John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

May 15, 2019 / Theatre Reviews

National Gallery of Australia, April 27 8.5/10 It’s widely thought to be the greatest play ever penned, and some consider it the pinnacle of the western canon, period. Yet despite its intellectual breadth, psychological depth and sheer length, Hamlet’s only females are a queen who marries her husband’s murderer with…

May 13, 2019 / Features

Given the hatred that continually blisters relations between Muslims, Christians and Jews, Goran Bregovic could have been forgiven for making his most recent album, which partly addresses the musical cultures of those three religions, one of laments. In fact the mood of Three Letters from Sarajevo is mostly celebratory, but…

May 12, 2019 / Theatre Reviews

New Theatre, April 25 5.5/10 Bernard Shaw, often a wanton provocateur in matters of religion, politics and spelling, was certainly a forthright champion of equality, whether of gender, race or class, and his gift for comedy was blessed with a rare timelessness. Pygmalion is now 107 years old, yet the…