Fringe Debate: Should Culture Be Cancelled?
For decades, we’ve heard seers of all stripes declaring that ‘everything is political’. In 2020, though, you might be forgiven for reading that with a note of exhaustion. The hopeful overtures of the open internet have well and truly descended into countless – endless – jibes and arguments. Cancelled columnists (and cartoonists) heave their laptops open to lament their newfound…
'I’m not Australian, I’m not Greek, I’m not anything ... What I am is a runner. Running away from a thousand and one things that people say you have to be or should want to be.'
Loaded by Christos Tsiolkas is one of Melbourne’s most iconic works of fiction. In Tsiolkas's high-octane, sex- and drugs-fuelled 1995 debut novel we follow…
We Are Nemeses: Talking Experimental Comedy
Vidya Rajan and Alistair Baldwin are Nemeses, a newly formed and already dysfunctional comedy duo. The pair had their Melbourne International Comedy Festival show cancelled due to the pandemic, but their toxic and unnecessary creative collaboration stops for no one!
Join Vidya and Alistair as they attempt to grab this viral moment and rise to the never-ending demands of content…
Table Read: Death in Brunswick
Before Muriel’s Wedding, He Died with a Falafel in his Hand and The Castle lit up Australian screens, there was the 1990s comedy classic Death in Brunswick, best remembered for its iconic grave-digging scene.
That scene is among the most famous in Australian cinema. It’s a sequence of dark absurdity that captures not just a moment and a…
Working with Words: Vidya Rajan
We spoke with writer, comedian, and performance-maker Vidya Rajan about rabbits, testing material for live performance and why she's interested in systems of power.
The Wheeler Centre
SAIGON: Between Life and History
Photograph of Helene Embling, Nguyen Duc Duy, Benjamin Law and Beverley Wang at the Wheeler Centre — Photo: Jon Tjhia
People – families – of diaspora carry the traces of change: new circumstances, different languages, uncertainty and often trauma. How do the ghosts of history and geography affect the everyday experiences and identities of people today? And what happens when the places where your parents and grandparents lived no longer exist – or you don’t share a language with your parents because you grew up in different places?
For Asia TOPA 2020, theatre director Caroline Guiela Nguyen presented SAIGON – a moving family saga tracing the paths of 11 characters across history and space. In this podcast, her translator, Nguyen Duc Duy, joins Australian writer Benjamin Law for a conversation about language, theatre and comedy, and this incredible play that places the art of translation at centre stage. They also explore the intergenerational, intercultural dimensions of their work – treasured by audiences, but largely missing from international stages. Hosted by Beverley Wang, with translator Helene Embling.
Presented in partnership with Asia TOPA.
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Unhappy Ending for The Mousetrap
The Independent reports that Agatha Christie’s heirs are dragging Wikipedia to court for the online encyclopedia’s spoilers that give away the plot twists and ending of the 1952 mystery play.
Wikipedia’s entry for the play features a section called Identity of the Murderer which explains that “audiences are asked not to reveal the identity of the killer to anyone outside the theatre, to ensure…
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