With the year drawing to a close, we look back over the theatre that wowed our critics in 2019. With so much on offer, it was tough reducing our lists, but this is what we picked.
JO LITSON – EDITOR
Vaishnavi Suryaprakash and Sukania Venugopal in Counting and Cracking. Photograph © Brett Boardman
For years, there have been calls for more diversity on stage in Australian theatre. Here was a thrilling example. Written by S. Shakthidharan, the epic, wildly ambitious, three-and-a-half-hour play featured a cast of 17 performers speaking in six different languages – a device that was ingeniously and seamlessly handled on stage by director Eamon Flack. Moving between Sri Lanka and Australia, between 1956 and 2004, the fascinating play tells a compelling, complex story of Sri Lankan history, and reflects on a section of Australian society rarely portrayed onstage. Political, personal, provocative and illuminating, it was groundbreaking theatre.
The cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Photograph © Matt Murphy
Muggles recognise magical theatre when they see it and this dazzlingly staged...