Paternal love

Beloved Father – Beloved Son by Graeme Rutherford and Jonathan Rutherford
Mosaic Press 2013, rrp $19.95
Review by Canon Dr Ray Cleary AM

This recently released book details a conversation about faith and belief between a bishop, Graeme Rutherford and his atheist son, John. It is a remarkable book for its courage ...

Chitty’s flying a little erratic

By Penny Mulvey

I hadn’t seen the movie or read the book since I was a child. But as the mother of a musical theatre star-in-training it is important to experience as many stage productions as possible, and so Josh and I immersed ourselves in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

For those who don’t know, Chitty Chitty ...

Constellations

Review by Penny Mulvey

The latest offering from the Melbourne Theatre Company, Constellations is a riveting attempt to create a visual representation of the controversial string theory of quantum physics. A website (for science dummies like me) describes the breathtaking ambition of this theory: it attempts to provide a complete, unified, and consistent description of the ...

Adventurous spirit

Christian adventure, a memoir by AW Pederick
Edited by Leon Pederick and Philip Pope
Review by Rev Dr Peter Swain (OAM)

Anyone who remembers Rev Alec Pederick will be surprised and full of admiration on reading the story of his challenging, adventurous, at times exciting, and most interesting and impressive life. He completed writing his memoir in 1972 ...

Powerful and poignant

War Horse is a theatrical experience worth travelling to see. The various phrases used in the marketing of this stage show – ‘mind blowing, not to be missed’, ‘unique and breathtaking’, ‘brilliant, bold and moving’–  are not mere hyperbole.  It is confronting, moving and brilliantly produced.

War Horse is based on the book of the same name by children’s writer, ...

Have you heard the people sing?

Les Miserables (PG)
Review by Megan Graham

Set in post-revolutionary France, Les Miserables tells the story of several individuals whose lives intertwine, leading up to the June Rebellion of 1832 (AKA the Paris Uprising).

The main character, Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman), is on the run from the law after breaking his parole at the end of a 19-year prison ...

Facing doubt

In Defence of Doubt: an invitation to adventure by Val Webb
Publisher: Mosaic Press
Review by Noel Preston

The quest for certainty is part of the human condition. Of course it is ultimately an illusion – an illusion which reinforces another delusion: the desire to be in control of our lives.  However, the reality ...