Showing posts from December, 2017

Much Ado About Nothing - Theatre Review

What: Much Ado About Nothing When: 2-17 December 2017 Where: St Kilda Botanical Gardens Written by: William Shakespeare Directed by: Jennifer Sarah Dean Musical Direction by: Ben Adams Choreography by: John Reed Performed by: Syd Brisbane, Nicola Bowman, May Jasper, Khisraw Jones-Shukoor, Dion Kaliviotis, Lelda Kapsis, Jonathon Lawrence, Ella Lawry, Jacob Machin, Madeleine Mason, Fabio Motta, Johnathan Peck, Hunter, Perske, John Reed, Paul Robertson, Bridget Sweeney, and Annabelle Tudor. Set by: Alia Syed Costumes by: Rhiannon Irving Stage Management by: Lauren Rosato Annabelle Tudor and Lelda Kapsis - photo by Burke Photography It has been a long time since I have seen such an energised, exciting, and engaging Shakespeare but Melbourne Shakespeare has finally brought the Bard back to life. Their production of Much Ado About Nothing , being presented at the St Kilda Botanical Gardens, is one of the best pieces of theatre I have seen in a long time. This laugh-a-minu

Lost: 5 - Theatre Review

What: Lost: 5 When: 22 November - 3 December Where: Irene Mitchell Studio, St Martin's Youth Theatre Written by: Daniel Keene Directed by: Michele McNamara Performed by: Pearce Hessling, Fleur Murphy, Kiniesha Nottle, Stephanie Pick, and Marty Rhone Lighting by: Jason Bovaird and Maddy Search Sound by: MBRYO Stephanie Pick The works of one of Melbourne's great playwrights, Daniel Keene , is not seen on our stages as much as it used to be so there is a sublime joy in experiencing his poetic and evocative storytelling in Lost: 5 presented as part of the 2017 Poppyseed Festival season. Presented by Ilumi-Nation Theatre (the same team who brought us 4.48 Psychosis earlier in the year), the show is a journey through the dignity and complexity of our lost homeless ones. Michele McNamara has selected 5 of Keene's monologues and interwoven them to try and create a complex tableau of the invisible people in our world. It is always tricky to present a range of mon