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The Gigli Concert – The power and problem of words. (Theatre review)

The Gigli Concert Darlinghurst Theatre Company 9 April – 4 May Eternity Playhouse – Tickets here. Photos by Wendy McDougall If waiting to act is the purpose in life for Vladimir and Estragon who observe the world as outsiders waiting for the perfect moment to delve right in, then the act itself is the temporal […]

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Dancing naked in the Backyard – Brave New Word and the politics of living. (Theatre Review)

Dancing Naked In The Backyard April 15 – 26 Tap Gallery (purchase tickets here) It is always a strange thing to see Australian white people fighting over Aboriginal land as if they owned it, as if they had rights to it, as if trading their own invented currency that they decided has value, can ever […]

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Lisa Chat’s with Chris Naylor, writer of Dancing Naked in the Backyard. (Theatre Interview)

Dancing Naked in the Backyard Interview with C.J Naylor April 15 – 26 Tap Gallery You can buy tickets here.   I managed to catch Chris at The World Bar a week or so ago, and we sat down to a glass of red wine each and a chat about Dancing Naked In The Backyard, […]

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Cough – Emily Calder and the question of who frightens who? (Theatre Review)

Cough Unhappen Theatre Company April 10 – 20 You can purchase tickets here.  Read my interview with Emily Calder here. If the world of childhood is a strange journey of misunderstandings, skewed observations, unexplained feelings, irrational beliefs and intense happiness buttressed against dark fears, then it is nothing compared to parenting. Childhood is perpetually defined […]

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V.D. – Pete Malicki and the monologue that just keeps getting better. (Theatre Review)

V.D. The Monologue Project May 7,9 and 10. You can buy tickets here.  He takes my hand, walks me to the car, even opening the car door for me. The date passes in a blur of nerves and I quick;y get the impression that Dan Hunsford has no intention of killing, raping, scamming or religiously […]

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Black Swan – Darren Aronofsky and philosophy porn or how jouissance gives and takes life. (Film review)

  An unadulterated philo-fest, for the lay film philosopher, there is no doubt that Black Swan is one of the best things to hit the cinema in years. So many philosophical points of view are immaculately represented, culminating in the directors enormous courage in the bent-leg scene, a shocking moment similar to the break in […]

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Lisa chats with Emily Calder, Writer of “Cough” (Theatre article)

Cough – written by Emily Calder Performed by Unhappen Theatre Company. 10 April – 20 April 107 Projects (107 Redfern Street, Redfern) “I say please because it makes people give me things.” Emily and I met in a small cafe in the middle of Newtown. It was a lovely meeting, feeling more like two friends […]

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Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction Short List

The short list has been announced for the Bailey’s Prize For Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize) and the list is very impressive, all the more when you see whodidn’t make the leap from the long list: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Americanah Hannah Kent – Burial Rites Jhumpa Lahiri – The Lowland Audrey Magee – The […]

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The Westler – Aronofsky plays “nice” and makes us feel. (Film Review)

If π, Requiem for a Dream and The Fountain are conceptual films, then The Wrestler is an actors film, and as we all now know, one actors film in particular. According to Aronofsky, he has a list of several kinds of films that he wants to make, and The Wrestler, as a pared down actors film, […]

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The Fountain – Darren Aronofsky pushes the buttons. (Film Review)

The Fountain is Aronofsky’s most challenging film to write about, and stands alone as a unique work in his oeuvre, until Noah that is, with which there are some strong similarities. All the hyperbole we’ve come to expect are there, the use of imagery to subvert narrative, the strongest points being the most subtle, images […]


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