Articles by: Tom Rigby

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Four Larks’ Temptation of St Antony by Tom Rigby

Four Larks, the young theatre collective based in Brunswick, Melbourne, have a well-earned reputation for ambitious adaptations. Having tackled Peer Gynt, Alice in Wonderland, The Master and Margarita and the Orpheus myth in the past, the collective has become highly adept at transforming its former auto repair shop into all manner of complex literary spaces. […]

Informit: Perverts, revolution and Zisek

Slavoj Zisek's new film re-sparks questions about the strength of his philosophy. Why Lenin? Because, according to Slavoj Zisek, 'he wasn't afraid to succeed'. And neither could anybody accuse Zisek of any such reticence. Zisek has taken on Lenin's mantle as a militant academic whose voluminous body of work deserves credit for bringing a revolutionary perspective into public discourse during the recent era of neoliberalism. Since the publication of his first English-language book, a lengthy…

Informit: Earthworkers

New cooperatives manufacturing post-mining futuresAustralia tops the international ladder in terms of median income and the resilience of our mining-fuelled economy during the GFC has amazed the world. So, here's a question: according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, which is the only industry that employs less people and contributes less to the GDP now than a decade ago?

Informit: Rise up Australia

It was early one afternoon and I was working in the drab, Orwellian offices of a certain trade union when the first news of the Rise Up Australia Party began to trickle down through social media. In two clicks of the mouse their cheaply designed website was filling my workplace monitor with a group shot of a multicultural, gender and age balanced congregation of Christian suburbanites. They were clustered in front of an oversized Australian…

Informit: Four Larks’ ‘Temptation of St Antony’

Four Larks, the young theatre collective based in Brunswick, Melbourne, have a well-earned reputation for ambitious adaptations. Having tackled 'Peer Gynt', 'Alice in Wonderland', 'The Master and Margarita' and the Orpheus myth in the past, the collective has become highly adept at transforming its former auto repair shop into all manner of complex literary spaces. Critics have praised Four Larks for their operatic spectacles and 'junkyard' aesthetic that eschews twee romanticism in favour of thrilling…