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Laura Hartnell

Laura Hartnell

Laura Hartnell is a writer, critic and feminist academic completing her PhD at Monash University. She also works at 100 Story Building, a creative writing workshop space for children and young people in Melbourne's west.

Oil (Red Stitch Actors Theatre)

ABR Arts 18 November 2019
It is scary to contemplate a world without oil. Whether we acknowledge it or not, oil is at the heart of our everyday lives. The Western world has depended on it for over a century. It has given us heat, light, comfort, and control. But modernity is built on a finite resource, and we are hurtling towards a time when there will be no more oil left to tap. What will happen then? ... (read more)

Slaughterhouse Five (MUST and Theatre Works)

ABR Arts 30 April 2019
Billy Pilgrim has come unstuck in time, and while time travel has its drawbacks for the protagonist of Slaughterhouse Five, it may be preferable to being stuck in this interminable adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s famous 1969 novel. Monash University Student Theatre’s (MUST) adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five was originally staged in 2016 but has been remounted at Theatre Works, ... (read more)

The Harp in the South (Sydney Theatre Company)

ABR Arts 28 August 2018
Australian classics have been surging onto our stages of late: Matthew Lutton and Tom Wright’s acclaimed adaptation of Picnic at Hanging Rock recently enjoyed success in London as well as Australia; Andrew Bovell’s stage version of The Secret River toured the country to critical acclaim; and Leah Purcell’s adaptation of Henry Lawson’s The Drover’s Wife is one of the most lauded Australia ... (read more)