Dec 18, 2016
Playwright and actor Katie Beckett wrote her new play Which Way Home in a hurry. It felt urgent. If she didn't get a move on, there was a chance her dad, Les, whose parenting inspired Beckett to write the play, wouldn't live to see it.
Nov 4, 2016
Bronwyn Oliver's sculptures are brilliant and haunting, owned by Australia's most prominent collectors, writes Janey Hawley. A retrospective of her work begs the question: what led her to die so young?
Sep 21, 2016
Growing up in southwestern Queensland, young Leah Purcell was soothed to sleep by her mother reading Henry Lawson's short story The Drover's Wife.
Sep 12, 2016
When Leah Purcell was a kid, she loved westerns. "I grew up on them," she says. "Spaghetti westerns. The Magnificent Seven. John Wayne in Hondo. I'd always be barracking for the Indians." Forty years later, Purcell, an award-winning actor, writer and director, is drawing on that love of American frontier drama for her very Australian new play The Drover's Wife.
Sep 12, 2016
The Aboriginal actor and writer radically retools Henry Lawson's short story into a bush thriller with elements of her own family history.
Aug 26, 2016
Nick Mitzevich, Director Art Gallery of South Australia, delivers a speech at an SA Press Club event with three major announcements that underline AGSA's success.
Jun 15, 2016
About 2½ years ago, Ursula Yovich travelled to Darwin for her mother’s funeral and encountered a different world. As the eldest child, many decisions about the funeral fell to her, even though she struggled to comprehend the indigenous traditions involved.
Jun 1, 2016
This is another theatrical 'scoop' for the Ensemble. It's a formidable piece of writing that demands robust direction and dynamic performances. Director Susanna Dowling and her cast have achieved both.
May 1, 2016
Over the past six years the Art Gallery of South Australia, in partnership with the Balnaves Foundation, has built a children's program that has had an extraordinary impact on the makeup and number of Gallery visitors.
Apr 4, 2016
Ensemble Theatre (http://ensemble.com.au) based on Sydney's North Shore has received $300,000 from The Balnaves Foundation. It's a gift, Ensemble's artistic director Mark Kilmussy says, that was a direct result of a visit to the theatre by the Foundation's chairman Neil Balnaves.
Apr 4, 2016
The gift is descried as 'a huge boost to Ensemble Theatre and its actors, writers and all who are involved' with the company.
Apr 3, 2016
Ensemble Theatre, Australia's longest, non-funded continuously running professional theatre company, has today been given a major gift of $300,000 from the Balnaves Foundation.