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Walter Kirby: Australia’s forgotten Caruso (Part 1)

Frank Van Straten
In the first of a five-part series, FRANK VAN STRATEN delves into the life and times of little-known Australian vocalist Walter Kirby. Walter Kirby featured in The Tatler, 26 February 1898. Photograph by Melba Studios, Melbourne. Trove,…

Dawn of The Seventeenth Doll

Niall Brennan
Continuing our tribute to Australian playwright Ray Lawler, who celebrates his centenary this year, we republish an article that appeared in On Stage in Spring 2005 to mark fifty years since the first production of Summer of the…

Memories of a Swell Double Act

Barry Creyton
Actor, writer and director BARRY CREYTON recalls one of the highlights of his extraordinarily successful and busy career—the production of his play Double Act, which he wrote for himself and Noeline Brown. Double Act by Barry Creyton,…

Keith Petersen: Australian trouper

Peter Stephenson Jones
PETER STEPHENSON JONES offers a personal tribute to funny man Keith Petersen, whose stage antics in pantomimes and musical comedies convulsed audiences at the Tivoli and Princess theatres, but whose name is not as well remembered today. Read more

Pure Imagination!—The World of Leslie Bricusse

Robert Morrison
Having first interviewed Leslie Bricusse via telephone in 2011, ROB MORRISON went on to form a long-distance friendship with one of Britain’s most distinguished songwriters. In this article, Rob pays tribute to Bricusse, who died in France…

The Sentimental Bloke (Part 2)

Peter Pinne
In the second part of his coverage of the musical version of The Sentimental Bloke, PETER PINNE spotlights the life and work of its creators, Albert Arlen and Nancy Brown. Read Part 1» Albert Arlen and Nancy Brown Prior to writing The…

Jack Beresford Fowler: A life well spent (Part 3)

Cheryl Threadgold
CHERYL THREADGOLD concludes her personal tribute to theatrical all-rounder J. Beresford Fowler. Challenges—Encore—Final Curtain Melbourne actor, writer, director and producer Jack Beresford Fowler was by nature optimistic and indomitable,…

Aubrey Mellor: Playbox was a niche company (Part 4)

Jasna Novaković
Above: Malthouse Theatre. Photo by Charlie Kinross. Courtesy of Malthouse Theatre. In the closing instalment of her article on Melbourne’s Playbox Theatre Company, JASNA NOVAKOVIĆ focuses on Aubrey Mellor’s final years as artistic…

My Fair Ladies: Exhibition Review

Elisabeth Kumm
Photo by Chris Groenhout. Courtesy of Beleura House & Garden, Mornington. The exhibition of j.c. williamson ltd. costumes at Beleura on the Mornington Peninsula almost didn’t go ahead. Only days before the opening, Melbourne and its…

Built for Ballet: Book Review

Judy Leech
BOOK REVIEW: Built for Ballet: An autobiography by Leanne Benjamin with Sarah Crompton, Melbourne Books, 2021, A$49.95 Built for Ballet: An autobiography by Leanne Benjamin with Sarah Crompton First let me emphasise, this is not a…

Home Truths: Book Review

Diana Burleigh
BOOK REVIEW: Home Truths: A memoir by David Williamson, HarperCollins, Sydney, 2021, A$49.99 Home Truths by David Williamson In 1980 I was in London for some weeks, mainly on holiday, but as I was at the time doing a regular radio…