Therese Raquin has commenced its tour around Australia!

Our tour of the stunning Therese Raquin, co-produced with Melbourne’s Dirty Pretty Theatre, has begun its National Tour with wonderful performances in Melbounre and Bathurst. This is a thrilling new adaptation of Emile Zola’s landmark novel by director/writer Gary Abrahams, from one of Melbourne’s most exciting independent companies. With Jessica Clarke compelling in the title role and an absolutely beautiful production design this is a must-see production.

Heading next to Wollongong, Port Macquarie, Brisbane, Alice Springs, Darwin, Werribee, Nunawading, Penrtih and Wagga Wagga. Full tour dates are here!

Happy Holidays!

The team at Critical Stages are signing off for the year!

A BIG Christmas high-five to all the artists and audiences that made 2016 a MONSTER year with…

142 Performances, 73 artists on the road, 71 venues visited, 54 hire cars, 9 tour vans, 6 states (plus 2 territories), 3 indy forums, 1 perpetually broken snow dropper (Shane?!), a swish new office, a trip to New Zealand and over 24,000 punters through the doors!!!

Ho. Ho. Ho.

See you next year folks. We will be back in the office on the 9th January 2017 when we will also be welcoming Melanie Carolan to the team for yet more touring!!!

Otto and Astrid getting ready to kick off their national tour!

We are very excited about our next major national tour for the year. Otto and Astird are getting ready to tour Australia with their show SUPERMUSICIAN. They kick off their trip on 21 & 22 September at Gasworks in Melbourne, then travel right around the country rocking a strom everywhere from Mackay to to Margaret River! Fans of Spinal Tap say Hallo to your new favourite band!

Otto & Astrid (Die Roten Punkte) are Berlin’s Prince and Princess of art rock and Europop. Following sell-out shows in New York, Sydney and Edinburgh, dysfunctional siblings are touring Australia, taking in the whole country from Mackay in far north Queensland to Mandurah in southern Western Australia.

Since their last Australian tour Otto & Astrid have toured across Europe with Amanda Palmer, had a smash run at the Soho Theatre in London and sold out shows in Belgium, Ireland, UK, USA, Germany, Canada, New Zealand, Hungary, Poland and Italy. The duo have also won yet ANOTHER coveted Melbourne Green Room Award for Best Production, Cabaret.

Orphaned as teenagers, Astrid and Otto found themselves homeless in Berlin before they dived into a rock baptism by fire (started by one of Astrid’s cigarettes) that catapulted them into European stardom.

Otto and Astrid are thrilled to be heading out on tour to regional Australia: “We are super excited to be bringing our rock and roll concerts to parts of Australia that we’ve never been to before.”

A lipstick-smeared, tantrum-loving, sonic collision between the B52s, Kraftwerk and the early Ramones, Die Roten Punkte are truly one of a kind. Astrid’s avant-garde style and legendary antics inspire both reverence and fear, while Otto’s dynamic stage presence brings to mind a whirling dervish on meth.

Otto & Astrid bring you one of the most irreverent and funny gigs you are ever likely to see.

★★★★★ Orgasmic rock-und-roll experience.” Monday Magazine, Canada

★★★★ “Pitch-perfect pop parody” The Scotsman, UK

★★★★★ “Wild cabaret rock!” Herald Sun, Australia

★★★★★ “ All you really need to know is this: they’re hilarious.” CBC Canada

★★★★★ “The perfect musical comedy act – it should not be missed” – Broadway Baby, UK


WINNER 2014 & 2008 Melbourne Green Room Awards. Best Cabaret nominees TO&ST (Time Out & Soho Theatre) Edinburgh 2013, Winner Best Comedy Montreal and Victoria Fringe 2010, Best Production Montreal Fringe, 2008; Most Outstanding Production Ottawa Fringe, 2008; Best in Fest Winnipeg Fringe, 2008 and Best Comedy Victoria Fringe, 2008.