Theatre Review: SS Mendi: Dancing the Death Drill is a staggeringly beautiful piece, inspired by a little-known World War One tragedy

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In February 1917, just 11 miles off the coast of the Isle of Wight, the SS Mendi, carrying more than 800 souls to the Western Front, was struck by another ship and sank into the ocean. 646 men, mostly black and mostly volunteers, drowned.

The little-known tragedy was recently explored in Fred Khumalo‘s excellent Dancing the Death Drill, and it’s this novel that serves as inspiration for this outstanding piece of choral music and theatre, from Cape Town’s Isango Ensemble.

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Album Review: Greta Stanley’s latest, Sun in My Eyes, is an assured and unflinchingly honest listen

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The 6th most played artist on triple j Unearthed last year and with a slew of festival performances under her belt, Cairns art pop/electropop artist Greta Stanley is clearly doing something right.

Sun In My Eyes is the latest EP from the singer-songwriter, and it’s a six song strong triumph, featuring exquisite vocals and hard-hitting themes, all set against a dreamy, almost folk-like soundtrack.

Produced by long-time collaborator Mark Myers (formerly of The Middle East), the EP features singles “Come Undone“, “Follow Suit“, and previous AU Review Track of the Day “Kick“, alongside new offerings “Pour“, “TOFU“, and “Morning Light“.

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Interview: Debut author Bronwyn Eley gives us the lowdown on her YA fantasy, Relic

Good morning readers – just a quick reminder that I’m on holidays until late October! The good news is, I’ve got plenty scheduled between now and then, so happy reading!

This interview was originally published by The AU Review on 30/08/17

It’s been a few weeks since Bronwyn Eley’s debut novel Relic was released into the wild! Today, we’re taking a quick look back at an interview I did with Bronwyn, ahead of the book’s release!

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