John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

July 14, 2024 / Theatre Reviews

Roslyn Packer Theatre, July 6 7.5/10 Sometimes the images are laid atop one another, like so many memories clamouring for focus in a brain. Sometimes the visual effect is wondrous, as when the characters of Holmwood, Morris and Van Helsing seem real rather than on a screen as they converse…

July 13, 2024 / Features

Peter Knight came to the trumpet early and to jazz late. Yet he’d only been playing the music for a decade before he began wondering if it were possible to put a more local – read Melbourne, Australia – slant on it. His first exploration, a long-lived band called Way…

July 8, 2024 / Theatre Reviews

Theatre Royal, June 30 8/10 More than any other Neil Simon play, The Odd Couple has passed into folklore. Given that it clocked up nearly 1,000 performances in its initial mid-’60s Broadway run, spawned a hit film (with Walther Matthau and Jack Lemmon), a TV series in the 1970s, and…