Arts and culture

Character acting without the character

11 November 2023 9:00 am

Miss Saigon may on the face of it seem like an odd choice of musical for Opera Australia to revive…

How the girls sighed

4 November 2023 9:00 am

You know the year is starting to come to an end when a new production of A Christmas Carol is…

A naive friend

28 October 2023 9:00 am

John le Carré was one of the more extraordinary popular writers of the last half-century (and more) and part of…

Lost in Translation was Tokyo at its bizarre, dislocating best

23 October 2023 2:00 am

You can wait ages for a Japan themed Hollywood film and then three come at once. In an odd spasm…

Astonishing mistress of song & dance

21 October 2023 9:00 am

The Newsreader has already caught a lot of attention for the way in which it weaves together a strong sense…

This earth-shattering work

14 October 2023 9:00 am

What a strange thing popular culture is. Back in the 1970s a lot of people might have affected to despise…

That extraordinary mutant masterpiece

7 October 2023 9:00 am

It’s been a long time coming, Patricia Cornelius’ My Sister Jill but she’s a playwright whose work demands to be…

His brilliant boggling career

30 September 2023 9:00 am

It’s interesting to see that Mel Gibson, no less, is in the blood and violence TV streamer The Continental which…

By hook or by crook

23 September 2023 9:00 am

Anne Henderson has produced a series of important books on the Menzies era. Her latest volume adds to this considerable…

Diamond-bright hoot

23 September 2023 9:00 am

Oh to be in London with Barrie Kosky calling the shots in the first part of Wagner’s Ring Cycle Das…

Mermaid out of her depth

16 September 2023 9:00 am

It’s strange the different strands of culture we constantly negotiate. The Rolling Stones bring out a new album and this…

Poets don’t stink

9 September 2023 9:00 am

The Australian Book Review poetry prize is upon us again and it’s worth mentioning that the ABR editor Peter Rose,…

The terribleness of a progressive Bond

3 September 2023 5:00 pm

The latest Bond villain is Nigel Farage. Not literally, of course. But he was clearly a major inspiration for the…

Everybody’s friend

2 September 2023 9:00 am

It was cheering in its way to hear, from the lips of that shrewd urbane man Tony Burke, that 246…

A woke witch hunt has taken over the arts

27 August 2023 5:00 pm

Remove the preconceptions that stop you seeing clearly, and it is hard to tell the difference between how the arts…

The masterful technique

26 August 2023 9:00 am

Isn’t it weird to hear reports of eminent curators at the British Museum leaving because various priceless artworks (often of…

Bob, Robbie & Robert

19 August 2023 9:00 am

It’s fifty years they tell us since the creation of Utzon’s Opera House and it’s strange to think how this…

Dazzled by her gift

12 August 2023 9:00 am

If you have never seen Bernadette Robinson give yourself a treat and see her current one man show, Divas. It’s…

Magniloquent horror

29 July 2023 9:00 am

The experience of watching Warwick Thornton’s The New Boy, his film with Cate Blanchett as the nun running an orphange…

Shakespeare in black and white

26 July 2023 12:16 pm

Sarah Karim-Cooper first came to public attention at the cosmetics counter. Her book on makeup in Renaissance theater, Cosmetics in Shakespearean…

Kundera’s last laugh

22 July 2023 9:00 am

So now Milan Kundera is gone at the age of 94. It’s easy to forget the tremendous weight, the sheer…

The Sound of Freedom, a revolutionary act

20 July 2023 6:00 am

During times of universal deceit, wrote George Orwell, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. Our time can certainly be…

Stop trying to make high culture funky

18 July 2023 4:00 pm

Clive Myrie, now probably the top face of the BBC, and host of their television coverage of the Proms, had…

How the Unbearable Lightness of Being enthralled a generation

16 July 2023 8:24 pm

If during the 80s and 90s you were any kind of book lover, Milan Kundera – who died this week…

How to build the bomb

15 July 2023 9:00 am

Graham Greene used to say that none of the great literary works he had read as an adult had the…