John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

Blue Mountains Theatre, April 13 7/10 Ah, poor Scotland. Its people could have ducked the whole Brexit debacle if they’d voted for independence from the UK five years ago. Still, on the bright side (a very occasional summer phenomenon in those latitudes, much remarked upon), they have Manran to keep…

April 29, 2019 / Album Reviews - Archive

THE SEASONS OF BEING (Sunnyside) 8/10 Ah, the old chestnut of music and healing. Even born sceptics like me subscribe to it, having experienced the effect too many times for doubt. Pianist/composer Andy Milne understands the link, too. He might take his theorising into new-age zones that prickle my scepticism,…

April 27, 2019 / Theatre Reviews - Archive

Drama Theatre, April 12 7.5/10 With each play she comes closer to fulfilling her ambitious goals. Sydney Theatre Company has staged three Lucy Kirkwood plays in three years, each an improvement on its predecessor. After the widescreen, big-cast Chimerica, the Briton pulled focus for the domestic three-hander of The Children,…