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Colder at Red Stitch [Melbourne]

Unlike a play with its final curtain call, there’s no neat conclusion for families of the missing. Lachlan Philpott’s achievement is to craft a lyrical theatre piece out of that singular horror. Colder, opening at Red Stitch this month, began with a personal story. “The play is a meditation on a friend of mine, Simon Knight, who went missing in …


Truck Stop listed for six Bay Area Theatre Awards

I am thrilled that Crowded Fire’s brilliant 2015 production of Truck Stop was nominated for six Bay Area Theatre Awards. The production was nominated for Outstanding Direction [Marilee Talkington] , Outstanding Ensemble in a play [Jamie Asdorian, Jessica Lynn Carroll•, Jeri Lynn Cohen• and Chelsea Looy] Outstanding Female Actor in a Principal Role [Jessica Lynn Carrol] , Outstanding Lighting Design …

Lake Disappointment-Luke Mullins

Lake Disappointment

Lake Disappointment, co-written with Luke Mullins premiered at Carriageworks Sydney between April 20 and 23, 2016. Lake Disappointment  Kane and me were both rising stars. I was rising to the top of the hand-modelling world and Kane was doing his plays. Kane got his first action film and I became his double. We clicked. Everyone said so. It’s there on …

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We need to talk about Patsy

  Released into a theatre foyer after an opening night performance, I always make a beeline to the food. One recent night in Melbourne, over crudités and dip, I come face-to-face with Jana Perkovic…. My article for State of Play on Australian plays We need to talk about Patsy


FTR: Programming season begins. The Ensemble.

It is nearly spring in Australia. Little lambs will be born in outback paddocks, and it is theatre-programming season. With dramatic cork-popping and dizzying-flourish, the major theatre companies are unveiling their shiny new seasons for 2016.  It is a telling time. These few weeks of spring show the trends, fashions, aesthetic priorities, and the collective imagination of an industry. It …


For the record: crisis at Perth Theatre Company

A few people have contacted me over the last week to let me know about Perth Theatre Company’s misfortunes but since I keep track of the news on the wireless, I had already heard. Putting aside my own unfortunate experience with the company in 2013, I find this terribly sad. Western Australia is becoming known for its diminishing theatre sector. …