Barbara and the Camp Dogs – A Powerful Piece of Theatre


Barbara has been trying to make it as a musician in Sydney for a long time now. The city is harsh and it’s hard to find the sense of community she craves. She plays gigs with her cousin René and her band the Camp Dogs. She gets into fights. But now her mum is sick and it’s time to head home. And so begins Barbara and the Camp Dogs, part music gig, part road story and all parts electrifying. The performance is raw and intimate, as funny as it is heartbreaking. Themes of family, love, loss, identity and the treatment… Continue Reading

Leiden Recaps: Bachelor in Paradise Australia Finale


  It feels like only yesterday that I was cursing myself for agreeing to view every episode of the Bachelor in Paradise. And now that we have reached the grand finale, I can safely say my initial reluctance was entirely justified; but, nevertheless, here we are at the finish line. And what a race it’s been: hearts have been broken, friendships crumbled into dust, cheese scoffed down by the wheel and all for this moment. Get ready for the epic finale that is episode sixteen. We open with the gruesome visage of Osher breaking down the mechanics of the finale:… Continue Reading

Leiden Recaps: The Bachelor in Paradise Episode Fifteen


  This is it, ladies and gentlemen, or very nearly almost it: the penultimate Bachelor in Paradise. So down some stay alert capsules and strap yourselves in for the semi-thrilling semi-conclusion that is episode fifteen. Fair warning on this one: the vast majority of it is flashbacks so you’re probably better off re-reading the old recaps instead. We open with Jarrod and Keira moseying down towards the sea shore. What looks like ritual suicide is revealed to be the final date: a ride on a yacht full of champagne and cheese. They reflect on the tumultuous series of events that… Continue Reading

Leiden Recaps: Bachelor in Paradise Australia Episode Fourteen


  Who better to review the orgiastic display that is the Bachelor in Paradise Australia than someone who has never watched a single episode of the Bachelor or Bachelorette. Here to recap all the subtle intricacies of finding ‘true love’ on reality television is Leiden’s copy editor Jesse Petrie.   Today we make Bachelor history, ladies and gentlemen, by bearing witness to what is, beyond any shadow of a doubt, the dullest episode of Paradise thus far: episode fourteen. And while some of its more unbearable moments may have more to do with my unfortunate sobriety than anything else, you… Continue Reading