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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Tim Minchin asks George Pell to 'come home' in expletive-filled new song by Monica Tan

Minchin says his song about the cardinal, who is due to give evidence to a royal commission about child sex abuse that occurred within his parishes, is also about homeTim Minchin has written…

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Secret Cinema: the dynamic film experience coming soon to Australia by Monica Tan

It has been entertaining Londoners with immersive screenings of cult classics for a decade, and now Australian and US audiences could be about to get a tasteGood news, Australia. Secret Cine…

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Thai superstar cabaret: 'We are happy for people to call us ladyboys, if they talk nice' by Monica Tan

Ladyboy performers talk about touring Australia in a big top extravaganza of diamentes, sequins and feathersThanyakarn “Micky” Rattanarak began thinking of herself as a girl when she was…

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Australia Council cuts: theatre companies lament ‘dark days’ for arts by Monica Tan

Artistic directors of major theatre companies pen open letter saying government funding cuts represent an ‘unprecedented assault’ on the artsThe artistic directors of Australia’s major…

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Friday, May 6, 2016

Playwright Young Jean Lee: what do we really want from straight white men? by Monica Tan

The American playwright says the rest of us may claim to want straight white men to take a back seat, but then we deem them duds when they do“Destroy the audience” is the motto powering …

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Friday, April 29, 2016

David Page, award-winning music director of Bangarra, dies aged 55 by Monica Tan

Two-time Helpmann award winner had a 25 year career with the acclaimed dance company Bangarra and composed music for television and filmDavid Page, the award-winning music director of Sydney…

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Indigenous director Rachael Maza on The Secret River: 'That’s not the story I want to be telling my kids' by Monica Tan

Maza decries the Australian novel’s stage adaptation for playing on a tired trope of ‘the real Aboriginals died out’ Indigenous Australian performer and director Rachael Maza has made …

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Monday, February 29, 2016

'Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! Allahu Akbar!': Nazeem Hussain's bogan-Muslim army by Monica Tan

The Melbourne comedian who is definitely not a host on The Project on what unites extremist Muslims and Australian patriots Melbourne comedian Nazeem Hussain tells me he’s wearing his one …

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Friday, February 12, 2016

Tim Minchin asks George Pell to 'come home' in expletive-filled new song by Monica Tan

Minchin says his song about the cardinal, who is due to give evidence to a royal commission about child sex abuse that occurred within his parishes, is also about homeTim Minchin has written…

Linked From The Guardian at 04:34AM
Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Golden Age review – Tasmania's lost tribe challenges notions of primitivism by Monica Tan

Sydney Theatre Company, SydneyA restaging of Louis Nowra’s sweeping period drama hums with historical detail and pulls apart its own definitions of what is primitive or civilisedHow do we …

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Friday, January 8, 2016

Woyzeck review – a chilling and feverish look into the mind of a madman by Monica Tan

Carriageworks, Sydney festivalGeorg Büchner’s 175-year-old story of working-class hardship and sexual rage takes on new resonance in contemporary discussions around family violenceWoyzeck…

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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Noma Dumezweni cast as Hermione in new Harry Potter stage play by Monica Tan

Actor, of South African heritage, to play adult Hermione in London West End production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child A new London stage reimagining of Harry Potter will feature Noma D…

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Monday, November 9, 2015

Bassem Youssef tells those who claim the Arab spring failed to 'get stuffed' by Monica Tan

Satirist whose show took Egypt by storm says the seeds of subversive humour he helped plant will be nurtured by a generation who has grown up online The Egyptian comedian Bassem Youssef joke…

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Monday, September 21, 2015

Palm Islanders watch in silence as Cameron Doomadgee's story unfolds on stage by Monica Tan

In 2004 an Indigenous man died in a police cell on Palm Island. Beautiful One Day tells his story and has been finally performed at the place that inspired it • Brisbane festival: are glit…

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Why Singapore censors objected to an Oscar Wilde play with an all-male cast by Monica Tan

With homosexuality still outlawed in Singapore, an all-male production of The Importance of Being Earnest touches on taboos and becomes a paean for equalityMore Brisbane festival: are glitte…

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Dance rallies held across Australia protest $105m cut to arts funding body by Monica Tan

Hundreds of artists and arts sector workers hold protests in capital cities and regional centres over Coalition decision to take money from Australia Council Continue reading...

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Australia culture podcast: the fried chicken episode by Alexandra Spring, Monica Tan, Michael Safi and Miles Martignoni

What made Monica declare she saw the 'worst show ever'? Is comedy the last battleground for sexism? And will documentaries always play second fiddle to features? Continue reading...

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

How Indigenous dance can change the way we understand climate change by Monica Tan

Cut the Sky, a new dance work premiering at the Perth festival, draws on Indigenous Australian traditions to help audiences apply emotion, rather than cold logic, to climate change Continue …

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Friday, January 30, 2015

Guardian Australia culture podcast - the naked festival episode by Alexandra Spring, Monica Tan, Nancy Groves and Miles Martignoni

Performer Adrienne Truscott, of standup and Wau Wau Sisters fame, joins the Guardian Australia culture team to discuss this year's Sydney festival and the ideas it inspired, from the art of …

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The mixtape: Hannahband, Charli XCX, Nao, Troye Sivan and more by Janine Israel, Chelsea Paddy and Monica Tan

An antidote to Christmas overkill from Hannahband, Charli XCX with her 90s throwback and Troye Sivan’s melancholic electro-pop Continue reading...

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Guardian Australia culture podcast – the prescribed fun episode by Alexandra Spring, Anna Madeleine, Monica Tan and Adam Brereton

The culture team talks summer music festivals, whether fashion is art and if Australians are intellectuals. Plus we nominate our top December must-dos that don't involve tinsel Continue read…

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Steen Raskopoulos: an elite comedy athlete from sporting stock by Monica Tan

This son of a Socceroos captain and brother to three seriously talented siblings has been flexing his funny muscles for years Continue reading...

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Kryptonite: China, Australia and the 'you don't understand' conversation by Monica Tan

Australian Dylan and Chinese Lian embody for each other the good, the bad and the ugly of their respective nations in Sue Smiths bold play Continue reading...

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Wicked the musical: are you Team Oz or arent you? by Monica Tan

Angry mobs, persecuted minorities and a talentless boob desperate to retain power the perfect political allegory for modern Australia is on stage near you Mark Lawson: Why Wicked still cast…

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Australia's 2015 season of new theatre work in pictures by Monica Tan

Major theatres in Melbourne and Sydney have announced their 2015 season lineup and attracted criticism for an apparent lack of diversity and political engagement. Here is a look at some of …

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Matt Okine on being the only half-Ghanian Australian comedian in the room by Monica Tan

The Triple J presenter and comedian on the weird nothingness success brings and the day Julia Stone asked him why are you brown? Continue reading...

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