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Middle weekend reviews

It's the middle weekend of the 30th Melbourne Festival and the latest reviews and commentary are in.

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1984 (sold out)

"A powerful and potent adaptation." ★★★★ The Age

"1984 really does bring Nineteen Eighty-Four to life again." ★★★★ The Daily Review

"Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan conjure a compelling theatrical landscape." ★★★★☆ Herald Sun

Desdemona (sold out)

"A brave deconstruction of otherness; of American race relationships and the politics of gender." Alison Croggon, ABC Arts

"The ideas in Desdemona will provoke debate, the music is sublime." The Age


"A wondrous and disorienting sci-fi ride." ★★★★☆ The Age

"This is theatre in the sense that it could only be theatre and can only happen in a theatre. In that sense alone it is hugely exciting." Stage Whispers

Colm Mac Con Iomaire

★★★☆ The Age

Katie Noonan's Vanguard

★★★☆ The Age

Last Work

★★★★☆ The Age


"A devastatingly effective odyssey." ★★★★☆ The Age

Photo: Decadance by David Harris