Netflix Has Nothing On This: Review of BNT’s Steel Magnolias

With last night’s opening of Steel Magnolias, Ballarat National Theatre returned to tread the boards for the first time in 2 years.  The audience too - some chose to stay in masks - were feeling their way in what would’ve been for many a first night out to a live performance in a long time. … Continue reading Netflix Has Nothing On This: Review of BNT’s Steel Magnolias

Killing It For Kicks – An Analysis of Jekyll & Hyde The Musical

Jekyll & Hyde The Musical was recently staged in Ballarat for the first time by Ballarat Lyric Theatre Inc, at Wendouree Centre for Performing Arts. In terms of production values and performances, the show really was excellent. A jaw-dropping set, belting vocals and crisp choreography lived up to the hype. And yet, I felt so deeply … Continue reading Killing It For Kicks – An Analysis of Jekyll & Hyde The Musical

In The Uncomfortable Spotlight – Reflections on Leaders Forum 2017

With only a few weeks until graduation, I have been reflecting on my year in the 2017 Leaders Forum. It’s been intense, inspiring, depressing, and confronting. My place in the program has been thanks to the Hugh Williamson Foundation, with costs covered for a participant from the Arts & Culture sector.  After 8 months of … Continue reading In The Uncomfortable Spotlight – Reflections on Leaders Forum 2017

Theatre is the Ultimate Mindfulness Exercise.

I saw Bakersfield Mist at Ballarat’s Her Majesty's Theatre the other night. I spent a few hours cosied up in a trailer-park with Maude (Julie Nihill), who was trying to convince New York art connoisseur Lionel (John Wood) that she owned a long lost Jackson Pollock. It was a decent show, if you're into naturalism … Continue reading Theatre is the Ultimate Mindfulness Exercise.