John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

July 12, 2019 / Theatre Reviews

Eternity Playhouse, July 3 7/10 It’s apt that “upon a time” is missing from the title, because Once is a timeless fairy-tale of some dreams coming true, and others withering. John Carney’s 2007 film ruthlessly stripped away any sentimentality, thereby making achingly real the tale of love thwarted and musical…

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…