Hugo Weaving is Arturo Ui

Story by John Snelson The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui is on now at the Roslyn Packer Theatre in Sydney. The Artistic Director of Sydney Theatre Company Kip Williams links up again as director, with Hugo Weaving as the lead role. That’s a cracker of a combination. This is the Bertolt Brecht classic, but now […]

Finding Your Feet and the Lydian Scale

Story by John Snelson This is a fun movie. At the start, Sandra Abbott (played by Imelda Staunton) discovers her husband in an intimate moment with one of her erstwhile best friends. She decides to move out and, full of shame and embarrassment, finds her sister Bif (Celia Imrie) who lives a somewhat hippy and […]

50th Anniversary Cream Experience

Review by John Snelson & Jane Hearn Cream – Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce and Eric Clapton released the supergroup’s classic first album “Fresh Cream” in 1966. Although the band only held together for two  years Cream had a huge impact on the British music scene of the late 60s and 70s. Last night at The State Theatre […]

Patti Smith – Horses – Sydney State Theatre

Review by John Snelson :: Photos by Robert Mapplethorpe Patti Smith – one word … WOW ! Now aged 70 or so, she is still that rhythmic, artistic, full-on performer who glides and dances across the stage, totally captivating the audience. She holds them in her hands with care and a sort of gentleness and […]

Nick Cave at Sydney International Convention Centre

Story & Photo by John Snelson 8000 people packed into the Sydney ICC Theatre on Saturday night to see the enigmatic, sometimes dark and often beautiful Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds. What a great show ! He came on 9-15pm and went to 11-00pm and then did a 30 minute encore. Tops. A compelling […]

Educating Rita

Story by John Snelson Just been to see “Educating Rita” in an update production at The Ensemble Theatre here in Kirribilli, Sydney. The Ensemble is Australia’s longest, continuously running professional theatre company; it’s in the round, small and intimate – so perfectly positioned for this great two-actor play that takes place in the office of […]