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Trans-Mute | Union House Theatre

70 minutes. Butoh. Cabaret. And absolutely nothing to do with snails. Or maybe it was everything to do with snails. Trans-Mute is the latest devised performance led by renowned Butoh Dancer Yumi Umiamare in a collaborative production with the students of the University of Melbourne. Effectively an ethereal reflection Trans-Mute is both powerful and surreal. The production intertwines music and…

David Strassman

David Strassman – An Interview

Copyrighted to Australian Stage. Australian Stage’s Dione Joseph had the opportunity to chat with none other than the master ventriloquist David Strassman himself and discovered some quite delightful facts about the actor, the creator and the incredibly hard working visionary of the renowned Ted E Bare. Dione Joseph: David, everybody in Australia loves Ted E Bare but the big question…

Greg Behrendt

Headliners: A Star-Spangled Showcase of America’s Hottest Comedy | Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2010

American Comedy has a niche of its own. Sometimes it’s an accommodating one and sometimes, well it’s not. But the advantage of watching a show like Headliners is that out of the three comedians at least one (and if you’re lucky maybe even two) will reassure you that American humor can actually be laugh-out-loud funny. John Mulaney opened the night…

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David O’Doh-party | David O’Doherty (MICF 2010)

The British – no wait he’s Irish – stand-up comedian David O’Doherty brought the house down on Sunday night with an intimate conversation with the audience that was very much like the opening statement of this review – full of contradictions. The night began with Dave explaining the peeping Tom in his trousers, well not quite, but there is certainly…

Cosi

Cosi | Hit Productions

Laughter is the best medicine’ proclaims the subtitle of Cosi, the latest touring show by HIT Productions and Monday Night at St. Martins Theatre certainly proved there was to be no shortage of guffaws, giggles and hearty explosions. A realist drama set in the 1970’s in Melbourne by Australian playwright Louis Nowra, Cosi explores interactions between a young theatre director…

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Dione Joseph: Director, Writer & Community Consultant

Welcome to Dione Joseph’s website and blog. Dione Joseph is a theatre maker, director, dramaturge and critic. Having trained and directed theatre in New Zealand, the USA and Australia she is now based in Melbourne where she recently completed a thesis on the Aesthetics of Indigenous theatre. For more information, click on the links above or contact Dione. Bottom right…

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