THEATRE REVIEW: FUNNY GIRL @ RIVERSIDE THEATRE

  The film Funny Girl is celebrating its golden anniversary but this story feels so young and vital it could have been made yesterday. Theatre & Co. present their version of Funny Girl at Parramatta’s Riverside Theatre. It’s something often associated with Barbra Streisand because it once catapulted her to fame. These are some big shoes to fill but – thanks…

BOOK REVIEW: PAMELA HART – THE DESERT NURSE

  Pamela Hart takes a leaf out of Natasha Lester’s book in her latest novel, The Desert Nurse. Hart once again sets her story during World War I and has a strong, female protagonist at the centre of the proceedings. The result is a pleasant and engaging romance about two unlikely and reluctant lovers. To read the…

BOOK REVIEW: CAROL VORDEMAN – COMPUTER CODING PYTHON GAMES FOR KIDS

  Tomorrow’s programmers are getting a head-start today with the release of various coding books aimed specifically at kids. For those people who think Python is just a snake, the book, Computer Coding Python Games for Kids will prove to be a great and useful tool. It gives step-by-step instructions to programming where complex concepts are taught…

THEATRE REVIEW: BEAUTY & THE BEAST @ GLEN STREET THEATRE

  It’s a tale that is – by its own admission – one that is as ‘Old as time’. The story of Beauty & the Beast has inspired two-hit Disney films and the stage production has played all over the world. Stage Artz reprise their production to deliver an entertaining and family-friendly charity event. Stage Artz are a theatre…

FILM REVIEW: LADIES IN BLACK

Ladies in Black could have been named “Shopgirl”, but that title was already taken. The film, set over the summer of 1959 in a Department store like David Jones, is a gentle story about some Australian women who are standing on the precipice of change; but often feels like the entrée before the main. This film…

BOOK REVIEW: HELEN PITT – THE HOUSE

  “Our house is a very, very, very fine house.” Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young might have been singing about the suburbs, but the same can be said about the Sydney Opera House. A building beloved by Sydneysiders and tourists alike, many people may not realise the project was a doomed one. It was almost…

FILM REVIEW: JOHNNY ENGLISH STRIKES AGAIN

  Johnny English Strikes Again is the third film in this popular franchise. This latest spy spoof follows its predecessors in once again offering audiences a funny romp with an unlikely secret agent. There are predictable scrapes and outrageous hijinks but one thing’s for certain, you are in for a fun ride. David Kerr directs this film,…

FEATURE: INTERVIEWS FROM THE LADIES IN BLACK RED CARPET

Bruce Beresford’s new film, Ladies in Black is a charming look at some department store shop girls working in Sydney in 1959. The story is adapted from a novel by the late, Madeleine St John who attended university with Clive James and the famous director. The film was a labour of love that was some 24 years…

THEATRE REVIEW: THE WHARF REVUE @ RIVERSIDE THEATRE

  The Wharf Revue have been proudly entertaining audiences by skewering politicians since 2000. This year’s instalment was the troupe’s first without co-founder and musical director, Phil Scott, but the show remained strong and funny. The opening night at Parramatta’s Riverside Theatre was a rollicking one with a vaudeville feel that hit some really high notes….