THEATRE REVIEW: CHARLIE & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY @ CAPITOL THEATRE SYDNEY

  It didn’t matter if you were six, one hundred and six, or somewhere in between. Charlie & the Chocolate Factory made us all act like little kids in a candy shop. This was a joyous musical based on the beloved Roald Dahl book and one that successfully straddles the lines between lightness and darkness. It also looks poised…

THEATRE REVIEW: MADIBA

  History is a complex beast and this is certainly apparent in Madiba. This musical weaves together the late Nelson Mandela’s story and the history of South Africa’s apartheid. The show is ambitious and tries to cover a lot in its two-hour runtime. This is a celebration of the long road to freedom for Mandela and his followers, in…

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: SLEEPING BEAUTY- A KNIGHT AVENGER’S TALE

  Audiences love an enchanted fairy-tale and Sleeping Beauty is no exception. Bonnie Lythgoe Productions are presenting their fifth Australian pantomime, Sleeping Beauty- A Knight Avenger’s Tale at Sydney’s State Theatre for a limited season. This is one fun and entertaining show, which uses a fine mix of music and magical pixie dust to deliver on its promise to…

THEATRE REVIEW: PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT @ CAPITOL THEATRE SYDNEY

  It’s been over a decade since Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert made its theatrical debut. And the film itself doesn’t look a day over 24. This feel-good story about three drag queens leaving Sydney’s big smoke to go west to Alice Springs is still one fun, glittery and rollicking bus ride. The latest production brings together…

THEATRE REVIEW: MY FAIR LADY @ CAPITOL THEATRE SYDNEY

  In 2016, My Fair Lady celebrated its Diamond Jubilee with a series of stunning shows around Australia, including a run at the Sydney Opera House. An encore season at the Capitol Theatre with most of the same principal cast and crew returns in 2017 and it still dazzles like a rare diamond. It is a reminder…

THEATRE REVIEW: DOGFIGHT THE MUSICAL @ LEND LEASE DARLING QUARTER

  Dogfight The Musical is not designed to be safe or comfortable viewing, but it’s certainly a visceral experience. The stage show is an adaption of the 1991 Warner Bros. film with the original screenplay by Bob Comfort and music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. In the hands of the Blackout Theatre…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: SING STREET

  Sing Street is a feel-good musical about the in-between days found nestled between childhood and adulthood. The film is an optimistic one set in Dublin in the 1980s. It was a halcyon time in the post-punk era where a kid could start a band by picking up an instrument and people across the world…

DVD REVIEW: EXPRESSO BONGO

  In a period when the term “teenager” was only recently coined, there were films that were designed and marketed towards the “youth” of the day. A film with one of the silliest titles in history, Expresso Bongo was one such film. Like the Elvis Presley movies of the time, it was really just a vehicle…