Creative courage and criticism

Creativity requires courage. It’s not always easy to express a point of view, particularly when it’s not a popular one. Sometimes we may choose to bite our tongue to avoid…

Review: Gaslight by Patrick Hamilton – State Theatre Company of South Australia

Step away from the live stream, cease compulsively refreshing daily COVID updates detailing the Victorian outbreak; Her Majesty’s is open and resplendent, the curtain is lifted, the boards are being…

Creating with clarity and simplicity

In the ever changing realm of creativity, the desire to be considered avante-garde may motivate artists to push boundaries and challenge the status quo. Much to do with art is…

Self-discipline: realise your future self

It’s good to have goals, yet despite your dreams and best intentions, you may lack the motivation to be productive. As your list of things to do grows before you,…

Immeasurable imaginations: learning through play

I often read children’s books so that I never lose my childlike imagination, that fertile ground from which robust flora blooms. Witnessing a child’s cognitive development is, personally, one of…

We are all creative: Sir Ken Robinson’s legacy

Throughout my career, as both a teacher and creative practitioner, there have been countless references to the work of Sir Ken Robinson, and rightly so. His research in, and commitment…

Musings on art: passing time with Waldo

When I have been reading Emerson, I see a deeper beauty in many things. The voices of the past offer refreshing insight that is seldom celebrated in modern life, and…

The motivations of Jasmine Crisp

Jasmine Crisp doesn’t mind being labelled a maximalist. In fact, when renowned fellow painter Andrew Salgado took notice of her ‘unbridled skill’ and ‘lush’ style, Jasmine was rightly exultant. “I…

COVID Safe guidelines released by Live Performance Australia

Live Performance Australia (LPA), the peak body for Australia’s performance industry, has released a comprehensive set of COVID Safe guidelines to support arts and entertainment workers in anticipation of the…

Ellie Nunan chats about her career, a bad boyfriend, while on tour with Cats in 2020

Sunshine Coast-born actress Ellie Nunan is a world away from where she thought she would be at the start of this year. She is a rarity, being among the few…

Catching dreams, taking action

A couple of years ago, I photographed these dream catchers while on tour with a theatre production on the Sunshine Coast. They reminded me that it’s not enough to simply…

Am I eligible for JobKeeper extension after September?

On 21 July, the Australian Government announced that it will extend JobKeeper by six months to 28 March 2021. Entities and business participants, including self-employed individuals and not-for-profits, may continue…

Which expenses can I claim while working from home in 2020?

Lodging a tax return can seem like one of those tedious tasks in life that you may want to delay, but in the 2019 – 2020 financial year it may…

Elle Nichelle, the introverted entrepreneur, empowers voice educators

For many creative people, the events of 2020 have inspired a fair amount of introspection. Elle Nichelle has the type of artistic mind that can produce something good when the…

Musical Theatre personality Debora Krizak launches The Really Useless Candle Co.

You may be familiar with The Really Useful Group, especially if you’re a fan of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Australian theatre performer Debora Krizak has given the impressario a cheeky nod…

A song about courage in times of uncertainty

Yesterday was Make Music Day and rather than play someone else’s song, I thought I’d revisit some old music of mine and rearrange it. I chose a song from my…

Support Local: 7 ways you can sustain Australian musicians

Make Music Day, scheduled for 21 June, is a felicitous reminder of the importance of live music in our country. In August 2018, Mitch Fifield, Minister for Communications and the…

Home in the time of Coronavirus

White walls. White tiles. A white ceiling. Surrounding me is a whole lot of white, and not much else going on. Being enveloped in this house for too long didn’t…

State Theatre Company South Australia to deliver a plague of plays

In Italy, during the middle of the fourteenth century, five years after the black death had ravaged the nation, author Giovanni Boccaccio published The Decameron; a collection of novellas featuring…

Australian musicians rally together on a path to recovery

Hundreds of individuals and organisations from the Australian music industry have signed an open letter to the Australian Government calling for industry-specific support to ensure the sector’s survival. In an…

‘The Maj’ is given the royal treatment

Adelaide’s iconic theatre has been refurbished! The $66 million redevelopment began in June 2018. Today the newly-refurbished Her Majesty’s Theatre has been unveiled. The completion of the exciting project was…

Composer Josh Belperio premieres ‘In Time’

Cabaret artist and songwriter Josh Belperio (Adelaide Fringe award winner 2018 & 2019) is releasing a collaboration with 23 artists that he greatly admires. All of whom sung their vocal…

APRA Music Award winners 2020

On Monday 25 May the APRA Music Awards went live at 7.00 pm. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing safety concerns, the ceremony was not held in the…

Come what May: 7 FringeVIEW picks to see you through the month

With just over a week remaining before the Adelaide Fringe Festival’s FringeVIEW ends, here are my tried and tested picks to see you through this weekend. I encourage you to…

AMEB is offering free online Theory of Music courses

The Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) are providing free online Theory of Music courses in an effort to support music education through the COVID-19 outbreak. The three courses available are…

What good is sitting alone in your room? Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2020 re-imagined

Cabaret aficionados will be able to savour the Adelaide Cabaret Festival in its re-imagined format, Bite-Sized & Home Delivered, where they’ll be serving canapés rather than their usual smorgasbord of…

Episode 3: On Record With Stephen Mahy

What a lovely start to the week! On Monday, I had the pleasure of interviewing Australian actor, singer, and accomplished music theatre performer Stephen Mahy. He chatted with me from…

Serenity: Issue 6 and Episode 2: On Record With Asabi are live

There is plenty to sing about at The Serenade Files HQ. I’ve just published the latest magazine issue and I’ve uploaded Episode 2 of my On Record With… series of…

Create Australia’s future

I’ve been doing a lot of reading while in COVID-19 lockdown. It’s been a fair balance between fiction and non-fiction, however, in the case of the world news, one could…

Episode 1: On Record With Leni

As much as I love the written word, I am enjoying connecting with other artists particularly while we are all so physically distant from one another. Therefore, I’m bringing you…