Theatre, dance and circus highlights 2023: part one

Performing Arts Editor Richard Watts casts a critical eye over some of the most promising productions in the year ahead in Qld, NSW, the ACT and Tas.

Trying to predict 2023’s outstanding stage productions at the start of the year is, at best, an uncertain art.  

We’ve all seen productions in which the mysterious alchemy of collaboration goes awry despite the best participating talents and intentions. Conversely, the year is also guaranteed to surprise and delight us with small gems staged on the smell of an oily rag that have seemingly come out of nowhere, during festivals such as Anywhere and Darwin Fringe.   

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts