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December 01, 2008

Siren Songs

Filed under: Archive,Music

Martha Wainwright
The Gov
November 21

Reviewed by Murray Bramwell

It is more than three years since Martha Wainwright last played the Gov. She was supported by the excellent Josh Ritter and showcasing her self-titled first album, plus an adult concepts single, Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole, a musical arrow pitched plaintively at her famously absent father, Loudon Wainwright III. The family is a bit like that – hearts on their sleeves, lyrics dripping revenge and no stone unturned for the …

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November 06, 2008

The Cripple of Inishmaan

2008

The Cripple of Inishmaan
by Martin McDonagh

State Theatre Company
Dunstan Playhouse
November, 2008.

Irish drama is full of untruths, like the stories told by Christy Mahon, late of County Mayo, to the drinkers in Flaherty’s tavern. Those fabulous fibs promoted his reputation as The Playboy of the Western World, the title of JM Synge’s celebrated play from 1907. Ninety years later, Martin McDonagh created Billy Claven, another bare-faced liar looking to get beyond the peat wall and see …

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November 01, 2008

Scripting the Season

Filed under: Archive,Interviews

Murray Bramwell reports on Adam Cook’s State Theatre Company program for 2009.

One of the things Adam Cook likes to do is spruik his company and never more so than at the time of the new season’s launch. He is good at it, and he pays attention to detail – the graphics, layout, pics and page size of the brochure and, of course, the signature pea-green stylings and snappy slogans. They are all part of the package. This year’s pitch …

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Scripting the Season

Murray Bramwell reports on Adam Cook’s State Theatre Company program for 2009.

One of the things Adam Cook likes to do is spruik his company and never more so than at the time of the new season’s launch. He is good at it, and he pays attention to detail – the graphics, layout, pics and page size of the brochure and, of course, the signature pea-green stylings and snappy slogans. They are all part of the package. This year’s pitch …

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October 17, 2008

Things that go bump in the mind

2008

Ghosts
by Henrik Ibsen
Adaptation by Nicki Bloom

State Theatre Company of South Australia
Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre.
October 13, 2008. Tickets: $21.70 – $51.70.
Bookings BASS 131 246
Until October 25.

In a letter, in June 1882, Henrik Ibsen declared – “I had to write Ghosts: I couldn’t stop at A Doll’s House: after Nora, I had to create Mrs Alving.” Ibsen, ever the probing questioner of received opinions, showed us Nora leaving her doll house before …

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October 01, 2008

Attempts on Her Life

2008

Architektin
by Robyn Archer

State Theatre Company
Of South Australia
Dunstan Playhouse
September 2., 2008

Reviewed by Murray Bramwell

By any measure, the life and achievements of Margerete Schutte Lihotsky were extraordinary. Born in Vienna at the beginning of one century and living to see the arrival of the next, her life spanned the history of modernism. An architect when women were not visible in the profession she was a notable part of the revolution in building and design …

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September 26, 2008

PM backs festive Pacific solution

Adelaide

OzAsia Festival 2008
Adelaide Festival Centre
September 14-28.

The Tale of Haruk
by Bae Yo Sup
Tuida
The Space, Adelaide Festival Centre
September 17.

Once Upon a Midnight
by Alex Vickery-Howe
Music by Tim Lucas
Kijimuna Festival and Flinders University Drama Centre
The Space, Adelaide Festival Centre
September 24.

Shastriya Syndicate
Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre
September 24.

Adelaide’s OzAsia Festival is now in its second year and already showing new signs and directions. Among a number of program …

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September 09, 2008

Introduction to Beautiful Words by Sean Riley

Filed under: Archive,Commentary

2008
Currency Press

Beautiful Words, Harsh Realities and Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Murray Bramwell

In December 2001 a story was published in The Age newspaper about a young Afghan girl named Zaynab. Her photo shows a very typical looking twelve year old wearing a boldly patterned headscarf – but her expression is solemn, her eyes downcast. The report notes that although she is in the care of her uncle, a government spokesman says her future in Australia is uncertain.

Zaynab …

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September 01, 2008

Unchained Heart

2008

Murray Bramwell talks with Japanese-Australian photographer Mayu Kanamori about the 2008 OzAsia Festival event, CHIKA, a multi-dimensional performance work about the ten year imprisonment of Japanese tourist, Chika Honda.

When she first heard of the arrest in Australia in 1992, for alleged heroin smuggling, of Japanese tourist, Chika Honda, media artist and photographer Mayu Kanamori gave it only passing consideration. “I thought: they’ve arrested a group of mafia types, how embarrassing –they’re Japanese.”

Gradually though, spurred by investigative journalists …

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Tall Stories and Go-Betweens

Filed under: Archive,Music

Robert Forster
Governor Hindmarsh
August 6.

Reviewed by Murray Bramwell

At the first show of a three week tour which was eventually to meander back to Sydney, Robert Forster is looking benign and bemused. It is a cold wet Wednesday, the open fire is banked high and the crowd at the Gov is sparse but keen. There is an air of rehearsal to this out of town try-out, Forster’s first gig since the release of his excellent new CD The …

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