ARTS REVIEW: HAKAWATI AT SYDNEY FESTIVAL

  The term “Hakawati” may not mean a lot to people today. In fact, you’d probably be forgiven for thinking it was something Japanese. Hakawati actually means the art of storytelling in the Arabic tradition where story time is combined with the breaking of bread or sharing of food. It’s a wonderful concept and has…

LIVE REVIEW: JIMMY BARNES @ ENMORE THEATRE SYDNEY (27.08.2016)

  We all know Jimmy Barnes is the quintessential working class man and he will also be known as the “Working Class Boy” when his autobiography is realised. But after his recent Soul Searchin’ tour culminated in a stellar, sold-out show at the Enmore Theatre in Sydney he should also add “Soul Man” to his…

DVD REVIEW: MATILDA & ME

  The documentary, Matilda & Me is more about the latter than the former. It’s a film that looks at Tim Minchin’s background and history, charting his rise from aspiring actor to successful comedian and renowned theatre composer. The movie is ultimately a fun and vibrant one about two great characters- the fictional, Roald Dahl creation,…

INTERVIEW: NZ PLAYWRIGHT & SCREENWRITER ROCHELLE BRIGHT ON DAFFODILS

  Punk band, The Scavengers once sang about true love being beautiful. You could also say that Daffodils is a gorgeous romance story set in New Zealand where the aforementioned are from. The play is actually a Kiwi cabaret based on a real life love story between two teenagers, a farm girl named Rose and…

LIVE REVIEW: NEIL DIAMOND @ ALL PHONES ARENA SYDNEY (09.11.2015)

  You wouldn’t let your daughter date a Rolling Stone, but chances are you’d let your mum spend a night with Neil Diamond. The 74-year-old played an epic 25-song set at Allphones Arena with songs spanning decades of hits (including many cuts from his Hot August Night double album) as well as some new tracks….

LIVE REVIEW: TIM ROGERS & THE BAMBOOS @ THE METRO (19.06.2015)

  Collaborations aren’t supposed to work. They’re generally naff or cringe worthy otherwise you wouldn’t have people like Franz Ferdinand and Sparks going and singing about the fact. When Tim Rogers and The Bamboos came together in 2012 and made ‘I Got Burned’ more than a few people would’ve dismissed this as a happy accident…