Who is she? The world-conquering New Zealander who became a teen pop sensation back in 2012 with her debut album Pure Heroine.
What’s she been up to lately? This year Lorde released her hotly anticipated second album Melodrama. It’s a towering step up from her debut, a shimmering pop beast with heartbreak at its core.
What’s the hype? In short, this is one of the biggest releases this year. Rolling Stone said she “changed the mainstream” at 16, while The New York Times praised her “sly facility with pop craft” and hipster music site Pitchfork gushed that she “captures emotions like none other.”
How does Lorde describe herself? She told The Guardian, “I think I would have been annoyed by me. Writhing around on TV with bad, kind of broken movements, wearing these weird clothes”.
What can we expect from the Melbourne gig? Big emotions and massive spectacle. She has a habit of performing bold and unlikely covers of other people’s hits, including Springsteen’s I’m on Fire and Phil Collins’ In The Air Tonight.
Lorde: Melodrama World Tour \ Sidney Myer Music Bowl, November 26, from $99.90
Red Stitch Theatre, St Kilda, $15-$49
- Until December 14
A closeted gay kid in a tiny town in the middle of nowhere, Xan finds her life thrown into uproar when her mother reveals a local girl has committed suicide. Developed as part of Red Stitch’s INK writing program, this world premiere by Morgan Rose uses a family dinner to make something deeply personal out of the political.
- Arts Centre, November 18-25, $49.90
- Hamer Hall, Dec 1 & 4, $59.90
Having announced her retirement at the beginning of the year, Hannah Gadsby has been taking her multi-award-winning swansong on an extended victory lap. Nanette details another sort of retirement – Hannah’s year of solitude, in which she embraced her not-normalness.
Doctor Who: Shada
- In Cinemas, November 24-26
An early Christmas gift for Whovians awaiting the first female Doctor – a new story featuring the greatest Doctor of them all. The return of Tom Baker aside, the main draw here is a witty script by the late, great Douglas Adams. Shada has been finally completed as a high-def film, using animation voiced by the original cast.