I do not have friends who appreciate the importance of seeing Caroline O’Connor in Anything Goes, but at least that means I can purchase a well-positioned single seat.
Friends, if you do want to join me please hmu. It is for your own good.

I do not have friends who appreciate the importance of seeing Caroline O’Connor in Anything Goes, but at least that means I can purchase a well-positioned single seat.

Friends, if you do want to join me please hmu. It is for your own good.

itsthom said: Sorry for stealing all yr questions. Would asking you for 6 and 13 make up for it?

I have come to terms with the fact that I have the less popular tumblrblog … but I’ll still take your pity questions.

6. What is the trait you most deplore in others? 

Wilful or proud ignorance. 

13. When and where were you happiest? 

I’m having difficulty selecting a single moment that could be defined as the ‘happiest’. One type of moment that always makes me happy is when the house lights dim before a show begins in the theatre. I’m yet to pinpoint why this affects me, but it’s probably one reason I keep coming back. In a recent talk, Barrie Kosky said, ‘I’m always completely speechless about the magic of the performance space. At the beginning of every show I sit there in the audience and I always have this millisecond of memory of what it was like when I first went to the theatre. When the lights descend I always get this weird thousandth of a second flashback to that thing and I think ‘This is going to be the best experience of my life.’ In most cases it isn’t, but that’s ok.’ While I’m not sure my reaction is based on memory recall, the sentiment is the same. (Now I really need that vomit emoji.)

A professional production of Passion is finally coming to Melbourne. All this happiness… 

A professional production of Passion is finally coming to Melbourne. All this happiness… 

Confirmed: Imelda Staunton, Kevin Whateley and Lara Pulver to star in Chichester's Gypsy

(via fuckyeahstephensondheim:sky-sparkling-with-diamonds)

It has been confirmed that Imelda Staunton, Kevin Whately and Lara Pulver will star in Chichester’s revival of Gypsy this summer. Directed by Jonathan Kent, the production will run between 7th October and 8th November 2014.

Is there a job that will allow me to travel to see every revival of Gypsy?

Best Theatre of 2013

I had an absolutely wonderful year when it came to theatrical experiences, even if I only managed to catch 76 productions in 2013. I travelled through Europe, seeing shows in London, Paris and Rome. In addition to my favourite performers who I can regularly catch in Melbourne, including productions, live-on-stage appearances and concerts I managed to see people like Julie Andrews, Cate Blanchett, Angela Lansbury, Judi Dench, Helen Mirren, Ben Whishaw, Tamsin Greig, Iain Glen, Kristin Chenoweth, Geoffrey Rush, Tim Minchin, Caroline O’Connor, Matt Smith, Elisabeth Huppert, Idina Menzel, Cecilia Bartoli, Kristin Scott Thomas, James Earl Jones, Boyd Gaines, Mandy Patinkin, Nathan Gunn and even Sporty Spice (Melaine C) in their element. I have been treated with theatrical delights ranging from internationally touring productions to daring productions from Melbourne’s independent scene. Consequently choosing just ten memorable moments was tough. Here’s my attempt, in the order of viewing: 

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The Melbourne Ring Cycle
Opera Australia (2013)
Images by Jeff Busby

Neil Armfield’s treatment of Wagner’s Ring Cycle looks (and apparently sounds) incredible. Every day I have to stop myself from forking out ridiculous amounts for back row rush tickets. 

My Opera Australia 2014 subscription:

  • Rigoletto
  • Eugene Onegin
  • The Turk in Italy
  • Carmen
  • Tosca
  • Don Pasquale

With special additions:

  • Jonas Kaufmann in concert
  • The King and I

Goodbye money, hello opera!

Sunday in the Park with George (Victorian Opera, 2013)
Melbourne, Australia 
Images: Jeff Busby

Gypsy (The Production Company, 2013)
Melbourne, Australia 
Images: Jeff Busby

Gypsy (The Production Company, 2013)
Melbourne, Australia 
Images: Belinda Strodder

Gypsy (The Production Company, 2013)
Melbourne, Australia 
Images: Belinda Strodder