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SERENDIPITY struck at the Hy­dra Per­form­ing Arts Fes­ti­val in Greece last July when Cal­i­for­ni­aborn, Toronto-based Ry­er­son Univer­sity School of Per­for­mance pro­fes­sor Peggy Shan­non met WAAPA as­so­ci­ate dean of per­for­mance An­drew Lewis.

The pair re­alised their train­ing pro­grams were sim­i­lar in style and con­tent and soon de­vel­oped a plan to guest di­rect for each other.

Lewis will travel to Toronto in Novem­ber to over­see a hol­i­day pan­tomime while Shan­non is at WAAPA di­rect­ing The Di­ary of Anne Frank Frank

Round­house The­atre, WAAPA May 5 to 11 www.waapa.ecu. edu.au The Di­ary of Anne I LOVE that we live in a world where ac­claimed ac­tresses Char­l­ize Theron and He­len Mir­ren join a souped up, testos­terone-fu­elled ac­tion fran­chise in its eighth in­stal­ment.

Mir­ren and some­time ac­tion hero­ine Theron (Han­cock, Mad Max) are such an un­likely com­bi­na­tion so late in this game, but it is just one ex­am­ple of the crazy and un­pre­dictable di­rec­tions this se­ries goes in.

With the loss of Paul Walker, the lead­ing ladies bal­ance out the chro­mo­some count and, thank­fully, get an op­por­tu­nity to shine amidst the in­ces­sant en­gine revs.

While on his hon­ey­moon with Letty (Michelle Ro­driguez) in Cuba, Dom Tor­reto (Vin Diesel) is ap­proached by mys­te­ri­ous, dread­locked beauty and world renowned cy­ber ter­ror­ist Cipher (Char­l­ize Theron).

With com­pelling lever­age up her sleeve, Cipher se­duces Dom to help her in her plan to take con­trol of nuclear weapons and wreak havoc, which re­quires him to turn his back on his fam­ily and friends.

Those who usu­ally fight be­side

him, in­clud­ing Ro­man (Tyrese Gib­son) and Tej Parker (Lu­dacris), and former en­e­mies Hobbs (Dwayne John­son) and Deckard (Jason Statham) now must band to­gether to stop him.

The fate of this fran­chise is that it has to run out of steam at some point and while it hasn’t hit the skids yet, there are early signs that some steam has es­caped.

The spec­ta­cle is a slight notch be­low that which was de­liv­ered by Aussie James Wan in the last film two years ago.

The rap­port be­tween Ro­man and Tej still sparkles and the ban­ter be­tween Hobbs and Deckard of­fers even more laughs, but it is the ad­di­tion of ice-cold Theron and hi­lar­i­ous Mir­ren that gives this en­try its juice.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d468306

Skye Beker and Roy Joseph.

Vin Diesel in The Fate of the Fu­ri­ous.

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