September 20, 2014


Death defying dives from a great height, acrobats, high speed motor cycles, water ballet, high energy atmospheric music, fantastic costumes and incredible special effects. All this and more is featured in one of the most spectacular shows currently being performed in Macau.

Hyatt DuckA creative masterpiece that was five years in development and two years in rehearsal, the production combines theatre, dance, gymnastic artistry and high-performance diving, all of which push the physical boundaries of human performance.

House of Dancing Water is a “not to be missed” extravaganza, performed in the purpose built Dancing Water Theatre, located next door to the Grand Hyatt Macau Hotel in the City of Dreams. Designed by world renowned Sandi Pei of Pei Partnership, the theatre features approximately 2,000 seats which are arranged in a semi-circle around the centre stage/pool, offering a perfect view from every seat. The pool holds 3.7 million gallons of water, equivalent to 5 Olympic sized swimming pools.

The night I saw the show, I was fascinated watching those seated in the front row holding up screens they had been issued to protect them from any water splashes or spray that may escape, while the action was happening in the pool.

The fairytale story set on the coast of Coloane, begins with a fisherman getting caught up in a storm that carries him off to a legendary place. A stranger in love with a beautiful princess, an evil stepmother who imprisons the princess culminating in good over evil, with lots of action happening in between, both in the pool and on a dry stage. The story does not really matter, it’s the visual effects, music and action that has everyone mesmerised 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIf you are staying in Hong Kong, there’s no need to miss seeing House of Dancing Water. Visit Macau for the day, it’s only an hour away by Turbojet, with frequent services running throughout the day and night. Spend the day taking in the sights of this former Portuguese territory, with its black and white cobbled stoned squares complete with heritage buildings standing side by side with modern skyscrapers, then see the show which runs for 85 minutes with no intermission. Some evenings there are two shows at 5 pm and 8 pm.

Within the City of Dreams, there is a vast choice of dining venues, offering an extensive range of cuisines for theatre goers to enjoy a meal, either before or after the show. The night I went to the show, I decided to dine after the performance and as I love Chinese cuisine, what could be better than the Beijing Kitchen in the foyer level of the Grand Hyatt Hotel. Their specialty of traditional Beijing style duck that’s cooked in their wood fired oven, complete with all the classic condiments was something that I could not pass up. Absolutely superb, was the only way to describe this memorable meal.

No visit to Macau is complete without seeing House of Dancing Water.

Sandra Tiltman   Photos: John Pond


September 20, 2014

687890-david-williamsonxxThe exclusive premiere season of “Rupert”, David Williamson’s take on the greatest media mogul of all time, will open on Saturday, 29 November at the Theatre Royal, 108 King Street, Sydney, with previews beginning from Tuesday, 25 November 2014.

American film and television actor James Cromwell will play Rupert Murdoch alongside an all Australian cast playing a myriad of over 60 roles. In her first time on a Sydney stage in 15 years, TV comedy icon Jane Turner from Kath & Kim fame will play Dame Margaret Thatcher and Dame Elisabeth Murdoch.

Other cast members include Guy Edmonds playing Young Rupert, Scott Sheridan as Lachlan Murdoch, Hai Ha Le as Wendi Deng and Rebekah Brooks, Bert Labonte as Frank Packer and Ronald Reagan and John Leary playing Tony Blair, James Murdoch, Kerry Packer, David Frost, Gough Whitlam and others. One additional cast member is yet to be announced.

“Rupert” is a timely, theatrically inventive, often hilarious, cabaret infused recounting of the life and times of this influential yet elusive man who has shaped our world.  Charting his stellar rise to the top, Rupert tap dances his way through his first newspaper acquisitions, discoes toward his American breakthrough, shares a fiery flamenco with Margaret Thatcher and charms some of the most colourful characters of the 20th century, including Tony Blair, Ronald Reagan and Wendi Deng.

Sandra Tiltman    


September 20, 2014

image006Twenty-seven former and current Billy Elliots will unite on stage in a specially choreographed finale on 28 September at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London’s West End, when Billy Elliot the Musical is filmed live and broadcast to cinemas around the world.

All three original Billy Elliots, James Lomas, George Maguire and Liam Mower, will take part in the spectacular finale. In addition, Liam Mower, who was the first boy ever to play the role on stage, will play the role of Older Billy at this performance

Director Stephen Daldry said “We are thrilled to welcome so many of our former Billys back to the Victoria Palace Theatre for this very special performance. We’ve been delighted to see them flourish as performers since their time in the show and it will be wonderful to bring them together again for this unique event.”

Based on the Academy Award® nominated film, Billy Elliot the Musical has been dazzling London’s theatergoers at the Victoria Palace Theatre since 2005, and has gone on to captivate audiences around the world, winning over 80 theatre awards globally including 10 Tony Awards® and 5 Olivier Awards.

On Sunday, 5 October, for one day only, this special performance will be screened in Australian cinemas nationwide.

Sandra Tiltman