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Posted 13 Mar 2014 @ 2:03pm
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Melbourne Theatre Company has announced the full program for this year's NEON Festival of Independant Theatre.

 

For this year's festival, MTC will welcome five independent companies: Little Ones Theatre, angus cerini / doubletap, Antechamber Productions & Daniel Keene, Arthur and Sans Hotel, to present a work of their choice each for a ten-day season.
 
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Posted 14 Oct 2013 @ 1:35pm
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Tennessean journalist and playwright Katori Hall returns with her latest production, The Mountaintop, at the Arts Centre this November.

 

Inspired by the Dr Martin Luther King Jr's last speech, I've been to the Mountaintop, before his assassination on April 4, 1968, The Mountaintop will be an imagined account of the events that took place before the death of the renowned civil...

Posted 1 Oct 2013 @ 11:41am
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The things you do for art. Actor Sheridan Harbridge has had to indulge in a bit of recreational drug taking in preparation for her role in Eddie Perfect's new show The Beast. Xanax to be precise. “She has a problem  with prescription drug use,” Harbridge says of her character, Gen. “She's a pill-popper, this one.”

 

The Beast, about to premiere at the Melbourne Theatre Company as...

Posted 19 Sep 2013 @ 2:26pm
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As you pace from Flinders St station towards Southbank it's near impossible not to be swept up within the cumulative centuries of artistic culture that have transpired in Melbourne's central arts precinct. Passing the Arts Centre and the National Gallery of Victoria, weaving through Southbank Theatre, the Melbourne Recital Centre and the Australian Centre For Contemporary Art, you're then met...

Posted 14 Aug 2013 @ 3:50pm
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After a successful season at the Melbourne Theatre Company, Delectable Shelter, a black comedy set during the apocalypse, will hitting the road for a local Metropolitan tour.

 

Written and directed by Benedict Harde (Julius Caesar, Life Without Me, Actors at Work), who has received Green Room nominations for his previous productions The Seizure and The Nest as part of The Hayloft...

Posted 13 Aug 2013 @ 11:20am
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The big, meaningful theatre pieces of the last century, the ones that are referred to as “important works” all tend to have one thing in common. They look at a family, ideally affluent with a large house, as the picture of society as a whole. A family has it all, youth and age, wisdom and fury, interlopers in the form of partners or servants. And with these characters in motion, the playwright...

Posted 13 Jul 2013 @ 11:19am
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Director Simon Stone will present his re-imagining of Anton Chekhov’s classic The Cherry Orchard, when he makes his Melbourne Theatre Company debut this August.

 

Returning to her family estate after years abroad and a failed love affair Andreyevna Ranevsky is faced with bankruptcy and an ever looming mortgage. Ranevsky and her brother Gayev must sell the family estate and come...

Posted 28 Jun 2013 @ 10:42am
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The Melbourne Theatre Company's latest production, The Crucible, is absolutely stunning.

 

The first thing you notice is the stark and powerful set, which grows ever-more ominous and suffocating throughout the long but thoroughly engaging production.  The use of music and ambient sound is sparse and perfectly timed, creeping up on you while you are engrossed with the happenings...

Posted 25 Jun 2013 @ 9:07pm
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In June 1956, playwright Arthur Miller appeared before the United States’ Congress House Un-American Activities Committee. Asked by the Committee for the identities of attendees at a series of meetings in 1947 who, it was alleged, had communist sympathies, Miller stood firm. “I could not use the name of another person and bring trouble on him,” Miller said, to the anger and resentment of his...

Posted 20 Jun 2013 @ 11:51am
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Lara Foot’s Solomon and Marion is a story of healing and redemption found in an unlikely bond between two people still reeling years after a tragic act of violence.

 

Marion is a woman, living alone in post-Apartheid South Africa, distraught and disconnected after the murder of her son. She is independent and hardened, with little to live for but a penchant for Marlboro Reds....

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