I had an opportunity to see “Swan Lake” at the Bolshoi when I was a child; my school offered students who were interested in seeing the ballet a day trip to Moscow. The outing was entirely voluntary, and the children who did not wish to go would get a day off school instead. Guess which option my stupid nine-year-old self went with.Read more "The Bolshoi’s “Spartacus” on tour in Brisbane."
melmoth.co is an online archive of some of my more substantial articles and reviews. For daily updates, please follow my blog: melmoth.blog The Royal Ballet’s 2016 production of Mary Shelley’s Gothic masterpiece is an immensely enjoyable spectacle. It did, however, leave me a little conflicted. On the one hand, “Frankenstein” is, first and foremost, great theatre: […]Read more "Frankenstein"
I never intended to review Awakening, but after seeing the play a week ago I felt that I had to write something. Here are a few words about Daniel Lammin’s adaptation of Frank Wedekind’s Spring Awakening. Don’t expect my ramblings to have any structure, this is not a review, just some thoughts.Read more "A few words about Awakening"
“Come away with me to the end of the world” is an invitation full of sentiment and longing, a desire to escape. The story unfolds across remote, peaceful settings, ideal for meditation, self-discovery and revelation.Read more "Come Away With Me to the End of the World"
The Australian Ballet production is Alexei Ratmansky’s second “Cinderella” – in 2002 he was commissioned by the Mariinsky Theatre to refresh Prokofiev’s fairytale, which he did with some success. Thirteen years on, the ballet is still in Mariinsky’s repertoire, but the “Cinderella” currently delighting Australian audiences is a significant divergence from Ratmansky’s original production.Read more "Australian Ballet: Cinderella"
melmoth.co is an online archive of some of my more substantial articles and reviews. For daily updates, please follow my blog: melmoth.blog Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake just wrapped the Melbourne leg wing of its international tour, and it was everything I expected and so, so much more. Cast: The Swan / Stranger – Jonathan Ollivier and […]Read more "Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake in Melbourne"
melmoth.co is an online archive of some of my more substantial articles and reviews. For daily updates, please follow my blog: melmoth.blog When Nikolay Tsiskaridze, (former) Bolshoi principal dancer, was asked which book he believes accurately depicts the inner life of an actor, he named Maugham’s “Theatre”. Without missing a beat.Read more "Book Review: Theatre by Somerset Maugham"