Brodie Paparella is an avid theatregoer and theatremaker. Trained as a publicist in Adelaide, Brodie's passion for performance art developed under the bright lights of the Fringe Festival which he would go on to support shows in for five years, then travel over to Edinburgh Fringe Festival to support companies there. Since moving to Melbourne, Brodie has focused more on writing and producing, leading The Jamaica Inn Collective to create collaborative, multidisciplinary projects with a social impact.
There is nothing much unfamiliar about the very real invasions of privacy, hyper-surveillance, augmentation of technology, flaws in cybersecurity, and moderate resurgence of feudal attitudes we experience in life that art often imitates. For all its relevance, not to mention its prevalence in secondary school texts, and cult following to boot, 1984 could all-too-easily suffer from a stage adaptation remiss in pushing it beyond its direct correlation to the frankly frightening realities of contemporary living that have emerged almost exactly as predicted by the source material published in just shy of seventy years ago. Mercifully, Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan's adaptation, is anything but by the numbers. What we have here is a visually powerhouse, intellectually dynamic, risk-taking presentation of the modern making of meaning. Potent from the first moment right through until the dripping finale, it's a post-show conversation you don't want to miss.BWW Review: 2071 Worth Seeing, Worth Sharing, Worth Change at Seymour Centre May 30, 2017
The city of Rome is suffering, restless, and lying in secret senators cry for the blood of Julius Caesar, a prize they will have. Shakespeare's classic retelling of the historic events surrounding political turmoil in ancient empires has seen countless further renditions, adaptations, references and critiques.BWW Review: WHAT IF Ticks All the Boxes at Tandanya Theatre March 6, 2017
If you've been in the habit of blinking lately, you might have missed the fact that Arts Centre Melbourne has transformed to house the Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts, so you might want to cut that out and head to a box office hashire hashire! What transpired on my visit was one of the most tantalising entertaining bewildering evenings this reviewer has thus far ever experienced.BWW Review: STUPID F*CKING BIRD Tackles Modern Milieu in Australian Premiere at Metanoia Theatre February 20, 2017
The saying goes that there are no new ideas. Originality in the age of mass-production and population density and exponential destruction of every natural muse known to great artists, has been shot mid-flight. Originality was shot through the heart, plummeted into an oil-drenched ocean, washed upon a beach of glass and needles only to be eaten by an ice addict and made into a meme.BWW Review: L'AMANTE ANGLAISE a Searing Inspection of Murder and Madness at fortyfive downstairs February 12, 2017
World War II has been on our minds a great deal of late, with events preceding the rise of modern history's most reviled dictator being comparable to those elevating the incumbent American President. In East Berlin, the second World War was an intersection of prejudice, fear and violence from which few survived. Which is what makes this, the tale of Charlotte Von Mahlsdorf, a transgender woman of some prominence who lived through and since archived much of this dark period of history, all the more remarkable. I Am My Own Wife was first produced off-Broadway in the early noughties, and has since become a theatrical cornerstone of trans representation. Presented as a staged documentary, I Am My Own Wife oscillates between interviews, reenactments, transcripts and serves to catalogue Charlotte's life much in the way she maintained the Grunderzeit Museum for which in part she became famous.