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Guy Sebastian

November 18, 2019

ROADSKILLS by Cat Strom.Photo Credits: Troy Constable “In terms of production, there was no stone left unturned, from staging and use of levels, sound production, musical and vocal arrangements, choreography and the captivating lighting and visuals. Sebastian raised the bar and reminded the crowd why he is one of Australia’s most successful recording artists.”…

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November 11, 2019

THEATRE by Cat Strom.Photo Credits: Daniel Boud Hair, the show that revolutionised music theatre, is back, celebrating 50 years since its Australian debut. Australian audiences were first introduced to the American musical Hair at the Metro Theatre, Sydney in June 1969. Billed as ‘The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical’ the production was ground-breaking in its modern…

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Vintage Hair

November 11, 2019

THEATRE Vintage Hair by Cat Strom. The first Australian production of Hair was staged 50 years ago at the Metro Theatre, in Sydney’s Kings Cross on 4 June 1969. Produced by Harry M Miller, it was well-reviewed despite a minor hitch at the premiere when the auditorium had to be evacuated because of a bomb…

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OPTO Projects

November 5, 2019

PROFILE OPTO Projects by Jason Allen. OPTO Projects are a relatively young Melbourne company directed by Scott Opie and Simon Toomer that provide bespoke lighting solutions for unusual projects, with a specialisation in set electrics. CX spoke with Simon Toomer about where the company came from and where it’s going… Simon Toomer: I started my…

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Hayden James

November 4, 2019

ROADSKILLS Hayden James by Cat Strom.Photo Credits: Brayden Smith & Jordan Munns With design and creatives by David Fairless, the staging for Hayden James’ latest tour is quite remarkable. The June 2019 release of Hayden James’ debut album Between Us provided a platform for David to produce an entirely new show to tour around the…

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Fleetwood Mac

October 21, 2019

ROADSKILLS Fleetwood Mac by Cat Strom.Photo Credits: Ashley Mar It’s been all change in the Fleetwood Mac camp with Lindsey Buckingham replaced by Neil Finn of Crowded House and Mike Campbell of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, and their long-time lighting designer replaced by Paul Normandale who also designed the set and video content for…

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The Electric Canvas – White Night Reimagined

October 17, 2019

PROJECTION by Jason Allen. Visit Victoria’s popular festival White Night Melbourne was ‘Reimagined’ in August 2019 from a one-night, all-night event in summer to a three-night festival in late winter. Peter Milne, Managing and Technical Director of creative projection company The Electric Canvas spoke to CX about what it takes to get 10 major projection…

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Spin Off Festival 2019

October 15, 2019

NEWS Novatech Brings It All for Splendour Offshoot The Spin Off Festival rocked 20,000 attendees at the Adelaide Showgrounds on Friday July 19. Cheekily named for its partnership with Splendour in the Grass to bring sideshows to SA, the single-day event brought Splendour headliner Childish Gambino to town [CX Mag production review here], along with…

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Travelling Light

October 11, 2019

PROJECTION Travelling Light by Cat Strom. Illuminart bring their projections to the people of South Australia Illuminart are a team of artists who bring communities together to experience after-dark light shows through permanent projections and temporary installations. Their mission is to bring the art of storytelling to light and to bring people together to share…

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Hilltop Hoods

October 4, 2019

ROADSKILLS by Cat Strom.Photo Credits: Troy Constable Australian hip hop group Hilltop Hoods formed in 1994 in Adelaide, South Australia, and over two and a half decades later they are one of the country’s most popular live acts. In support of the release of their eighth studio album The Great Expanse, which debuted at #1…

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River of Light

October 2, 2019

PROJECTION by Cat Strom. A highlight of last month’s Brisbane Festival was the free illumination spectacle River of Light held on the Brisbane River. The 10-minute show ran three times a night for the duration of the Festival and included dynamic jets, giant spirals of water, full-colour lighting, rainbow-coloured lasers and incredible story telling via…

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Lord of the Flies

September 12, 2019

THEATRE by Cat Strom.Photo Credits: Zan Wimberley At first sight, Sydney Theatre Company’s latest production of Lord of the Flies offers a naked rehearsal stage under harsh fluorescent light, but then stagecraft takes over and the stage is transformed. William Golding’s Lord of the Flies is a 20th century masterpiece, as relevant today as it…

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