Theatre First
A companion podcast to Movies First, with all things Theatre related…reviews and more from the world of the live stage. Presented by respected reviewer Alex First
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158: Evita (Arts Centre, Melbourne, Australia) ...
With more than 20 major awards to its credit, the original Broadway and West End production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical EVITA is now playing at Arts Centre Melbourne.
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157: Perpetual Frustration Machine (Theatre Wor...
Perpetual Frustration Machine is a raw thrust into the human drives of our desires
3 min
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156: Huckleberry:A Musical Adventure (review)
Set in 1895 when Mark Twain lectured in Australia, Huckleberry: A Musical Adventure is a re-imagining of Twain’s masterpiece for the 21st Century
3 min
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155: Rent (Chapel Off Chapel) (Review)
With an inspirational message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity is still a relevant story for a modern audience.
3 min
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154: A Very Kransky Christmas (review)
Cloistered in the old rickety family house in their hometown of Esk in Queensland, the musical sisters’ traditional Christmas festivities have until now been shrouded in secrecy.
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153: Santa's Magical Kingdom (Melbourne) (review)
Melbourne get ready to see a truly magical experience. Santa’s Magical Kingdom returns...
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152: Pins And Needles (review)
Carolyn and Fay have both been happily heterosexually married for most of their adult life. But it’s never too late for exploration... right?
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151: 80 Minutes No Interval (review)
Louis is a failing novelist, which wouldn’t be the case if he’d stop messing with tense and obscuring narrative.
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150: Lamb (A New Play with Songs) (review)
From multi-award-winning playwright Jane Bodie, and featuring original songs by Mark Seymour...
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149: The Celebrating Whitney Houston Show (review)
Whitney Houston is one of the best-selling music artists of all-time, with 200 million records sold worldwide.
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148: Twelfth Night (MTC)
Mistaken identities, love triangles and elaborate pranks – Shakespeare’s classic romantic comedy
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147: Just a Couple of Song and Dance Men (review)
Take a trip down memory lane with Just a Couple of Song and Dance Men, a lively, quirky and toe-tapping tribute to the Hollywood performers of the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s.
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146: Next Move 11 (review)
Chunky Move presents Next Move 11 featuring two new works choreographed and performed by company dancers Lauren Langlois and Joel Bray.
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145: School of Rock The Musical (review)
Based on the iconic, hit movie, this irresistible new musical follows Dewey Finn...
4 min
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144: Astroman (review)
Step back in time to the 80s....
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143: A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder (re...
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder is the hilariously funny musical ....
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142: Songs For Swingin' Lovers (review)
A memoir of love, lust, and regret set to Frank Sinatra’s title album and illustrated through song and dance.
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141: One and The Other (Review)
These circus luminaries combine classic stunts, ascerbic truths, and audacious acts in a wonderfully exposing and messy celebration
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140: Re-Member Me (Review)
Dickie Beau might never get to play Shakespeare’s tragic prince—so the award-winning lip-sync fabulist has transformed into a human mix-tape...
2 min
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139: Suddenly Last Summer (Red Stitch Actors Th...
Savagely poetic and provocative, Tennessee Williams’ Suddenly Last Summer is a nightmarish contemporary masterpiece.
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138: NINE The Musical (review)
From the romantic streets and canals of Venice, comes the exquisite and captivating story of NINE The Musical.
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137: Lexicon (review)
Daring, seductive and utterly contemporary, Lexicon is a celebration of the past, present and future of circus...
4 min
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136: On Broadway (review)
Celebrating everything that is Broadway, On Broadway features some of the most iconic Show-tunes of all time!
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135: Madiba The Musical (review)
The powerful and uplifting Madiba the Musical is a soul-stirring celebration of the visionary leader Nelson Mandela.
4 min
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134: Trustees (review)
In a major policy shift, the government has announced a moratorium on funding for performing arts organisations Australia-wide. The Trustees of Melbourne’s fictional Lone Pine Theatre Company gather to assess the damage...
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133: Ambushed (review)
Ambushed is a new Australian musical. At the centre of this poignant, comical and uplifting musical is Angela. Angela is a single mother with two children.
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132: Ich Nibber Dibber (review)
Natalie Rose, Mish Grigor and Zoë Coombs Marr sure talk a lot of ****.
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131: Alone Outside
Following their success with A Prudent Man in 2016, Lab Kelpie return to Fringe with this powerful one-woman play by West Australian playwright Liz Newell,
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130: Unsolicited Male
You’re working late. Your boss offers to take you to dinner on the way home. What do you do?
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129: Age Of Stephen
Experience 'A Touch of Paradise' in this loving musical tribute to Whispering Jack - FARNSEY!
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128: Lottie In The Afternoon (The KIN Collective)
In a tiny house on the edge of a cliff, two couples try to have a relaxing weekend away because EVERYTHING IS AMAZING AND UNDER CONTROL… ISN’T IT?
2 min
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127: Tomfoolery (Gasworks Art Park, Melbourne)
The Words and Music Of Tom Lehrer
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126: The Dumb Waiter
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125: Blasted (A Malthouse Theatre Production)
A Malthouse Theatre Production, Melbourne, Australia
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124: Chemistry (The Little Theatre Company)
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3 min
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123: Working With Children (MTC, Melbourne)
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122: Lovesong
A love affair told over many years. As Maggie and Billy prepare for a critical week together, their former selves re-emerge.
3 min
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121: Scaramouche Jones
Arts Centre, Melbourne, Australia
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120: Dybbuks (Theatre Works, Melbourne)
In Yiddish mythology, dybbuks are the unresolved souls who seek to find form through living bodies.
2 min
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119: In Bed With The Bishops
When the Bishops (Tiffany Davis and Adi Snir) are told their marriage needs work they reluctantly see couple therapist, Dr Jack Glass (Joseph Sherman).
3 min
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118: Oy Mama Gevalt
The “Afterlife”. Ever wonder what happens after we die?
3 min
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117: Irish Celtic
Featuring the finest performers from the top Irish dance companies, Irish Celtic showcases thrilling and spectacular high energy dance routines ...
3 min
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116: Cracked Smiles - Theatre First with Alex F...
Should I see this show?
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115: Melancholia (Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne)...
On the night of her boisterous wedding—amid corsages, canapés and Clicquot—Justine quietly falls apart. The world will surely follow suit.
4 min
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114: Polygraph (Theatreworks, Melbourne) - Thea...
In this era of Post-Truth Politics, does lying need to be disguised anymore? Is the notion of truth a reality or only a perception?
3 min
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113: The Rocky Horror Show (Her Majesty's Theat...
Ready to thrill you with its frothy fun and naughty moments, this is the boldest bash of them all...
6 min
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112: An Ideal Husband (MTC) - Theatre First wit...
A play by Oscar Wilde.
4 min
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111: Mama Mia: The Musical (Princess Theatre, M...
Set on a Greek island paradise and inspired by the story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs, writer Catherine Johnson’s heart-warming tale centres around Sophie, a young bride-to-be.
4 min
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110: Lip Service - Theatre First with Alex First
Melbourne girl makes good! See the smash hit play about the rise of Melbourne cosmetics queen Helena Rubinstein starring the incomparable Amanda Muggleton (Masterclass, Shirley Valentine).
4 min
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109: Coral Browne: This F***ing Lady - Theatre ...
The most successful Aussie actor you’ve never heard of!
2 min
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108: Blackie Blackie Brown - Theatre First with...
On a dig in the Australian outback, archaeologist Dr. Jacqueline Black unearths a mystical skull from a hidden mass grave. It talismanically transforms her into arse-kicking indigenous superhero Blackie Blackie Brown.
4 min
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107: The Imperial Ice Stars Swan Lake On Ice -...
With Tchaikovsky’s glorious music, exhilarating new choreography from leading ice director Tony Mercer, and dazzling costumes, this innovative portrayal of the classic love story will take your breath away.
3 min
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106: Disney On Ice Celebrates 100 Years Of Magi...
Celebrate the legacy of Disney in this ice skating spectacular as Mouse-ter of Ceremonies Mickey Mouse leads a parade of characters including Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and an ensemble of Disney Princesses.
3 min
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105: Swan Lake (The St Petersburg Ballet Theatr...
Stream podcast episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Swan Lake - St Petersburg Ballet Theatre Production The St Petersburg Ballet Theatre graces the stage of Melbourne's grandest theatre, the Princess, for a strictly limited seaso...
3 min
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104: The Worst Little Warehouse In London - The...
Stream podcast episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). The Worst Little Warehouse In London By Lala Barlow & Robbie Smith Directed By Sarah Redmond When 12 people live under the same roof in a converted warehouse in North London, ...
4 min
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103: Melbourne Cabaret Festival - Theatre First...
Stream podcast episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Melbourne Cabaret Festival The ninth annual Melbourne Cabaret Festival bursts onto the stage with some of the most fabulous and seductive cabaret from across Australia. Returni...
5 min
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102: Gloria (MTC Production) - Theatre First wi...
Stream podcast episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Gloria (MTC Production) Editorial assistant Dean stumbles into work, hungover from last night’s mortifying party at Gloria’s house. Surrounded by his ambitious co-workers in the...
5 min
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101: Brothers Wreck - Theatre First with Alex F...
Stream podcast episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Brothers Wreck BY JADA ALBERTS Ruben is full of anger and dancing on the edge, struggling to cope with his brother’s death. As Darwin swelters, tensions in the house are high a...
5 min
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100: Fury - Theatre First with Alex First
Stream podcast episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Fury (Red Stitch Actors Theatre, Melbourne, Australia) Alice and Patrick are conscientious and thoughtful, educated and open-minded, and that’s how they’ve raised their son, Joe...
4 min
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99: The Nightingale and The Rose - Theatre Firs...
Stream podcast episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). The Nightingale and The Rose (Little One's Theatre, Melbourne, Australia) A lush gothic fable, The Nightingale and The Rose, explores the beauty of love, art, creation, and song...
4 min
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98: Puffs (Alex Theatre, Melbourne) - Theatre F...
Stream podcast episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Puffs (Alex Theatre, Melbourne, Australia) The record-breaking smash off-Broadway hit now in its second year comes to Melbourne. The New York Times says Puffs “Exudes a jovial w...
5 min
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97: Oklahoma (The Production Company Melbourne)...
Stream podcast episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Oklahoma (The Production Company) Celebrate 20 years of The Production Company in 2018 with three of the best musicals! The season begins with Helpmann Award winners Simon Glee...
5 min
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96: The House of Bernarda Alba - Theatre First ...
Stream podcast episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). The House of Bernarda Alba (An MTC Production) With their mining-mogul father dead, the Alba household is in mourning. All four daughters have been called home by their matriarc...
5 min
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95: The Wizard Of Oz (regent Theatre, Melbourne...
Stream podcast episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). The Wizard of Oz (Regent Theatre, Melbourne, Australia) Starring Anthony Warlow, WICKED’s leading ladies Lucy Durack and Jemma Rix and rising star Samantha Dodemaide as Dorothy,...
5 min
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94: Going Down - Theatre First with Alex First
Stream podcast episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Going Down BY MICHELE LEE Natalie Yang's career is going up. Or, so she thought. Her semi-autobiographical sex-positive debut novel, Banana Girl, has finally hit the shelves, b...
4 min
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93: Bliss - Theatre First with Alex First
Stream podcast episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Bliss BY PETER CAREY We need to talk about Harry Joy. The world revolves around him. Until he dies on a sunny afternoon. He awakens to a curious vision of the world he has kno...
5 min
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92: Wild - Theatre First with Alex First
Stream podcast episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Wild Ordinary Joe one day – America’s Most Wanted the next. That’s what happens when you leak top-secret government intelligence. Now Andrew is on the run, holed up in a Russian...
4 min
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91: Stomp '18 - Theatre First with Alex First
Stream episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Stomp ‘18 The New York, West End and international sensation STOMP is back, and it’s better than ever! Following sell-out previous seasons, STOMP heads to Australia with its unstoppabl...
5 min
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90: Planet Earth II In Concert - Theatre First ...
Stream episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Planet Earth II Live In Concert Celebrate the greatest treasures of our planet in a thrilling, unique way! Planet Earth II Live in Concert brings us closer to the spellbinding animals,...
4 min
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89: Right Now - Theatre First with Alex First
Stream episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Right Now Featuring Christina O’Neill, Olga Makeeva, Joe Petruzzi, Dushan Philips and Mark Wilson. Set & Costume Design Emily Barrie Lighting Design Richard Vabre Sound Design Daniel...
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88: Amity Dry's 39 Forever - Theatre First with...
Stream episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Amity Dry’s 39 Forever (Melbourne Comedy Festival) A comedy about ageing in an image obsessed world. Do you still think you’re 25 even though your birthdate stubbornly insists you’re n...
5 min
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87: Steve Bugeja's Summer Camp - Theatre First ...
Stream episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Steve Bugeja’s Summer Camp (Melbourne Comedy Festival) Immature? Unprepared? Scared of teenagers? Steve Bugeja was perfect for the job. It's 2009 and an 18-year-old Steve decides to sp...
4 min
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86: David O'Doherty: You Have To Laugh (Melbou...
Stream episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). David O’Doherty: You Have To Laugh (Melbourne) Unhook your mindbras. David O'Doherty is coming back to Australia with a brand-new show made up of talking and songs played on a crappy ke...
5 min
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85: Grease The Arena Experience - Melbourne (re...
Stream episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Grease The Arena Experience (Melbourne) Featuring all the hit songs from the most popular movie musical of all time, including You're the One That I Want, Hopelessly Devoted to You, Sum...
6 min
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84: Garfield: The Musical with Cattitude - Thea...
Stream episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Garfield: The Musical with Cattitude Garfield, a chubby and sarcastic tabby cat fantasizes about having the most amazing birthday in the history of birthdays. He deserves it for being t...
4 min
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83: Michael Shafar's Kosher Bacon - Theatre Fir...
Stream episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Michael Shafar’s Kosher Bacon As seen on SBS’s RAW Comedy, the Laugh Factory’s Funniest Person in the World Competition and Channel 31’s The Leak. As heard on ABC’s Comedy Bites and tri...
3 min
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82: Fierce - Theatre First with Alex First
Stream episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Fierce Suzie Flack has made it. Made it to the big league. The first female footballer to play professionally with the men. Which is why you haven’t heard of her; she doesn’t exist. F...
4 min
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81: Fleabag - Theatre First with Alex First
Stream episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Fleabag Fleabag may seem over-sexed, emotionally unfiltered and self-obsessed, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. With family and friendships under strain and a guinea pig themed c...
3 min
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80: Bare: The Musical - Theatre First with Alex...
Stream episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Bare: The Musical Through its pulsating rock score and emotionally charged story, bare has thrilled and moved audiences around the world. The contemporary cult classic pop opera is set ...
4 min
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79: Colder - Theatre First with Alex First
Stream episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Colder How do you grieve someone’s loss when your only hope is for their return? A young boy is separated from his mother and goes missing in Disneyland. Adrift in the artificial world...
4 min
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78: Abigail's Party - Theatre First with Alex F...
Stream episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Abigail’s Party Before Kath & Kim made us cringe with delight, Abigail’s Party set the standard for disturbingly compelling satires on middle-class aspirations. Desperate to impress, Be...
4 min
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77: Venus In Fur - Theatre First with Alex First
Stream episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Venus In Fur Directed by Green Room Award winner Kirsten von Bibra and starring Darcy Kent and Lightning Jar’s Tilly Legge, Venus in Fur by David Ives is a whip-smart exploration of sex...
3 min
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76: Cabaret de Paris - Theatre First with Alex ...
Stream episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Cabaret de Paris Cabaret De Paris is a stage spectacular celebrating old-fashioned showgirl glamour combined with the skill of adagio dancers, aerial pole artistry, comedy circus perfor...
4 min
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75: A Pacifist's Guide to the War on Cancer - T...
Stream episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). A Pacifists Guide to the War on Cancer Bryony Kimmings wants to talk about cancer but she's not getting very far. Instead, she keeps hearing about battles, survivors, fun runs and new l...
4 min
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74: A Little Night Music - Theatre First with A...
Stream episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). A Little Night Music Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Book by Hugh Wheeler Suggested by a Film by Ingmar Bergman Nadine Garner, John O’May, Jackie Rees and Eddie Muliaumaseali’i ...
5 min
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73: Mama Mia The Musical - Theatre First with A...
Stream episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Mama Mia The Musical Over 60 million people all around the globe have fallen in love with the story and the music that makes MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good musical. And now, in a stu...
4 min
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72: Green Day's American Idiot - Theatre First ...
Stream episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Green Day’s American Idiot Green Day’s explosive, award-winning Broadway phenomenon American Idiot is getting set to take Australia by storm as it embarks on a national tour. Winner of ...
4 min
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71: The Sound of Falling Stars - Theatre First ...
Stream episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). The Sound Of Falling Stars From Hank Williams, through Elvis Presley, Sam Cooke, and Bobby Darin to Tim and Jeff Buckley, Nick Drake, Bon Scott, Kurt Cobain and more, this is a night of...
3 min
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70: The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Nigh...
Stream episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night-Time Winner of five Tony Awards and seven Olivier Awards, including Best Play for both, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time br...
4 min
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69: Hand to God - Theatre First with Alex First
Stream episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Hand To God Millions of people worldwide have gone crazy for this multiple tony award nominated play and now it’s Australia’s turn! In early 2018 it arrives at the Alex Theatre, St Kild...
4 min
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68: The Show Goes On - Theatre First with Alex ...
Stream episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). The Show Goes On Bernadette Robinson celebrates some of the world's most publicly adored singers through their own words and legendary songs. From Judy Garland to Edith Piaf, Shirley B...
3 min
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67: Beautiful - The Carol King Musical (Melbour...
Stream episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Beautiful - The Carole King Musical She fought her way into the record industry as a teenager and sold her first hit, Will You Love Me Tomorrow, when she was just seventeen. By the time...
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66: Gilligan's Island: The Musical - Theatre Fi...
Stream episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Gilligan’s Island: The Musical Gilligan's Island: The Musical is the official musical adaptation of the iconic American TV programme Gilligan's Island. A co-production between televisio...
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65: Senior Moments - Theatre First with Alex First
Stream episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Senior Moments After two smash-hit Sydney seasons, the hilarious comedy revue Senior Moments is back for its first national tour from February 2018, with Gold Logie winner and veter...
4 min
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64: Hir - Theatre First with Alex First
Stream episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Hir Set & Costume Design Adrienne Chisholm Lighting Design Richard Vabre Sound Design Ian Moorhead Assistant Director Thomas Quirk Dialect Coach Jean Goodwin Stage Managers Jackie ...
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63: The Children - Theatre First with Alex First
Stream episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). The Children In an idyllic cottage on the British coast, two retired nuclear scientists are enjoying the quiet life. Outside, the world is in chaos after a devastating Fukushima-like di...
4 min
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62: Dream Lover - The Bobby Darin Musical - The...
Stream episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Dream Lover - The Bobby Darin Musical DREAM LOVER reveals the extraordinary story of legendary singer, songwriter and actor Bobby Darin. Starring David Campbell, Marina Prior and Hanna...
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61: Falsettos - Theatre First with Alex First
Stream episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Falsettos StageArt presents Falsettos The Musical. Falsettos is the award-winning musical by William Finn about an unconventional, dysfunctional, yet very loving family in New York in ...
4 min
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60: Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical -...
Stream episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Priscilla Queen Of The Desert - The Musical The iconic hit musical has more glitter than ever, featuring a dazzling array of more than 500 award-winning costumes, 200 headdresses and a ...
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59: The ABBA Show - Theatre First with Alex First
Stream episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). The ABBA Show More than just a tribute, The ABBA Show is a full-scale, two-hour concert experience. It features a live band, stunning replica costumes, theatrical lighting and and all t...
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