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Digging into toxic masculinity under the skin of a classic hero

Digging into toxic masculinity under the skin of a classic hero

A new play, Hercules, springs from a part of the legend that’s often forgotten: he murdered his wife and children.

  • by Steve Dow

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The circus acrobat showing, without words, how to better acknowledge Country

The circus acrobat showing, without words, how to better acknowledge Country

Harley Mann wants us to truly understand why we pay our respects to First Nations elders, and he’s showing the way with circus and dance.

  • by Stephen A Russell
Can great drama come from climate catastrophe? Or is it just too hard?
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Can great drama come from climate catastrophe? Or is it just too hard?

“Cli-fi” – climate fiction – is a growing category, with two new stage shows on this week. But can coherent drama come from the big issue of our age?

  • by Mary Varvaris, Tony Way, Cameron Woodhead and Jessica Nicholas
It’s every actor’s anxiety dream, and COVID is making it real

It’s every actor’s anxiety dream, and COVID is making it real

Mid-morning, Alexandra Aldrich got a phone call telling her that night she would be on stage playing a role she had never rehearsed.

  • by Nick Miller
‘I’ve spent a really long time hiding it’: Musical star opens up about hearing loss

‘I’ve spent a really long time hiding it’: Musical star opens up about hearing loss

Kirby Burgess has had hearing loss her entire life. But she kept it to herself, using subtle strategies to excel in auditions and performances.

  • by Nick Miller
A different side to Alexander McQueen is coming to Australia

A different side to Alexander McQueen is coming to Australia

The bad boy of British fashion, who died in 2010, will follow in the footsteps of Chanel with a NGV exhibition that’s set to highlight the hope in his influential designs and delve into his life.

  • by Damien Woolnough
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Harry Potter retains the magic in shorter, but still spectacular, new show
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Harry Potter retains the magic in shorter, but still spectacular, new show

It’s still a must-see, though cutting this epic production from two performances down to one meant losing some of the emotional depth.

  • by Cameron Woodhead
How to solve a problem like Picasso? NGV show puts him in his place (and time)

How to solve a problem like Picasso? NGV show puts him in his place (and time)

The #MeToo era has made us far less tolerant of misogynistic geniuses such as the father of Cubism.

  • by Stephanie Bunbury
‘My favourite screen wife’ – looking back at an Australian classic

‘My favourite screen wife’ – looking back at an Australian classic

Actor Kelton Pell says 2001’s One Night the Moon was a “gift”, and not just because he got to sing with Paul Kelly.

  • by Stephen A Russell
When the Avalanches met the orchestra: welcome to paradise
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When the Avalanches met the orchestra: welcome to paradise

The Avalanches played through their classic album Since I Left You with a symphony orchestra, and the big question was: how do you improve perfection?

  • by Barney Zwartz, Cameron Woodhead, Tony Way and Mikey Cahill
‘Intense’ voices and sleepless nights helped Lou Bennett find her way

‘Intense’ voices and sleepless nights helped Lou Bennett find her way

Two new works honour the spirits of the elders in this year’s RISING festival.

  • by Daniel James