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Tuesday, July 16, 2024


BOOKS: Minding Your Mind

October is Mental Health Awareness Month, so it is a perfect time to think about how people handle stress in their lives. Psychiatrist Professor Ian Hickie and author and ABC radio identity James O’Loughlin (pictured) have just released a book to give some tips on this tricky issue. Called Minding Your Mind, it is based

ARTS: Awards for Creative Partnerships

The 2022 Creative Partnerships Awards have been announced; they recognise remarkable people who generously provide support to enhance the Australian arts and culture sector. This year, the Awards celebrate and acknowledge nine exemplary leaders in private giving, philanthropy and business partnerships with the arts:• Arts Visionary Award – Ulrike Klein • Philanthropy Leadership Award –

SHOWBIZ: Sondheim, more to see

One of the world’s greatest ever music theatre creators, Stephen Sondheim left a real void when he died in November last year. But Melbourne Sondheim fans have a reason to rejoice next week. According to Melbourne cabaret maestro Trevor Jones, Sondheim was the greatest musical theatre composer and lyricist of the 20th century, which is

LITERATURE: Stella winner named

Evelyn Araluen’s Dropbear (University of Queensland Press) was named as the winner of 2022 Stella Prize for Australian women’s writing. The winner was announced at a special celebration of Australian women’s writing presented in partnership with State Library Victoria. The gala event marked 10 years since the inaugural Stella Prize was awarded. Acclaimed film and

SHOWBIZ: Funny As Sin

Ben Kochan and Concetta Caristo are two ‘separate comedians’ and a de facto couple in love. Their devotion is obvious as they bounce on stage full of energy and adoration for each other in their Melbourne International Comedy Festival offering at Cooper’s Inn, Funny as Sin. But as is to be expected, in any relationship

SHOWBIZ: The Anniversary

Comedy genius Eric Sykes’s 1967 film, The Plank, famously presents a narrative almost entirely without dialogue. The action is made up of slapstick and sight gags. The Anniversary is a zany production that follows in the footsteps of Sykes’s iconic masterpiece. Created by Clare Bartholomew and Daniel Tobias along with director Peter Houghton, the show

SHOWBIZ: Killing Rove

Not so long ago, Rove McManus was the biggest thing on TV. The three-time Logie winner seemed to disappear from our screens overnight in 2009. Comedian Patrick Marlborough ponders this question for his frenetic show Killing Rove. While he muses about Rove’s disappearance, the disturbing, giant, deepfake head of Rove’s sidekick, fellow comedian Peter Hellier,

SHOWBIZ: Two Hits and a Ms

The welcome return of Morning Melodies at Arts Centre Melbourne, the first performance for the dedicated followers for 2022, had their feet tapping and hands clapping. With arts now gathering momentum following an almost two year hiatus, the Arts Centre is set to celebrate its 38th year of Morning Melodies with its “stellar line-up of

SHOWBIZ: The Three Witches

Macbeth’s witches didn’t quite survive the temporal transfer from the renaissance to the present day in The Three Witches at Motley Bauhaus in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Having accidentally set a train of events in motion by prophesying Macbeth’s ascension to the throne, the witches attempt to retrieve the letter he has sent to

SHOWBIZ: Beige Bitch

I had hoped to channel my inner mediocrity to write this review and be the beige Emily Carr championed in her one woman show, Beige Bitch. Alas, I am driven to superlatives and have failed. Structured around the five stages of grieving (denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance), the audience follows the tribulations of an

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