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Front row at the theatre wars: Simon Stone’s The Cherry Orchard

  By the time I belatedly sat down in the Sumner theatre to see Simon Stone’s adaptation of The Cherry Orchard I had other dramas on my mind. Shadowing the reception of MTC’s production was a minor shitstorm around the supposed battle between ‘new writing’ and ‘adaptation’. … Read more »

KYD No. 13 Teaser: ‘Notes on Theatre Notes: The Importance of Being Seen’

For our second KYD No. 13 teaser, respected theatre critic Alison Croggon reflects on the role her blog Theatre Notes played in her life and the critical world. The rest of Alison’s interesting article – and the whole of Issue Thirteen – will be available for purchase … Read more »

The Tennessee torpor: ITCH Productions’ Vieux Carré

Imagine the worst share house you have ever set foot in, multiply its misery by ten and you will have something approximating the milieu of Tennessee Williams’ 1977 play Vieux Carré. If you’ve never heard of it, that may be because it’s from his critically panned late … Read more »

A climate of mendacity: The Heretic

It must be tough writing drama about the political issue du jour. Worthy causes can be adapted into unwatchable dross, while intellectual scrap metal can be spun into theatrical gold. A case of the latter is The Heretic Read more »

Five favourite mean mums

In our list series, ‘Gang of Five’, we make a list of five things related to … whatever we like. This time KYD Online Intern, Stephanie Van Schilt, creates a special, somewhat sinister, Mother’s Day list. Happy Mother’s Day to all the mums out there – we … Read more »

Review: Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Australian Shakespeare Company

The scandal-plagued Lady Chatterley’s Lover may seem like a logical choice for today’s stage. After all, DH Lawrence’s novel about a sexually frustrated aristocrat who develops a taste for the rough-cut charms of her husband’s groundskeeper had an extraordinarily liberated attitude toward sex for its time. It’s … Read more »

Podcast: Alex Menglet, Bell Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar

Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar has its share of memorable lines – to this day we beware the Ides of March or beseech our friends, Romans and countrymen to hear us. But though it’s sometimes thought of as the Shakespeare’s boring toga story, its absorbing tale of power, friendship … Read more »

Interview with Tamara Saulwick, creator and performer of Pin Drop

Fears are something we are thought to grow out of, as we leave our childhood beds and the threat of monsters hidden beneath them. Yet, the ‘things that go bump in the night’ encountered as an adult have the potential to be far more real and dangerous. … Read more »

Murderous monologue: Barrie Kosky’s The Tell-Tale Heart

Image: Jeff Busby There is silence as the house lights dim, and the blood red drapes become illuminated before opening in darkness. There is silence as the nameless man’s face appears, a spectre – floating almost. And with a strain of the eyes his body becomes just … Read more »