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The Stage Show

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

Latest Episodes

Stephen Page and Hunter Page-Lochard 'draw the energy from the earth'

Stephen Page, artistic director of Bangarra Dance Theatre, and his talented son (and new dad), performer Hunter Page-Lochard join us for a candid conversation about passing a love of the arts down the generations. Also, Larissa Behrendt, Rhoda Roberts, Benjamin Law and Scott Rankin discuss moments reconciliation took centre stage, and we learn about the impact of Indigenous Australian plays in Japan.

54 MIN1 d ago
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Stephen Page and Hunter Page-Lochard 'draw the energy from the earth'

Crisis and catharsis — Benedict Andrews' dizzying Streetcar Named Desire

Australian director Benedict Andrews' note-perfect production of A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams at the Young Vic in London, with Gillian Anderson as the tormented Blanche DuBois, is now streaming online. Also, we're joined by the cast of American Psycho: The Musical and retrace Francis Greenslade's unusual path to a career on the stage and screen.

54 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Crisis and catharsis — Benedict Andrews' dizzying Streetcar Named Desire

Kate Mulvany learns to love the villain

She's written 25 plays, won three Helpmann awards and is now performing alongside Al Pacino, but writer and performer Kate Mulvany has never been afraid of her darker side. Also, we meet the cast of Inua Ellams' now streaming Barber Shop Chronicles and discuss the new phenomenon of staging theatre in our living rooms.

54 MIN2 w ago
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Kate Mulvany learns to love the villain

Li Cunxin — dancing through the darkness

Queensland Ballet artistic director Li Cunxin has continually shown his capacity for triumphing against the odds. He's drawn on that strength again to guide his company through the COVID-19 shutdown. Also, we check in with performing arts companies around the country to gauge the mood, and speak with the Federal Arts Minister Paul Fletcher about the Government's response to a sector in crisis.

59 MIN3 w ago
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Li Cunxin — dancing through the darkness

From Kanchanaburi to the Royal Court — Anchuli Felicia King takes on the world

At 26, playwright Anchuli Felicia King has already seen her work performed on mainstages in London, Melbourne and Sydney, with US productions on the way. Also, Australian musical theatre performers unite for an online concert, and we take a closer look at the operas of the remarkably prolific Italian composer Rossini.

54 MINMAY 5
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From Kanchanaburi to the Royal Court — Anchuli Felicia King takes on the world

Rufus Norris is revolutionising what we see on the mainstage, and how we see it

London's National Theatre, under the leadership of Rufus Norris, is striving for unprecedented diversity on stage and in the audience, and during the pandemic, we can now see their productions at home. Also, we visit some of Australia's top dancers training in isolation, and we continue our search for great theatre, opera, dance and comedy we can watch online.

54 MINAPR 28
Comments
Rufus Norris is revolutionising what we see on the mainstage, and how we see it

'All of us in the arts are primed to take on a pandemic'

Nadine Garner, one of Australia's best-known actors, confronts an arts sector in crisis. Also, we look at the revolutionary power of poetry slams with the authors of the book Slam Your Poetry.

54 MINAPR 21
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'All of us in the arts are primed to take on a pandemic'

Jeanine Tesori dissects her hit Broadway musicals

The Tony Award-winning composer of Fun Home, Jeanine Tesori, joins us from her Manhattan living room to share her insights into creating great musical theatre. Also, Taiwan-based playwright and theatre director Stan Lai shares what's on his Top Shelf and Humphrey Bower reviews The Met Opera's recent crop of free streaming productions.

54 MINAPR 14
Comments
Jeanine Tesori dissects her hit Broadway musicals

Zoë Coombs Marr leaves Dave behind

Comedian Zoë Coombs Marr says "being a man did wonders for her career," but she steps back into the spotlight as herself in Bossy Bottom, soon streaming online. Also, we pay tribute to American playwright Terrence McNally who recently died, and we look at the legacies of the plague and other diseases in the performing arts.

54 MINAPR 7
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Zoë Coombs Marr leaves Dave behind

Stephen Sondheim — taking a razor to conventions (Part II)

Continuing our celebration of his 90th birthday, we delve into the later work of Stephen Sondheim—composer-lyricist of some of the most well-regarded and inventive musical theatre ever made.

54 MINMAR 31
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Stephen Sondheim — taking a razor to conventions (Part II)

Latest Episodes

Stephen Page and Hunter Page-Lochard 'draw the energy from the earth'

Stephen Page, artistic director of Bangarra Dance Theatre, and his talented son (and new dad), performer Hunter Page-Lochard join us for a candid conversation about passing a love of the arts down the generations. Also, Larissa Behrendt, Rhoda Roberts, Benjamin Law and Scott Rankin discuss moments reconciliation took centre stage, and we learn about the impact of Indigenous Australian plays in Japan.

54 MIN1 d ago
Comments
Stephen Page and Hunter Page-Lochard 'draw the energy from the earth'

Crisis and catharsis — Benedict Andrews' dizzying Streetcar Named Desire

Australian director Benedict Andrews' note-perfect production of A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams at the Young Vic in London, with Gillian Anderson as the tormented Blanche DuBois, is now streaming online. Also, we're joined by the cast of American Psycho: The Musical and retrace Francis Greenslade's unusual path to a career on the stage and screen.

54 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Crisis and catharsis — Benedict Andrews' dizzying Streetcar Named Desire

Kate Mulvany learns to love the villain

She's written 25 plays, won three Helpmann awards and is now performing alongside Al Pacino, but writer and performer Kate Mulvany has never been afraid of her darker side. Also, we meet the cast of Inua Ellams' now streaming Barber Shop Chronicles and discuss the new phenomenon of staging theatre in our living rooms.

54 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Kate Mulvany learns to love the villain

Li Cunxin — dancing through the darkness

Queensland Ballet artistic director Li Cunxin has continually shown his capacity for triumphing against the odds. He's drawn on that strength again to guide his company through the COVID-19 shutdown. Also, we check in with performing arts companies around the country to gauge the mood, and speak with the Federal Arts Minister Paul Fletcher about the Government's response to a sector in crisis.

59 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Li Cunxin — dancing through the darkness

From Kanchanaburi to the Royal Court — Anchuli Felicia King takes on the world

At 26, playwright Anchuli Felicia King has already seen her work performed on mainstages in London, Melbourne and Sydney, with US productions on the way. Also, Australian musical theatre performers unite for an online concert, and we take a closer look at the operas of the remarkably prolific Italian composer Rossini.

54 MINMAY 5
Comments
From Kanchanaburi to the Royal Court — Anchuli Felicia King takes on the world

Rufus Norris is revolutionising what we see on the mainstage, and how we see it

London's National Theatre, under the leadership of Rufus Norris, is striving for unprecedented diversity on stage and in the audience, and during the pandemic, we can now see their productions at home. Also, we visit some of Australia's top dancers training in isolation, and we continue our search for great theatre, opera, dance and comedy we can watch online.

54 MINAPR 28
Comments
Rufus Norris is revolutionising what we see on the mainstage, and how we see it

'All of us in the arts are primed to take on a pandemic'

Nadine Garner, one of Australia's best-known actors, confronts an arts sector in crisis. Also, we look at the revolutionary power of poetry slams with the authors of the book Slam Your Poetry.

54 MINAPR 21
Comments
'All of us in the arts are primed to take on a pandemic'

Jeanine Tesori dissects her hit Broadway musicals

The Tony Award-winning composer of Fun Home, Jeanine Tesori, joins us from her Manhattan living room to share her insights into creating great musical theatre. Also, Taiwan-based playwright and theatre director Stan Lai shares what's on his Top Shelf and Humphrey Bower reviews The Met Opera's recent crop of free streaming productions.

54 MINAPR 14
Comments
Jeanine Tesori dissects her hit Broadway musicals

Zoë Coombs Marr leaves Dave behind

Comedian Zoë Coombs Marr says "being a man did wonders for her career," but she steps back into the spotlight as herself in Bossy Bottom, soon streaming online. Also, we pay tribute to American playwright Terrence McNally who recently died, and we look at the legacies of the plague and other diseases in the performing arts.

54 MINAPR 7
Comments
Zoë Coombs Marr leaves Dave behind

Stephen Sondheim — taking a razor to conventions (Part II)

Continuing our celebration of his 90th birthday, we delve into the later work of Stephen Sondheim—composer-lyricist of some of the most well-regarded and inventive musical theatre ever made.

54 MINMAR 31
Comments
Stephen Sondheim — taking a razor to conventions (Part II)
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