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Review | ‘Black Brass’ unpacks cultural baggage in heartfelt performance

Review | ‘Black Brass’ unpacks cultural baggage in heartfelt performance

Black Brass | State Theatre Centre of WA | til Mar 7 | ★ ★ ★ ★  Black Brass is an experience for the senses – on arrival at the theatre, you can smell home made foods from African cultures, there’s offerings of traditional meals, Ethiopian coffee, hair braiding and African artwork. Written and performed by Mararo […]

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Review | ‘Whistleblower’ – a show with a new star every time

Whistleblower | Heath Ledger Theatre | Until 7th March | ★ ★ ★ ★ ★   The Last Great Hunt, a mainstay of Perth’s improvisational and interactive theatre community, has swept into Perth Festival this year with the company’s new show Whistleblower, a Perth Festival-commissioned genre defying performance where the protagonist is a theatregoer plucked from the audience […]

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Review | ‘The Sum of Us’ is one of the great Aussie plays

Review | ‘The Sum of Us’ is one of the great Aussie plays

The Sum of Us | Subiaco Arts Centre | Until 7th March | ★ ★ ★ ★ ½  Yirra Yaakin’s production of The Sum of Us is the first production to be programmed by the company’s new Artistic Director Eva Grace Mullaley, who took over the reins from longstanding leader Kyle Morrison last year. It’s a choice that allows […]

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Review | ‘Archives of Humanity’ brings a modern day epic to Perth Festival

Review | ‘Archives of Humanity’ brings a modern day epic to Perth Festival

Archives of Humanity | Studio Underground | til Feb 27 | ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  The human spirit is most brilliant when resilient, and oh my… how the past year has tested our collective resilience. From the uncertainty of COVID-19 to the aching, isolating voids of lockdown, we have had to imagine new ways of bringing community […]

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Review | The hauntingly enchanting sounds of ‘Hymns for End Times’

Review | The hauntingly enchanting sounds of ‘Hymns for End Times’

Hymns for End Times | His Majesty’s Theatre | ★ ★ ★ ★  Rachael Dease teams up with WASO and Voyces to perform her eclectic and ethereal sounds that were borne out of a time when bushfires ravaged the Eastern Coast and fears that the world was ending came to the forefront of her mind as […]

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‘Whale Fall’ examines changes of body, heart and the world around us

‘Whale Fall’ examines changes of body, heart and the world around us

Perth Festival has arrived for 2021, and this year’s celebration is focusing on our time, and our place here in Western Australia. One of this year’s entries is Whale Fall – a slow-burning family drama from the team at The Kabuki Drop about second chances and unconditional love, charting transition across generations, family, the environment […]

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Review | WA Ballet’s ‘As One: Ballet at the Quarry’

Review | WA Ballet’s ‘As One: Ballet at the Quarry’

West Australian Ballet’s 2021 Quarry season is filled with love  As One: WA Ballet at the Quarry | Quarry Amphitheatre | Until 27th Feb | ★ ★ ★ ★ ½  The WA Ballet’s annual season at the Quarry Amphitheatre is always one of the highlights of the Perth Festival, a time when the company not only steps outside […]

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Review | ‘Sun Children’ brings valuable lessons from streets of Tehran

Review | ‘Sun Children’ brings valuable lessons from streets of Tehran

Sun Children | Dir: Majid Majidi | ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  The dedication at the beginning of the film is to “the 152 million children forced into child labour and all those who fight for their rights” and the cast for this film is largely drawn from the kids who live in the streets of Tehran. At […]

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Review | ‘Dating Amber’ explores the beauty of queer friendships

Review | ‘Dating Amber’ explores the beauty of queer friendships

Dating Amber | Dir: David Freyne | ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  There wasn’t much to do in Country Kildare in Ireland in 1995 but for the older teenagers – there was sex. Gossiping about who is with who and by how much, boasting about sexual achievements and taunting anyone who looked as if they might deviate from […]

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Review | Polish film ‘Corpus Christi’ tackles faith and forgiveness

Review | Polish film ‘Corpus Christi’ tackles faith and forgiveness

Corpus Christi | Dir: Jan Komasa | ★ ★ ★ ★ ½  This Polish film is based on actual events. Twenty year-old Daniel (Bartosz Bielenia) is paroled from prison after serving time for second-degree murder. After finding comfort in religion during his prison term, his desire is to become an ordained priest, but his criminal record prevents […]

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