John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

July 10, 2019 / Album Reviews

ALCHEMY (www.lachyhamilton.com) 7/10 John Sangster did it with Tolkien, Jeremy Rose with The Fatal Shore, and Ellen Kirkwood, Barney McAll and the Allan Browne Quintet have done it with multiple sources. So in using Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist as a fertile launch-pad for his first album, saxophonist Lachy Hamilton joins…

July 7, 2019 / Theatre Reviews

SBW Stables Theatre, June 27 6.5/10 Ah, to be enchanted once again, just for an hour. Regrettably, an obsession with the literal – with drab reality – often denies our stages their chance to be that source of wonderment. Actors shout and furiously emote, but the plays themselves bleed only…

July 6, 2019 / Theatre Reviews

Lennox Theatre, June 25 4/10 Where’s my hammer? Glass walls between actors and audience have plagued Sydney stages since Benedict Andrew’s malformed Belvoir production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolfe? 12 years ago. If alienating audiences is the point of theatre, then, yes, glass walls are the ultimate coup, but…