A grind of thoughts and feelings that characterise before our eyes, Emme Hoy’s Extinction of a Learned Response is a new work showing as part of the 25A Belvoir independent season, filling the stage with an eerie glimpse into a dystopian nihilistic future.
After seeing the performance, Lara was lucky enough to interview playwright Emme Hoy on her motivation and meanings behind Extinction of a Learned Response.
Hell. Demons. A senior prom night in danger. Vietnamese American playwright, Qui Nguyen’s Alice in Slasherland is outrageous, unapologetic and currently playing at the Old Fitz for Sydney audiences.
I was lucky enough to catch not one, not two, but SIX of the cast from Alice in Slasherland, before they jumped into their tech run. Welcomed into the space with warm arms, this charming group of young creatives were all in good spirits.
I enjoy seeing shows on my own. The same way I love wandering through the art gallery, and going to restaurants by myself; it’s really nice to be on your own, and take yourself out on a little date.
However, often I end up going to theatre on my own, not out of choice, but rather because I couldn’t find anyone to come with me.
From Parliament House to cocaine, dodge balls to dance sequences; Nakkiah Lui’s new political comedy, How to Rule the World, presents us with a melting pot of skit-like comedy, direct address, and musical elements, to create a colourful picture of Australia’s political climate today.
Political, satirical, and packed with big ideas, the show presents itself as a degustation menu, giving us a delicious taste of intersectionality, race, media sensationalism and the radical steps people are willing to take to have their opinions voiced.
Sleep, Perchance to Dream is a whirlwind through the trapped mind of sweet Ophelia and her crumbled world. Central coast artist Alexandra Travers brings us this striking performance of rhythm and insanity. She throws us a twist to Shakespeare’s Ophelia, through her unique monologue and ideals that craft this new modern-day portrayal.
It is a wild and unchained performance that seems to grow in both meaning and necessity and still provides answers for our most troubled questions as our society continues to cycle around Shakespeare’s traditional morals.
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