Looking back

Well, lots of water under the bridge in 2019 swept along lots of theatre, cinema television and books, all avidly consumed. What stod out?

The Australian Opera’s ‘Il Viaggio a Reims’, a little known opera by Rossini had a short season at the Sydney Opera House – such an imaginative production! So much talent on stage! So breathtakingly beautiful to the ear and the eye! So funny! How lucky was I to get to see it?

On the big screen, the NT Live filmed production of ‘Hansard’ was unforgettable. A new two-hander play beautifully crafted by Simon Woods, the characters and story gradually unfolded in brilliant performances by Alex Jennings and Lindsay Barker. On the (so-called) small screen I was transfixed by ‘Years and Years’, a mere short step into an Orwellian future with Emma Thompson totally convincing as a fascist Prime Minister spinning out of control.

On the printed page David Hill’s ‘1788’ gave me new insights into the colonisation of Australia – thoroughly researched, a valuable contribution to Australian history.

What pleasures our creative artists give us. What lies in wait in 2020?

by Pat Noad

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