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Dramatic Venture for Andrea Katz

28th February, 2019

March 2019 sees what is being hailed as one of the most exciting theatrical events of the year on stage at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre. Moisés Kaufman’s Tony nominated play 33 Variations will star Oscar, Emmy, Tony and Golden Globe winning actress Ellen Burstyn making her Australian debut and will feature a stunning line up of…Read More

Richard Gill AO: Celebration of a life

25th February, 2019

Hamer Hall was full. So many friends and admirers wanted to share this opportunity to celebrate the life and legacy of a man who had given so freely of himself and to mourn his all-too-early death from cancer last October at the age of 76. It seemed that virtually every organization in Australia associated with…Read More

Victorian Opera: Parsifal

22nd February, 2019

The last of Wagner’s operas and possibly the last performance of a Wagner opera in Melbourne for the foreseeable future, Victorian Opera’s outstanding production of Parsifal is not to be missed. A six hour stretch, which includes almost two hours of intervals, might deter some opera lovers, but length is more than amply rewarded by…Read More

Performers and Jeanne Pratt AC

The Production Company’s COMING OF AGE season

21st February, 2019

Turning 21 is a milestone in anyone’s book, and Melbourne’s Production Company is justly proud of its achievements as it enters its 21st year.   Jeanne Pratt AC, chairman of The Production Company, marked the occasion with a garden party at her home in Kew which included an introduction to some highlights of the offerings for…Read More


17th February, 2019

There is a spectacular new dance show currently playing at The Melba Spiegeltent that is sure to go on to bigger and better things. A most commercially focused enterprise, Matador is sure to find its audience with those who are looking for an energetic and immersive theatrical dance experience. Based on the timeless theme of…Read More

Viewpoint: review of Chopin’s Piano – A Journey through Romanticism

10th February, 2019

Extending our concept of Viewpoints, we present the second of two book reviews by concert reviewer and pianist Glenn Riddle.  Both relate to the instrument he plays – the piano. Paul Kildea’s previous book was the much-lauded and somewhat controversial biography Benjamin Britten: A Life in the Twentieth Century.  Chopin’s Piano – A Journey through…Read More

Book cover depicting lady in blue sitting at a piano

Viewpoint: review of A COVETED POSSESSION

10th February, 2019

Extending our concept of Viewpoints, we present the first of two book reviews by concert reviewer and pianist Glenn Riddle.  Both relate to the instrument he plays – the piano. Michael Atherton’s A Coveted Possession traces the socio-cultural history of the piano in Australia.  It is a history that began auspiciously when, in 1788, the…Read More

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Melbourne Opera: The Flying Dutchman

8th February, 2019

The qualities of this performance were strongly anticipated in the chatter around Melbourne in the weeks leading up to the opening. This anticipation was also evident from the excitement in the foyer for a good hour beforehand. As the Dutchman’s reputation preceded him, so did reputation of this production. Conductor Anthony Negus’ Tristan und Isolde…Read More

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MSO: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 

4th February, 2019

Over the weekend, families and friends converged upon the Arts Centre, with the excitement of J.K. Rowling’s characters gathering at Kings Cross Station at the beginning of the school term. Instead of Platform 9 ¾, the audience entered various portals to Hamer Hall, to be transported to the magical world of Harry Potter.   Harry Potter…Read More

Les Misérables

21st January, 2019

When I was invited to review this production of Les Misérables by the Young Australian Broadway Chorus, I jumped at the chance. Having seen their 2018 production of Wicked, I knew I was in for a real treat. I was not disappointed. As with Wicked, the production values and talent, both on and off stage…Read More