“Life knows no rehearsals. Perfection is precious but not real, not as real as being in the now.” – Nassim Soleimanpour
Perth’s beloved raconteur Andrea Gibbs was thrust into the now at Studio Underground on Wednesday night. Looking out at the audience from the stage, she hadn’t yet seen the ‘secret’ script of the play she was about to perform, let alone met the playwright. Talk about flying blind. Read more
Chinese New Year seemed the perfect time to treat myself to this performance by Perth Festival 2018 Artist-In-Residence Yeung Fai. A fifth-generation Chinese puppeteer and the last in his family, Fai created Hand Stories in 2009 inspired by his family story. There are no subtitles and little dialogue so a spirit of openness, patience and a basic awareness of twentieth-century Chinese history are recommended.
Change seems to be taking place at a rate faster than ever before. In a digital age, technology is superseded remarkably fast and items that are commonplace today won’t be tomorrow. Perhaps every generation feels like this, considering items from their childhood with nostalgia and sentimentality. Evgeny Grishkovets, who performed his show Farewell to Paper at the State Theatre Centre of WA last weekend as part of Perth Festival, laments this rush into the future. He encourages us to slow down and contemplate what it is we are gaining, what we are losing, and whether it matters. Read more
On Friday 11 August Perth space-rock band, Usurper of Modern Medicine put on a gig and exhibition at Little Wing Corner Gallery in Subiaco to launch an interactive augmented reality app they’ve put out to accompany their recently released Everything is Nothing LP. Read more
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
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
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
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