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THE LIGHTHOUSE - Opera Review

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 WHAT: The Lighthouse WHEN: 8-10 September 2022 WHERE: Brunswick Mechanics Institute WRITTEN & COMPOSED BY: Peter Maxwell Davies DIRECTED BY: Kate Millett CONDUCTED BY: Evan Lawson DESIGNED BY: Casey Harper-Wood LIGHTING BY: Gabriel Bethune SOUND BY: Jack Burmeister PERFORMED BY: Sung Won Choi, Jonathan Rumsan, Henry Shaw, Daniel Sinfield, Phoebe Smithies Henry Shaw, Jonathan Rumsam, Daniel Sinfield, Sung Won Choi, and Evan Lawson Winter is officially over but we Melburnians know it will be months before it really warms up again. As such, this is the perfect time of year for thrillers and BK Opera has brought us the perfect feast of thrills and frights to revel in on these dark, cold nights. The Lighthouse , a chamber opera by the late Peter Maxwell Davies written in 1979, is being performed at Brunswick Mechanics Institute and will chill you to the bones despite the warmth and comfort of the theatre you are sitting in. The Lighthouse is a chamber opera based on a horror story wh

DEBUT - Comedy Review

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 WHAT: Debut WHEN: 27 August 2022 WHERE: The MC Showroom WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY: Daisy Webb Daisy Webb Theatre venues and performers all over Melbourne are trying to catch up on all the cancelled shows from 2020 and 2021. For some it is not about having a 'season', but rather about allowing all the work and love they put into the creative process having it's moment in the spotlight - literally. Daisy Webb's show Debut is one of those lost treasures and got it's moment in Queer Comedy Week at the MC Showroom for one night only. Webb is a transgender woman and takes us through some of the awkward and uncomfortable moments as she transitions. She also has a podcast with her partner called The Daisy Diaries which explores this journey between them. As a cis woman I always enjoy hearing transition stories because I learn a lot about my assumptions about gender, and it is usually a really interesting look at the nature versus nurture question. There might also be som

PROTEIN - Comedy Review

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 WHAT: Protein WHEN: 25 - 27 August 2022 WHERE: MC Showroom WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY: Darby James DIRECTED BY: Clary Riven Darby James You know what it's like. That day when nothing goes right and everything you touch, see or hear turns into a catastrophe which just keeps piling onto the trauma you are experiencing. Darby James certainly knows what days like that feel like and he tells us all about it in his comedy show Protein at MC Showroom this week. James has a residency with MC Showroom, hosting a Monday night musical comedy show every week through to December, so it is not surprising to see this show forming a part of the venue's first curated program for 2022. Having said that, Protein stands on it's own two feet as a solid show worthy of audiences. It had me thinking of the work Hannah Gadsby does and that could very well be the highest praise I can give an emerging comedian. The premise is a simple one. Charlie (James) is a millenial gay man going through an ex

THE MARVELLOUS LIFE OF CARLO GATTI - Theatre Review

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 WHAT: The Marvellous Life of Carlo Gatti WHEN: 3 - 13 August 2022 WHERE: Theatreworks - Explosives Factory WRITTEN BY: Cassandra-Elli Yiannacou DIRECTED BY: Chris Hosking PERFORMED BY: Connor Dariol, Hayley Edwards, El Kiley, and Shamita Siva Connor Dariol, El Kiley, and Shamita Siva - photo by Sarah J Clarke Let's start with trigger warnings which neither the production team nor venue thought were needed for The Marvellous Life of Carlo Gatti . If you feel you need support after seeing this play please contact Beyond Blue or Lifeline . Next, let's advise that the new Theatreworks venue, Explosives Factory , is not accessible (not even for abled bodied people who are fully sighted  if you count the first step and also the rostra design for the seating bank). There is no stage manager credited which is probably why I just had to do this. Now that we are all safe, I will get on with the review. Cassandra-Elli Yiannacou is an emerging writer who appears to have a fascination w