Monday 24 October 2022


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Well, that was fun.

Tap, dancing, singing all at the Speakeasy.

Did l also mention trivia and a door prize. It was a show with a little bit of everything.

Jenny Usher is the creator of this show. I think it may have been developed during lockdown and it's set in a Speakeasy of the 1920s. All four were in fine voice and the costumes were divine.

Candy Shop Show Productions are an independent touring company based in Brisbane. I saw this show in Dandenong and it currently playing in West Australia.

Yet another good show in a suburban theatre.


Thursday 20 October 2022

Summer of the Seventeenth Doll


It was my first visit to the Shirley Burke Theatre. This little theatre of 167 seats is in Parker Road, Parkdale, a suburb of  Melbourne.

Summer of the Seventeenth Doll is an iconic Australian play set in the 1950s, as you can see by the stage settings.

The storyline revolves around 4 main characters. Roo and Barney are cane cutters who travel to Carlton for their off season where Pearl and Olive wait for them. The action revolves around that off season.

This was my first time seeing this play and l enjoyed it. The pacing was tight and the smaller theatre made the interaction between the players and audience all the more intimate. 

The main cast: Rebecca Howell (Pearl), Ruth Caro (Olive), Luke Stephens (Barney), Joe Petruzzi (Roo). Laura Gabriel (Emma), Claudia Hruschka (Bubba) and Adam Hetherington(Jonnie).

All the actors gave good performances especially Ruth Caro and Luke Stephens. The play is of a certain place and time and it was good to see an Australian story. This production is part of HIT Productions Australian voice Tours for 2022.

As the play is touring Australia it is worth seeing it. Thanks to HIT productions for staging it and Kingston Arts for hosting it.

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Tuesday 18 October 2022

B sharp big band


Anyone who looks at my website will know that l love watching Niles and Bianca dance. Swing dancing is the bomb.

Last week l saw a swing big band and it was good. What's not to love with clarinets, trumpets, the drums, saxophone etc. It all makes you want to get up and dance. 

Wherever you live check out local Arts Centres. They have great shows playing, and, if you're in Melbourne check out B sharp big band.

Who wrote the book?