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Li Cunxin — dancing through the darkness
Jan 18, 2021 54 min

Li Cunxin — dancing through the darkness

Queensland Ballet artistic director Li Cunxin has continually shown his capacity for triumphing against the odds. He's drawn on that strength again to guide his company through the COVID-19 shutdown. Also, Tony Award-winning composer of Fun Home, Jeanine Tesori, joins us from her Manhattan living room to share her insights into creating great musical theatre.
Hugo Weaving and Wayne Blair — the extended interview
Jan 11, 2021 54 min

Hugo Weaving and Wayne Blair — the extended interview

Two of Australia's most celebrated actors, Hugo Weaving and Wayne Blair join us in an extended version of our conversation from the Sydney Theatre Company, where the lights were back on and they were appearing together in Angus Cerini's new play, Wonnangatta.
A hit Australian musical revived and the Noongar language in the spotlight
Jan 04, 2021 54 min

A hit Australian musical revived and the Noongar language in the spotlight

We delve into two uniquely Western Australian First Nations productions at the 2020 Perth Festival: Jimmy Chi and Kuckles' Bran Nue Dae and Hecate, Yirra Yaakin's Noongar language adaptation of Macbeth.
Stephen Sondheim — taking a razor to conventions (Part II)
Dec 28, 2020 54 min

Stephen Sondheim — taking a razor to conventions (Part II)

Continuing our celebration of his 90th birthday, we delve into the later work of Stephen Sondheim — composer-lyricist of some of the most well-regarded and inventive musical theatre ever made.
Stephen Sondheim — taking a razor to conventions (Part I)
Dec 21, 2020 54 min

Stephen Sondheim — taking a razor to conventions (Part I)

To mark his 90th birthday, we delve into the work of Stephen Sondheim—composer-lyricist of some of the most well-regarded and inventive musical theatre ever made.
Where to from here?
Dec 14, 2020 54 min

Where to from here?

As we bring this devastating year to a close, we assess the damage the pandemic has inflicted on the performing arts, find silver linings and chart the road to recovery. With us to retrace some of 2020's key moments are performer Nadine Garner, leaders from Global Creatures, the Melbourne Theatre Company and Yirra Yaakin, and experts in arts accessibility and education.
Pamela Rabe's path from the Yukon wilds to Helpmann glory
Dec 07, 2020 54 min

Pamela Rabe's path from the Yukon wilds to Helpmann glory

When Pamela Rabe moved to Australia from Canada, she quickly became one of our most celebrated actors. The three-time Helpmann Award-winner will next year feature in The Last Season at Sydney Festival and The Cherry Orchard at Belvoir. Also, Sunshine Super Girl traces the triumphs — and trials — of Evonne Goolagong's rise to sports stardom and we meet a long-serving usher at Arts Centre Melbourne for whom the arts offered joy during difficult times.
Band of outsiders — a new take on Oklahoma!
Nov 30, 2020 54 min

Band of outsiders — a new take on Oklahoma!

In 1943, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! was groundbreaking, tackling heavy themes and integrating story, song and dance in a way that redefined musical theatre. Director Richard Carroll searches for new themes and ideas in this classic work at Black Swan. Also, ahead of this year's International Day of People with Disability, we touch base with members of Back to Back Theatre and premiere two new performances, and Opera Queensland artistic director Patrick Nolan shares the Best Advice he was ever given.
'It was not proper for a boy to do ballet' — David McAllister's struggle to the top
Nov 23, 2020 54 min

'It was not proper for a boy to do ballet' — David McAllister's struggle to the top

David McAllister's sheer determination as a dancer took him to the top of The Australian Ballet's roster and then the company's artistic directorship. Moving on after 20 years at the helm, he reflects on his life as a dancer and as a leader. Also, writer and performer Moira Finucane shares what's on her Top Shelf and historian of theatre architecture, Alistair Fair, explains how and why theatre design has changed so much in the last hundred years.
Nancye Hayes — fearless in the footlights
Nov 16, 2020 54 min

Nancye Hayes — fearless in the footlights

For 60 years, Nancye Hayes has been a mainstay of the Australian stage, starring in the Australian premieres of shows like Sweet Charity and Chicago and championing new work and young artists. She joins us to reflect on a life spent treading the boards. Also, we meet a group of Melbournians who spent their Friday nights in lockdown on Zoom delving into Greek tragedies. We log on with them and discover how these 2,000-year-old plays are strangely resonant with life in 2020.