Simon ParrisI am a Melbourne-based theatre reviewer. I also travel extensively, reviewing shows in Sydney,  New York and London each year.

I reviewed for Theatre People for eight years,  establishing coverage of professional music theatre, opera and ballet productions for the site. I reviewed theatre for the Sunday Herald Sun for two years, until their review department closed.

I served on the Music Theatre Guild of Victoria Committee for five years as Treasurer, and was on the Board of The Opera Studio Melbourne for four years.

I have appeared in around 40 productions over the past thirty years. Favourite roles include Eugene Fodor in Crazy for You, Mr Fox in Mack and Mabel, Max in The Sound of Music, Freddy in My Fair Lady, Julio in Paint Your Wagon, Marcellus in The Music Man and Grantaire in Les Miserables.

I have directed and/or choreographed about a dozen secondary school productions. Highlights include directing the Australian premiere of Jason Robert Brown’s 13 at the Malthouse and choreographing Urinetown at the Athenaeum Theatre.

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  1. Hay Mr. Parris, Caleb and Andre here. You’ve been hiding so much from us. So successful. But this holiday has been so mundane and joyless without your presence. I don’t know how we’ll get through next year without your fun and engaging lessons.

    On behalf of your fantastic maths class, good blog 🙂

    • Hey Caleb and Andre, I wasn’t hiding this from you – you knew all about it!
      Don’t know how I’ll cope without you all while you’re away across the Yarra.
      You won’t miss me – you get to have kebabs on the way to and from school every day now!
      See you there when I come across for musical auditions and rehearsals!

      • Sir you just made my day. We look forward to working with you while we take lead role in next years musical. We hope your blog goes viral.
        Yours sincerely, Andre and Caleb (your two favourite students)

  2. Simon, I was talking to a friend ( Jakki Gibson ) whose brother Jacob Gibson is working on Singin in the Rain. Jakki was reading the reviews and came across your review . Jakki and Jacob both went to Marian. Jakki remembers you from school. I am not surprised that you are in theatre. You were destined to be around actors. Cheers Donna

    • How lovely to hear from you Donna. I’m impressed with Jakki’s long memory! Singin in the Rain is a fantastic production – Jakki should get you tickets. Hope all is really well with you. Best wishes, Simon

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