INTERVIEW: Dina Panozzo

Dina Panozzo pic by Tash McCammon
Photo credit: Tash McCammon

I had the absolute delight of sitting down with renowned actor Dina Panozzo ahead of STCSA’s premiere of The Gods of Strangers, a new play by Resident Artist Elena Carapetis.

Panozzo is playing Assunta in the play, and I can say with some certainty that she has more life in her pinky toe than I have in my entire body (not an insult but rather a goal to myself to achieve). She was very giving, and told some absolutely cracking stories. Check out the full interview at Glam Adelaide here.

CJ xx

INTERVIEW: Charles Sanders – Director of House Of Sand’s Welcome The Bright World

Photo credit: Kate Pardey

Prior to House of Sand and State Theatre Company of South Australia‘s production of Welcome the Bright World, I was able to sit down with director Charles Sanders to discuss religion, politics, arts and everything in between, along with a healthy dollop of 1980s Berlin.

Check out the full interview here. Welcome the Bright World is on now at the Queens’ Theatre until 6th October 2018. You can book tickets here.

CJ xx


UPDATE: 2018





Hi guys,

Just a quick update; Adelaide Fringe and the Adelaide Festival are both coming up pretty quickly, and this year I’ll be writing reviews for Glam Adelaide. I’m excited to be reviewing for Adelaide Festival as well this year. Both programmes are full of exciting new works, as well as several old favourites (and plenty in between).

I’ll be adding the reviews here as they appear in Glam, as well as to the Portfolio page.

2018 is shaping up to be an exciting year of change for me, as I embark on a new role with an internationally-renowned organisation. There are also several film, theatre and audio adventures coming up later this year, so watch this space!

Much love,

CJ x

WINNER – 2017 State Theatre Company Young Playwrights Award


From the South Australian State Theatre Company’s website:

‘CJ McLean and Jack Cummins are the 2017 winners of the Flinders University Young Playwrights Award, State Theatre Company’s major award for the encouragement and support of new writing talent, now in its 17th year.

The Award consists of two categories – the Junior Award and the Senior Award. […]

The Senior Award winner is CJ McLean whose play The River explores the relationship between love, hatred and jealousy, and the poisonous effect of this mix on life decisions.

CJ McLean is an emerging Adelaide writer. His fiction and poetry has appeared in InDaily and Vaein Zine, and he has read and performed at Speakeasy and The Hearth.

In 2015, CJ was mentored by Adelaide-based playwright Nicki Bloom in the Australian Theatre for Young People’s (ATYP) Fresh Ink Mentoring Program. He developed a seven-minute monologue, Changing Room, at ATYP’s National Studio, which was later selected for The Voices Project 2016. Changing Room was reworked and broadcast on ABC Radio National’s Pocketdocs program in late 2016, and published by Currency Press in an anthology of the same name.

In 2017, CJ mounted his first one-man cabaret show for the Adelaide Fringe, Love & Anger, which explored themes of lost love and self-identity.

CJ completed his Honours in Creative Arts (Creative Writing) at Flinders University in 2015. During his degree, he also attended Oxford University’s Creative Writing Summer School, and travelled to Guangzhou, China as part of the AsiaBound project to mentor creative writing students at Sun Yat-sen University.

In 2015, CJ was nominated in the Express Media Awards for Best Piece Published in Buzzcuts, and he has received two Commendations from the State Theatre Company in the Young Playwrights Award.

As the senior young Playwrights Award winner, CJ received $1000 cash prize; a 4-play subscription; script development with Dramaturg and Director Sarah Dunn and cast, culminating in a public reading of his work by actors Annabel Matheson and Matilda Bailey in the Dunstan Playhouse this evening.’

PRESS RELEASE: “Love & Anger” Adelaide Fringe 2017



I am very proud to announce that my first show, Love & Anger, will be a part of Adelaide Fringe’s 2017 season. Accompanied on piano by distinguished Adelaide artist and pianist Paul Sinkinson, Love & Anger will be on for two nights only: Saturday February 18th and Sunday February 19th 2017.

Below is the official synopsis:


I am born, and feel to myself I am, a man. I cannot begin to understand what it is to be a woman. And perhaps I shouldn’t even try. But I want to. I want to learn and create from women: because everything I am, I owe to the women who made me.

When life unexpectedly breaks up with you, don’t rebound with Grindr. At least, not straight away. The best thing to do is to turn to the people who know you best. For CJ, that is the women who made him – alongside his friends, there’s Kate Bush. Beside his mother, his sister, there’s Tori Amos, Björk, and Florence Welch.

Memoir and cabaret collide in this tribute to women in music, as CJ McLean journeys through first love, “slutting it up”, waiting, and letting go.’


Tickets can be purchased via Adelaide Fringe’s website ( and retail locations, which will go live in December.

CJ xx

Site Update


Just popping in from out of the cold to say, I’ve added another page onto my site for Reviews. You can find it via the menu above, or here:

It’s a humble offering of very kind words at the moment, but I hope to be able to add to it in future.

Also, I realise in my last post I said I was going to start writing a bit more regularly. It is now August. We can all safely assume I’m a liar.

I can’t say definitively whether or not I’ll be writing another post soon. However, I have been trialling a new method of organisation (observe: a diary. I don’t know if you know about them…), so you may see something here in the not-too-distant future.

Going back outside now. It’s very cold.

All my love,

CJ xx