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Sadako:  Theatre & Events on Web Wombat Entertainment Telluride Horror Show: Sadako v Kayako

When a franchise has a long run, you tend to run out of ideas. Sadako is the evil spirit from The Ring franchise and Kayako is the main evil spirit from The Grudge series. I am a fan of both franchises, so I did have conversations with other fans about what would happen if you had them both fight. We now get to see that theatrical exercise play out. Read More ...

 

 


What do you get if you give a couple of high school kids a budget and a film crew? You get a kickass movie with bionics, zombies, Satan piss, fighting, love and a few messages about not bullying and doing drugs. I know that sounds like a lot, but when you get the details of this movie, you really appreciate the level of dedication to the project. Read More ...

 

The Windmill : Telluride Horror Show  Theatre & Events on Web Wombat Entertainment Telluride Horror Show: The Windmill

Horror films teach a morality tale. The Windmill follows that tradition by making a modern day Grimm fairy tale about a bus tour of the dammed. It’s not personal, if you find yourself at the windmill you have done something that has brought you there or maybe you just know someone who has. This film may have its roots in a classic tail but its delivery is something that comes straight out of an 80’s slasher picture. It’s is dripping with bloody retribution handed out by a dark figure that is tied to an abandoned windmill. Read More ...

 


There are some movies that resonate with you on some emotional level; something in them speaks to you and they stay with you forever, they are now a part of your history and you are a better person for watching it. We Are the Flesh will stay with you, but in less like the treasured memory way and more like a scary flesh-eating disease kind of a way. Like the other kind of film, it too will be with you forever, because you can’t un-see the completely horrific and self-indulgent attempt at being “edgy”. Read More ...

 

Telluride Horror Show Another Evil: Theatre & Events on Web Wombat Entertainment Telluride Horror Show: Another Evil

Not every film was a winner at Telluride. This horror comedy is more about focusing on the awkward moments created by the characters and magnifying them to the point of uncomfortable absurdity. The horror elements are used in a clever way, telling us that there is a more aggressive and uglier evil deep within all of us; that we should be less afraid of ghosts and more afraid of the strangers we let into our lives. Read More ...

 


I am a huge sci-fi nut so I love the idea of this movie. It’s a combination of Predator and Black Mirror. It’s set in the near future where a new training AI is learning how to kill, well, really well. With a film like this, you have to enjoy the mix of practical and special effects and how they blend them together. The performances were great and it is truly a thrill ride. With equal parts sci-fi and horror it made a good addition to the Telluride Horror Show. Read More ...

 

Instead of having another film about people going on holiday and finding out there's legions of the undead lurking, Ibiza Undead takes the refreshing take that it’s common knowledge that zombies are real and even embraces the knowledge by providing safety travel pamphlets that explain how to holiday safely after a zombie outbreak. Take your favourite teen raunchy beach movie, set in the aftermath of Shaun of the Dead, give the characters the self-absorbed dialogue of high-school students and you have the essence of this film.  Read More ...

 


People often forget that the draw of a zombie movie is not the zombies. Although they can be fun, what really draws fans to this genre is the human story. Some have said that zombies are an analogy for our own mortality. I agree, and that’s why a movie that is focused on a person’s survival in this horrific setting is so engaging. Read More ...

 

The Telluride Horror Show is starting to look at 2017. They are looking for filmmakers who work in the horror genre who want to have their film shown at one of America’s premier film festivals. This year’s tickets sold out well before the opening, indicating that people plan ahead when going to the festival in the mountains. Around 500 people arrived to enjoy the very best in horror; each year they have added something new... Read More ...

 

What a huge amount of fun. Written, directed by and starring Alice Lowe (Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, Sightseers), Prevenge is pitch-perfect black comedy body-horror; a romp of insanity, revenge and, of course, the very real horror that is childbirth. Read More ...

 

A well-paced and stressful film, A Dark Song is the kind of claustrophobic slow-burn that horror fans can really settle into. Filmed almost entirely in a dark mansion in the Welsh countryside, our key players go on a hell of a ride to get what they want. Read More ...

 

“People like to have all the scares and emerge unscathed. I think a lot of it is about control, to be able to be put into a scary situation and to be able to experience it vicariously, safe. It’s the same as when you’re really depressed: do you put on happy music or depressing music, to wallow?”. The Director of Monster Fest talks genre film, the final girl and how to be scared. Read More ...

 

There’s a lot of evenness to Seminar when the lights come up. The set appears reasonable, the living room of an apartment. The aesthetic is affluent, but doesn’t draw attention to itself. It’s a safe, sitcom set, the kind of thing where you expect to hear, “Seminar is filmed in front of a live studio audience.” However, what begins as balanced slowly becomes less so, and after so small amount of turmoil for the characters, what remains is another fantastic show by Artefact Theatre. Read More ...

 

The fabulous summer institution that is the Rooftop Cinema in Melbourne has announced the first half of their summer program. Woop woop! Read More ...

 

The team here at WW like to make sure you're thoroughly in the know of the goings-on and the rad happenings of your town. Here's a little peek at what's coming in Sydney. Read More ...

 

Summer is coming, which means mozzies, water fights and- best of all - outdoor cinemas! Add in delicious ice-cream and the beach and it's pretty much your summer nights sorted. Read More ...

 

Kinky Boots is divine intervention; Kinky Boots knocks on your door and asks if you’ve heard the good news: “I exist.” Kinky Boots saves. There’s something both satisfying and masochistic about watching a show with few expectations and having those expectations battered. Less emotionally engaging as it was emotional shock and awe. This was beautiful stuff, what Anthony Burgess describes as, “A bird of rarest spun heaven-metal.” Read More ...

 

There's literally always something to do in fabulous Melbourne, here's just a few things on in the coming weeks, recommended by the Web Wombat team. Read More ...

 

Self-confessed “twink Gollum” Bradley Storer has graciously brought back his hit show Trickster to the Butterfly Club in Melbourne, for two sweet nights only. The show is a dark and cheeky cabaret, showcasing Storer’s macabre sense of humour and, most importantly, dynamite pipes. Read More ...

 

All of master filmmaker Stanley Kubrick's feature films will be seen on the big screen at a single film festival event! The legendary American auteur, Stanley Kubrick (1928-1999) – emblematic of the New Hollywood film making wave and often cited as one of the greatest and most influential directors in cinematic history, will be showcased in The Complete Features of Stanley Kubrick Film Festival – the first of its kind in the world. Read More ...

 

Damian Cowell has said that he loves disco music because it’s “dance music for uncool people” - an ethos that an awkward and shy music-lover like myself (I’m dancing on the inside!) can get right behind. Read More ...

 

The songs in Joni Mitchell tribute show A Case of You are not reworked too dramatically; they are still sung and performed in Mitchell’s style, albeit with some DIY percussion, with that 60s/70s folk tinge. But that quality of the show is by no means a negative aspect; Joni Mitchell fans may not - presumably - want to hear death metal covers of their beloved Joni’s work (I mean, it’d be interesting, but probably not pleasant). Read More ...

 

In Tudor Roses, Aubrey Flood takes us through King Henry VIII’s legendary six wives, and the unfair fate that often befell them. The story of how Henry used and abused these six women has gone down in history and been variously interpreted; this time, we have Flood bringing these women into the modern world via song and cabaret. Read More ...

 

Alanta Colley’s show is not for people who aren’t keen on creepy-crawlies. However, if you’re like me, and you really like horror movies and natural history, you’ll bloody love it. Read More ...

 

The most famous version of Medea is the one people most closely associate with the myth; wherein Medea kills her sons to spite her husband for taking a new lover. Many Medea incarnations do not end this way - why has the Euripides tale endured the longest, and strongest? Is it because it confirms patriarchal ideas of womanhood, as opposed to combating them? Is the blood of her children more dramatic and ‘entertaining’ than a happier ending? The Quiet Bite is something of an examination of Medea - the story and the woman - but looks deeper and wider than that still. Read More ...

 

Not unlike Tim Vine or - sometimes, when’s he’s not ragging on fat people - Jimmy Carr, Ben Volchok’s writing makes an audience groan happily in their seat. I don’t mean erotically, I mean that wonderful feeling when you hear a pun that somehow amuses and enrages you. Puns are one of the most creative and strange things to write, and Ben’s one-liners in his Illustrious Fact Show are on-bloody-point. Read More ...

 

Surely you’ve seen Sammy J before? He’s a festival regular, both with his solo shows and those with puppet mate Randy. Hero Complex is less strictly musical than his previous shows (there’s still songs, don’t worry!) and shows a different, but wonderful, side to Sammy. Read More ...

 

Although the Lithuanian Club is not a gin and smoke-soaked jazz bar festooned with leather chaises, candlelit rosewood tables and something sequined draped effortlessly over a piano, it might as indeed be when Mama Alto hits the stage. Read More ...

 

Since performing for several years with sketch troupe Wizard Sandwiches, Dylan Cole has shown off his improv and comedy performance skills, but the last couple of years has seen him bring his storytelling and dramatic chops to the stage as well. Blank Tiles brilliantly shows off Cole’s flair for the poignant, unique and lovely. Read More ...

 

The idea of solo sketch may seem nigh-on impossible, but Brianna Williams - comic performer and, importantly, top-notch improviser - does it so wonderfully. La Petite Merde has little to do with France, but has even better stuff in spades: silly accents, fruit-play and a wealth of whimsical characters. Read More ...

 

Bobby Blue (of lady-barbershop quartet Bobby and the Pins) has developed a solo, emotional-rollercoaster ride of a Melbourne Fringe show; it ostensibly follows her on an oscillating path between vanity and self-loathing, an hour fitted with a diverse range of reworked covers, cheeky dance moves and ... milk. Read More ...

 

The 2016 Melbourne Fringe Festival is on like RIGHT NOW, so Melbourne comedian Lauren Bok has offered up a serving platter of just some of the shows she's most looking forward to. Dig in! Read More ...

 

Phileas Fogg lives his life by rigorous time-keeping. Thus, when the news comes that advancements in overseas transportation means its theoretically possible to travel round the globe in just 80 days (It’s set in Victorian England, kids, they didn’t have planes yet), he’s naturally fascinated. When some scoffing toffs at his club claim it to be impossible, Fogg wagers he will prove it is through the only means available – taking the journey himself. However, the difficulty lies not so much the travel, but in the fact an office of the Law, Inspector Fix, is convinced Fogg is funding his jaunt off the proceeds of a recent bank robbery.  Read More ...

 

Backed by a new orchestra, Curtains, is a terrific show. A musical within a musical, Curtains takes a great script, strong performances, and brilliant storytelling, and stitches them all together to one magnificent thespian-ic Frankenstein’s monster. Read More ...

 

The 2016 Melbourne Fringe Festival kicks off in just under a month, and, as always, the program is chockers with something for everyone: dance, circus, cabaret, comedy, poetry, drama, theatre, visual and live arts...suffice to say, it was difficult to whittle my list down to just a few to mention, but here we are... Read More ...

 

Promoted as a cabaret, Frankly Winehouse: The Amy Winehouse Cabaret felt like pure theatre - a long monologue, broken up by the occasional song or fragment of a familiar hit single. Perched on a bar stool in the corner of the venue - Whole Lotta Love in Melbourne's inner north - Ashleigh Kreveld was dynamite as ‘Amy’, bottle of hooch in one hand, mic in the other. Read More ...

 

2015 Polish film The Lure has some amazing elements; a thriller/horror musical about a couple of beautiful mermaid sisters navigating life on land in a seedy gentlemen's club. I was immediately intrigued, upon reading the synopsis, that the sisters’ story was part traditional creepy fairy tale, part abstract retelling of the popular legend. The film itself, though, felt a bit confused. Read More ...

 

I went into my first Melbourne International Film Festival screening for 2016 - Fear Itself - excited; as a huge fan of both horror movies and documentaries, this seemed like a divine combination of the two. What I got instead was more like an adolescent thinkpiece with secondhand visuals. Read More ...

 

Although plagued by an underwhelming book, The Production Company’s Funny Girl is blessed with a sensational leading lady. Returning to the role seventeen years on, Caroline O’Connor proves she still has the chops in the leading role of Fanny Brice, bringing her trademark comedy and gusto. Vocally, she nails the big Act One finale, "Don't Rain on My Parade", among many other numbers which demonstrate her fantastic vocal range and positions her leaps and bounds ahead of her co-stars. Read More ...

 

If the Athenaeum Theatre in Melbourne were a church, then I just attended a revival because, based on the laughter, yells, and applause, I was definitely in a room full of believers. In a sort of mythical Myer store, the elevator doors open and out stumble four women: the Power Woman (Caroline Gillmer), the Housewife (Donna Lee), the Soap Star (Jackie Love), and the Earth Mother (Megan Shapcott). They quickly realise they have something in common: “The Change"... Read More ...

 

Boy, they weren’t kidding. It was my first time at fortyfivedownstairs and it was, indeed, down quite a few. Writing now, I’m struck by the parallel – admittedly serendipitous in this instance - that can sometimes occur between a play and its venue. Because in a lot of respects that’s what happens on stage with L’amante Anglaise: descent. It’s a descent into memory, depression, marriage, and murder. Read More ...

 

Geraldine Quinn bloody loves David Bowie, and the two share/d a love of reinvention and genre-spanning. Quinn’s all-new hour of original songs doesn’t have a concise theme, but it doesn’t much need one; it’s a bunch of wonderful - and wonderfully performed - songs from the brain and mouth of Quinn, with a rad band in tow. Read More ...

 

Alice Tovey’s cheeky new show deals with the big issues: the meaning of life. Religion. Feminism. Beyonce. Tovey comes to the Cabaret Festival with her band (The Apostles, including pianist and co-writer Ned Dixon) which gives her songs a rousing oomph and depth. Read More ...

 

The wonderful Melbourne Cabaret Festival is here once again for 2016 and it's already turning out to a banger. Here's a few reviews so far! Read More ...

 

By the end of Mother’s Ruin, I was sad that the show had only been sixty minutes long. I could have easily watched another hour of the wicked and interesting story of gin throughout the ages set to wildly-varied and sumptuous song and dance. Read More ...

 

Proof is centred on Catherine. Her father, Robert, has recently passed. In his better days, before Catherine devoted the last few years caring for him, Robert was a famous mathematician. Catherine has to deal not only with his estate – including over 100 notebooks filled with either gibberish or genius - but also his intellectual legacy. More so than her sister, Claire, Catherine struggles with what to do in the wake of Robert’s departure. Things aren’t helped, when Robert’s former student, Hal, finds an incredible mathematical proof among the academic detritus. Read More ...


Time flies, and as it does, it brings to us, once again, the Melbourne International Film Festival, one of the city’s greatest annual arts events. You surely know the gist of MIFF by now - what kind of Melburnian would you be, otherwise? - but, in preparation for the festival, which runs July 28 to August 14, I have taken the liberty of arranging a little tasting plate for you - here’s a few recommendations, from me to you, of what to catch this MIFF. Read More ...

 

Melbourne is currently full to the brim with big-scale musicals filling the main theatres. Families will delight at the return of The Sound of Music, in a (relatively!) new production featuring a dazzling design and superb leading lady. Thanks to the colossal success of the 1965 hit film, audiences have high expectations of the familiar Rodgers and Hammerstein score. Read More ...

 

Adam Garcia leads a talented cast in a new, slick revival of Singin’ in the Rain. Based on the 1952 movie musical, this classic show explores the impact of the end of the silent film era on a Hollywood film studio. The transition from silent film to talkies offers great opportunities for aspiring actress Kathy Selden (Gretel Scarlett) and musician Cosmo Brown (Jack Chambers), but less so for stunningly beautiful, but vocally challenged Lina Lamont (Erika Heynatz) and leading man Don Lockwood (Garcia), who has the voice, but questions his potential as a ‘real’ actor. Read More ...

 

Paul Dravet has been the General Manager of the Hayden Orpheum in Sydney for almost twenty years. Today marks the opening of one of his latest projects: David Stratton’s Great Britain Retro Film Festival. Dravet co-created the event last year with critic Stratton and it was such a popular, much-loved film exploration that they decided to bring it back for 2016. Photo by Dan Himbrechts. Read More ...

 

Beautifully cast, artistically inventive and incredibly fun: Little Shop of Horrors is sure to delight. Seymour Krelborn (Brent Hill), is a down-on-his-luck Skid Row florist whose fascination with strange and interesting new plants leads him to unleash a carnivorous shrub on the world. Torn between his desire for success (which comes with the love of his beautiful colleague Audrey, played by Esther Hannaford) and his sense of morality and loyalty, Seymour embarks on a Faustian journey, accompanied by an infectious 1960s score. Read More ...

 

The Astor Theatre in Windsor is the apple of the Melbourne film-lover’s eye. The hallowed halls of the gorgeous cinema have been standing since the 1930s. Nowadays, the Astor doesn’t have as much competition for the old-school film geek’s dollar as it did some 60 years ago, it now being one of the last remaining “traditional” single-screen cinemas. It’s a wonderful place just to be in, and an even better one in which to catch a few films. Here’s a few things coming up at the Astor that you really shouldn’t miss. Enjoy!  Read More ...

 

The Can-Can! Rotary phones! Tetris! Sexual quirks! Here's the last review round-up for the 2016 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. It finishes Sunday April 17, so dash out and see some shows before we all have to go back to our boring, non-comedic lives Read More ...

 

There’s only a few days left of the 2016 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, so you’ve only got a wee chance to catch a whole bunch of fun and interesting stuff before we all- including the acts- have to go back to our humdrum, boring lives. Here’s a little quick guide for what to catch in the fest’s final days. Read More ...

 

Robots! Industrious worms! British murder! Carmen Sandiego! Here's a few more reviews from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2016. Read More ...

 

Invisible hula hoops! Booty shaking! Feminism! Milk! Buddy cops! Here's a few reviews from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2016. Read More ...

 

“Spell, ‘Pulchritudinous.’” May I have a definition? “Possessing exquisite beauty.” May I have it in a sentence? “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, a delightful musical charting the fortunes of six kids doing their darnedest to win the local spelling competition, a show that incorporated a wonderful use of a craft aesthetic featuring multi-coloured bunting, a swarm of paper-plate bumblebees, sparkly letters, sock puppets, a coloured-paper and sellotaped sign for the show as you walk in, not to mention some incredible papier-mâché work, particularly when Jesus drops from the rafters to offer some wisdom..." Read More ...

 

Alanta Colley is a reformed reviewer turned comedian, story teller, and bee keeper. She also works for Engineers Without Borders. She will be hosting her fourth comedy debate fundraiser as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival this year. She gives us some tips on what to see this MICF season! Read More ...

 

It’s only fitting that VELVET opened in Melbourne over this Easter long weekend, as this is the closest I’ve been to a religious experience in a long time. At first glance, the cavernous Merlyn Theatre at Coopers Malthouse doesn’t strike you as the ideal theatrical setting for a show of this grandeur, but, lo and behold, as soon as the lights dim, reservations are quashed as the room transforms into the most expensive disco/circus/gay bar you’ve ever stepped foot in. Read More ...

 

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is in full swing for 2016! Stand-up, music, theatre, ladders, Brendan Fraser, cat food- this festival has got it all, and then some. Here's the first lot of our reviews, and some of our favourite acts so far. Read More ...

 

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is upon us, so we asked some of Melbourne's finest comedy brains to lend us some recommendations about who and what to see this festival season. Here we have Melbourne comic Peter Jones throwing us some tips and hidden gems. Read More ...

 

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is upon us, so we asked some of Melbourne's finest comedy brains to lend us some recommendations about who and what to see this festival season. Here we have Melbourne-via-Tassie comedian Andy Matthews throwing us some tips and hidden gems. Read More ...

 

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is upon us, so we asked some of Melbourne's finest comedy brains to lend us some recommendations about who and what to see this festival season. Here we have Melbourne comic Lauren Bok throwing us some tips and hidden gems. Read More ...

 

Matilda, one of the world's best new musicals, has just opened at Melbourne's Princess Theatre. Based on the Roald Dahl novel of the same name, Matilda focuses on a precocious young girl who, ignored by her less clever family, discovers her skills and interests in reading have led to telekinesis. She becomes a warrior for her friends and teacher who are victims of nasty headmistress Miss Trunchbull. I was fortunate to see the London production a couple of years ago, but in this second viewing, I've found even more to love about this world-class production. Read More ...

 

Headed up by Festival Director Kier-La Janisse (author of House of Psychotic Women, founder of the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies and Spectacular Optical Publications) with programming support from genre scholar Alexandra Heller-Nicholas (author of Rape-Revenge Films: A Critical Study and Devil’s Advocates: Suspiria) and executive produced by Neil Foley and Grant Hardie of Monster Pictures, Monster Fest 2016 will feature Australian premieres alongside festival favourites and repertory classics, with international special guests, industry panels and events, exhibitions, vendor booths, parties and more. Read More ...

 

Violet is a compelling story focusing on a young woman who, as the result of a childhood accident, has a facial disfigurement. Tired of ridicule from others in her small town of Spruce Pine, the feisty Violet boards a long bus journey to Oklahoma, where she hopes a televangelist will use the power of Jesus to heal her. Surprisingly nearly twenty years old, Violet seems like an incredible modern musical, bridging that gap between ‘real’ drama and musical storytelling. Read More ...

 

Considered the "biggest" awards show in movieland, the Academy Awards also suffers from sometimes being the stuffiest; the most tone-deaf. This was also a year where actors of colour (and audiences) were no longer content to allow the Academy's overarching racism slide. #OscarsSoWhite brought out some good and bad opinions, and it was unlikely that the show would ignore all the chatter, least of all host, comedian Chris Rock. Read More ...

 

Based on the incredibly successful 1990 film of the same name, Ghost is the latest movie-to-musical to play Melbourne. In relatively serious matter for a modern musical, Ghost focuses on the robbery and murder of banker Sam (Rob Mills), witnessed by his sculptor girlfriend Molly (Jemma Rix). Failing to transition to the afterlife, Sam is destined to a ghostly purgatory where he discovers the sinister details of his murder and communicates with Molly after a chance meeting with psychic Oda Mae Brown (played by the aptly named Wendy Mae Brown.) Read More ...

 

The Astor Theatre in Windsor is the apple of the Melbourne film-lover’s eye. The hallowed halls of the gorgeous cinema have been standing since the 1930s. Nowadays, the Astor doesn’t have as much competition for the old-school film geek’s dollar as it did some 60 years ago, it now being one of the last remaining “traditional” single-screen cinemas. It’s a wonderful place just to be in, and an even better one in which to catch a few films. Here’s a few bits coming up at the Astor that you really shouldn’t miss. Enjoy! Read More ...

 

Ah, how time flies. The Melbourne International Comedy Festival's website and online show guide has gone live, which means that the fest is only a month or so away. Not long until the Melbourne streets are awash with comedian and punter alike, trying to find each other in the bustling and ever-expanding comedy roster. Here's a few acts I know and love to give you a good starting spot, but see as many shows as you can, for the festival comes but once a year! Like Christmas, but with better cracker jokes (sometimes...) Read More ...

 

North by Northwest returns to Melbourne following a smash hit season in 2015. The culmination of many creative forces, North by Northwest is the stage adaptation of master director Alfred Hitchcock's 1959 classic. It's the worst day ever for New York advertising exec Roger O. Thornhill (Matt Day) when he is mistakenly abducted by thugs, despite his repeated protestations. The sinister Phillip Van Damm (Matt Hetherington) orchestrates a thrilling chase as Thornhill pursues the real George Kaplan across the country, assisted by femme fatale Eve Kendall (Amber McMahon). Read More ...

 

Though the weather in Melbourne is subject to its own whims and fancies, February is usually when we get “proper summer”. December and January are just a warm-up (lol), and Melbourne is still figuring out how do hot weather, which is why it sometimes rains and hails and shines sun and amps up the humidity, all at the same time. February is when we get the proper summer experience: balmy nights, scorching days, bit of a breeze to offset the mozzies. An outdoor cinema is one of the best places to be on one of those nights, so Moonlight Cinema presents a feast of film for the summer-lovers ... Read More ...

 

Some people say that Oklahoma! is the perfect musical. For me, it's Fiddler on the Roof, a product of the golden age of musicals, opening on Broadway in 1964. Joseph Stein's book beautifully tells the often comedic story of a poor milkman and his family living in Anatevka, a Russian shtetl, with the impending tragedy of the eviction of Jews from their hometown. Read More ...

 

There were no shortage of Seekers fans among the audience at Her Majesty's Theatre in Melbourne last night for the world premiere of Georgy Girl: The Seekers Musical. Georgy Girl lovingly highlights fifty years of Australian folk super-group, The Seekers, from their basic beginnings in Melbourne to their rapid success in the United Kingdom. Featuring a catalogue of the band's hits and iconic songs of their contemporaries, Georgy Girl is unashamedly directed at the Baby Boomer crowd. Read More ...

 

One of the first mega musicals, Cats is an enduring force, gracing the world stages steadily since it debuted in 1981. Back then, it was a revolutionary show, teaming T.S. Eliot’s curious feline poetry with the resurgence of dance on stage. Cats established its own identity thanks to Gillian Lynne’s iconic choreography which, along with lots of hair and leg-warmers, transformed the performers into the Jellicle Cats. Read More ...

 

Zap! Bang! Boom! Radio Variety Hour relives the glory days of radio serials and plays you’d gather ‘round the old wireless for. Starring comedic performers Bert Goldsmith, Lauren Bok (Live on Bowen) and Sam Marzden (Spamalot) as a bickering but gold-standard radio trio, the show is a leap into 1959, with all the vintage mics, home-made sound effects and cabbages you can handle. Read More ...

 

There’s always the option to go to the same cinema you always do, eat the same over-priced popcorn and sit in bad lighting, but in Melbourne, come summertime, there’s a wealth of other movie options for you cinephiles, from beach-side to forest!   Read More ...

 

When the beautiful Astor Theatre in Melbourne last did a silent movie double-bill, it was two of the finest films you could ever hope to see, silent or otherwise: Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times and Buster Keaton’s The General. Two films that not only encapsulate all that is amazing about silent and physical comedy, but hold up as classics to this day, some ninety years later. Read More ...

 

The British Rail system is one of the most well-known rail systems in the world. I have enjoyed their service but I bet what to do during a werewolf attack is not among their employee training modules. Howl gives us a reason to add that class to the curriculum. Read More ...

 

One of Broadway's lesser known works, City of Angels is a sassy film noir tale which has finally graced the professional Melbourne stage. Taking place in two concurrent worlds,City of Angels juxtaposes the real world of LA novelist Stine (Anton Berezin) with the on-screen world of his first screenplay – starring his more successful alter ego, private investigator Stone (Kane Alexander). Featuring dames, guns and life lessons, City of Angels is a cheeky love letter to 1940s film noir and detective fiction. Read More ...

 

There's nothing better than a good old creature feature. The Hallow is set in Ireland and deals with the 'fay' of the woods. The images of the wood-folk are some of the best nightmare fuel I have seen. With excellent pacing, they slowly increase the tension until the finale, where it’s a full-on race to the conclusion that leaves you and the protagonist panting: them from running; you from holding your breath. Read More ...

 

Horror westerns are not a very populated genre and that’s a shame, because there are some really good elements to play with. Bone Tomahawk takes a look at mixing in monsters and cowboys and pulls it off well. It kicks off with a gory start and then it settles into a western road picture right before it circles back around to gory again, but this time the gore is dialed up to 11. Read More ...

 

Telluride Horror Show needs to be on every horror movie fan’s bucket list. Deep in a valley surrounded by high mountains is the best venue of the horror genre in the country. With its blend of independent and studio films, it caters to a wide variety of tastes. Read More ...

 

This movie is a prime example of a production that loves what it does. Film making can be fun, but making a horror film is twice as fun. The cast works well together and professionally handle a film that could have easily slipped into being a silly shadow of some classic splatter horror films. Read More ...

 

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Telluride Horror Show needs to be on every horror movie fan’s bucket list. Deep in a valley surrounded by high mountains is the best venue of the horror genre in the country. With its blend of independent and studio films, it caters to a wide variety of tastes. Read More ...

 

Rama Nicholas Mary Weathers Monsters : Theatre,
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Improvisor and actor Rama Nicholas has not only a talent for voices and songs, but for creating whole worlds with numerous characters and plot arcs. It’s bizarre to think that a show ‘starring’ about 15-20 characters is performed entirely by one person, but such is Nicholas’ wheelhouse.   Read More ...

 

A Bit of Fry and Laurie: As Mad As I Am,
 But No Madder : Comedy on Web Wombat A Bit of Fry and Laurie: As Mad As I Am, But No Madder: Comedy

How did I ever live without Fry and Laurie in my life? What did I ever enjoy before I enjoyed this? What was I laughing at and loving before I knew the true and endless joy of Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie together? It doesn’t matter now, for that was in the past, the before times. Fry and Laurie have been working together since they were both attending Cambridge in the early 80s; they did a series of projects together after the usual college theatre and performance, likeBlackadder, Alfresco and The Young Ones, before their “breakout hit”, sketch show A Bit of Fry and Laurie, premiering in 1987 (the year I was born, somehow symbolically I am sure) Read More ...

 

Gene Kelly: Song and Dance Man : Theatre,
 Comedy & Musical Reviews on Web Wombat Entertainment Gene Kelly: Song and Dance Man

I’m not one to hark back to the “good old days” of cinema; there’s plenty of brilliant film making, excellent actors and original ideas around now that we need not despair and act as if the best days are behind us. I would never presume that things were “better” in a time in which I did not actually live, like those people- best illustrated in Woody Allen’s piss-drinking Midnight in Paris- that yearn for bygone eras simply because they are bygone, and we like to look back with rose-coloured glasses. There’s more than enough to keep you going in today’s artistic landscape, but there’s one thing we don’t have, not anymore- Gene Kelly.. Read More ...

 

Dedications : Theatre Review on Web Wombat Review: Dedications

In Dedications, performer John O’Hara and director Anthony Harkin invite us into the world of the lovers: those discovering love, those losing love and those finding its treacherous waters a little difficult to navigate. We are introduced to a cavalcade of characters who share one common thread; these lovers have a particular way of expressing their inner most joys, troubles and musings - by calling their local radio ‘Love God’ who shares their triumphs, heartaches and most importantly - their love song dedications. Read More ...

 

Melbourne Fringe Festival 2015 : Theatre,
 Comedy & Musical Reviews on Web Wombat Entertainment Melbourne Fringe Festival 2015: What To See : Review

The Melbourne Fringe Festival program has been launched, so here are some offerings you might enjoy, if you like good things. You do like good things, don't you? Good. Read More ...

 

Sweeney Todd : Theatre Review on Web Wombat Sweeney Todd : Musical

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is an almost perfect musical.The dissonant overture of Stephen Sondheim’s bloody operetta, all gothic organ and screeching factory whistle, is an imposing first moment. The ensuing plot, a tightly crafted exploration of desire, retribution and class struggle is perhaps even more pertinent now than when it premiered in 1978. Returning to Victorian London after 15 years transportation on trumped-up charges, Sweeney Todd (Teddy Tahu Rhodes) is hell-bent on slitting the throat of the lascivious Judge Turpin (Phillip Rhodes) who, lusting after Sweeney’s wife, wrongly convicted the barber. Read More ...

 

The Rocky Horror Show : Theatre,
 Comedy & Musical Reviews & News Review: The Rocky Horror Show

Although lacking a truly cohesive cast and slick direction, Rocky Horror Show will satisfy those looking for a carefree and nostalgic evening out. Read More ...

 

Anything Goes : Theatre Review on Web WombatMusical: Anything Goes

Anything Goes is an old school (1934!) musical comedy, with more hit tunes than you can poke a stick at, including the show stopping title song. Read More ...

 

Dirty Dancing : Theatre,
 Comedy & Musical Reviews and News Review: Dirty Dancing

The star of this show is the dancing which doesn’t disappoint. Led by Phelan and Peat, who impress across a range of styles, Michele Lynch’s choreography is thrilling. Read More ...

 

The Lion King : Theatre,
 Comedy & Musical Reviews and News Review: The Lion King

The Lion King recently surpassed The Phantom of the Opera as the most successful production of all time. It’s easy to see why. Read More ...

 

Theatre: Of Mice and Men Broadway: Of Mice and Men

The production was nominated for two Tony Awards, including Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for Chris O'Dowd. Read More ...

 

Totem : Theatre,
 Comedy & Musical Reviews and News Review: Totem by Cirque du Soleil

Inspired by many founding myths, TOTEM illustrates, through a visual and acrobatic language, the evolutionary progress of species. Read More ...

 

Theatre: Strictly Ballroom Musical: Strictly Ballroom

Surely it was only a matter of time before Strictly Ballroom returned to the stage, as its life began as a mid-1980s NIDA student theatre piece. Its current reincarnation is not without problems, but is undoubtedly entertaining. Read More ...

 

Mike Nichols RIP In Memorium: Mike Nichols

Legendary stage director, Mike Nichols, easily one of America's beloved and celebrated theatre icons has died of a heart attack in his Manhattan apartment at the age of 83. Read More ...

 

Theatre: JIM MORRISON: KALEIDOSCOPE Midsumma Festival: Jim Morrison - Kaleidoscope

Whether you’re familiar with the works of one of the most iconic front men in rock history is almost irrelevant, as Lucente’s force of nature performance skills take centre stage. Read More ...

 

La Cage aux Folles - musical Musical Review: La Cage aux Folles

Georges (Simon Burke) and Albin (Todd McKenney) have lived happily together for 20 years above their nightclub in St Tropez. Georges is the owner and MC, and Albin its star drag performer, Zaza. Read More ...

 

Theatre: Fringe Festival Melbourne Fringe Festival 2014

What a stellar year it was once again at the 2014 Melbourne Fringe Festival, a festival which is fast becoming one of the most eclectic and interesting on the Melbourne Arts calendar. Read More ...

 

high fidelity - musical Musical Review: High Fidelity

The original Broadway production folded after just sixteen performances, which is surprising as it’s a genuinely fun and clever outing with pop sensibilities. Read More ...

 

Theatre: Showboat Review: Showboat

The Production Company have delivered an entertaining version of this rarely performed show. Show Boat plays the State Theatre. Read More ...

 

into the woods - musical Musical Preview: Into The Woods

A modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, Into The Woods intertwines the plots of several of the Grimms most beloved stories including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk. Read More ...

 

Theatre: Guys & Dolls Review: Guys & Dolls

A whopping twenty four piece orchestra, led by musical director Guy Simpson, is an absolute delight and a highlight of this production. Read More ...

 

all shook up - musical Musical Review: All Shook Up

It was only a matter of time until The King, Mr. Elvis Presley himself, would be given the theatrical treatment, but the resulting show, * All Shook Up*, falls a long way short of the gleeful *Mamma Mia. Read More ...

 

Theatre: all shook up Interview: Shannon Pendrey

ARC Theatre's is tackling the life of the King of Rock'n'Roll, Elvis, with the show 'All Shook Up' which will be running from July 4th-12th at Banyule Theatre. Web Wombat Theatre's Sean Lynch caught up with the shows star, Shannon Pendrey, who is playing the role of 'Natalie'. Read More ...

 

fatboy slimmer Cabaret: Fatboy Slimm..er

This camp-tastic newcomer to Melbourne’s cabaret scene is a self-deprecating gem of performer whose debut show, the delicious Fat Boy Slimm…er, combines quick wit and silken vocals to leave his audience rolling in the aisles. Read More ...

 

Theatre: 2014 Tony Awards 2014 Tony Awards: Winners & Highlights

There's no greater show on earth than the Tony Awards. It's your one stop shop to the biggest and most bawdy shows on Broadway, the best of the best. Read More ...

 

jersey boys Musical: Jersey Boys

From director Clint Eastwood comes the big-screen version of the Tony Award-winning musical “Jersey Boys”. Read More ...

 

Theatre: Bane Comedy: Bane Trilogy & Anne Edmonds

It's comedy festival time once again and we are taking a look at some of the must see shows of the 2014 season. This time around we check out Anne Edmonds and Bane Trilogy. Read More ...

 

nick hedger Theatre Interview: Nick Hedger - Playground

Building on the success of his debut cabaret show ‘Crap I Found in My Room’, writer-performer Nick Hedger's next endeavour is a showcase of his original compositions. Read More ...

 

Theatre: pirates of penzance Theatre: Pirates of Penzance

A tight ensemble were responsible for the bulk of the energy; the Pirates tumbled around as a believable mob, the production moves along at a cracking pace and wastes no time on sentimentality – this is Gilbert and Sullivan after all. Read More ...

 

Theatre interview - fat pig Theatre Interview: Patrick Harvey - Fat Pig

2012 saw Harvey teaming up with Wolf Creek's John Jarratt  for a National tour of the critically acclaimed "The Sum of Us" and now he's back with one of the most talked about new stage shows of the year - Fat Pig.
 We sat down to chat with Patrick about all things Fat Pig. Read More ...

 

Theatre: Singin In The Rain Theatre: Singin' In The Rain (The Production Company)

With all the charm, romance, comedy and glamour of a bygone Hollywood era, Singin' in the Rain features a glorious score with the classics Good Morning, Make 'em Laugh, All I Do Is Dream Of You and the legendary Singin' in the Rain. Read More ...

 

Theatre Review: Hot Shoe Shuffle Theatre Review: Hot Shoe Shuffle

Hot Shoe Shuffle returns to Melbourne, where the musical began two decades ago. With a new generation of performers, some enhancements to the script and wonderful new costumes and sets! Read More ...

 

Theatre: Crap I Found In My Room Theatre: Crap I Found In My Room

Writer and performer Nick Hedger talks about the show, Crap I Found In My Room, which is about a young guy looking for a housemate after being told by his parents he has to move out. Read More ...

 

Theatre Review: Gypsy Theatre Review: Gypsy

It is a staggering feat that The Production Company can deliver a production of this calibre with two weeks rehearsal. Don’t miss it! Read More ...

 

Musical: Singin' In The Rain Musical Review: Singin' In The Rain

We review the Opening Night of the Amateur Repertory Company production of the classic Musical Singin' In The Rain staged at Banyule Theatre, Heidelberg. Read More ...

 

Singin' In The Rain : Director's Interview Singing in the Rain: Directors Interview

Singin' In The Rain Director Rowena Brown talks to Web Wombat about this latest production by the ARC Theatre Group. Read More ...

 

Idina Menzel With The Melbourne Pops Orchestra Musical Review: Idina Menzel With The Melbourne Pops Orchestra

Idina Menzel, Tony Award-winning performer, is accompanied by the magnificent Melbourne Pops Orchestra at the Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne, performs to a captivated audience. Read More ...

 

King Kong Musical Review Musical Review: King Kong - Live On Stage

King Kong, a world premiere production with anticipation as high as its towering title character, has arrived in spectacular style in Melbourne. Read More ...

 

  

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