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“Journey”.  Distributed by Sony Entertainment.

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11 July 2015 9:00 am

My 18-year old consultant can’t understand why I haven’t written a column about games – video and computer games, that…

SDC De Novo, Emergence. Photo by Peter Greig

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4 July 2015 9:00 am

They’re just recovering in Adelaide from the sold-out success of the Cabaret Festival which was directed by the wonderful, endlessly…

Hadleigh Adams

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27 June 2015 9:00 am

This is a very operatic time in Sydney; the SSO has just done Tristan & Isolde, OA has opened it’s…

Tristan and Isolde soprano Christine Brewer

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20 June 2015 9:00 am

Surely the most luxuriously sensual of all operas, Tristan & Isolde makes voyeurs of us all.   This opera is being…

William Dobell at Wangi Wangi - now Dobell House

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13 June 2015 9:00 am

Bill Dobell is back in town. At least an aspect of his output, titled Painter in Paradise: William Dobell in…

Young woman trying on earrings 1657, Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn (Dutch 1606–1669) The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg (Acquired, 1781 from the collection of the ‘Comte’ de Baudouin, Paris)

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6 June 2015 9:00 am

Another announcement: more cultural infrastructure to dramatically increase the exhibition space at the Art Gallery of NSW. The architects are…

Stefan Jackiw

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30 May 2015 9:00 am

Forty years ago I predicted an imminent Mendelsshon revival; I’m still waiting. This month brought a false dawn; at the…

Portrait of William Bligh, in master’s uniform c.1776 attributed to John Webber R.A. (1751-1793) oil on canvas Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra. Purchased with funds provided by the Liangis family 2015.

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23 May 2015 9:00 am

The Laird’s House at Skara Brae on Orkney overlooks the Neolithic settlement, uncovered in a huge storm in 1850. Predating…

Diego Torre as Don Carlos, Milijana Nikolic as Princess Eboli, José Carbó as Rodrego, Count of Posa

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16 May 2015 9:00 am

Elijah Moshinsky is back in town, in Melbourne, where it all began. Responsible for the most insightful and beautiful productions…


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9 May 2015 9:00 am

By any measure it was a glamorous auction. The auctioneer was Mark Politmore, aka 7th Baron Poltimore, Deputy Chairman of…

Piotr Anderszewski

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2 May 2015 9:00 am

Sensible birds fly to the warmth in the winter. Humans, not being birds and not always sensible, have to make…


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25 April 2015 9:00 am

The garbage bins from MTC’s production of Endgame are being packed away at the Southbank Theatre to make room for…

Christopher Lowrey as Gernando, Emily Fons as Faramondo

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18 April 2015 9:00 am

A baroque music festival in Hobart sounded right with particularly appropriate settings such as the Theatre Royal and the pretty…

Helen Garner

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11 April 2015 9:00 am

Writers’ Festivals may well be taking over the world. Worse things could happen but their expanding scale and level of…


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4 April 2015 9:00 am

The Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn was greatly loved by our generation and several before us. It is derived from…


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28 March 2015 9:00 am

We’re all keen on infrastructure at the moment so it’s worth remembering what an astounding impact the Suez Canal made…

Hugo Weaving by James Green

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21 March 2015 9:00 am

In her memoir Must You Go?, Antonia Fraser records an exchange between her husband Harold Pinter and Samuel Beckett in…

Choragic Monument, Royal Botanic Gardens

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14 March 2015 9:00 am

Nowadays we don’t often look to modern Greece for inspiration except for its physical beauty and the charm of its…


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7 March 2015 9:00 am

So familiar, Miriam Margolyes seems like one of us. Well, she is actually, because she took out Oz citizenship and…


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28 February 2015 9:00 am

Adelaide is the perfect festival city and its once biennial, now annual, Festival has been the pace setter for others…

Robyn Nevin by James Green

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14 February 2015 9:00 am

He gave himself the name ‘Tennessee’; a creative and public relations masterstroke for a still unknown 28 year-old writer. Born…

The Giants  Pascal Victor - Artcomart - Royal de Luxe - Nantes 2009

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7 February 2015 9:00 am

Readers already know from this column something of the forthcoming Perth International Festival (13 Feb-7 Mar) with its huge Journey…


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31 January 2015 9:00 am

Possibly in the most beautiful setting of any theatre in the world, Sydney’s Wharf Theatre saw its first performances 30…

Alexander McCall Smith: Photo: Graham Clark

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24 January 2015 9:00 am

This is a great time of the year to make progress with that stack of unread books. One of my…


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17 January 2015 9:00 am

Wanting to love it was not enough; Mr Turner just didn’t quite do it for me. Mike Leigh’s new film…