Ben Brooker

Hydra (State Theatre Company and Queensland Theatre) ★★★

Ben Brooker
03 May 2019

There are few really good plays or films about writers. Our craft, unlike those of painters or musicians, does not seem to lend itself to the visual or aural mediums. There is nothing to l More

Ben Brooker reviews Remembered Presences: Responses to theatre by Alison Croggon

Ben Brooker
21 April 2019

When Alison Croggon’s theatre review blog Theatre Notes closed in late 2012 after eight years in existence, its demise was met with a response akin to grief. The first blog of its kind i More

Picaresque (Adelaide Festival) ★★★

Ben Brooker
14 March 2019

For the uninitiated, a maquette is an architectural miniature of a monument or building. Small, made from cardboard or wood, and of More

A Man of Good Hope (Isango Ensemble/Young Vic) ★★★★

Ben Brooker
08 March 2019

The Cape Town-based Isango Ensemble is known for its South African-flavoured reimaginings of works from More

That Eye, The Sky (State Theatre Company) ★★

Ben Brooker
31 August 2018

Although his natural humility would make him dislike my saying so, Tim Winton is these days omnipresent in our national culture. Anywhere you look there is bound to be a new book, a television or film adaptation, or a More

A Doll's House, Part 2 (Melbourne Theatre Company) ★★★

Ben Brooker
20 August 2018
Almost one hundred and forty years have passed since Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House shook the European bourgeoisie with its proto-feminist depiction of a woman walking out on her More

Creditors (State Theatre Company) ★★★

Ben Brooker
26 July 2018

August Strindberg thought Creditors, which premièred in its original Swedish in Copenhagen in 1889, his ‘most mature work’. Sitting alongside the more often performed The More

Brothers Wreck (Odeon Theatre) ★★★★

Ben Brooker
02 July 2018

One would have hoped that in the four years since Jada Alberts’s fine début play Brothers Wreck premièred at Belvoir Street that its concern with the issue of Indigenous despa More

Gloria (Melbourne Theatre Company) ★★★★

Ben Brooker
22 June 2018

Ninety years ago, the British economist John Maynard Keynes forecast that by now, thanks to technological advances, we would all be working fifteen-hour weeks. Instead, we are drowning in More

Kings of War (Adelaide Festival) ★★★★★

Ben Brooker
13 March 2018

In a Festival glutted with plays about war and the violence wrought by powerful men, Dutch theatre company Toneelgroep’s Kings of War stands tall. A four-and-a-half-hour conflat More

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