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April 10, 2021 / Theatre Reviews

Old Fitz Theatre, March 21 5.5/10 Finally returning to the Old Fitz held a particular joy, as if this tight little crucible is the canary in the Sydney theatre coalmine, and all’s well when it’s on the wing. This feeling was compounded when, upon entering the theatre proper, we seemed…

April 3, 2021 / Theatre Reviews

Roslyn Packer Theatre, March 20 8.5/10 Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ ferocious play ends with decay. The “romantic” plantation mansion in Arkansas we have shared with nine characters for nearly three hours begins to disintegrate in a string of fleeting scenes, rather like stop-frame photography. It’s as if the house, itself, is diseased,…

April 2, 2021 / Features

In 1991 Lloyd Swanton was quite content. He had a stimulating career as a freelance bassist, and was one third of The Necks, who were already making waves, if yet to achieve their international acclaim. Then he decided there was another box to tick: the one marked “solo project”. It…