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THEATRE REVIEW: Monash Shakespeare Company’s “Twelfth Night”

EDITOR’S NOTE: The editorial staff at Radio Monash would like to make it clear that the writer of this article was involved, in some capacity, with the pre-production of the musical. Though we trust that this does not influence the writers judgement, the team at Radio Monash feels as though this statement is needed for the sake of transparency and proper ethics.

William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night is a classic tale of romance, scheming and mistaken identity. Twins Viola and Sebastian are separated in a shipwreck, both assuming the other to be dead. Viola dresses up as a boy and falls in love with Duke Orsino, who is in love with Olivia, who, thinking she is a man, falls in love with Viola.

The Monash Shakespeare Company’s production of the bard’s story was brave and creative. While it had some truly hilarious moments of physical comedy, homage to the text felt lacking at times. Although ultimately entertaining, many aspects of the performance didn’t quite “fadge.”

One may think that the story of Twelfth Night is complicated enough as is, which is possibly why the slightly misguided choice to introduce the concept of time travel into the narrative just didn’t work. Aside from making a play which is already difficult to follow at best of times more complicated, the set itself was poorly designed. The large time machine in the centre of the stage took up a lot of space, rendering a large part of the small performance area unusable. Considering the time machine was only used three times throughout the show, the restrictions its presence imposed makes it difficult to justify. Read more …

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HIGHLIGHT: Is Shelbui a #RadMum? – Monash Mornings #7

This week on #MonashMornings one of our hosts found her mind (and stomach) plagued by the possibility of life….. Luckily Peggie and Connor were onboard to make sure every aspect of their co-hosts personal life was exploited – including taking a pregnancy test LIVE on AIR. Did a #RadMum rise?? Listen to the shocking moment Shelbui learnt her fate below….

Hosted by Connor Johnston, Shelbui Inglis and Peggie Sakwa //

Start your week with 2 loose cannons and be a better version of you. Join Connor and Shelbui every Monday at 9AM, half asleep and totally disoriented – tackling the worlds problems through the filters of innuendo and hardcore comedic gold. Featuring music designed to get you started for the long week ahead and some random tunes that might make you wish you never woke up. From sex dolphins to litterbugs, horoscopes to inside jokes: It doesn’t get much rowdy than this.

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SAFIA – Internal (Album Review)

SAFIA.

The name has been prominent in Australia’s independent electronic music scene for a while now, and from the moment they released their first single Listen to Soul, Listen to Blues in 2013, it has been well and truly evident that these guys are nothing like any other band out there. Characterised by strong beats, pulsing synths, catchy riffs and melodies, and vocalist Ben Woolner’s unique soul-tinged voice – at times powerful, at times light and husky, with a vocal range that jumps around between tenor to falsetto with seeming ease.

Despite having only released five singles prior to this year, three of these five have made Triple J Hottest 100 countdowns and the band has had no trouble selling out headline shows across the country and flooring crowds at music festivals such as Groovin’ the Moo.

It goes without saying then that the anticipation for an album has been around for a very, very long time; well before making one was even alluded to, yet alone actually announced. However, the excruciatingly long wait is finally over with today’s release of their long-awaited masterpiece: Internal. Read more …

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THEATRE REVIEW: Beaumaris Theatre’s “Avenue Q”

Remarkably unprepared I walked into the Beaumaris Theatre having not so much as googled the synopsis of “Avenue Q”. Billed as a twisted version of Sesame Street for adults, the show takes place in a street of the same name in which puppets, monsters and humans live together in harmony, more or less. Our central character Princeton, played by the incredible Josh Pratt, arrives on the street having recently completed his BA in English and at a point of cross-roads in his life unsure of where his life will take him. “Avenue Q” explores the life of your typical 20-something graduate entering the real world, a first look at real adulthood, navigating love, money and finding a purpose in life. The musical teaches us that sometimes life sucks, through plenty of painfully relatable misfortunes presented as humorous musical acts, puppetry and a hilarious script. Read more …

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HEAD TO HEAD REVIEW: Suicide Squad

Over the course of two feature length reviews, Connor Johnston and Mike Riviere will be going head to head and sharing their own views on one of the most anticipated and divisive films of 2016: Suicide Squad

You can read Connor’s Review here:

http://radiomonash.net/2016/08/04/head-to-head-review-suicide-squad-connors-verdict/

Extract: “Suicide Squad” reminded me of what it felt like to go to a film simply for the sake of enjoying it. Following a group of antiheroes assembled by US Intelligence Officer Amanda Waller, the movie is one of the first of its kind to feature a group of villains as the main protagonists – with an approach that feels remarkably unique among an ever growing mass of superhero films, while still acknowledging its ties to the cinematic universe it builds upon. “Suicide Squad” is not without its flaws, however it benefits greatly from a contagious energy that offers audiences the chance to divulge in pure, unadulterated joy. (Read More) Read more …

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The Kettering Incident: Australian Television at its Finest

Take two mysterious disappearances fifteen years apart and place them in the primeval Tasmanian forest. The result is The Kettering Incident, a brooding thriller set in the small fishing village of Kettering, an hour out of Hobart. Lovers of Twin Peaks and The X-Files will be instant fans of this genre-bending series, the first full television series produced entirely in Tasmania.

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REVIEW: PREMIERE EPISODE OF THE BACHELOR (S4)

Spoilers (duh!) 

So for those of you who are new to the whole Bachelor (henceforth Bachie) franchise, the show works this way: some ‘lucky guy’, the aforementioned Bachelor, is “looking for love” and, having had some alleged ill-luck in this endeavour, is appearing on a television show to find his “perfect match” or “soul mate” – or whatever title Nicholas Sparks conjures up in his next oh-so-disgusting novel.

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Deja Moo 17 Feature

PODCAST: Deja Moo #17 – “Who You Gonna Call”

blshOn this week’s Deja Moo the team turn their focus to one of the most anticipated yet equally dreaded films of the year: Ghostbusters; as the team explore the initial and subsequent responses to the all female reboot as well as offering their own opinions in yet another #DejaMooReview. The team is also joined by guest host Hugh Murray to discuss “Humon” – a new initiative that seeks to give voice to the individuals of Monash University. Finally this weeks show also features an exclusive interview with Sharna Bremner of “End Rape on Campus Australia” that launches officially this week to discuss the toxic culture that surrounds sexual assault in Australian Universities and beyond. Featuring Music from Fall Out Boy, Missy Elliot, Pentatonix, Walk the Moon and Ray Parker Jr.

Join us on Radio Monash; Every Monday at 6pm as we expose the ever burring lines between the Political Arena and the Entertainment Industry through poor attempts at comedy. Read more …

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Notice: A Compulsory Meeting for Returning Presenters

***Please be aware this notice is only for Semester One Presenters hoping to return to the station in Semester Two — New Presenter Applications will open later in the week**

This is the event for the Compulsory Meeting/Training Session for ALL PRESENTERS HOPING TO RETURN FOR SEMESTER on Friday the 22nd of July at 12:00pm. It is extremely crucial that any presenters hoping to return for the new semester attend.

With Semester 2 fast approaching, we are now offering all Semester One presenters the opportunity to express interest in our new timetable, before show applications open to new presenters next week. Read more …