August 01, 1988


King Lear
by William Shakespeare
State Theatre Company

This year the State Theatre Company’s sad tale for winter is King Lear but, unlike the John Gaden/Gale Edwards/Mary Moore production of The Winter’s Tale last year, in Lear the considerable talents of the team seem more at odds than in unison.

Mary Moore’s sooty cavernous set, with inky wash backdrop and a huge obsidian dish which splits open amidst Les Gilbert’s terra-crunching soundtrack, portends a dark purpose for a production …

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July 01, 1988

Bronx Cheer

Filed under: Archive,Books

The Bonfire Of The vanities
By Tom Wolfe
Jonathan Cape

The Difference between the old journalism and the New (as Tom Wolfe himself called it) is that the New Journalism is writ large – in the Upper Case Apt Phrase – and writ often, with hyperactive syntax, repetitions of the key word and triple pause dots stringing together gauds of aphoristic wit.

So when it is announced that Tom Wolfe, an author of ten books which make the word best-seller …

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Setting out the Stages

Adelaide Designer Mary Moore talks to Murray Bramwell about her recent work.

Mary Moore has two quite different projects on the go at the moment. At the Gouger Street workshops of the-Australian Dance Theatre she discusses costume construction with the wardrobe staff. The ADT’s now show Acceleration! opens on July 14 at Thebarton Theatre. The work of four choreographers, it has music by Sean Timms. The designs have familiar Mary Moore touches. With poker-faced motifs for the Casino and zippy …

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Rough Crossing
by Tom Stoppard
State Theatre Company.


Tom Stoppard is well on the way to becoming a noun. A stoppard could be the kind of play you write while you are waiting to write a play, a mot boiler, probably retreaded from an obscure, Hapsburg whimsy by Nestroy. Or even Ferenc Molnar, whose The Play at the Castle dined on the ‘well-made’ confections of Victorien Sardou and was itself snaffled by P. G. Wodehouse to become The Play’s

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June 01, 1988

Relative Success

Filed under: Archive,Music

Festival Theatre

As their name suggests, Clannad is a family affair. Paul, Ciaran and Maire, the Brennan siblings, combined with their twin uncles Noel and Padraig Duggan in 1970 to form one of Ireland’s foremost folk outfits.

A lot has happened to Clannad since they first started winning the battle of the bodhrans back in Gweedore, Donegal. Maire’s husky vibrato lead vocals, harmonised with the choral voices of her near and dear, have made the Clannad sound distinctively, sepulchrally …

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Miles Ahead

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Miles Davis
Thebarton Theatre

Miles Davis is unique. His forty year career in jazz has been spent at the most avant part of the vanguard. As a teenage prodigy he was, after Dizzy Gillespie, the most distinctive trumpeter in New York, or Paris, or anywhere. At the age of sixty-one he still presides over a band which is bursting with invention.

Inexplicably, on his first Australian tour, Davis attracted a less than full house for his one Thebarton concert. But …

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Kitchen Synch

Kitchen Synch
Absurd Person Singular
By Alan Ayckbourn.
State Theatre Company.

The State Theatre Company chose Absurd Person Singular because, as it was the first time any Alan Ayckbourn had been performed professionally in Adelaide, they wanted to present a proven winner. It is a good piece and epitomises Ayckbourn’s undeniable stagecraft. But in recent years TV audiences have seen this play, Absent Friends, Season’s Greetings and numerous repeats of The Norman Conquests enough for the production to have …

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Hating Alison Ashley

Hating Alison Ashley
by Richard Tulloch
Magpie Theatre Company South Australia
Directed by: Robert Draffin
Design: Julie Lynch
Cast: Eileen Darley, Annabel Giles, Michelle
Stanley, Claudia La Rose, Joanna Cooper, Michael
Habib, Peter Wood.

It seems that everyone has been hating Alison Ashley lately. Within the space of two weeks Richard Tulloch’s play has been staged in Sydney, Canberra and by the Magpie Theatre Company in Adelaide. Tulloch has adapted Robin Klein’s popular novel about big changes at Barringa East …

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Orchestral Manoeuvres

Filed under: Archive,Interviews,Music

Murray Bramwell talks with Chief Conductor Nicholas Braithwaite and General Manager Michael Elwood about the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, its past, present and, most importantly, its future.

It is the second night of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s Masters Series for May. Austrian pianist Walter Klien is playing a solo section from Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat major with fluid elegance while Concertmaster Ladislaw Jasek and his associate Alan Smith beam with comradely encouragement. It is one moment of …

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May 01, 1988


Dizzy Spells
Devised by Doug Tremlett and Terry O’Connell
Space Cabaret Club

The Legerdemain business has been losing its magic lately. It is either in the hands of TV hucksters with Dickensian eponyms and nylon hair or fading roues covered in dove crap. But now comes the New Wave – Doug Tremlett’s Dizzy Spells, a vertiginous blend of rock and roll, comedy and classic conjuring.

After five months in Melbourne and beyond, this four-figure show is as neat as …

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