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THE DESTROYER - Cabaret Review

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WHAT: The Destroyer WHEN: 10 - 13 March 2022 WHERE: Arts Projects Australia Gallery WRITTEN BY: Jackie Smith DIRECTED BY: Moira Finucane COMPOSED BY: Rachel Lewindon PERFORMED BY: Maude Davey, Piera Dennerstein, Jazida, Caroline Lee, and Raina Peterson Maude Davey - image by Sarah Walker You know Melbourne is back in business when Finucane and Smith bring their craft, talent, and ensemble back to the live stage. On 10 March 2022 Melbourne was back and we know that because The Destroyer hit the 'stage' at Arts Project Australia Gallery . Finucane and Smith worked hard during the endless lockdowns to keep their version of theatre alive. As each attempt to stage a show was interrupted, Jackie Smith kept writing and Moira Finucane kept performing. Whilst Finucane was presenting bathtub editions of The Rapture , Smith dug deep into her psyche - our psyche - and created three new monologues which form the backbone of this edition of a new cabaret selection. The show begins with

GRASS - Film Review

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 WHAT: Grass WHEN: 10 - 17 October 2021 WHERE: YouTube WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY: Annabelle Mitchell CAMERA: Jack Klien Annabelle Mitchell Grass is a Melbourne Digital Fringe show playing on demand via YouTube. It is written and performed by Annabelle Mitchell and takes a look at the power of ambition and drugs and what it means to be a functional addict. Grass is an intriguing half hour which follows the journey of a woman who grew up feeling invisible. Through a chance encounter at a party she discovered a magic pill which seemed to give her drive and focus a pathway to a shining future. As I said earlier, Grass is about being a functional addict. Through the power of this pill she wins dux of the school, gets the job of her dreams and advances all the way to the top. The big question behind Grass though is what (or who) has become invisible to her? Grass is an epic poem. I found myself coming to think of it as a dark Dr Seuss  - which is intriguing because I have always found Dr

US. - Theatre Review

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WHAT: Us. WHEN: 30 July - 7 August 2021 WHERE: Zoom WRITTEN BY: Morgan Rose  DIRECTED BY: Katrina Cornwell DESIGN BY: Emily Collett SOUND DESIGN BY: Justin Gardam STAGE MANAGED BY: Jacinta Anderson PERFORMED BY: Julia Chilcott, Samuel Gaskin, Noray Hosny, Ashanti Joy, Raelah Piata Lascelles, Jackson Reid, Paula Reid,  and Jessy Soliman Ashanti Joy, Paula Reid, Noray Hosny and Jackson Reid I always get excited when I see completely independent artists creating on similar themes at the same time. That is when I know there is a zeitgeist occurring. Having watched Us . and The Rapture: The Bathtub Edition within days of each other I know Melbourne is experiencing the zeitgeist of hope. Hope is a curious creature. It fills us full of so many emotions: excitement, joy, fear, dread, uncertainty, wonder, curiosity... Our bodies course with adrenaline which keeps us alert for danger, but also gives us a shot of dopamine to give us the confidence to take risks. This is the underlying message o

THE RAPTURE Art vs Extinction: THE BATHTUB EDITION - Performance Review

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WHAT: The Rapture (Art vs Extinction) - The Bathtub Edition WHEN: 22 July - 5 August 2021 WHERE: Zoom WRITTEN BY: Moira Finucane COMPOSED BY: Rachel Lewindon PERFORMED BY: Moira Finucane and Rachel Lewindon Rachel Lewindon It seems so fitting that my return to reviewing should feature the latest iteration of Finucane and Smith 's The Rapture: Art vs Extinction . This time around it is The Bathtub Edition . Performed live over Zoom, Moira Finucane takes us back to Antarctica and the extinct Auks, exploring synergies with our current global dilemma - pandemic.  Many live performance artists have resisted embracing remote, digital performance and for good reason. Zoom seems to be the best platform for this application but we are all subject to the vagaries of internet failures and data compression. On the other hand, how many times have actors dropped lines, forgotten props or had costume malfunctions? The show must go on and The Bathtub Edition shows us why. Nobody thought the pand