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Café Scheherazade reviewed on Curtain Call

This review of Café Scheherazade was written by Andrew Fuhrmann on March 11 for Curtain Call. See it in its original context here.

This is a joy. It is a vast-hearted, gleeful riot of story, music, dance, wonderment and cake. It is a cosy transport from soulless metropolis to vibrant cosmopolis. It is an immersion into the twinned arts of memory and narration. It is a close encounter with profoundly mythical characters, survivors from another world, at once real and familiar to the present, but also fantastical, impossible in their courage.

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Cafe Scheherazade in The Jewish News

  • March 4, 2011
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Cafe Scheherazade featured in the Jewish News on the 1 March. See it in its original context here.

Scheherazade takes center stage

By Danny Gocs
Tuesday 1 March 2011

CAFE Scheherazade, the iconic St Kilda eatery that was an integral part of Acland Street for half-a-century, is about to get a new lease of life on the stage.

Therese Radic has written a play, Cafe Scheherazade, based on Arnold Zable’s acclaimed 2001 novel of the same name, incorporating a story of survival and courage as seen through the restaurant’s history.

It will premiere on March 8 at fortyfivedownstairs in Flinders Lane, Melbourne.

The play is set around the popular cafe operated by Avram and Masha Zeleznikow from 1958 until 2008. In its early days it became a favourite meeting place for Jewish migrants who had settled in Melbourne after World War II.

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Prodigal: Interview with The Age

Midsumma hosts return of the Prodigal sons
By Michael Dwyer
January 18, 2011

The award-winning home-grown musical is back 11 years after its debut, writes Michael Dwyer. Please see full article here.

DEAN Bryant gets the coffee. Mathew Frank’s eyes roam over the heavily postered wall of the Balaclava cafe. ”Look at all the musicals,” he says. ”Where did they all come from?”

The answer is mostly from overseas, on a wave of commercial revivalism whipped up by Wicked, Chicago, Jersey Boys et al. But if there’s a note of home-grown satisfaction in the Melbourne stage composer’s tone, it’s deserved.

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New content on our website

  • September 2, 2010
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I have just added some extra content to our website, in a continued effort to make things easier and more transparent for our hirers.  You can now download our logos directly from our 'logos' page,  in both .jpeg and .eps…

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Now accepting proposals for 2011

We have just added our proposals forms for 2011 to both the gallery and theatre pages of our website.  Which means of course we are now accepting exhibition and theatre proposals for next year. Bear in mind when putting in…

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  • December 7, 2009
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Welcome to our news page. We'll be using this page to tell you more about our shows and exhibitions, to post photographs, and also to link to some of our favourite sites. We'll post some news soon, in the meantime…

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