Author CJ McLean

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Quantum physics, geo-politics and teen rebellion crash headlong into one another in House of Sand’s Welcome the Bright World, an Umbrella production with the State Theatre Company of South Australia. Stephen Sewell’s 1983 play traffics in big words; big themes; big emotions.

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Students Hassan and Chloe are put on detention—one has been suspected of stealing their teacher’s money, and it’s up to them to decide what the truth is. It’s a simple concept that speaks volumes, and opens up a world of potential in this new production from Windmill Theatre Company. Moving away from the pure fantasy of some of their previous fare, Amphibian is an inventive production that motors along on the energy and vitality of its cast.

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Wonder and the search for meaning—two things that make life beautiful, and maddening. Tim Winton’s That Eye, The Sky encapsulates this beautifully, and grounds it with small family tragedies in a wholly Australian setting. After father Sam is left incapacitated from a car crash, it is up to his family—Alice, Tegwyn, and the youngest Ort—to care for him and keep their unit together while battling their own hidden traumas.

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A holiday resort in the bush, on the edge of an infinity pool, seems to be the most tranquil place in the world; a place where you can shut off from the world and clear your mind. That is, unless you are one of the three characters in the State Theatre Company’s latest fare, Creditors.

Arts 10.0
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Patti LuPone propels into Don’t Monkey with Broadway, a song that reflects back on the iconic strip with love, and turns to the future with a shudder. It would wrong though to assume that what follows is just a nostalgia trip. LuPone’s voice flows through the years like a river, and collects up some gems that might have otherwise been forgotten. This is a brilliant show from the greatest of the great.

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“If a book is well written, I always find it too short.” Jane Austen’s infamous words find new meaning in the State Theatre Company’s bold production of Sense & Sensibility, adapted by Kate Hamill.

Adelaide Festival
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Homer’s The Iliad is, above its poetry and deep influence upon Western arts and literature, bloody. After all, this is the story of a ten-year siege on an impenetrable city. There are bound to be some casualities. Alice Oswald’s Memorial doesn’t shy away from this fact,

Adelaide Fringe 5.0
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there is no room to hide in this one-man autobiography, as writer Christopher Bryant takes his audience through his personal story that began at a devastating car accident that nearly left him without the ability to write.