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The Watch Tower by Elizabeth Harrower

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AUSTRALIAN AUTHOR Elizabeth Harrower’s fourth novel The Watch Tower sat on my shelf for months amongst many other novels and non-fiction books waiting to be read. My decision to buy the book may have been influenced by Joan London’s compelling introduction in this 2012 edition. … Continue reading

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A brilliant indigenous Lear

A THICK layer of red dirt covers the vast stage floor of the Malthouse, Merlyn Theatre. To the right, an intimate group of three indigenous actors sit on a blanket chatting quietly as the audience files past to their seats. … Continue reading

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Classical vs Jazz – The Ultimate Harp Battle

GREAT theatrical drama stems from conflict between protagonists and a message delivered in the final act. This is the premise for Classical vs Jazz – The Ultimate Harp Battle, a Melbourne Fringe Festival show where Perth harpists Michelle Smith and … Continue reading

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Snarski vs Snarski

Live gig review Northcote Social Club Sunday 8 September Matinee show – two sets IT could be argued that Australian indie-rock has its roots in the West Australian city of Perth from where bands that were born decades ago – … Continue reading

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Rupert

First published in mojo in August 2013 AS an eminent Australian playwright, David Williamson has an impressive back catalogue of plays and screenplays over five decades. His insightful observation and interpretation of Australian society represented in many of these works … Continue reading

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The Patience Stone

The Patience Stone (M) ★★★★☆ (102 minutes) Release date: September 5, 2013. WHEN long held secrets are eventually revealed, you never know what effect those shattered illusions will provoke. This is the risk that the central character of the young … Continue reading

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The Cherry Orchard

First published in Mojo in August 2013. ANTON Chekhov wrote The Cherry Orchard as a classic four act comedy while he was seriously ill with tuberculosis and during a period of social change in Russia. First performed in Moscow in1904, … Continue reading

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Nothing bad with these seeds: audience swoons over Nick Cave

First published in Mojo in March 2013. THERE was no “10-ton catastrophe” at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl last night. From the opening notes of ‘We No Who U R’ from their new album ‘Push The Sky Away’, Nick Cave … Continue reading

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The Australian Ballet revives the classic Don Quixote

THE Australian Ballet’s opening night of the classic Don Quixote brought the house down. This well loved and light hearted drama is a vibrant Spanish tale of young love, noblemen and gypsies which the company brings to life in a … Continue reading

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