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Your guide to what's happening on stages across the country and beyond. We'll bring you the latest from the worlds of theatre, dance, comedy, opera and musicals.

Latest Episodes

Hofesh Shechter's Grand Finale and Brisbane Festival opens conversations

Acclaimed Israeli-born, UK-based choreographer Hofesh Shechter brings his Grand Finale to the Melbourne Festival, we travel to the Brisbane Festival to experience three Australian works that question the ways in which we connect: From Darkness, Bitch on Heat and Communal Table, award-winning English actor Maxine Peake shares the Best Advice she was ever given, and Chicago returns to the Australian stage, bringing glitz, glamour, guile and all that jazz.

54 MIN1 days ago
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Hofesh Shechter's Grand Finale and Brisbane Festival opens conversations

The world's a stage at Melbourne Fringe and Helena Dix breaks down Casta Diva

We meet two groups of theatre makers taking their work beyond the proscenium at this year's Melbourne Fringe, Opera Australia utilise the industrial grandeur of its scenery workshop for Aribert Reimann's Ghost Sonata, acclaimed Australian soprano Helena Dix demonstrates how an opera singer's vocal decisions are key to their character portrayal ahead of her Melbourne Opera season of Bellini's Norma, and Temperance Hall artistic director and BalletLab founder Phillip Adams discusses his program of new dance works at this year's Melbourne Fringe.

55 MIN1 weeks ago
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The world's a stage at Melbourne Fringe and Helena Dix breaks down Casta Diva

Tony Kushner's Caroline, or Change and Shakespeare's bloodiest play

The award-winning autobiographical musical Caroline, or Change by Tony Kushner (Angels in America) has its Australian premiere at the Hayes Theatre, director Adena Jacobs and performer Jane Montgomery Griffiths discuss tackling Shakespeare's grisly Titus Andronicus, the viability of digital publisher Australian Plays is under threat after losing Australia Council organisational funding, and MALAPROP Theatre from Ireland bring their hit comedy about human-robot relationships, LOVE+, to Australia.

54 MIN2 weeks ago
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Tony Kushner's Caroline, or Change and Shakespeare's bloodiest play

Jerome Robbins' life in dance and putting The Crucible on trial

In the next of our High School Playlist series, we put Arthur Miller's The Crucible on trial with Queensland Theatre artistic director Sam Strong and students from John Curtin College of the Arts, Cassie Tongue reviews the latest National Theatre production in cinemas: The Lehman Trilogy, we discuss director-choreographer Jerome Robbins' extraordinary career with Wendy Lesser, author of Jerome Robbins: A Life in Dance (Yale University Press), and we visit Canberra's Street Theatre for Small Stages.

54 MIN3 weeks ago
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Jerome Robbins' life in dance and putting The Crucible on trial

30 years of Bangarra and attracting younger people to theatre

Bangarra Dance Theatre turn 30 this year and are marking the occasion with a triple bill called 30 Years of Sixty Five Thousand, Playwave aims to bring more young people into theatres by offering cheap tickets and special events for people under 20, contemporary circus company One Fell Swoop's new show Sensory Decadence indulges our senses, and audiences are invited to join the band in the ukulele musical Uked!

54 MINAUG 20
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30 years of Bangarra and attracting younger people to theatre

Making art in the Top End and Sondheim's Sunday in the Park

As the Darwin Festival kicks off, we find out about the unique opportunities — and challenges — that come with making art in the Northern Territory, we pay tribute to the late George Whaley, we speak with Omar Musa about his work Since Ali Died and its journey from poem to album to theatre, and Stephen Sondheim's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece Sunday in the Park with George returns to the Australian stage.

54 MINAUG 13
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Making art in the Top End and Sondheim's Sunday in the Park

Bonus — Remembering Hal Prince

We pay tribute to the legendary Broadway producer-director Hal Prince who has died at the age of 91 after a long career that broke records and rules. His Broadway directing credits include Cabaret, Evita, The Phantom of the Opera and six productions with Stephen Sondheim. We talk about Hal Prince's extraordinary impact on Broadway with arts administrator and writer Howard Sherman and Sonya Suares, artistic director of theatre company Watch This.

29 MINAUG 7
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Bonus — Remembering Hal Prince

Health and wellbeing in the performing arts

How can performers maintain a healthy mind and body? Choreographer Gideon Obarzanek, The Australian Ballet's Sue Mayes and dance scientist Peta Blevins discuss how dancers can find their balance. Arts Centre Melbourne CEO Claire Spencer and soprano Greta Bradman join us to talk about The Arts Wellbeing Collective and their Support Act Wellbeing Helpline. We learn about Barking Gecko Theatre's program for young people, which has demonstrated mental health benefits. And ABC Classic's Mairi Nicolson joins us to share some of her favourite moments in opera and musical theatre when a character's health becomes the story.

54 MINAUG 6
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Health and wellbeing in the performing arts

Hair, the counterculture musical, 50 years on

We hear music from The Ghetto Cabaret which follows a group of Jewish performers living in horrific conditions in the ghettos of WWII, Marcia Hines and John Waters recall when Hair, the "American Tribal Love-Rock Musical", brought controversy, excitement and the promise of revolution to Australia, and British playwright Alistair McDowall shares the works that have most inspired his journey as an artist in Top Shelf.

55 MINJUL 30
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Hair, the counterculture musical, 50 years on

An operatic portrait of Brett Whiteley and Lin-Manuel Miranda's Bring It On

Elena Kats-Chernin and Justin Fleming have written a new work for Opera Australia about the life of the brilliant, troubled Australian artist Brett Whiteley, in the second instalment of The Cost of Art, Hannah Reich speaks to theatre-maker Declan Greene, dancer and choreographer Anna Seymour and Urban Theatre Projects' Jessica Olivieri, theatre critic Tim Byrne reviews Bell Shakespeare's new production of Much Ado About Nothing, and an Australian production of Bring It On: The Musical with music and lyrics co-written by Lin-Manuel Miranda is now on tour.

54 MINJUL 23
Comments
An operatic portrait of Brett Whiteley and Lin-Manuel Miranda's Bring It On

Latest Episodes

Hofesh Shechter's Grand Finale and Brisbane Festival opens conversations

Acclaimed Israeli-born, UK-based choreographer Hofesh Shechter brings his Grand Finale to the Melbourne Festival, we travel to the Brisbane Festival to experience three Australian works that question the ways in which we connect: From Darkness, Bitch on Heat and Communal Table, award-winning English actor Maxine Peake shares the Best Advice she was ever given, and Chicago returns to the Australian stage, bringing glitz, glamour, guile and all that jazz.

54 MIN1 days ago
Comments
Hofesh Shechter's Grand Finale and Brisbane Festival opens conversations

The world's a stage at Melbourne Fringe and Helena Dix breaks down Casta Diva

We meet two groups of theatre makers taking their work beyond the proscenium at this year's Melbourne Fringe, Opera Australia utilise the industrial grandeur of its scenery workshop for Aribert Reimann's Ghost Sonata, acclaimed Australian soprano Helena Dix demonstrates how an opera singer's vocal decisions are key to their character portrayal ahead of her Melbourne Opera season of Bellini's Norma, and Temperance Hall artistic director and BalletLab founder Phillip Adams discusses his program of new dance works at this year's Melbourne Fringe.

55 MIN1 weeks ago
Comments
The world's a stage at Melbourne Fringe and Helena Dix breaks down Casta Diva

Tony Kushner's Caroline, or Change and Shakespeare's bloodiest play

The award-winning autobiographical musical Caroline, or Change by Tony Kushner (Angels in America) has its Australian premiere at the Hayes Theatre, director Adena Jacobs and performer Jane Montgomery Griffiths discuss tackling Shakespeare's grisly Titus Andronicus, the viability of digital publisher Australian Plays is under threat after losing Australia Council organisational funding, and MALAPROP Theatre from Ireland bring their hit comedy about human-robot relationships, LOVE+, to Australia.

54 MIN2 weeks ago
Comments
Tony Kushner's Caroline, or Change and Shakespeare's bloodiest play

Jerome Robbins' life in dance and putting The Crucible on trial

In the next of our High School Playlist series, we put Arthur Miller's The Crucible on trial with Queensland Theatre artistic director Sam Strong and students from John Curtin College of the Arts, Cassie Tongue reviews the latest National Theatre production in cinemas: The Lehman Trilogy, we discuss director-choreographer Jerome Robbins' extraordinary career with Wendy Lesser, author of Jerome Robbins: A Life in Dance (Yale University Press), and we visit Canberra's Street Theatre for Small Stages.

54 MIN3 weeks ago
Comments
Jerome Robbins' life in dance and putting The Crucible on trial

30 years of Bangarra and attracting younger people to theatre

Bangarra Dance Theatre turn 30 this year and are marking the occasion with a triple bill called 30 Years of Sixty Five Thousand, Playwave aims to bring more young people into theatres by offering cheap tickets and special events for people under 20, contemporary circus company One Fell Swoop's new show Sensory Decadence indulges our senses, and audiences are invited to join the band in the ukulele musical Uked!

54 MINAUG 20
Comments
30 years of Bangarra and attracting younger people to theatre

Making art in the Top End and Sondheim's Sunday in the Park

As the Darwin Festival kicks off, we find out about the unique opportunities — and challenges — that come with making art in the Northern Territory, we pay tribute to the late George Whaley, we speak with Omar Musa about his work Since Ali Died and its journey from poem to album to theatre, and Stephen Sondheim's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece Sunday in the Park with George returns to the Australian stage.

54 MINAUG 13
Comments
Making art in the Top End and Sondheim's Sunday in the Park

Bonus — Remembering Hal Prince

We pay tribute to the legendary Broadway producer-director Hal Prince who has died at the age of 91 after a long career that broke records and rules. His Broadway directing credits include Cabaret, Evita, The Phantom of the Opera and six productions with Stephen Sondheim. We talk about Hal Prince's extraordinary impact on Broadway with arts administrator and writer Howard Sherman and Sonya Suares, artistic director of theatre company Watch This.

29 MINAUG 7
Comments
Bonus — Remembering Hal Prince

Health and wellbeing in the performing arts

How can performers maintain a healthy mind and body? Choreographer Gideon Obarzanek, The Australian Ballet's Sue Mayes and dance scientist Peta Blevins discuss how dancers can find their balance. Arts Centre Melbourne CEO Claire Spencer and soprano Greta Bradman join us to talk about The Arts Wellbeing Collective and their Support Act Wellbeing Helpline. We learn about Barking Gecko Theatre's program for young people, which has demonstrated mental health benefits. And ABC Classic's Mairi Nicolson joins us to share some of her favourite moments in opera and musical theatre when a character's health becomes the story.

54 MINAUG 6
Comments
Health and wellbeing in the performing arts

Hair, the counterculture musical, 50 years on

We hear music from The Ghetto Cabaret which follows a group of Jewish performers living in horrific conditions in the ghettos of WWII, Marcia Hines and John Waters recall when Hair, the "American Tribal Love-Rock Musical", brought controversy, excitement and the promise of revolution to Australia, and British playwright Alistair McDowall shares the works that have most inspired his journey as an artist in Top Shelf.

55 MINJUL 30
Comments
Hair, the counterculture musical, 50 years on

An operatic portrait of Brett Whiteley and Lin-Manuel Miranda's Bring It On

Elena Kats-Chernin and Justin Fleming have written a new work for Opera Australia about the life of the brilliant, troubled Australian artist Brett Whiteley, in the second instalment of The Cost of Art, Hannah Reich speaks to theatre-maker Declan Greene, dancer and choreographer Anna Seymour and Urban Theatre Projects' Jessica Olivieri, theatre critic Tim Byrne reviews Bell Shakespeare's new production of Much Ado About Nothing, and an Australian production of Bring It On: The Musical with music and lyrics co-written by Lin-Manuel Miranda is now on tour.

54 MINJUL 23
Comments
An operatic portrait of Brett Whiteley and Lin-Manuel Miranda's Bring It On

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