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The Stage Show

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The Stage Show

The Stage Show

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In-depth conversations with the world's top directors, performers and writers for the stage.

Latest Episodes

How OzAsia's director went from chook farmer to change maker

In the 1980s, Annette Shun Wah was at the cutting edge of Australian radio and television and was one of the first Asian Australians to host her own show. Now Annette is empowering a new generation of creative Australians. Also, Marta Dusseldorp and Ben Winspear launch their new company with a production of Angus Cerini's The Bleeding Tree in Hobart and we learn how to think like William Shakespeare.

54 min1 d ago
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How OzAsia's director went from chook farmer to change maker

'I didn't know any better' — how David Lang redefined opera

Composer David Lang's operas take us to unexpected places — an opera that is too quiet to hear, an opera for 1000 singers and a rewrite of Beethoven's Fidelio. His opera Love Fail will have its Australian premiere online for the Yarra Valley Opera Festival. Also, how did a fake musical set in a supermarket become the most talked about show of 2020? When Daniel Mertzlufft posted a 40-second TikTok video of an act one finale to a non-existent musical, nothing had prepared him for what came next.

54 min1 w ago
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'I didn't know any better' — how David Lang redefined opera

Hugo Weaving and Wayne Blair side by side on stage

Two of Australia's most celebrated actors, Hugo Weaving and Wayne Blair join us from the Sydney Theatre Company where the lights are back on and they're appearing together in the new play Wonnangatta. Also, Vidya Makan brings together 101 black, Indigenous and other artists of colour in her song I Need You to See Me and the axe begins falling on arts courses around the country in the wake of the pandemic.

54 min2 w ago
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Hugo Weaving and Wayne Blair side by side on stage

Opening doors — why this director wants her debut to mean more

Since launching to stardom with The Sapphires, Shari Sebbens has become a mainstay of the Australian stage and screen. Now making her directorial debut at Griffin, she has high hopes for what it might mean to other aspiring theatre-makers. Also, Opera Queensland bring us An Aria a Day and voice and dialect coach Leith McPherson helps us to channel our inner politician.

54 min3 w ago
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Opening doors — why this director wants her debut to mean more

The theatrical making of Malcolm Turnbull

In court or in parliament, Malcolm Turnbull carried an air of showmanship. His memoir, A Bigger Picture, reveals that he actually comes from a long line of theatre people: a writer and performer mother, a vaudevillian grandfather and a Tony and Oscar-winning cousin. Also, we remember playwright and director Aidan Fennessy with his friend and collaborator Matt Cameron and find out how to write a showstopper with Mathew Frank, composer of a new musical adaptation of My Brilliant Career.

54 minSEP 22
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The theatrical making of Malcolm Turnbull

'The stage was my lifeline' — how the arts emboldens young people

Youth arts organisations foster the talents of Australia's brightest performers and creatives, but how inclusive are they? Tariro Mavondo is a performer and poet who recently became co-artistic director of Western Edge Youth Arts with a bold vision for change. Also, Kate Hood shares the Best Advice she was ever given as an able-bodied actor and as a wheelchair user and Dr Erin Brannigan from UNSW guides us through some basics of how to watch and appreciate contemporary dance.

54 minSEP 15
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'The stage was my lifeline' — how the arts emboldens young people

The man who lives with Shakespeare

Sir Jonathan Bate has spent much of his life living with William Shakespeare — he's dedicated his career to better understanding the work of the Bard. Now the British academic is asking how Shakespeare's work might help us to save the planet. Also, we hear an extract from Elena Kats-Chernin's new work for Sydney Philharmonia Choirs' 100th birthday and find out how Brisbane-based company The Good Room craft crowdsourced submissions into complex and emotional theatre.

54 minSEP 8
Comments
The man who lives with Shakespeare

Animal Farm in the age of Trump

Van Badham is a courageous and funny Australian playwright who, since searching for the humanity of trolls in Banging Denmark at the Sydney Theatre Company, has now adapted George Orwell's Animal Farm for Black Swan in Perth. Also, we speak with Palawa writer Dylan Van Den Berg about the limitations — and surprising benefits — of developing his play Milk on Zoom with the Street Theatre in Canberra.

54 minSEP 1
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Animal Farm in the age of Trump

Do the critics make or break a Broadway show?

Ben Brantley, the New York Times' chief theatre critic since 1996, reflects on his lifelong love of theatre, Broadway's unprecedented shutdown, and the perception that a Times review can make or break a show. Also, cabaret icon Ali McGregor hosts an online variety show where you call the shots and we meet a woman intimately familiar with Belvoir St Theatre's history and design: her father drew the blueprints!

54 minAUG 25
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Do the critics make or break a Broadway show?

A 'border boy' breaks the boundaries of dance

Thomas E.S. Kelly proves that you can be built like a rugby player and be a contemporary dancer. From a childhood committed to sport and dance, Kelly is emerging as one of our top dancers and choreographers. Also, voice and dialect coach Leith McPherson on how to effectively use our voices within and beyond our COVID-19 bubbles, and we touch base with Carriageworks, Brisbane Festival and the Malthouse.

54 minAUG 18
Comments
A 'border boy' breaks the boundaries of dance

Latest Episodes

How OzAsia's director went from chook farmer to change maker

In the 1980s, Annette Shun Wah was at the cutting edge of Australian radio and television and was one of the first Asian Australians to host her own show. Now Annette is empowering a new generation of creative Australians. Also, Marta Dusseldorp and Ben Winspear launch their new company with a production of Angus Cerini's The Bleeding Tree in Hobart and we learn how to think like William Shakespeare.

54 min1 d ago
Comments
How OzAsia's director went from chook farmer to change maker

'I didn't know any better' — how David Lang redefined opera

Composer David Lang's operas take us to unexpected places — an opera that is too quiet to hear, an opera for 1000 singers and a rewrite of Beethoven's Fidelio. His opera Love Fail will have its Australian premiere online for the Yarra Valley Opera Festival. Also, how did a fake musical set in a supermarket become the most talked about show of 2020? When Daniel Mertzlufft posted a 40-second TikTok video of an act one finale to a non-existent musical, nothing had prepared him for what came next.

54 min1 w ago
Comments
'I didn't know any better' — how David Lang redefined opera

Hugo Weaving and Wayne Blair side by side on stage

Two of Australia's most celebrated actors, Hugo Weaving and Wayne Blair join us from the Sydney Theatre Company where the lights are back on and they're appearing together in the new play Wonnangatta. Also, Vidya Makan brings together 101 black, Indigenous and other artists of colour in her song I Need You to See Me and the axe begins falling on arts courses around the country in the wake of the pandemic.

54 min2 w ago
Comments
Hugo Weaving and Wayne Blair side by side on stage

Opening doors — why this director wants her debut to mean more

Since launching to stardom with The Sapphires, Shari Sebbens has become a mainstay of the Australian stage and screen. Now making her directorial debut at Griffin, she has high hopes for what it might mean to other aspiring theatre-makers. Also, Opera Queensland bring us An Aria a Day and voice and dialect coach Leith McPherson helps us to channel our inner politician.

54 min3 w ago
Comments
Opening doors — why this director wants her debut to mean more

The theatrical making of Malcolm Turnbull

In court or in parliament, Malcolm Turnbull carried an air of showmanship. His memoir, A Bigger Picture, reveals that he actually comes from a long line of theatre people: a writer and performer mother, a vaudevillian grandfather and a Tony and Oscar-winning cousin. Also, we remember playwright and director Aidan Fennessy with his friend and collaborator Matt Cameron and find out how to write a showstopper with Mathew Frank, composer of a new musical adaptation of My Brilliant Career.

54 minSEP 22
Comments
The theatrical making of Malcolm Turnbull

'The stage was my lifeline' — how the arts emboldens young people

Youth arts organisations foster the talents of Australia's brightest performers and creatives, but how inclusive are they? Tariro Mavondo is a performer and poet who recently became co-artistic director of Western Edge Youth Arts with a bold vision for change. Also, Kate Hood shares the Best Advice she was ever given as an able-bodied actor and as a wheelchair user and Dr Erin Brannigan from UNSW guides us through some basics of how to watch and appreciate contemporary dance.

54 minSEP 15
Comments
'The stage was my lifeline' — how the arts emboldens young people

The man who lives with Shakespeare

Sir Jonathan Bate has spent much of his life living with William Shakespeare — he's dedicated his career to better understanding the work of the Bard. Now the British academic is asking how Shakespeare's work might help us to save the planet. Also, we hear an extract from Elena Kats-Chernin's new work for Sydney Philharmonia Choirs' 100th birthday and find out how Brisbane-based company The Good Room craft crowdsourced submissions into complex and emotional theatre.

54 minSEP 8
Comments
The man who lives with Shakespeare

Animal Farm in the age of Trump

Van Badham is a courageous and funny Australian playwright who, since searching for the humanity of trolls in Banging Denmark at the Sydney Theatre Company, has now adapted George Orwell's Animal Farm for Black Swan in Perth. Also, we speak with Palawa writer Dylan Van Den Berg about the limitations — and surprising benefits — of developing his play Milk on Zoom with the Street Theatre in Canberra.

54 minSEP 1
Comments
Animal Farm in the age of Trump

Do the critics make or break a Broadway show?

Ben Brantley, the New York Times' chief theatre critic since 1996, reflects on his lifelong love of theatre, Broadway's unprecedented shutdown, and the perception that a Times review can make or break a show. Also, cabaret icon Ali McGregor hosts an online variety show where you call the shots and we meet a woman intimately familiar with Belvoir St Theatre's history and design: her father drew the blueprints!

54 minAUG 25
Comments
Do the critics make or break a Broadway show?

A 'border boy' breaks the boundaries of dance

Thomas E.S. Kelly proves that you can be built like a rugby player and be a contemporary dancer. From a childhood committed to sport and dance, Kelly is emerging as one of our top dancers and choreographers. Also, voice and dialect coach Leith McPherson on how to effectively use our voices within and beyond our COVID-19 bubbles, and we touch base with Carriageworks, Brisbane Festival and the Malthouse.

54 minAUG 18
Comments
A 'border boy' breaks the boundaries of dance
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