Nov
22
2018

Phillip Johnston

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THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED (Asynchronous) 7.5/10 If you’ve seen the film, to hear the music is to have the magical images once more dancing before your eyes. The Adventures of Prince Achmed is Phillip Johnston’s score for the revolutionary silent feature film of that name made in 1926 by Lotte Reiniger, which brings tales […]

Nov
21
2018

Elixir/Katie Noonan/Michael Leunig

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GRATITUDE AND GRIEF (Kin/Universal) 8/10 The dichotomy could not be wider, and yet it is exactly this that makes the album work so well. Firstly Michael Leunig reads one of his picture-of-innocence, charm-laden, spell-casting poems in his uniquely lugubrious way, and then that same poem is set to music and sung my Katie Noonan in […]

Nov
19
2018

MADIBA

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State Theatre, November 1 5.5/10 Nelson Mandela’s is one of the great triumph-over-adversity stories. Jailed for 27 years by a regime bereft of morality, he maintained his courage, stoicism and honour, and eventually led his people out of the hell of apartheid. That story deserved better than this hot-and-cold musical. The show’s strengths make its […]

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