John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

August 3, 2019 / Theatre Reviews

Drama Theatre, July 20 6/10 It takes 14 pages for her to appear, and another five before she has much to say, but JG Milford certainly shakes up the 1890s town of Koolgalla. Just her gender kicks off that process, because Rufus Torrent, editor of the Koolgalla Argus, assumed JG…

August 2, 2019 / Album Reviews

DESCENT OF THE FREE (ABC) 8/10 His name may be unfamiliar, but his playing is unforgettable. Elsen Price is one of Australian music’s treasures: a double bassist who ranges across classical, avant-garde, jazz, Middle Eastern, free improvisation and more, and is utterly convincing in every context. He also uses real-time…

July 31, 2019 / Theatre Reviews

Old Fitz Theatre, July 13 8/10 Had the good Lord not seen fit to invent Ireland, the post-Shakespeare English-speaking stage would look a nudge threadbare without Goldsmith, Sheridan, Wilde, Shaw, Yeats, Synge, O’Casey, Beckett, Behan and the rest. Despite being London born and bred, Martin McDonagh can just about squeeze…