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Peter Cat Recording Co. Photo: Supplied. A five-person band from New Delhi. A group photo where the members are sitting, standing or hanging upside down.
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Performance reviews: Smashed: The Nightcap, The Chosen Haram and Peter Cat Recording Co., Sydney Festival

A smorgasbord of cabaret, theatre and live music at the Sydney Festival.

Dangerous Goods. Three black clad performers wear T shirts that say 'show up' and sing into microphones while spotlights shine down on them.
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Performance review: Dangerous Goods, QPAC

A high-octane cabaret that includes circus, aerials, drag and burlesque.

'A Night with Pastor Ace' by Ace R L. Image: Supplied. A non-binary person standing with their hands held in prayer, wearing a rainbow blazer and a dildo with googly eyes on their shoulder.
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Conversion practice survivor spins story to comedic gold

Ace R L's 'sacrilegious musical comedy' brings their experience of church-led conversion practices out of the dark with humour, authenticity…

A Very Naughty Christmas. Group of young people in Christmas clothes preening for the camera.
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Cabaret review: A Very Naughty Christmas, Alex Theatre

A Christmas-themed show that felt divorced from anything remotely boundary-pushing, gender-bending or creative.

A male aerialist has suspended under a white spotlight.
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Performance review: Gatsby at the Green Light, The Studio, Sydney Opera House

Craig Ilott and Stuart Couzens have adapted 'The Great Gatsby' into an exhilarating performance set in a 1920s bar.  

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Summer festival season heats up as programs launch nationwide

Adelaide, Perth and Sydney Festivals launched their 2024 programs this week, with Mona Foma waiting eagerly in the wings.

Finucane. A striking woman with a feather headdress and huge, extended fingernails stands dramatically on stage. She wears a gold dress against a dark backdrop and is framed by the heads of audience members.
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Moira Finucane honoured with 2023 Fringe Living Legend Award

The ‘gothic queen’ of cabaret has been honoured for her provocative work and long commitment to Fringe.

End of the road for Critical Stages Touring. Image shows an end of road sign.
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Breaking news: Critical Stages goes into liquidation

The Board of Critical Stages Touring has placed the company into liquidation, with the company ceasing to trade and staff…

Melbourne Fringe. Two women with bustieres and frill collars, plus high ponytails face the camera.
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Performance Reviews: HIGH PONY, LOOPS, Black Widow, Melbourne Fringe Festival

Four Melbourne Fringe Festival works show the range on offer, from comedy to circus, cabaret and street tours.

Lady Day. Image is a woman in a white dress backed by a trio singing into a mic in front of an audience.
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Theatre review: Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, Belvoir St Theatre

Every element of this journey into the closing stages of Billie Holiday's life and career is entrancing from start to…

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