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Cloudstreet Part 1: Performance Review

Bert LaBonte, Natasha Herbert. Photo Credit – Pia Johnson
The Malthouse Theatre’s performance of Tim Winton’s Cloudstreet was a serious, precise and honest rendition of the Miles-Franklin Award-winning novel. Cloudstreet tells the story of two large working-class families who start sharing a house in Perth. By focusing on the domestic life of these two families, the play explores Australia’s rocky history and how the social impact of our history influenced the life of the everyday Australian. The story follows the Pickle family who, after a traumatic event, have inherited a house at number 1 Cloudstreet in Perth, of which they rent half to another family called the Lambs, who
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The Temple: Performance Review

Marcus McKenzie, Ash Flanders. Photo Credit – Pia Johnson
The Temple is a wacky, confusing, completely psychedelic comedy that messes with you in the best of ways, supported by fantastic performances, a phenomenal script, and an other-worldly concept. Directed by Gavin Quinn, joint artistic director and co-founder of the Pan Pan theatre company, we are given a fish tank view, a zoo-like presentation, of human nature; in which the audience become spectators to the unravelling of five strangers in a performance unlike any other. The story follows five strangers who seem to have enrolled in some sort of self-development program by the end of the play you may think
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Review – World Problems

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The beginning of World Problems is both stark and loose. Informal and staged. But effective, in the way that Emma Mary Hall (Writer and performer) brings the audience into the piece: “You remember being at school…” “You remember going overseas…” “You remember finding something new…” A simple rhetorical flourish that works surprisingly effectively, the whole story unravelling in these shared memories. Somewhat autobiographical, and yet general enough that one could often mistake what’s written instead as an ‘affectation’ of memory. Memories of the kind of moments everyone might have experienced that slowly seem to crystallise around her, before scattering again
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Review – Romeo and Juliet

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Two young lovers. Feuding families. A death or two. Sound familiar? The best thing about reviewing a show like Romeo and Juliet, is that it is unlikely I’ll be spoiling the ending for anyone. It is called a tragedy after all. But maybe you think you don’t like Shakespeare. All those ‘thou arts’ and ‘my lords’ - surely they get in the way of a good story, right? Now picture you are having a picnic and a glass of wine as the sun sets over the historic Ripponlea Estate, and Romeo and Juliet is being performed only metres in front
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Review – Underground Railroad Game

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This theatre isn't intended for you. Ok it may be you, maybe you had a childhood that consisted of throwing dolls representing African Slaves around the school to depict slavery, or maybe you are a hyper-sexual and often jarringly awkward middle school teacher. Perhaps you were born with a connection to the emancipation of slaves and the American civil war or maybe this performance speaks to you in a way that won't be conveyed in this review. Viewing this show as an Australian audience it felt as if there was always a gap between the stage and the audience members.
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Review: Bare the Musical

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What do a penis piñata, Catholic boarding school and a plethora of rock musical numbers have in common? You can find them all in the newest StageArt musical to hit Chapel Off Chapel, Bare the musical! Set in the early 2000s, this musical tells the contemporary tale of two star crossed lovers, Peter and Jason, who along with their fellow classmates struggle with religion, sexuality and identity. Tension ensues between the two; while Peter plans to come out to his mother, Jason fights in desperation to keep their relationship and his sexuality a secret, fearing for his reputation and ultimately,
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Review: To Lonely, With Love

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To Lonely, with Love explores the act of letter writing and its ability to reveal our deepest emotions. Jennifer Monk and Lisa Dallinger performed with gusto as they waltzed from one side of the room to the other, executing intense scenes at the audience’s feet and maximising use of all the floor space within the cozy theatre. Monk and Dallinger were exceptional and they flourished in roles both as a man in prison for domestic violence as well as a typical housewife. While the show was energetic and tumultuous, it was lightened by interludes with music from “Please Mr. Postman”
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Joining MUST is a must!

Awakening – MUST 2017 Directed by Daniel Lammin. Photographer Theresa Harrison new
Monash University Student Theatre (MUST) is a theatre company that creates vibrant, innovative performances by and with Monash students, for all audiences. Our work is bold, diverse and of an excellent standard, attracting awards such as the Melbourne Fringe Live Art Award (2015) and great reviews: “they create the kind of theatre that blows me away every time…” Sometimes Melbourne (2016); “A radical and devastatingly effective adaptation…brilliant, deeply moving…” The Age (2017 of Awakening) The MUST community is widespread and our graduates are making a significant impact throughout the national arts sector. Students are involved in every area at MUST: direction,
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‘Falsettos’ gives energetic voice to outsiders

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Falsettos is a complex and layered musical that explores themes of sexual identity, family relationships, coming of age and terminal illness. It is well renowned in the world of music theatre as one of the first musicals to deal with the AIDS epidemic of 1981 and to normalise gay relationships. At the heart of the script, though, it is not a musical about the tragedy of AIDS or even about being queer. Falsettos is about how life’s rapid changes of direction challenge our expectations and perceptions of who we are. On top of all of this complex subject matter, the
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