Virag Dombay is an award-winning actor, director, playright and theatric critic who has been engrossed in the theatric world from a young age. She has been involved in a variety of children’s theatre and mainhouse shows and has directed quite a few as well, with her favourite being Alice in Wonderland. Virag has also put on three of her own works and has produced two short films. Virag currently studies a bachelor of fine arts (drama) with a minor in creative writing. When she isn’t on stage or studying, you can find with a notebook in her lap, jotting down ideas for a new script or reflecting on a piece of theatre she’s just seen.
Two hundred years since its publication, Jane Eyre is still relevant in our contemporary world through its exploration of patriarchal expectations and the role of women and how they should and shouldn't be treated. shake and stir, with the help of director Michael Futcher, has given Charlotte Bronte's iconic story a refreshing, more eerie light whilst still staying truthful to the source material.An interview with HAIR director Cameron Menzies, who hopes that the audience will be re-awakened October 9, 2019
Laser Beak Man is back to save the world and I hope he keeps returning and again and again. A feast for the senses, David Morton, Nicholas Paine and Tim Sharp, alongside make by Sam Cromack (Ball Park Music) create a joyous, vibrant world on stage that explodes in technicolour. The work follows the story of Australian artist Tim Sharp's colourful superhero (which Sharp first drew when he was eleven) and a crystal malfunction that bring characters together despite their differences.Connor Oscar Clarke's Daddy Long Legs is Absolutely Charming September 27, 2019
Based on Jean Webster's 1912 novel of the same name, Daddy Long Legs is a postal affair that tells the story of orphan Jerusha Abbott and her mysterious benefactor, who she dubs 'Daddy Long Legs' after seeing his elongated shadow and whom she sends a letter once a month about her new-found experiences.I'm with Muriel. A review of MURIEL'S WEDDING at QPAC September 22, 2019
Yesterday, I had a chat to theatremaker and director, Connor Oscar Clarke about his upcoming production of Daddy Long Legs, the debut work of the new independent company Passion Productions.THE THINGS WE DO BEHIND THE SCENES at Ad Astra August 24, 2019
Roald Dahl's short stories are known for their unexpected endings in place of the traditionally ever after. These re-imaginings have been subject to much controversy, with themes like gambling, cannibalism, guns and dynamite... Themes that team at shake & stir have not shied away from, in their electrifying stage adaptation of Dahl's Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts. MY URRWAI, A Story That Transcends Generations July 23, 2019
Recipient of both the renowned Keir Choreographic Award and the Deadly Funny Melbourne International Comedy Festival Award, Ghenoa Gela's storytelling is very versatile, whose multidisciplinary artistry expands across the mediums of dance, acting and comedy. In 'My Urrwai', Gela shares her personal journey as a Torres Strait Islander woman and the complex political, social, colonial expectations she's encountered and continues to navigate in her daily life as a blackfella. And she doesn't hold back in her stories. They're not all filled with sunshine and rainbows but instead, are stories that we don't often like to tell. Stories that make us feel things that we don't like to feel and in which we are put in scenarios that make us uncomfortable. Gela isn't afraid to share those stories with us and not only does she show us through movement how she felt but invites audience members (one of whom I was) to literally step in her shoes. There were three of these moments scattered throughout the hour long narrative, when she was being racially discriminated because of the colour of her skin and not because of her character.Wyatt's City of Gold creates exquisitely haunting images that demand us to listen July 21, 2019