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Clowning glory – life lessons from the founder of the Academy of Fools

Clowning glory – life lessons from the founder of the Academy of Fools

As Slava Polunin prepares his return to Australia, the respected clown looks at the world around him and continues to walk the line between light and dark.

  • by Catherine Lambert

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Goodbye beard, hello Edna: The transformation of Shane Jacobson

Goodbye beard, hello Edna: The transformation of Shane Jacobson

It ain’t over till the fat lady sings, but in Hairspray the fat lady doesn’t sing until the man playing her is well and truly ready.

  • by Karl Quinn
From Twitter storms to shock jocks: Anna K and the ‘harrowing’ cost of shaming

From Twitter storms to shock jocks: Anna K and the ‘harrowing’ cost of shaming

Playing a TV journalist in the world premiere of Suzie Miller’s latest play, Caroline Craig knows something of what her character goes through.

  • by John Bailey
You think kids can’t process a tale of murder and revenge? Think again

You think kids can’t process a tale of murder and revenge? Think again

Expect a touch of Marvel as five children help to retell Medea’s blood-soaked story.

  • by John Bailey
We need Hairspray and its powerful women now more than ever

We need Hairspray and its powerful women now more than ever

First staged on Broadway in 2002, the award-winning musical celebrates body positivity, being true to oneself, and the need for kindness and acceptance.

  • by Kerrie O'Brien
Raised in showbiz, nothing could prepare Jodi Phillis for the ugliness to come

Raised in showbiz, nothing could prepare Jodi Phillis for the ugliness to come

The Melbourne-born musician is a long way from ’90s grunge as her new albums settles on something dreamy.

  • by Michael Dwyer
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What makes Dorian Gray such a hit? The music is part of the secret

What makes Dorian Gray such a hit? The music is part of the secret

The Picture of Dorian Gray is a success story that’s music to the ears of everyone involved.

  • by Martin Boulton
Meet the ‘unsung heroes’ who save the show for your entertainment

Meet the ‘unsung heroes’ who save the show for your entertainment

They have one of the most gruelling jobs on stage, but these performers are ready to fill any role on shows from Six to Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5.

  • by John Bailey
Finding Alibrandi: Australia’s favourite teenage rebel gets a 2022 makeover

Finding Alibrandi: Australia’s favourite teenage rebel gets a 2022 makeover

Apart from the film released in 2000, author Melina Marchetta has fiercely guarded Alibrandi, rejecting all offers to adapt it – until now.

  • by Sonia Harford
After 22 years, trailblazing founder of Rawcus calls time

After 22 years, trailblazing founder of Rawcus calls time

The award-winning theatre group with honesty as its mantra bids farewell to its founder after more than two decades.

  • by Kerrie O'Brien
How Tim Finn and friends beat one of Hollywood’s most powerful studios

How Tim Finn and friends beat one of Hollywood’s most powerful studios

Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro rescued a dream for the team that brought us Ladies in Black.

  • by Michael Dwyer