It’s quickly becoming my favourite way to enter the Blue Room. When the usher announces the start of the show and you shuffle towards the door, straightening out your eco-friendly ...
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The Blue Room Theatre’s latest offering is everything you’d expect from highbrow contemorary indie theatre: it’s a thoughtful, interrogative piece about isolation and loss; it’s a piece presented by some of the most promising names in the independent theatre scene; and, of course, it’s the kind of thing that makes you think long after it’s […]
Four lanky people in gold morph suits, teased hair speckled with glitter, heads bowed, shuffling silently in line as they enter the space. They’re shot with invisible bullets – they retch and moan, their bodies spasm and contract, they bow their heads and snap straight again. Their arms cradle imaginary babies, that they rock silently […]
Gita Bezard doesn’t consider herself an activist. She laughs as she says she tries to be, but next to her brother – who was arrested after breaking into this year’s Australian Open men’s final, to hang a banner drawing attention to the plight of refugees in detention on Manus Island – she describes herself as […]
We’ve got Shakara Walley’s mum to thank for the new play, Songbird, that’s opening at the Blue Room this week. Your see, Shakara, the play’s writer and producer, was inspired to write it after acting in John Harding’s acclaimed play Up the Road as part of her Aboriginal Theatre course at WAAPA – she says the story, […]
There are few things I love more than sharing stories with a friend over a beer. There’s the camaraderie, and the intimacy of the one-on-one, and that undeniable thrill of pulling together your best words, to make your story an absolute cracker – one that’ll have your friend going home saying, “you won’t believe what […]
I’ll admit that those fantasies I indulge myself in about my glamorous artistic adult life are lacking reference to an aspect of sophistication I actually see as quite important: an appreciation of ballet. How elegant, how worldly, how knowledgeable one must be to not only enjoy the ballet, but to understand and appreciate the finesse […]
A man in the crowd in front of me was telling his friend some facts about jazz bassist Richard Bona, who we were about to see perform. Not being familiar with Bona’s music myself, I thought it prudent to listen in. “He never listens to the tape before he goes onstage,” the man said. “He […]
Jos Franciscus and I set this interview up over email. That’s not unusual for me – it’s how I set up most of my interviews – and I suspect, after hearing about her busy week of media meetings and interviews, it was pretty standard for Jos, too. But here’s the unusual thing about all those […]
Here’s a fact about me: I nurture a healthy kind of inferiority complex, where if I don’t like something, I assume not that the thing in question is substandard, but that in fact, it’s so profound, I’ve missed the point. Food, theatre, art, dance – if it causes me to wrinkle my nose, that’s because […]
Warwick Doddrell and I quickly find out that we have in common the fact that we both have trouble taking criticism. “Are you a middle child?” I ask, assuming he’d say yes, and we’d find another point of connection with our birth order – a position typically associated with personality traits like passivity, sensitivity, and […]