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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Ang Collins, Blueberry Play

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Ang Collins, Blueberry Play

“I wrote a really terrible play in Year 12.”

Playwright Ang Collins has not revisited this play since its conception.

“I’m pretty sure it would burn my eyes, but you have to start somewhere!”

Today, Ang is an artist wearing many creative hats, along with an eye-catching combination of pastel pink and blue. Predominately a playwright, she is also a producer, dramaturg and currently working in arts administration at Griffin Theatre Company. 

PLAYWAVE CREATIVE REVIEW: MAGGIE STONE

PLAYWAVE CREATIVE REVIEW: MAGGIE STONE
Maggie Stone is a play that speaks directly to the white Australian audience and engages courageously with the political and societal debates we are currently having. It takes advantage of the communicative and change making power of the theatre and truly deserves to have been produced on such a wide scale. Dealing with Australian attitudes towards refugees, the assumptions made and the nature of charity, this show surprised me with its motivation to make change and explicit engagement with the community it faces.

LOCAL GEM: Want of Peace aka. Grant Rutups

LOCAL GEM: Want of Peace aka. Grant Rutups
Every now and then a Playwave Creative will write a feature about a local creative that they admire. Recently, Lara Franzi sat down with musician Want of Peace (aka. Grant Rutups) to discuss his latest release 'Spaceman'.

PLAYWAVE CREATIVE REVIEW: KLUB KOORI

PLAYWAVE CREATIVE REVIEW: KLUB KOORI
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been willing to spend my money on live music. Whether it’s a band you love, a free event in a park, or an event that simply looks cool, sometimes we all just crave a good, sweaty boogie. There's truly nothing better than sharing an ephemeral moment, with good tunes; friends and strangers alike.

PLAYWAVE CREATIVE REVIEW: ROOMBA NATION

PLAYWAVE CREATIVE REVIEW: ROOMBA NATION

I never thought I’d find needlessly exaggerated accents funny, let alone hilarious. But somehow the Nordic theme of Roomba Nation really touched that part of my brain that compels me to laugh, and I spent a lot of this show laughing.

Roomba Nation is a hilarious romp through the exciting world of inadvertent medical corruption. It touches on concepts of egocentric medical practices and blurs the line between alternative and respected medicine.

PLAYWAVE CREATIVE REVIEW: IMPENDING EVERYONE

PLAYWAVE CREATIVE REVIEW: IMPENDING EVERYONE

‘This cannot be stopped; your history is impending.’

Today, very few parts of our daily lives aren’t on record. We voluntarily give ourselves to Facebook, our private messages are stored, and Google knows just a little too much about us. It’s no secret the Internet watches our every move, and generally we don’t seemed too phased by this erosion of privacy, because 'that’s just the way it is.’

PLAYWAVE EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: IMPENDING EVERYONE

PLAYWAVE EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: IMPENDING EVERYONE
Michael Andrew Collins’, Impending Everyone, is a new-Australian work commissioned by ATYP, speaking directly to our social and political climate, amid the rise of technology, and the erosion of our rights to privacy. Set in a NSW public high school with the secrets of a bunch of high school kids on the line, you already know things are going to go down.

PLAYWAVE CREATIVE REVIEW: DRESDEN

PLAYWAVE CREATIVE REVIEW: DRESDEN

Richard Wagner and Adolf Hitler. Two figures ingrained in our history, separated by a generation, yet deeply connected by their passion, drive and beliefs. Or are they?

Dresden delves into the stark similarities and differences between Wager and Hitler to showcase the power of art and passion, and the way it can change lives, even if it’s not for the better...

PLAYWAVE CREATIVE REVIEW: YELLOW IS FORBIDDEN

PLAYWAVE CREATIVE REVIEW: YELLOW IS FORBIDDEN

“Couture is more than a piece of clothing. It's an expression. It's art.”

Recognised for her luxurious fabrics, intricate embroidery, use of gold thread and jewels, Chinese designer, Guo Pei calls herself one of the slowest designers in the world. With pieces taking between five-thousand and fifty-thousand hours to make and weighing up to 50kg, Guo’s spectacular works of art have gained global recognition, even naming her one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in 2016.

PLAYWAVE CREATIVE REVIEW: WEST OF SUNSHINE

PLAYWAVE CREATIVE REVIEW: WEST OF SUNSHINE
West of Sunshine is a critical film that portrays a harsh and authentic experience, shredding apart individuals lost in their game of success. This new Australian release at the annual Sydney Film Festival, doesn’t quite invite you to witness a private moment between Jim, a struggling father and his young son Alex - instead we invade it, ogling as Jim tries to skip past the races and pokies to pay off a dangerous debt.

PLAYWAVE CREATIVE REVIEW: THE BREADWINNER

PLAYWAVE CREATIVE REVIEW: THE BREADWINNER

“Stories remain in our hearts even after all else is gone.”

Adapted from Deborah Ellis’ 2000 Young Adult novel of the same name, the film follows 11-year-old Parvana (brilliantly voiced by Canadian newcomer Saara Chaudry) as she navigates life within the oppressive Taliban-era Afghanistan. In a society where women are prohibited to be outside without a male family member, Parvana quickly grows to understand the misogyny and chauvinism that pervades the world around her, forcing her to mature far beyond her years.

PLAYWAVE CREATIVE REVIEW: THE CHANGEOVER

PLAYWAVE CREATIVE REVIEW: THE CHANGEOVER
The Changeover is the film adaptation of a young adult novel of the same name by Margaret Mahy from 1984. Naturally the phrase “film adaptation” sparks some alarm bells, especially when paired with “young adult novel”. Initially excited for this film, because of my love for the supernatural in Australasian settings, I became apprehensive after watching the trailer. Why? Because there was a tall, brooding, dark haired boy. Before I start on about that though, I’ll talk about everything I loved, and I assure that there was a lot of it.

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