Black, genderqueer and fiercely talented, Nellie Small was a trailblazing star in the 1930s, 40s and 50s. Today, she’s barely remembered.
Elissa Blake is a Sydney-based journalist and editor. She learned the trade at The Age, edited Australian Rolling Stone magazine, and has written for mastheads including The Sydney Morning Herald, Harper’s Bazaar and Guardian Australia. She currently works at Sydney University.
Articles by Elissa Blake
Two of the creative forces behind Brisbane Festival's Salamander discuss transforming an empty warehouse into an eerie vision of the future.
Actor Philip Quast prepares to venture into the frozen landscapes of Patricia Cornelius's wintry drama for Sydney Theatre Company.
The Melbourne-based writer Patricia Cornelius, who recently turned 70, discusses her much-admired career and how 2023 is going to be a good year.
Mythology, sexuality and even gravity are up for re-examination in Holding Achilles, a production which has taken its makers in new and demanding directions.
Richard E. Grant’s wife died in 2021. His memoir, A Pocketful of Happiness, which traces their four decades together, was published in September. Now he is bringing the memoir to the stage.
Circa Contemporary Circus all but invents a new art form.
As Wesley Enoch prepares his fifth and final Sydney Festival, we look at the successes and controversies of his artistic directorship, and whether the self-acknowledged risk-taker might follow his sister into politics.