Comedy Should Be Funny

You know how when you walk away from a comedy night you're supposed to feel good about the world? Tonight I've walked away feeling a bit grumpy. Overall, I really loved the Comedy Showcase tonight at Sydney's Comedy Store. I thought the comedians (all part-timers I suspect, and all quite young, aside from Merrick Watts [...]

Confluence Gala

You may (or may not) have heard of Confluence, the Festival of India in Australia. It's a three month long cultural festival which is being supported by a number of organisations, including the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). That's why I was invited to the Festival Gala, held last night at the Sydney Opera House. And [...]

Notes from the Underground

"I have tickets for Notes From The Undergound and my sister is sick and can't make it. Would you like to join me?" read the mid-afternoon text from a friend. Having no plans for Saturday night, I immediately said yes. And then I looked it up. Ah yes, I'd read the novella by Dostoyevsky maybe [...]

The Moth in Sydney

When asked to choose a team name in keeping with the theme "borders", I chose "Coolangatta Gold". Admittedly, it's a rather obscure reference to a 1980s film which starred Colin Friels, Robin Kevin, Grant Kenny and others about ironman events. As such, I thought it was a great way to encompass the interests of my friend [...]

Penny Arcade

Penny Arcade at Giant Dwarf

I was a little surprised to see Bob and Blanche in the audience last night at "Giant Dwarf". Though, I've seen them at heaps of theatre events around Sydney, it's often been at the "top end of town", whereas "Giant Dwarf" is a little more down-market, and it's a little more "alternative". Last night's show [...]

Mothers and Sons

Mothers and Sons at Ensemble Theatre

My initial attraction to "Mothers and Sons" was Tim Draxl. I've followed his career since the 90s, and fondly remember interviewing him as a nineteen or twenty year old singer "on the way up". Since then, I've seen him perform a number of times, and I've seen him in a number of movies. It was [...]

Radiance

Belvoir Street Theatre has a warning in their publicity for "Radiance" that it may raise issues for people who have experienced sexual assault. "OK, a bit grim", I thought, but I was still really keen to see the play, as I'd heard so many good things about it over so many years. I also knew [...]

Bangarra 25

Choregoraphed cleaning ahead of the Bangarra Dance Theatre 25th celebration at Sydney Opera House

"I don't mind if we get wet. I love getting rained on", I said to Kate as we sat on the steps of the Sydney Opera House. In hindsight, I probably should have checked the weather before leaving the house, but since I wearing shorts, I figured getting wet wouldn't be much of a problem. [...]