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In-depth conversations with the world's top directors, performers and writers for the stage.

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In-depth conversations with the world's top directors, performers and writers for the stage.

    'The future is Blak' — How fatherhood changed Bangarra's head designer

    'The future is Blak' — How fatherhood changed Bangarra's head designer

    If you've seen a performance by Bangarra Dance Theatre in the last 12 years, then you've seen the work of Jacob Nash. Jacob is Bangarra's head of design and he has created the dazzling sets for every Bangarra show since 2010. He is also a key creative force at the Sydney Festival.

    Also, we hear a performance from the new opera The Priestess of Morphine, based on the life of Baroness Gertrud von Puttkamer who wrote lesbian erotic poems in the early 1900s under the pen name Marie-Madeleine, and we learn about the overlap between theatre and philosophy in Ancient Greece and a new playwriting competition that considers the absence of women in Greek philosophy.

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    Dorian Gray's visionary director revitalises another classic

    Dorian Gray's visionary director revitalises another classic

    Sydney Theatre Company artistic director Kip Williams' production of The Picture of Dorian Gray starred Eryn-Jean Norvill in all 26 roles and incorporated video screens to spectacular effect. Now, Williams has brought another classic to the stage: Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

    Also, Les Misérables, Phantom of the Opera and Cats were all produced by the same man: Cameron Mackintosh. In Australia for the opening of a new production of Mary Poppins, Cameron shares his journey from humble beginnings to producer extraordinaire.

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    An Australian play on Broadway

    An Australian play on Broadway

    Suzie Miller was a lawyer before she became a playwright. Now, Prima Facie, a play that takes her back to the courtroom, has launched her career on the West End and Broadway.

    Also, experimental theatre-maker Robert Wilson transports audiences into an almost trance-like state of stillness. His Moving Portraits invoke a similar sense of stillness and theatricality.

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    'It was time they had a blackfella at the top' — A new era for ADT

    'It was time they had a blackfella at the top' — A new era for ADT

    Our oldest modern dance company, the Australian Dance Theatre, has been delighting and challenging audiences for nearly 60 years. Now Wiradjuri dancer and choreographer Daniel Riley is at the helm, becoming the first Indigenous man to lead the company.

    Also, Larrakia founder of the NT Dance Company, Gary Lang, shares what's on his Top Shelf and after wowing audiences at the Royal Albert Hall and The Metropolitan Opera in New York, Australian soprano Helena Dix is back on home soil.

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    90 years of performing arts on your ABC

    90 years of performing arts on your ABC

    As the ABC celebrates its 90th birthday, we delve into our archives to revisit key moments in Australian performing arts history. Highlights include Laurence Olivier on tour, Nureyev and Fonteyn dancing into Australian hearts and Indigenous theatre taking centre stage.

    Also, Ian McKellen makes his Australian debut, Dorothy Hewett revolutionises Australian playwriting, Philip Glass writes a piece for organ and didgeridoo and Joan Sutherland records a stupendous La Traviata in a 17th-century Italian theatre.

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    Finding true love at the barre

    Finding true love at the barre

    Dancers Ako Kondo and Chengwu Guo travelled great distances at a very young age to join The Australian Ballet. Here in Australia, they’ve risen to become award-winning artists and principals at the company — but they also found each other, beginning a fairy-tale romance and inspiring each other to new heights.

    Also, in 2002, John Waters' brash and big-hearted musical comedy Hairspray was adapted for the Broadway stage. It won eight Tony Awards, including one for its director Jack O'Brien. Twenty years on, Jack is at the helm of a new revival here in Australia.

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