Polly Simons

Writer and editor with more than eight years’ experience, both in-house and freelance, for publications including Sydney’s The Daily Telegraph, The Australian and Time Out Sydney.

Now a London-based freelancer, I specialise in writing about arts, culture, entertainment and lifestyle topics for Australian and UK websites, newspapers and commercial clients.

I'm Spartacus! The Australian Ballet's men stand up in a new production

When the Australian Ballet’s Spartacus toured America in 1990, it nearly brought New York to a standstill. Crowds in Times Square stopped to gawp at the giant poster of leather-clad dancer Steven Heathcote as the rebellious gladiator, while at ground level promoters were kept busy replacing posters stolen by overeager fans. The tour was a triumph.
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Legendary nude cabaret Crazy Horse Paris is coming to Sydney

WITH long hair and sky-high stilettos, a woman in silhouette poses on all fours above a curved seat, her back dipped into a perfect arch. To the sound of Anthony And The Johnsons, she slides slinkily down and into a seamless high kick. “To be a Crazy Girl is to be a woman who is sure she is beautiful, who is sure that she can hold an audience, even if she is the only one on stage,” explains Svetlana Konstantinova, the former dancer turned show manager of the famous nude cabaret, Crazy Horse Paris.

Grittier Cabaret is back in all its glory and debauchery

IT’S been 50 years since Fred Ebb and John Kander’s tribute to the decadence and debauchery of 1930s Berlin hit the stage, but Cabaret is still as anarchic as it ever was. Anyone expecting a re-enactment of the Bob Fosse-choreographed razzle dazzle of the 1972 movie musical is in for a surprise however. With producer David M. Hawkins and director Nick Christo at the helm, this is a grittier, more sinister and more nuanced version — and infinitely better for it.

National Skills Week 2016

NATIONAL Skills Week kicks off on Monday, highlighting the many opportunities offered by vocational education and encouraging people to learn more about the career paths it provides. According to the National Centre for Vocational Education Research, about 4.5 million people were enrolled in vocational education and training (VET) across Australia in 2015, of which about 278,600 of these were apprentices and trainees. “A lot of people don’t understand the diversity of careers that vocational education and training offers,” says Kirstin Casey, general manager of SkillsOne, which is driving the annual event in partnership with stakeholders.

Why soft skills are hard to find

ONCE upon a time, academic results were the best indication of the career you could expect after graduation. Ace every test and you could be assured that the right doors would open when it came to finding your first full-time job. Increasingly, however, top marks are no longer enough to get you into the job of your dreams. “Soft skills” – those nebulous abilities such as communication skills, collaboration and conflict resolution – are replacing technical knowledge as the go-to abilities for employers seeking the next generation of leaders.

Teleworking is a trend with benefits

WHETHER you call it teleworking, telecommuting, anywhere working or simply working from home, there’s no doubt the idea of working outside the office is gaining momentum. “We’ve been talking about it for a very long time,” says Dr Yvette Blount, research coordinator of Macquarie University’s Australia Anywhere Working Research Network, which has been investigating the rise of teleworking since the network was established in 2012.
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