The Purpose of Repetition

If something is cliché it mustn’t be true. I suspect that this statement is more ideological than factual, but regardless it’s an attitude that underpins my existence. I’m wary of cliché because I get bored of hearing the same sentiment over and over. The more something is said, the more likely it seems that everyone is missing some key nuance. Quick to judge, my brain is tantamount to the buzzer on British panel show, QI, that loudly warns you that what you’re saying is not just uninteresting, it’s wrong. The main argument against clichés is that when you repeat something…

Harry Potter and the Torture of Waiting

As I squandered away my teenage years searching for misplaced items and trying to figure out which one of the keys would unlock my front door, I was the same age, more or less, as Harry Potter. He was a boy who had spells to help him with life’s inanities. Accio! Alohamora! As a teenager, I cut through a long and winding line at the Greensborough Plaza Angus and Robertson (RIP) to pick up a copy of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the fifth volume of the series. It was an overcast day, the Plaza’s glass ceiling…

Marvellous Medicine for the Weight of Adulthood

George’s Marvellous Medicine at the King Street Theatre, in co-production with Epicentre Theatre Company, is one of three Roald Dahl shows currently playing in Sydney, along with the musical Matilda and Revolting Rhymes & Dirty Beasts. With such a heavy line-up of big theatres producing stories inspired by Roald Dahl, the competition for an audience is high. Yet, with grace and flair, the adapted co-production of George’s Marvellous Medicine lights up the stage and is a worthy delight for both young and old audiences. The show has completely sold out its ten-day long season, but I had the chance to…

Cyber bullying – can we Handle It?

Cyber bullying. We all know that it happens. Unfortunately, we probably all have at some point in our lives played a part in its happening, whether we were aware of it or not.  Yet, do we ever really feel the dangerous and hurtful consequences that arise from clicking ‘Like’ on a photo of a girl passed out in a gutter or from commenting on a viral video of some guy getting beaten up because he’s gay? Probably not. The World Wide Web is a seemingly safe place where I go daily, just like any other person with access to a…