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Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Texas church issues apology for unauthorised ‘Christian’ Hamilton that rewrote bawdy raps by Steph Harmon

The production changed lyrics, added a ‘repentance’ scene and was followed by a sermon saying God would save people who ‘struggle with homosexuality’ A church in Texas has apologised…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:33AM
Thursday, March 18, 2021

'I'm envious': Lin-Manuel Miranda watches from afar as Hamilton takes the stage in Australia by Steph Harmon

The musical, which went into previews on Wednesday, is the most anticipated show opening in Australia – and maybe in the world Last night, blockbuster musical Hamilton was seen by paying a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:06PM
Monday, January 4, 2021

The Picture of Dorian Gray: the ‘magic tricks’ and technical feats behind STC’s smash hit – in pictures by Steph Harmon

When the curtains close on each performance of Sydney Theatre Company’s one-woman show, the most common phrase you’ll hear is, ‘How did they do that?’. Kip Williams’ five-star adap…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:48AM
Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Hannah Gadsby announces Nanette follow-up: ‘The humour will be back in’ by Steph Harmon

‘I don’t have any intention of workshopping any of my traumas on stage again,’ Gadsby says of her new live show, which will tour US and is named for her dog DouglasAustralian comedian …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:48AM
Friday, December 7, 2018

Hannah Gadsby takes aim at 'good men' who try to commandeer #MeToo by Steph Harmon

Comedian tells Women in Entertainment gala she’s fed up hearing late-night TV’s ‘Jimmys’ monologue about misogynyThe Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby has hit out at the “incredibl…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:06AM
Sunday, July 22, 2018

Tim Minchin lands new TV series Upright: 'The show I've been waiting for' by Steph Harmon

The Foxtel-Sky UK production will follow two misfits and a cherished piano on a road trip across AustraliaMusician, writer and comedian Tim Minchin – the creator of Matilda: The Musical �…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:32PM
Monday, July 16, 2018

Helpmann awards: Bangarra Dance Theatre wins big for Bennelong by Steph Harmon

Indigenous dance company wins all seven of its nominated categories for work that tells the first contact story of the titular Aboriginal warriorBangarra Dance Theatre is a big winner at the…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:04PM
Saturday, March 3, 2018

Lethal Indifference: real-life story exposes failures in protecting vulnerable women by Steph Harmon

For years, Anna Barnes tried to get the media interested in a story of domestic violence. Now she’s turned it into a playFor 90 minutes each night for the past few weeks, Emily Barclay has…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:43PM
Sunday, January 28, 2018

‘It was unbearable’: Tim Minchin on life under Trump and the collapse of his $100m movie by Steph Harmon

Back on home soil, the Australian polymath discusses politics, musicals and #MeToo – and the worst year of his professional lifeTim Minchin has segued from Donald Trump to homophobia, from…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:00PM
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Perth festival 2018: Siren Songs to sound through city in a program 'full of ritual' by Steph Harmon

Robert Lepage, Helen Garner and Inua Ellams lead lineup, but death of a pilot at centre of major work casts a shadow over announcementWomen’s voices will descend from the sky and swell thr…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:36AM
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Sydney festival 2018: Tree of Codes, Randy Rainbow and 100,000 toys lead lineup by Steph Harmon

Crowd-pleasing program heavy on circus and cabaret – along with breathtaking puppetry and brave Indigenous worksThe choreographer Wayne McGregor, the artist Olafur Eliasson, the musician J…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:36PM
Monday, October 23, 2017

From Grace Jones to Ivo Van Hove: 2018 Adelaide festival offers heady mix by Steph Harmon

Heavy on the theatre greats, the festival will feature an outdoor spectacular from Lost & Found Orchestra, live goats and a man who balances rocksFrom an outdoor extravaganza by the crea…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:33PM
Sunday, October 22, 2017

Taylor Mac review – explosive, spectacular, heartbreaking 'dandy revenge' by Steph Harmon

It took 24 hours over four nights for Mac to complete his queer retelling of American history, and it was still too short“I’m not ready for this to be over yet,” said the woman, her br…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:06AM
Friday, October 20, 2017

After Weinstein, our trauma has turned to rage. Let's use it | Steph Harmon by Steph Harmon

#MeToo has women sharing their stories of sexual violence. Is this a social media blip or can it really be a watershed moment? As I walked home through Melbourne last Friday night, two men h…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:54PM
Friday, September 8, 2017

Art v government at Singapore festival: 'I fear once I leave, they will punish me' by Steph Harmon

Ong Keng Sen’s experience as director of the national festival has shed light on overt and covert censorship of the arts in SingaporeIn many ways, theatremaker Ong Keng Sen was a natural f…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:54PM
Monday, July 24, 2017

Helpmanns 2017: The Drover's Wife and Adelaide festival claim Australian theatre awards by Steph Harmon

Leah Purcell’s Henry Lawson adaptation wins best play among other gongs, while Barrie Kosky’s Saul, which featured at Adelaide, is another big winnerBarrie Kosky’s Saul and Leah Purcel…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:36AM
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

'Muriel would be a YouTube star now': Maggie McKenna to star in Muriel's Wedding the Musical by Steph Harmon

The daughter of Kath & Kim star Gina Riley will play the title role in Simon Phillips and PJ Hogan’s modern-day stage adaptation As the originator of one of Australia’s most beloved …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:36PM
Monday, May 22, 2017

How Leah Purcell went from C-average student to $140,000 prize-winning playwright by Steph Harmon

With a book, a film and a TV series on the horizon, the playwright and actor has reached a career tipping point – and has a teacher she’d like to thankWhen Leah Purcell was in grade seve…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:06PM

'Brave, ruthless and utterly compelling': Leah Purcell wins big at NSW premier's literary awards by Steph Harmon

The playwright’s adaptation of The Drover’s Wife will soon tour nationally and abroad, and may become a TV series – with a film already in the works The Indigenous Australian playwrig…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:18AM
Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Adelaide Fringe: six talked-up shows you have to see by Max Opray and Steph Harmon

From Trainspotting to Isis to abortion, the festival is tackling big issues with a big heart – but there are moments of silliness and spectacle tooThe second-biggest fringe festival in the…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:36PM
Thursday, March 2, 2017

Adelaide festival opens with spectacular outdoor restaging of The Secret River by Steph Harmon

From the towering stone backdrop to the flitting dragonflies at sunset, the tragic story of European invasion is heightened by the elements The abandoned Anstey Hill quarry is one of several…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:24PM
Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Gabriels: heartbreaking plays take on new meaning as everything changes in America by Steph Harmon

Audience reaction to Richard Nelson’s eye-opening drama about the US election campaign has shifted through time and in performances on a different continentWhen Richard Nelson wrote the li…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:48PM
Thursday, February 9, 2017

‘I was literally tearing myself up’: can the performing arts solve its mental health crisis? by Steph Harmon

With performing arts workers twice as likely to attempt suicide than those in other industries, 90 arts organisations have joined forces in Victoria for an industry-first initiative to suppo…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:06AM
Friday, February 3, 2017

1984: West End's hit adaptation set for Broadway, Australian cast announced by Steph Harmon

Described as ‘horribly relevant’ by its directors, the global tour of the acclaimed production follows a surge in sales for Orwell’s seminal novelAs George Orwell’s seminal book 1984…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:36AM
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Leah Purcell wins Australia's richest literary prize for reimagining of The Drover's Wife by Steph Harmon

Indigenous playwright and actor takes top honour at Victorian premier’s literary awards for work based on Henry Lawson short storyThe Indigenous Australian playwright and actor Leah Purcel…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:06AM
Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Cate Blanchett on Donald Trump's presidency: it's 'absurd and ridiculous' by Steph Harmon

Australian actor pulls no punches when appearing on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show to promote Broadway play The Present. The Australian actor Cate Blanchett has described Donald Trump’s asc…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:36PM
Thursday, November 3, 2016

Kip Williams appointed Sydney Theatre Company's permanent artistic director by Steph Harmon

Williams will become the company’s youngest artistic director, in a unanimous decision praised by Cate Blanchett as ‘wonderful news’Kip Williams has become the youngest artistic direct…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:06AM
Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Perth festival to transform Kings Park into high-tech light and sound show by Steph Harmon

Walk-through event to be centrepiece of festival that also includes a Vietnamese circus, Russian theatre and the Brodsky Quartet from BritainOne of the world’s largest inner-city parks, Pe…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:12PM
Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Adelaide festival 2017 program: Cate Blanchett and Shakespeare get dark, weird and surreal by Steph Harmon

Program spanning opera, film, dance, music, performance art and theatre to feature Rufus Wainwright’s ‘symphonic visual concert’ and Neil Armfield’s outdoor production of The Secret …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:12PM
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Nick Cave, PJ Harvey, an adult ball pit and nude dancers headline Sydney festival 2017 by Steph Harmon

Wesley Enoch, the festival’s first Indigenous artistic director, unveils program that focuses on the senses and on stories of Aboriginal AustraliaPJ Harvey, Nick Cave and a strong Indigeno…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:07PM
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Backstage in Biscuit Land review – Tourette's makes for unpredictable, joyous, must-watch theatre by Steph Harmon

Malthouse theatre, Melbourne festivalJess Thom embraces the unexpected in a show that aims to show the surreal, creative and hilarious side to living with Tourette syndrome“There are a few…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:54AM

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