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Troubled Indigenous youths should be sent to theatre workshops rather than jail, says Uncle Jack Charles, the award-winning actor, Aboriginal elder and National Treasure who has had his own past brushes with the law. As he prepares to celebrate his 73rd birthday next week (Sept 6), Uncle Jack says Indigenous theatre in Australia has lost […]

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When Australia’s first Indigenous opera Pecan Summer is performed at the Sydney Opera House next month it will take composer Deborah Cheetham back to the place where she first fell under opera’s spell. “I grew up in Sydney and I was very fortunate to have a wonderful music teacher in high school who took me […]

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A vital part of being a Honey is being able to think outside the box. Wild, crazy thoughts are encouraged. Kim “Busty Beatz” Bowers, for instance, is trying to nut out how to transport a 3.5m beehive 15,000kms or so from Australia to the UK so that Hot Brown Honey, the Spice Girls of the […]

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A new production of Stolen, Australian playwright Jane Harrison’s story of the stolen generations, will be performed by the National Theatre of Parramatta in Sydney on June 2. Director Vicki Van Hout says two decades after the play was first staged, it remains an important lesson to modern-day Australia. “It is important that works like Stolen, […]

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It’s being billed as Australia’s biggest operatic event of the year — author Tim Winton’s iconic novel Cloudstreet set to song. And among the cast when the curtain goes up at the world premiere in Adelaide this week will be leading indigenous male opera singer, baritone Don Bemrose. “It’s such a unique journey to be […]

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