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CHILDREN OF THE SUN

CHILDREN OF THE SUN

By Polly Simons

CHILDREN OF THE SUN, Sydney Theatre Company at the Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 8 September-October 25 2014, photography by Brett Boardman: above - Hamish Michael, Justine Clarke, Jacqueline McKenzie, Toby Truslove and Chris Ryan: right - Toby Truslove and Helen Thomson.

 

Ideas jostle and compete for attention in Andrew Upton’s adaption of Children of the Sun.

 

Ideas about the future of the privileged middle class and the importance of science in facing down ignorance and superstition, and ideas which are just as pertinent now as they were in 1862, during the devastating Russian cholera epidemic in which the play is set.

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THE KING AND I

THE KING AND I

By Polly Simons

THE KING AND I, John Frost and Opera Australia at Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 7 September – 30 October 2014. Photography by Brian Geech: above – Lisa McCune and Teddy Tahu Rhodes: right – Lisa McCune

 

It’s probably true Opera Australia can’t win with their production of The King and I.

 

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Anything Goes - unfortunately

Anything Goes - unfortunately

By Diana Simmonds

Never was a show more aptly named for its current circumstances than Opera Australia’s populist box office offering for 2015. It is only surprising that instead of casting Lisa McCune and Teddy Tahu Rhodes in the lead roles for this year’s The King and I, Frosty and Lyndy had not thought to feature Kyle and Jackie O instead. 

 

Fact is, it is plainly obvious to anyone from Blind Freddy right on down to Aunt Flahoola’s Famous Sightless Monkeys that the latter duo of talkback tarts is at least as talented and able when it comes to performing in a major work of musical theatre as Alan Belford Jones. Because yes, dear reader, unless you’ve been comatose in your cocoa these past few days you must know he will be appearing in OA’s big ticket pop show next year.

 

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SUGARLAND

SUGARLAND

By Polly Simons

SUGARLAND, Australian Theatre for Young People at ATYP Studio, 27 August – 13 September 2014, photography by Tracey Schramm: above – Elena Foreman and Dubs Yunupingu; right – Hunter Page-Lochard and Elena Foreman.

 

A plea to tweet, check in on Facebook and text  friends (after the show, of course) sets the tone for the first few minutes of Sugarland. It’s clear we’re in teen territory.

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FACE TO FACE

FACE TO FACE

By Polly Simons

FACE TO FACE, Ensemble Theatre at The Concourse Chatswood, August 25 – September 27 2014. Photography by Clare Hawley: above – Kristian Schmid, Andrew Cutcliffe and Ally Fowler; right – Glenn Hazeldine and Andrew Cutcliffe.

 

David Williamson’s Face to Face might be unprepossessing in its presentation, but it is endlessly fascinating in its human details.

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UNHOLY GHOSTS

UNHOLY GHOSTS

By Polly Simons

 

UNHOLY GHOSTS, White Box Theatre and Griffin Independent at the SBW Stables Theatre, 27 August – 20 September 2014. Photography by Danielle Lyonne: above: James Lugton. Right: James Lugton and Anna Volska.

 

There’s a fine line between laughter and tears, and playwright Campion Decent navigates it expertly in his semi-autobiographical new work, Unholy Ghosts. 

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