On the last leg of its Australian tour, the stage adaption of George Orwell’s 1984 has arrived in Perth for a limited season. This production is a sure-fire conversation starter; one of those shows you’ll regret not seeing if you miss out.
In 1949 when Orwell’s novel 1984 was published, you may have shaken your head at the absurdity of the text. A dystopian society ruled by a totalitarian government under constant surveillance, with free speech and independent-thought punishable by death. Read more
Perth based artist Francesca Gnagnarella will launch her new body of work with an exhibition entitled Promise of Spring held in the enviable spaces of interior design studio Seven Willow Designs. Read more
Now showing at Studio Underground at the State Theatre Centre of WA, the world premiere of Coma Land considers where we roam in a comatose state. It proffers a dreamlike world, all the while telling a deeper tale about fathers and daughters, about one failing the other and the devastating consequences that can have. Read more
This weekend, 29-30 July 2017, the fourth annual Disrupted Festival of Ideas provides a feast for the mind as some of the country’s most powerful thinkers converge on the State Library of WA. This free event is made up of keynote presentations, panel discussions, workshops, conversations and engaging encounters that promise to ignite and inspire. Read more
Trigger Warning: This post discusses a performance work that explores themes of violence, emotional abuse and PTSD in war veterans and may be triggering for survivors.
Good Little Soldier is a new physical theatre piece about the ways in which war can return home with those who survive it. Permeating family life, far too often it results in cycles of anguish and dysfunction being passed on to subsequent generations. Director Mark Howett devised the choreography and text collaboratively alongside Ochre Contemporary Dance Company dramaturg Phil Thompson and a five-strong cast, featuring members of Gold Coast-based performing arts collective The FARM and flagship Western Australian contemporary dance company, Co3. Read more
Though often associated with the British, the origins of tea drinking actually began in China. Legend tells us that in 2737 BC, the Chinese Emperor Shen Nung was sitting beneath a tree while his servant boiled drinking water. When some leaves from a Camellia tree blew into the water Shen Nung, a herbalist, decided to try the infusion that his servant had accidentally created. Tea drinking was born. Read more
One Word for Snow is a public art project by the Fremantle-based artist, Amy Perejuan-Capone. The project, where the artist staged sporadic, artificial blizzards around Perth CBD and Northbridge for a period of one month, was commissioned by TRANSART for the City of Perth Winter Arts Season. Lydia caught up with Amy over a cup of tea to reflect upon the month that has been.
Spare Parts Puppet Theatre brings to the stage an endearing and somewhat melancholy production based on homegrown graphic novelist Shaun Tan’s book of the same name.
The Arrival tells the tale of Aki, a man who leaves his home country for a foreign and alien land. His reasons are open to interpretation; war, poverty, hope for a better life. The place he arrives at could be anywhere in the universe, limited only by imagination. Read more
For those who never experienced the Tamagotchi craze, let me try to explain it. Basically, it was a tiny electronic egg-shaped pet you kept alive by ‘virtually’ feeding it, paying attention to it and nurturing it, like those dolls they give teenage girls in an attempt to reduce the risk of unwanted pregnancies.
Likewise, Tamagotchi Reset and other Doomsdays is a lesson about the damage we have done to our planet, and what is sure to happen if we don’t look after it better. Read more
New to Crown Pyramid for the July School Holidays is Lights by DreamWorks. Under the family-friendly big top at Crown Perth, young and old are invited to witness the walk-through exhibition of Madagascar, Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and other DreamWorks favourites in the form of illuminated lantern sculptures. We sent WLP contributor, Tabetha Beggs and her family out to get the lowdown on the holiday event. Read more