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Adelaide Festival: Small Metal Objects

Moseley Square Glenelg
It's street-theatre-but-not-as-we-know-it in which the performers are disguised threads in the very real tapestry of a busy city thoroughfare and we, be-headphoned on raked seating, are the ones on display to be ignored or gawked at by passers-by. Via our ears though, the familiar urban scene becomes a movie replete…

Branch Nebula: High Performance Packing Tape

Adelaide Festival Centre Adelaide
In High Performance Packing Tape, award-winning, cutting-edge performance company Branch Nebula has forged a performance that dares to ask “is a life without danger worth living?”  It’s messy, terrifying, deeply challenging to accepted notions of comfort and safety, and incredible fun. You’ll peer through parted fingers, thrill to his successes, wince…

Adelaide Festival: Small Metal Objects

Moseley Square Glenelg
It's street-theatre-but-not-as-we-know-it in which the performers are disguised threads in the very real tapestry of a busy city thoroughfare and we, be-headphoned on raked seating, are the ones on display to be ignored or gawked at by passers-by. Via our ears though, the familiar urban scene becomes a movie replete…

Phoenix Collective: Knife in the Boot

Wesley Music Centre 22 National Circuit, Forrest, Canberra
Our first concert of 2021, Knife in the Boot, features Maggie Ferguson, founder of TangoOz and a legend in her own right. With Maggie on bandoneon, Edward Neeman on piano, Isabella Brown on Double Bass and PC director & violinist Dan Russell; the ensemble will explore early and traditional works…

Adelaide Festival: The Boy Who Talked to Dogs

Thomas Edmonds Opera Studio Wayville
Marty is the runt of a litter of three. His family lives on the wrong side of County Limerick's tracks in the 1970's. He's been hard to train and is regularly clipped behind the ear by his dad. When he's really naughty, he gets locked in the coal shed. Nights…

A Moveable Theatre: This Wide Night

BackDock Arts 103 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley
A Tender Portrayal of Two Women Trying to Start Again The friendship that once protected them now threatens to smother the fragile freedom they have found.
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Australian Brandenburg Orchestra: Handel’s Rome

City Recital Hall Sydney
La Città Eterna had been a sparkling metropolis for more than two thousand years when a brilliant young musician from Halle arrived. Drawn by its drama, Rome would be imprinted forever on the musical mind of George Frideric Handel. Handel absorbed Baroque Rome's dynamism and met minds with its most…

Imagination Workshop: Faulty Towers The Dining Experience

Adelaide Oval Adelaide
The world’s most successful Fawlty Towers tribute, this unforgettable immersive show sees audiences become paying guests at the Faulty Towers hotel, ready for two hours of chaos, comedy and action.

Griffin Theatre Company: Green Park

Green Park Sydney
You've walked past it. Maybe through it. Down the end of Victoria Street, opposite St Vincent's Hospital—Green Park. It's picturesque by day, a little eerie by night. And it's where Warren and Edden are meeting, as a prelude to their Grindr hook up. One of them doesn't look like his…
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Opera Australia: Bluebeard’s Castle

Sydney Opera House Sydney
Bartók’s one-act opera is perfectly suited to these ‘straight-through, no-interval’ times. Its sizable orchestration is packed with colourful effects from glittering gems to blood-bespattered weaponry. On one level a chilling tale of curiosity-killed-the-cat, on another an intense sexual psychodrama, it will be interesting to see what directors Andy Morton and…

Mopoke Theatre Productions: Songs of Travel and Bush Poetry

Clayton Wesley Uniting Church, Beulah Park 280 Portrush Rd, Beulah Park
Escape in to a fully staged performance of Vaughan Williams' beloved song cycle 'Songs of Travel' interspersed with classic Australian bush poetry. Performed by Nicholas Cannon & Andrew Georg.
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West Australian Symphony Orchestra: Romance and Mystery

Perth Concert Hall Perth
When Asher Fisch returns to Perth this month, audiences will not only have the chance to hear him conduct Konstantin Shamray in Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto and Elgar’s ever-popular ‘Enigma’ variations, he will also unveil a new work by Olivia Davies. The commission, Stratus, has its world premiere on a…
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Black Swan Theatre Company of WA: The Cherry Orchard

Sunset Heritage Precinct Dalkeith
Black Swan opens its 2021 season with an Aussie take on Chekhov’s final masterpiece, presented in association with Perth Festival. Adapted by Adriane Daff and Katherine Tonkin, the play is now set in Manjimup in WA, where the BBQ is firing, the champagne flowing, and the debts mounting. The only thing…

Rogue Projects: You’re Not Special

Kings Cross Theatre 244 William Street, Kings Cross, Sydney
From the writer of The Block Universe and The Wind in the Underground, comes a wicked new play about relationships, intimacy, and the dangerous line between truth and fiction in the digital age. “Do I look like the kind of person who would do that?” ‘No. You don’t, but neither…

Adelaide Festival: Transfigured Night

Ukaria Cultural Centre Mt Barker Summit
From 1912, sunny and uncomplicated Alfred Hill in the style of Brahms and of Grieg followed by sickly and Daedalian Schoenberg in the style of nothing hitherto dreamt of. World-renowned Australian singer/actor Jessica Aszodi is the moon-mad clown (and she also sings in a new work by the ensemble's musical…

Yirra Yaakin Theatre: The Sum of Us

Subiaco Arts Centre 180 Hamersley Road, Subiaco
See an exciting revisioning of the much-loved story from the off-Broadway hit and award-winning film The Sum of Us with an all First Nations cast. How’s a guy supposed to find Mr. Right when his father is always up in his business? That’s the premise of this warm comedy that revolves around…

Hayes Theatre Co: Young Frankenstein

Hayes Theatre Co 19 Greenknowe Avenue, Elizabeth Bay
Hayes Theatre Co presents the Australian premiere of this brilliantly kooky musical comedy, adapted by comic genius Mel Brooks (The Producers, Blazing Saddles) from his 1974 American comedy horror film. Scientist Frederick Frankenstein (it’s pronounced Fronk-en-steen) – grandson of the infamous scientist – travels reluctantly to Transylvania where he has inherited his…
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Queensland Ballet: 60th Anniversary Gala

QPAC South Bank
It was supposed to happen last year but COVID put paid to that. The retrospective program pays tribute to each of the company’s five Artistic Directors: Charles Lisner, Harry Haythorne, Harold Collins, François Klaus and Li Cunxin. Guest artists Ako Kondo and Chengwu Guo from The Australian Ballet perform on 9…
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Sydney Theatre Company: Playing Beatie Bow

Wharf 1 Theatre Sydney
The STC makes its long-awaited return to the renovated Wharf with Kate Mulvany’s new stage adaptation of Ruth Park’s classic novel. Mulvany charmed audiences with her sublime adaptation of Park’s Harp in the South trilogy, so we’re expecting more thrills with this time-travelling story set in The Rocks. Limelight Editor's…

The Australian Shakespeare Company: Macbeth

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria Melbourne
The Macbeth's are back with their unparalleled thrust for the ultimate power of the throne. A stunning mix of minds games and manipulation, sparked by the prophesies of three witches that Macbeth encounters on the heath as he returns from war, triggers his burning ambition which in turn ignites an…

Ensemble Theatre: Outdated

Ensemble Theatre Sydney
So, you're in your 40's and dating again? Relax! Your first date may feel like you're speeding towards a cliff at 100kms an hour, but just follow these simple tips to make the dating process a breeze: Wish you could stop the date and start again? Ignore that doubting voice…

Adelaide Festival: Fangirls

Ridley Centre Wayville
As Hamilton proved, in a world where new musicals are often focus-grouped into blandness, fabulous butterflies can still emerge from the chrysalis of a single brilliant mind. Such is Fangirls, whose book, music and lyrics are by young Sydney-born writer Yve Blake. Fascinated by the way that society can see…

Branch Nebula: High Performance Packing Tape

Adelaide Festival Centre Adelaide
In High Performance Packing Tape, award-winning, cutting-edge performance company Branch Nebula has forged a performance that dares to ask “is a life without danger worth living?”  It’s messy, terrifying, deeply challenging to accepted notions of comfort and safety, and incredible fun. You’ll peer through parted fingers, thrill to his successes, wince…