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Matthew Bourne’s “Cinderella”–A Breathtaking Fairytale At War

There is no royal ball to attend, but instead a night of dancing at the Café de Paris, a nightspot that was famously bombed on March 8, 1941.  There are no princes in attendance.  In lieu of that love interest, Harry, The Pilot [Andrew Monaghan] is a soldier with a head wound, staggering in pain and most likely flooded with adrenaline in fear thanks to what we now know as PTSD.  His agonizing movements and searching gestures communicate his state of mind eloquently.   The Angel [Liam Mower] replaces our traditional role of fairy godmother with powers that are more fitting to the times.  As the second act begins, the cafe patrons lie on the floor, bombed and in flames.  The Angel brings each back to life to serve as figures in Cinderella’s dream sequence where she arrives in a dress that looks a lot more familiar to fans of the Disney version of the tale and dances with Harry, The Pilot.

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Interview with Festival Director Sarah Purdue: Short + Sweet Sydney Launches 18th Season

The biggest little theatre festival in the world is all grown up! The popular staple of the Sydney summer has reached its 18th year and is set to delight at Surry Hills’ Tom Mann Auditorium Thur-Sun from 7 Feb. 
 Sarah Purdue, the new festival director, tell us her experience as an actor, a director, a drama teacher, a budding filmmaker, and now a festival leader working in Sydney.

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