September 30, 2016


The world premiere of “Dream Lover – The Bobby Darin Musical” which reveals the legendary singer, songwriter and actor’s extraordinary life, is currently exciting audiences at the Sydney Lyric Theatre for a strictly limited season.

Bobby Darin, together with his movie star wife Sandra Dee, provided the sound track to a generation.

This intimate and epic story about the Grammy award-winning singer, Oscar nominated actor and all-round entertainer, adored by his fans, begins at boyhood and follows his rise to stardom.


Based on an original concept and stage play by Frank Howson and John-Michael Howson and adapted for the stage by Frank Howson with Simone Phillips and Carolyn Burns.

The multi-talented David Campbell, one of Australia’s most popular and versatile entertainers and winner of three Helpmann Awards, is excellent in the lead role of Bobby Darin.

Hannah Fredericksen, who recently starred as Olivia Newton-John in the TV mini-series “Molly”, plays Sandra Dee.


Caroline O’Connor adds to this stellar cast playing the dual roles of Bobby Darin’s mother Polly and the ambitious Mary Douvan, Sandra Dee’s mother.

Darin’s sister Nina is played by Marney McQueen, alongside Bert LaBonte, playing Nina’s partner Charlie, who provides a father figure for Darin.

Martin Crewes plays Steve Blauner, Darin’s oldest friend, biggest fan and longtime manager.

Featuring an eighteen piece band, the musical captures the glamour and passion of the Rat Pack in Vegas era.


This production focuses on an incredible selection of songs, with some of the biggest hits from the 50s and 60s made famous by global heart throb Bobby Darin and brings his extensive songbook to life for a new generation, including Mack the Knife, Beyond The Sea, Splish Splash and the title track, Dream Lover.

John Frost, on behalf of his co-producers John and Barbara Gilbert of Gilbert Theatrical Pty Ltd, said, “Bobby Darin packed an extraordinary life into his 37 years, and wrote an incredible array of music. I think audiences will have an unforgettable experience at Dream Lover, witnessing the birth of Australia’s exciting new musical.”


Lovers of musical theatre have the opportunity to see this exciting all-Australian production, playing exclusively at the Sydney Lyric Theatre, until 27 November 2016.

Sandra Tiltman  Photos: John Pond


September 30, 2016


British Airways’ popular complimentary one-way upgrade to First is back. This limited time offer is available for bookings until 5 October 2016 and is valid to travel on flights departing Sydney on or before 31 March 2017. Passengers have the opportunity to enjoy a free one-way upgrade to First when they book return Club World business class to Singapore and to the UK and Europe on ba.com.

Each individual suite in the renowned First cabin features a bed that is 60 per cent wider, a personal wardrobe, world class dining options and an unprecedented level of comfort. Passengers in First will be entitled to a complimentary chauffeur service to or from Sydney International Airport. All premium passengers arriving at British Airways’ award winning home at London Heathrow Terminal 5 can enjoy the facilities at the Arrivals lounge, which include showers, breakfast and complimentary Elemis spa treatments. Passengers can also enjoy champagne at the exclusive Galleries Club lounges on their departure.


Nicole Backo, British Airways’ regional general manager, South West Pacific, said “We are very excited to welcome back this incredible promotion which allows customers who book a Club World business class return ticket to enjoy a one-way upgrade to First for free. For no additional cost, customers can enjoy the absolute luxurious experience in First on one sector on their next flight to London, Europe or Singapore. This promotion really is a ticket to exceptional comfort and impeccable service. Customers can dine in our exclusive first class restaurant in the sky, with a full ‘a la carte’ menu designed by leading chefs from around the world and only the finest of wines and champagne. They can enjoy a carefully selected collection of wellbeing essentials, a pair of wonderfully soft cotton pyjamas and sink into a quilted mattress and Egyptian cotton duvet for a dreamy night’s sleep. It really is the finest way to travel. Such offers are always extremely popular, so we encourage customers to book now to secure a seat.”

British Airways’ Executive Club and On Business members also have the added benefit of collecting triple Avios points through a promotion running from now until 11 December 2016.

British Airways has been flying to Australia for over 80 years and operates a daily service between Sydney and London Heathrow via Singapore. The airline operates from the award winning Terminal 5 at London Heathrow. The terminal is exclusive to British Airways’ and Iberia Airlines’ customers and is capable of handling 30 million customers a year. In March 2016, Terminal 5 was named by Skytrax as Best Airport Terminal for the fifth year running. London Heathrow also won the Best Airport Shopping award.

Sandra Tiltman


September 30, 2016


The Actors Centre Australia and 107 Projects recently launched The New Plot at 107 Redfern Street, Redfern. The aim is to bring new Australian stories to the stage by developing the talent that makes them possible.

In attendance were some of Australia’s most acclaimed and accomplished stage professionals, including international award winning director Gale Edwards, playwright Stephen Sewell and ACA CEO and Chairman of The New Plot, Dean Carey.

The New Plot, undertaken as a joint initiative between Actors Centre Australia and 107 Projects, is a national playwriting award aimed at growing the vast amount of Australian stage talent and unearthing the next great Australian playwright.


The New Plot Ambassador, Gale Edwards’ introductory speech was particularly rousing and touched on the importance of plays and performing in maintaining the identities of both ourselves and our nation. “If a play defines our universal humanity, it also reflects our national identity. Our Australian culture is reflected back to us” Gale Edwards commented as part of an address that provided insights into the role of the playwright and the important connection between playwright and director.

Actors from Actors Centre Australia performed an original work, much to the delight of the crowd, which bought the power of the spoken word into the room.

Sandra Tiltman