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Sunday, June 11, 2023

Migration and Entertainment: There’s a Whole Lot of History by Amanda Ellison

The release of TV’s Ten Pound Poms coincides with a particularly contentious period in Britain’s political stance regarding immigration. Britons’

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Sunday, May 28, 2023

Why the entertainment world needs more positive female icons by Amanda Ellison

Throughout history, women in the limelight have always had the power to influence their young female followers. From aping the

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Monday, May 15, 2023

Underneath Ms Archer: Cancel Culture versus the Magna Carta by Amanda Ellison

Underneath Ms Archer is a time travel comedy from the pen of playwright and comedian Aaron Chivers. Starring Louise Siversen

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Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Is Australia still a lucky country? by Amanda Ellison

On May 26 Hayes Theatre Company will premiere a new all-Aussie production, The Lucky Country. According to its writer, Vidya

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Monday, April 17, 2023

Life really is a cabaret by Amanda Ellison

Next month, cabaret-loving Aussies will have the opportunity to get their fix of a world ‘where anything can happen’: Launceston’s

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Saturday, April 1, 2023

Is Musical Theatre Zigging or Zagging? by Amanda Ellison

The desire to be unique is a common human characteristic. Research in the field of social psychology suggests that people

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Saturday, March 18, 2023

Metropolis and the Mechanisation of Society by Amanda Ellison

This April will usher in a new and timely production at the Hayes Theatre Company: Metropolis. Based on the 1925

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Saturday, March 4, 2023

Into the Woods: Beyond ‘Happily ever after…’ by Amanda Ellison

In medieval Europe, the morality play was the go-to form of entertainment. These allegorical stories would, through their characters, personify

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Saturday, February 11, 2023

Is now the time for Australia to take the starring role? by Amanda Ellison

In the immediate aftermath of the death of Queen Elizabeth II in September last year, support for Australia to become

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Sunday, January 29, 2023

What Aussie Audiences Want by Amanda Ellison

Over the past couple of years, audience behaviour in Australia has undergone a seismic shift. Post-pandemic, ticket sales have become

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Saturday, January 14, 2023

The Scold’s Bridle Treatment: Lady Macbeth and Meghan Markle by Amanda Ellison

Being a woman under the reign of James I (James VI of Scotland) would have been no fun. The obsession

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Friday, December 30, 2022

New Year, Old Genre by Amanda Ellison

As the old year segues into the new, many will be only too happy to kick 2022 into touch. Turmoil

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Sunday, December 18, 2022

The Beautiful and the Ugly in Come from Away by Amanda Ellison

The Canadian musical Come from Away calls to mind an ancient proverb: ‘The enemy of my enemy is my friend’.

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Sunday, December 4, 2022

On Musical Revivals and Rescuing the English Language by Amanda Ellison

Maccius Plautus, a Roman comedic playwright who incorporated song-like chanting into his plays, is believed to have introduced the world

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Sunday, November 20, 2022

From Joseph to Trump: Keeping the Faith by Amanda Ellison

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, currently playing at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre, is an ever-popular musical revival. And the source

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Saturday, November 5, 2022

tick…tick… BOOM! – it’s a universal condition by Amanda Ellison

Milestone birthdays often give rise to existential crises. In 1990, Jonathan Larson was staring down the barrel of his thirtieth

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Tuesday, October 25, 2022

A Christmas Carol: A Thoroughly Modern Haunting by Amanda Ellison

Few festive stories summon the spirit of the season as much as the Dickensian classic, A Christmas Carol. Following the

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Saturday, October 8, 2022

Titanic: A Metaphor for Life by Amanda Ellison

Theatregoers in Melbourne will, this November, have the rare opportunity to witness the award-winning stage version of Titanic – the

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Saturday, September 10, 2022

Urinetown is a wee bit close to reality by Amanda Ellison

Robert de Niro, in his role as Al Capone in the 1987 blockbuster The Untouchables, said: “We laugh because it’s

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Saturday, August 27, 2022

The Six Fix: Turning His-tory into Her Story by Amanda Ellison

Along with the rest of the world, Aussie audiences continue to turn up in their droves to experience Six, the

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Sunday, August 14, 2022

The Mousetrap: Why We’re All Ensnared by Amanda Ellison

John Osborne’s acclaimed 1950s drama Look Back in Anger premiered in London in 1956, and finished its run by the

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Saturday, July 30, 2022

Are cruel intentions the preserve of the powerful and privileged? by Amanda Ellison

The eve of any new year throbs with hope, anticipation and optimism. This is especially true of the dawn of

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Saturday, July 16, 2022

A Truly Topical Thriller by Amanda Ellison

If a Grand Canyon of a tale, with a taut plot, a distillation of sex, politics, corruption & betrayal, plus

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Sunday, July 3, 2022

Bonnie and Clyde: Where does guilt really lie? by Amanda Ellison

In 2011 Bonnie and Clyde opened on Broadway. The response was lackluster, and the run ended after only two months.

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Saturday, June 18, 2022

Cinderella and the Two-Way Staircase of Social Mobility by Amanda Ellison

Once upon a time, in a land far away (Greece, if you must know) there lived a young slave girl

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Saturday, June 4, 2022

The lonely legacy of GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY by Amanda Ellison

John Donne, sixteenth-century poet and cleric, knew a thing or two. If his name doesn’t ring a bell, perhaps  his

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Saturday, May 21, 2022

Mary Poppins and the pointless pursuit of ‘practically perfect’ parenting by Amanda Ellison

Mary Poppins is sometimes hailed as the ultimate feel-good story. It’s easy to see why. A magical, ‘practically perfect’ female

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Saturday, May 14, 2022

Jagged Little Pill: ‘It’s not ironic, y’all!’ by Amanda Ellison

For anyone not familiar with Canadian musician Alanis Morissette, cast your eye over the cover of the November 1995 edition

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Sunday, May 1, 2022

Mr Hyde and Offshore Immigration Processing: The Dark Side of Good Intentions by Amanda Ellison

Almost twenty-two years ago to the day – 25 May 1990 – Frank Wildhorn’s musical version of The Strange Case

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