Every year Anywhere Festival invites people to write reviews of performances at the festival. We do this because we believe it is vital that people can read about shows, that performance makers can start a conversation with someone who has taken the time to write about the work and to celebrate the art of critiquing performances.
Along with a number of established writers, this year we are also running a workshop with Nadia Jade of Nothing Ever Happens in Brisbane aimed at new writers to help develop their skills and provide guidance around reviews written for Anywhere Festival shows.
You will find those reviews as they are written below.
Banjo’s Boots is a pleasant way to spend 90 minutes.
. Dom Bradley as self-assured playwright and director Thomas, and Jenna Eve as the unapologetically zealous actress Wanda, breathed an unrelenting feverishness into The Drama Merchant’s adaption of David Ives 2010 play script.
A glamourous and salacious one-woman cabaret based on the true stories of a 1940’s Hollywood legend.
A collaboration between Jay Younger and Lisa O’Neill, Meat Mirror is a condemnation of social media and the normalisation of cosmetic surgery to achieve the picture-perfect body.
Following tea on the verandah, and the detailing of Eve’s recent adventures to London, we begin our hour of sleuthing…
A fast-moving two-hander, Good Talk examined the comfortable rhythms and routines of a long-term relationship and the ways that we communicate in silences as well as words.
Owen Corey delivered an impressive and moving performance as King Richard II, direct from the USA to your device.
Mental Illness Is Not A Crime was not a performance in a traditional sense but more of a workshop or an interactive space focused on ASMR.
Taylor Edwards’ debut solo show is full of funny family tales, self-deprecating humour, and wild characters.
A powerfully personal performance exploring intimacy and connectedness in the digital age.
The Drawer Productions placed the audience at the heart of an unravelling family mystery with their unsettling immersive theatre piece SHELTER.
Compelling circus skills and clowning in a meditation on loss, hope and friendship.
Enthralling, entertaining, enjoyable. A fantastic immersive theatre experience, where the venue is a vital component of the performance.
Review by Sylvia Speakeasy. Friday 7 May, at Sideshow West End. Presented by Vivachi Entertainment. “It’s a pleasure for you to see me again!” With arms flung wide, an enormous…
D.I.V.E Theatre’s ‘Exodus’ is a display of untainted truth-telling.
A fantastic workshop.. can’t wait for the show(girls)!
‘Caught in the Act’ takes you behind-the-scenes in an entertaining theatrical whodunnit.
Review by Mark Sherry. This was a showcase of two Australian talents that deserve to be famous – Roger Davy and Gabrielle Jack.
The Wake is a great reason to leave the house.