Review – Sammy J: Hero Complex
Mary Ntalianis

Sammy J’s new solo show Hero Complex is an assured, hilarious romp through the barely believable coincidences of Sammy’s life. The story – a blend of thriller and coming of age – focuses on Sammy’s love of the Phantom, beginning with the start of a friendship between Sammy and his school gardener and ending with […]

10 April 2017
Review – Becky Lucas: Little Bitch
Mary Ntalianis

The first time I saw self-confessed “weird kid” Becky Lucas perform, she joked about pashing her mum as a youngster to a humble little audience at Sydney’s own Comedy Store. Now as one of Australian comedy’s freshest faces, she hits the big stage at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF), blurring lines between comedy and […]

8 April 2017
Review: My Feet Are Hungry
Mary Ntalianis

Released in 2014 and marking author Chris Wallace-Crabbe’s eightieth birthday, My Feet Are Hungry could have easily been underwhelming and less astute than his earlier works. But even at the release of his twenty-fourth collection of poetry, Wallace-Crabbe has managed to retain his wit and skill. His work seems fresh: intelligent and thought-provoking as always, […]

3 April 2017
Flushed Away
Mary Ntalianis

Whether you’re a freshly minted first year or in the depths of a PhD, the University of Melbourne’s toilets are spaces where students are able to release their tears, as well as their bowels. The assortment of toilets at the University’s various campuses ensure that wherever you are, the comfort of a cubicle is never […]

30 March 2017
Review: Men
Danielle Bagnato

I picked up Men because the blurb proclaimed it to be an exploration of ‘female desire’. I was expecting irony. I was disappointed.

9 May 2016
Review: The Argonauts
Danielle Bagnato

The Argonauts details her experiences of being a step-parent, giving birth and sharing with her partner in their grief after their mother’s death.

4 May 2016
Review: Sam Garlepp
Danielle Bagnato

He carried on speaking a thousand words a minute, jumping between stories, dropping puns and dancing to Taylor Sw

13 April 2016
Review: Paul Foot
Danielle Bagnato

The audience begins a descent into the mind of a comic genius. Or a total lunatic. Sometimes it’s hard to tell.

Review: Tripod
Danielle Bagnato

After twenty years, Tripod has lost absolutely zero momentum.

12 April 2016
Review: Charlie Pickering
Danielle Bagnato

His parody news bulletin, highlighting the strangeness of something we all take for granted, was spot on in the most cutting of ways.

11 April 2016
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