy AO, has released its 2014 annual report and this statement of support for the small to medium theatre sector.

“The 2014 annual report reveals MTC’s ongoing extraordinary and unstinting support for the small to medium sector and it is timely to remind ourselves at MTC that, in our view, actions speak louder than words.

 
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TRIASSIC PARQ THE MUSICAL

TRIASSIC PARQ THE MUSICAL

By Diana Simmonds Review Posted on June 22 2015

TRIASSIC PARQ THE MUSICAL, Squabbalogic at the Reginald Theatre, Seymour Centre, 17 June-4 July 2015. Photography by Michael Francis: above - Adele Parkinson, Rob Johnson, Crystal Hegedis, Monique Sallé and Keira Daley; right: Adele Parkinson, Rob Johnson and Crystal Hegedis.

Triassic Parq  is a tongue-in-cheek homage to Michael Crichton’s 1990 novel Jurassic Park  turned by Steven Spielberg into That  movie in 1993. Triassic Parq the Musical  won Best Musical at the 2010 New York International Fringe Festival which suggests it was a pretty lightweight year for fringe musicals. Nevertheless, it’s been picked up for Squabbalogic and Chief Squabb/director Jay James-Moody has waved his magic wand over it. With the aid of an impeccable and hard working cast he has turned it into a more entertaining 80 minutes than its creators, Marshall Pailet, Bryce Norbitz and Stephen Wargo, deserve.

 
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MISTERMAN

MISTERMAN

By Diana Simmonds Review Posted on June 15 2015

MISTERMAN, Siren Theatre Co in association with RedLine Productions at the Old Fitz, 10-27 June 2015. Photography by Diana Popovska: above and right: Thomas Campbell.

In an abandoned warehouse somewhere on the outskirts of the Irish village of Inishfree the pious Thomas Magill (Thomas Campbell) apparently subsists on cans of Fanta and packets of Jammie Dodgers. It’s a diet that suggests acute sugar overload and reason enough for the way he relates and enacts in manic fashion a day in the life of the village and his own self. 

 
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MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN

MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN

By Diana Simmonds Review Posted on June 11 2015

MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN, Upstairs Theatre, Belvoir, 6 June-26 July 2015. Photography by Heidrun Lohr - above: Robyn Nevin and Paula Arundell; right: Emele Ugavule.

Twice in relatively recent memory Robyn Nevin has been put in the position of having to rescue and carry floundering productions. The first was in 2010 when Sydney Theatre Company’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night  was almost sunk by a millstone around its neck by the name of international star William Hurt. The second was Melbourne Theatre Company’s 2012 gender swap Queen Lear – an idea that absolutely depended on her for its success. 

On both occasions the diminutive powerhouse pulled off the impossible: creating something memorable out of what otherwise was headed towards dog’s breakfast territory. Much the same can be said for her long- and much-anticipated appearance in this production of Bertolt Brecht’s 1939 epic Mother Courage and Her Children

 
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NSW: GIVEAWAY TO PANEL DISCUSSION - COME TO THE CABARET

NSW: GIVEAWAY TO PANEL DISCUSSION - COME TO THE CABARET

By Diana Simmonds News Posted on June 11 2015

COME TO THE CABARET, Hayes Theatre, Elizabeth Bay, 13 June 2015. Photography - above: Jan van de Stool (mega-star of stage and screen) and right, Queenie van de Zandt.

Thanks to our friends at Amazon Woman Enterprises we are giving away 2 double passes, to “COME TO THE CABARET” – a panel discussion with leading Australian cabaret performers, writers, venue programmers and producers, who will be chewing the fat and discussing the not so delicate art of cabaret production this Saturday, 13 June at 2pm at Hayes Theatre.  

The panel will be moderated by Queenie van de Zandt – so there are sure to be a few laughs along the way, as the mob runs the gamut of all things cabaret and present their perspectives on how artists can craft a show that stands out from the crowd and turn bum deals into bums on seats. 

The panel will include Alison Avron, Paul Capsis, Graeme Russell, Graeme Gillies, Andrew Dunn, Geraldine Quinn and Toby Francis

The first two people to email me (Queenie) at qvdz@amazonwomanenterprises.com with Come to the Cabaret in the subject line will win the tickets. If you miss out there are also tickets available at http://www.hayestheatre.com.au/cabaret-season-2015/come-to-the-cabaret.html

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