Good news for opera fans

Following the huge success of Barry Kosky’s Saul last year, the Adelaide Festival again brings home grown opera talent to the fore. This year’s festival headliner will be director Neil Armfield and composer Brett Dean’s Hamlet, fresh from a season at Glyndebourne.

“British tenor Allan Clayton will reprise his role as Hamlet for the Australian season, supported by American baritone Rod Gilfry as Claudius and British tenor Kim Begley as Polonius. Australian sopranos Cheryl Barker and Lorina Gore will take on the roles of Gertrude and Ophelia respectively. The production will also feature the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and State Opera of South Australia chorus.”

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Found: Muriel’s Wedding BFF

“Sydney Theatre Company and Global Creatures announced today that Australian actor Madeleine Jones will play the role of Muriel’s best friend Rhonda in the world premiere of Muriel’s Wedding The Musical.”

PJ Hogans iconic film adapted to the stage by the writer himself will open at STC’s Roslyn Packer Theatre in  November this year.

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Elephant Man review: A poetic and accomplished.

The Real and Imagined History of the Elephant Man, a new Australian adaptation the story of Joseph Merrick’s life opened last night at the Malthouse in Melbourne.

Today the first of many spellbound reviewers have summarised their night in the theatre:

“Merrick’s life can often seem more about us than him, and Tom Wright’s brilliant, lyrical reimagining, breathtakingly directed by Matt Lutton, finds a fresh centre of balance…Marg Horwell’s design and costume and Paul Jackson’s painterly lighting, together create an alternate Victorian London – thick with pea-soupers but constrained by stricture and fashion.

Casting Monks, himself an actor with disability, is a masterstroke, combining reality and simulation. But the sheer histrionic ability – childlike and innocent, desperate, wounded; and then swelling into a luminous magnanimity that turns the tables on everyone – is staggering.”

 

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Doug Anthony All Stars Do It Again

After their smash return to the Edinburgh stage last year, the Doug Anthony All Stars are at it again. This year they bring their new show Near Death Experience to the Pleasance Courtyard. Fans old and new are raving:

“It’s everything, and more, that long-standing fans of DAAS could have hoped for – no limits comedy, wrapped around songs in which the glorious harmonies let them get away with saying, well, absolutely anything.”

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Becoming a Screenwriter

Writer Andrew Bovell has put pen to paper, this time to discuss his experienced of becoming a writer for screen.

Producer Jan Chapman will officially launch the paper Putting words in their mouths: The playwright and screenwriter at work on August 10 at Sydney Theatre Company. The event will be hosted by STC artistic director Kip Williams.

In the meantime you can preview Andrew’s work here.

MIFF: Kriv Stenders

Director Kriv Stenders has two releases in the 2017 Melbourne International Film Festival: Australia Day and The Go-Betweens: Right Here. Almost polar opposites, both films were shot this year. The Sydney Morning Herald sat down to chat to Stenders about his work:

“It’s my passion, it’s also my living … I joke that I used to make TV commercials, now I make the stuff in between TV commercials.”

Stender’s discusses success, storytelling and the screen. Read more here.

North by Northwest: UK Debut

North by Northwest has had its UK premier over the weekend, opening to rave reviews.

In the Daily Mail’s five star review the writer notes that director Simon Phillips deftly stages the action “with various ingenious image projections and stage jokes, along with a multi-tasking cast who play scores of characters.”

Read more here.