Madeleine Swain

Madeleine Swain is ArtsHub’s managing editor. Originally from England where she trained as an actor, she has over 25 years’ experience as a writer, editor and film reviewer in print, television, radio and online. She is also currently Vice Chair of JOY Media.

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This week’s arts news and trending topics

Our weekly wrap of the stories our readers loved and those you may have missed.

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Theatre review: Potted Potter, Athenaeum Theatre

Hogwarts inspired mayhem with hilarity and beach balls...

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Hairy Potter – selling a show when the author is persona non grata

While the creator of the Potter-verse may no longer be everyone's favourite multimillionaire, there are still plenty in the sector…

man hangs from a rope against a blue backdrop over a watering hole on a stage. a tiger puppet is behind him and rain pours all around. Luzia Cirque du Soleil
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Circus review: Luzia, Cirque du Soleil, Flemington Racecourse

The latest Cirque du Soleil show to hit Australia is as captivating a spectacle as ever.

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Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2024 winners

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is over for another year with the winners of the big prizes now revealed.

Two young white men in black pants, white shirts and black bowties, stand in front of large liquor barrels, brandishing glasses of red wine and looking off camera to the right. In Pour Taste: A Comedy Wine Tasting Experience. Sweeney Preston and Ethan Cavanagh.
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Comedy Review: Sweeney Preston and Ethan Cavanagh In Pour Taste: A Comedy Wine Tasting Experience, ReWine, MICF 2024

Booze and belly laughs, tipples and titters, goon bags and guffaws...

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Comedy review: Sarah Keyworth, My Eyes Are Up Here, Town Hall, MICF 2024

The British comic may have had top surgery recently, but they still want you to think about where you direct…

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Comedy review: Tom Ballard: Good Point Well Made, Rydges One, MICF 2024

Fierce and funny, Ballard delivers a rock solid hour that even babies seem to love...

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Comedy review: Geraldine Hickey, Don't Tease Me About My Gloves, Arts Centre Melbourne, MICF 2024

Don't tease her and don't say 'oh yeah' when Hickey tells you why she's wearing gloves...

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Experience review: Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience, The Briars, Mornington Peninsula

Fancy a trip to a Potter-themed forest experience? Butter beer included...

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