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The Theatre Thoughts Podcast is our accompaniment podcast to the Theatre Thoughts website and social media platforms where you can hear exclusive interviews with industry professionals about upcoming theatre productions, as well as round table discussions about all things theatre and live entertainment.

We'll share with you our own theatre reviews and dive into the theatre community at large. We will also have some hot giveaways along the journey that are only available by listening to the podcast!

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The Theatre Thoughts Podcast is our accompaniment podcast to the Theatre Thoughts website and social media platforms where you can hear exclusive interviews with industry professionals about upcoming theatre productions, as well as round table discussions about all things theatre and live entertainment.

We'll share with you our own theatre reviews and dive into the theatre community at large. We will also have some hot giveaways along the journey that are only available by listening to the podcast!

Follow us on our socials @theatrethoughtsaus or on our website theatrethoughtsaus.online

    Singing, Dancing, Acting...Wrestling? Dubbo Championship Wrestling ft. Zoe Ioannou & Luke Leong-Tay

    Singing, Dancing, Acting...Wrestling? Dubbo Championship Wrestling ft. Zoe Ioannou & Luke Leong-Tay

    On today's episode, we sit down with rising stars, Zoe Ioannou and Luke Leong-Tay to discuss the new Australian musical Dubbo Championship Wrestling which premieres at the Hayes Theatre in May 2022.
    Zoe and Luke run us through the massive learning curves they've learned to undertake real wrestling moves on stage, whilst still presenting a rocking Aussie score. We also feature one of our first games on the podcast! See how many wrestler names you can guess correctly. Who will win? Zoe or Luke? 
    Zoe is a graduate from the National Institute of Dramatic Art, with a Diploma of Musical Theatre. Zoe made her professional debut at a young age playing the role of Pepper in GFO’s production of Annie. Luke (He/him) is a Chinese Australian actor, musician and writer from Perth currently represented by Morrissey Management. After studying a Bachelors of Musical Theatre at WAAPA, Luke is passionate about creating new, Australian theatre.
    There’s not a spare seat in the Dubbo Dome. Ozzy the Aussie Battler flicks his cape and steps into the ring, and the crowd go troppo.
    This is Dubbo Championship Wrestling, the hilarious new Aussie rock musical that will change everything you thought you knew about professional wrestling, regional Australia, and musical theatre itself.
    Rose, a young woman from Dub-Vegas with wrestling in her blood, has long ago turned her back on the family business and Dubbo’s stifling small-town ways. When circumstance brings her back to her hometown on the eve of Dubbomania, the biggest wrestling tournament of the year, Rose is drawn into a monumental battle over family and identity, featuring capes, choreography, and some of the most colourful characters you’ll ever meet.
    The violence, the joy, the costumes, the thumbtacks. Will there be blood? We bloody hope so.
    Dubbo Championship Wrestling, written by rising stars Daniel and James Cullen and directed by smackdown champion Sheridan Harbridge, has been developed through Hayes Creative Development.
    Content Warning: Dubbo Championship Wrestling proudly makes FULL use of our filthy national lingo. Language may offend others!
    TICKETS:
    Tickets and information can be booked for either the Hayes Theatre or Riverside Parramatta through the links below.
    Hayes - https://hayestheatre.com.au/event/dubbo-championship-wrestling-2/
    Riverside - https://riversideparramatta.com.au/show/dubbo-championship-wrestling/
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    • 26 min
    The Phantom of the Opera Under the Stars with Paul Tabone!

    The Phantom of the Opera Under the Stars with Paul Tabone!

    In this episode we sit down with the wonderful Paul Ettore Tabone to discuss Handa Opera's Phantom of the Opera. Having completed over 1600 performances of Phantom in the role of Ubaldo Piangi, Aussie tenor, Paul Tabone comes back to Australia to reprise the role in the first ever outdoor production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's classic. Paul talks to us about how a small-town Queensland boy became one of the most sought after opera performers in theatre. He shares with us his love for Pavarotti, performing for Pavarotti's wife at the Verona Colisseum and his journey in Phantom of the Opera, including this new outdoor extravaganza and what he thinks of Andrew Lloyd Webber!

    About Paul:
    Paul Ettore Tabone began performing from the age of 9 and throughout his education attained extraordinary grades in piano, voice and music theory. He was given the honour of the prestigious ‘Most Promising Voice for Music Theatre Award’, both in 2007 & 2009 at the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music.

    In 2011 Paul was engaged in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sequel to the acclaimed The Phantom of The Opera, Love Never Dies in the supporting principal role of ‘Squelch’. In the same year he also performed in Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight in Melbourne which is broadcast nationally every Christmas eve. Paul moved to Italy in 2012 where he was engaged as a soloist in Puccini’s renowned opera Turandot in Florence.

    Paul has recently concluded a four-year contract at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London’s Glimmering West End in the role of Ubaldo Piango in the 33rd year of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of The Opera. Paul continues his success in the role of Ubaldo Piangi as he returns to Australia in the Lawrence Connor production of "The Phantom of The Opera" that will perform for a limited season at the Sydney Opera House & The Arts Centre Melbourne in 2021 & 2022.

    You can read up on Paul's extensive theatre history by visiting paultabone.com or by following him @tabonetenor
    Tickets for Handa Opera's Phantom of the Opera can be booked via opera.org.au

    ARE YOU LOOKING TO SEE MORE THEATRE IN 2022? Why not join our team of reviewers? We're currently on the lookout for Sydney and Melbourne theatre lovers to join our expanding team of writers at Theatre Thoughts. You'll gain experience in writing and sharing your thoughts on theatre, plus you get to see shows on us! If this sounds like you, email us at theatrethoughtsteam@outlook.com or by filling in the form on our website.

    • 31 min
    Clowning Around with Damien Warren-Smith - Garry Starr and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival

    Clowning Around with Damien Warren-Smith - Garry Starr and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival

    In this episode, we sit down with the hilarious Damien Warren-Smith about the art of Clown and his character, Garry Starr. Damien is currently touring his latest production, Garry Starr: Greece Lightning which is coming to Darwin, the International Melbourne Comedy Festival and the Sydney Comedy Festival over the next two months. Damien shares the ins and outs of this unique form of theatre, his training at the École Philippe Gaulier, the creation of a Plague of Idiots, and how performers find their 'clown'.

    About Damien:
    Since graduating ACA’s 2.5 year program in 2004, Damien has been making a massive name for himself in his sell-out one-man shows, under the comedic alter-ego GARY STARR, touring England and the world.

    As well as this, Damien landed the role of ‘James’ in hit Aussie TV series Love My Way, in which he worked alongside Asher Keddie and Claudia Karvan, as well as working consistently in London and across the UK, on UK’s hit TV shows Law & Order: UK, and the BBC’s The Persuasionists. Warren made his professional stage debut in a production of Ladies Down Under for the Hull Truck Theatre Company, which led him to being cast in director Sue McCormick’s highly acclaimed production of Hamlet at Lancaster Castle. The production was shortlisted for a Peter Brook Empty Space Award in 2008.

    Damien continued to further his training in 2013 with legendary clown teacher Philippe Gaulier, and then formed the comedy troupe ‘Plague of Idiots’, which toured to theatre festivals around the world and eventually Edinburgh Fringe.

    Tickets for Garry Starr: Greece Lightning at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival are on sale now via comedyfestival.com.au
    Tickets for the two Sydney productions at the Sydney Comedy Festival can be booked via sydneycomedyfest.com.au

    You can follow all things Garry Starr on Instagram by following @garrythestarr or follow Damien's journey by following @damiencreative

    ARE YOU LOOKING TO SEE MORE THEATRE IN 2022? Why not join our team of reviewers? We're currently on the lookout for Sydney and Melbourne theatre lovers to join our expanding team of writers at Theatre Thoughts. You'll gain experience in writing and sharing your thoughts on theatre, plus you get to see shows on us! If this sounds like you, email us at theatrethoughtsteam@outlook.com or by filling in the form on our website.

    • 28 min
    How do you become a Playwright? Kirsty Marillier & Orange Thrower

    How do you become a Playwright? Kirsty Marillier & Orange Thrower

    On this episode we sit down with actor and writer Kirsty Marillier to discuss the question: How do you become a playwright?

    Kirsty joins us to discuss how she made the journey from acting into writing, eventually creating one of the hottest shows in Sydney at the moment, Orange Thrower. We'll discuss the ins and outs of crafting a script from the beginning and what challenges lay in the way. Kirsty fills us in on the behind the scenes thoughts she has about her own work, and also where it fits in with the changing landscape of Australian theatre.

    Kirsty Marillier is a South African actor and award-winning playwright. She is currently a part of the Emerging Writers Group at Sydney Theatre Company and has two original works in development.

    Her first work, ORANGE THROWER, had its stage premiere in February 2022 with Griffin Theatre Company and National Theatre of Parramatta. ORANGE THROWER was the winner of the 2019 Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award.

    Kirsty is currently in development with Belvoir St Theatre for her second play – THE ZAP, winner of the 2020 Max Afford Playwrights Award, which was developed with Playwriting Australia and Darlinghurst Theatre Company’s Next In Line program.

    She has been a part of multiple creative programs including Griffin Theatre Company’s Studio Artist Program (2020), Sydney Theatre Company’s Rough Draft Program (2019) and Malthouse Theatre’s Besen Writers Group (2018).

    In addition to being an award-winning writer, Kirsty is an accomplished performer having starred in drama including the Australian Premiere of HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD, THE CHERRY ORCHARD with Belvoir St Theatre, HOME, I’M DARLING with Sydney Theatre Company, and COMA LAND with Black Swan State Theatre Company.

    Her acting credits in film and television include THE GREENHOUSE directed by Thomas Wilson-White; HOOK UP directed by Laura Nagy (short for MQFF/Paper Moose) and HOME AND AWAY.

    Kirsty attended WAAPA and has a BA in Creative Writing/Performance Studies.

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    Orange Thrower plays at the Griffin Theatre Company from 18 February - 26 March 2022 followed by a season at Riverside Theatres, Parramatta from Mar 30 — Apr 2, 2022.

    TICKETS:

    Griffin Theatre

    Riverside Parramatta

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    • 30 min
    Chicago the Musical! How did it become the longest running American Musical? Amy Copeland & So Popera Productions

    Chicago the Musical! How did it become the longest running American Musical? Amy Copeland & So Popera Productions

    What is the longest running American Musical? Easy, Chicago! This is one for your trivia nights folks. 

    I sit down with my friend Amy Copeland to discuss the history of Chicago the Musical, from its inception right up to the restaging of So Popera Productions 2017 sold out performance. 

    We'll discuss where Chicago the Musical came from, journey through its reiterations including the smash hit restaging on Broadway which one it a multitude of Tonys, and of course we'll share our thoughts on the famous movie version. Amy shares her insight into the foundations of the show and how it has become the longest running American Musical. Amy also shares the history of So Popera Productions and how it has established itself as a formidable company within the Illawarra's entertainment industry - bridging the gap between community and professional theatre.

    Established in 2008, the company was founded and continued to be managed by University of Wollongong graduates, all of whom have professional training in the Entertainment Industry. So Popera has staged four very successful Musical productions as well as a variety of cabaret and curated showcases - all while developing the proud tradition of providing quality, worthwhile opportunities for emerging artists in the Illawarra Region.

    So Popera has been awarded multiple times in 2014-2019 including Best Production of a Musical, Best Director, Best Musical Director, Best Choreographer, Best Set Design, Best Costume among other categories at the Canberra Area Theatre Awards, which encompasses regional NSW. In 2017, Brother & sister team Peter and Amy Copeland were also award the prestigious Gold Cat Award for outstanding contribution to Theatre and The Arts in multiple disciplines.

    CHICAGO THE MUSICAL - PRESENTED BY SO POPERA PRODUCTIONS

    March 29 - April 3, 2022

    Illawarra Performing Arts Centre

    Tickets can be found HERE

    CHEAP THRILLS

    Our editor Charlotte’s top picks for those of us who can’t afford to, or couldn’t stand to, see another commercial musical! 

    March of 2022 is almost here and with restrictions easing, theatre and live performance in Sydney are back with a vengeance. If your New Year’s resolution this year is to see more theatre, you’ve got no idea where to start with what seems like millions of theatres in Sydney, or you’re flat broke and you think you can’t afford to see shows, this list is for you.

    In our new monthly feature on Theatre Thoughts, I’m featuring up and coming artists in Sydney in comedy, dance, cabaret and independent theatre in a list of shows you can see for about the same price as going to the movies and getting a bucket of popcorn and a drink (roughly 40 bucks). Plus, you’ll be able to brag to your friends that you’re so cultured because you’ve been to the t h e a t r e.

    Read the full article here

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    • 29 min
    The immersive Theatre Experience, with Beth Daly & The Great Gatsby Immersive Play

    The immersive Theatre Experience, with Beth Daly & The Great Gatsby Immersive Play

    What exactly is an immersive experience and how can it elevate a classic text? That's the question we put to Beth Daly on today's podcast!
    Beth has been a part of the theatrical scene for years and crossed multiple mediums of performing, including street performance, television (All Saints, Water Rats), stage (Rules for Living, Jasper Jones, Away) and musical theatre (A New Brain, Fiddler on the Roof, Cry Baby, The Bridges of Madison County, Footloose). Now, Beth is directing a new Immersive Experience of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby which is set to inhabit the Wonderland Bar in Potts Point.
    We go through the history of The Great Gatsby from its humble origins, through to its literary acclaim and its many adaptations up to Viral Ventures newest immersive take on the text. 
    The audience inhabits the character of Nick Carraway, as he tells a tragic love story. Midwest native Nick arrives in 1922 New York in search of the American dream. A would-be writer, he moves in next-door to millionaire Jay Gatsby and across the bay from his cousin Daisy and her philandering husband, Tom. Nick becomes drawn into the captivating world of the wealthy and, as he bears witness to their illusions and deceits, pens a tale of impossible love, dreams, and tragedy.
    A fable of the Jazz Age, of enchantment and illusion, of a world where love and dreams are pursued and betrayed, this immersive adaption of the much-loved story has been created to blur the boundaries of conventional theatre. It will allow audiences to explore and immerse themselves into the world of The Great Gatsby through a choose-your-own-adventure-style production that will make everyone’s experience personal and unique. 
    Led by an ensemble of brilliantly talented Australian actors, GREAT GATSBY will offer audiences the opportunity to experience the story of Gatsby as they have never seen it before. Expect secret rendezvous, dramatic confrontations, bootleg gin and a party that only Gatsby could throw.
    SEASON DETAILS
    Venue:  Wonderland Bar (formerly The World Bar), 24 Bayswater Road, Potts Point
    Season: 18 February – 26 June 2022
    Performance times:  Tues-Fri 7pm, Sat-Sun 2pm and 7pm
    Duration: 2 hours 20 minutes
    Price: $75-85
    Bookings:  explorehidden.com
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    • 22 min

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