Press

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Review by Jacinta Richardson of Pierrot for classikON November 22, 2016

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Review by Angela Hogan of Sensuality in the City for The Plus Ones May 20, 2016

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Interview with Artistic Director Evan Lawson and Visual Artist Jake Preval prior to Sensuality in the City for SBS Sexuality May 13 2016

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Interview with Artistic Director Evan Lawson in Five Melbourne future-makers for Time Out Melbourne May 10 2016

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Review by Matthew Lorenzon of Sensuality in the City for Partial Durations May 20 2016

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Forest Collective featured in Matthew Lorenzon's What to Look out for in 2016 for Partial Durations February 22 2016

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Artistic Director Evan Lawson featured in Artists awarded residency for Let's Talk Bayside on his 12-month artist residency in Brighton's historic Bililla Mansion, 2015/2016

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Review by Matthew Lorezon of Sunrise for Partial Durations January 8 2016

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​Review by Simon Parris of Gertrude Opera's Curlew River (Forest Collective Ensemble) for Simon Parris: Man in Chair June 6 2015

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Review by Paul Selar of Gertrude Opera's Curlew River (Forest Collective Ensemble) for Herald Sun June 2 2015

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Full Review online by Paul Selar of Gertrude Opera's Curlew River (Forest Collective Ensemble) for Herald Sun June 1 2015

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Review by Matthew Lorenzon of Moonfall for Partial Durations May 11 2015

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Review by Alexandra Matthew of The Mingled Yarn, Flooding in the Garden, for Limelight Magazine December 15 2014

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Review by Matthew Lorenzon of Flooding in the Garden for Partial Durations December 12 2014 

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Review by Alexandra Matthew of The Garden for Limelight Magazine July 28 2014

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Review by Eamonn Kelly of Metropolis New Music Festival, featuring The Garden of Ice for The Australian April 2014 

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Review by Clive O'Connell of The Garden of Ice for The Age April 7 2014

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Review by Sian Ellett of Shared Ethos: Calypso for Breathing In February 4 2014

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Review by Matthew Lorenzon of Shared Ethos: Calypso for Partial Durations December 11 2013

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Review Lionel and Tony, The Opera Boys of Shared Ethos: Calypso for The Opera Boys December 2013

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Review by Matthew Lorenzon of Shared Ethos: Calypso for Limelight Magazine December 4 2013

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Review by John Garran of Shared Lines for JohnofOz July 16 2013

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Review by Matthew Lorenzon of Shared Lines for Partial Durations July 16 2013

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Review by Matthew Lorenzon of Shared Sounds for Partial Durations April 8 2013

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Article on small opera companies, featuring Forest Collective, by Alexandra Flood for Limelight Magazine August 2012

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Review by Tilly Lunken of Meletes Practice for Onomatopoeia April 18 2011

 

Review by Eleanor Bally of Love Dogs, August 2010

The Forest Collective has achieved what it set out to do in this wonderful little piece of theatre: an effective synthesis of various disciplines. With an ensemble of musicians (Evan Lawson on clarinet/melodica, Isabel Hede on violin and Tanya Vincent on flute) and actors (Vanessa Crouch, Stephanie Osztreicher, Scott Jackson, Ashley Cleark and Kara Tichler) , ‘Love Dogs’ combines music, dialogue and action to create a rich and complex world on stage. Each character has his or her own story; each vivid, touching and slightly surreal. These stories intermingle and combine, punctuated by improvised music from the musicians. The effect is an emphasis on the musicality of words and narrative; something I found extremely exciting. The moments in which this synthesis worked best formed the most interesting parts of the performance, for instance during the story of Amanda K, a girl who dreams of falling in love. Set design was beautiful (particularly the tree, and the flat that hung behind the actors), and fitted in well with the wistful tone of the piece, and use of space was extremely effective. I can’t wait to see what the Forest Collective serves up next!