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The last Tivoli reborn
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The $66 million rebuilding of Adelaide’s Her Majesty’s into what has been hailed one of the world’s finest theatres required a dance with its almost vanished history of a century ago.

The theatre’s grandeur has been restored in contemporary textures, including a stylish wood-filled auditorium likened to a ship’s hull and a new, additional west wing with a dramatic glass façade, as a lucky few Covid-restricted audience members discovered upon the theatre’s reopening in September 2020.


Growing up in Colorado, New York-based artist Robin Frohardt was inspired to become a puppeteer not by cute children’s shows but by seeing a couple of puppet shows aimed at adults, including one based on Charles Bukowski poetry about necrophilia.

Frohardt was studying painting in school. “I never really knew what I wanted to paint,” she tells me from her home via Zoom. “I saw these really great puppet works for adults and had never seen anything like that before.


Steve's essays Bent Man Running published in Growing Up Queer in Australia and Stream drama in Meanjin autumn 2020.
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