A regular on the Perth theatre circuit, Maitland Schnaars will be making his debut for Black Swan Theatre Company in their upcoming production of Let the Right One In. Based on a novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist, which was then made into a film in its original Swedish and also as a US adaptation, it is a coming-of-age love story featuring vampires. I for one can’t wait to see how the poignant and haunting story is transferred to the stage when it shows at the State Theatre Centre from 11 November. Like myself, Maitland is a fan of the Swedish film and is thrilled to be a part of this production. We caught up to chat about the show and his career both on stage and behind the scenes. Claire. Read more
Showing at the State Theatre Centre of WA from 12-29 October, I Am My Own Wife is a powerful play that examines the true life of German antiquarian Charlotte von Mahlsdorf. Born Lothar Berfelde, she killed her father when she was 12 years old, was sentenced to four years in juvenile prison and survived the Nazi regime and then in East Berlin the German Communist secret police, in plain sight as a transvestite.
The inimitable Brendan Hanson plays over 30 characters, and the ubiquitous Joe Lui fills the role of director, composer and sound designer. So you’ll believe us when we say that set and costume designer Cherish Marrington is in great company as she works with Black Swan for the first time for this production. Claire chatted with the WAAPA graduate, who gets her kicks from tackling design puzzles, to discuss her career and the upcoming show. Read more
Emerging designer and recent WAAPA graduate Tyler Hill is making a name for himself in the theatre world with not one but two upcoming productions with Black Swan State Theatre Company. Kicking off the partnership is Samuel Beckett’s absurdist comedy Endgame, showing until 11 June, and things follow on with Melbourne playwright Lally Katz’ play The Eisteddfod, which runs from 22 June to 9 July.
Claire caught up with Tyler to chat about the upcoming shows, and his transition from fine arts and architecture to a promising career in theatre design. Read more
One of life’s great pleasures is climbing into a freshly made bed with crisp, quality sheets. The smell of linen, the cool but cosy touch – it’s bliss. Perth homewares label Natsukashi are making all your dreams come true with their lush range of bed linens named after Western Australian coastal locations and we’re in love! Read more
Revealed hits Fremantle Arts Centre this weekend, with a celebration of Aboriginal art in Western Australia. With an exhibition running from 8 April to 21 May, visitors have a chance to see paintings, prints, wood carvings, photography, textiles, video, weaving and more by over 75 of the best new and emerging WA Aboriginal artists. Plus, the annual Revealed WA Aboriginal Art Market will transform the Fremantle Arts Centre Front Garden into a bustling marketplace this Saturday 8 April with Aboriginal art centres from across the state selling original, affordable works.
One of the artists involved in Revealed Exhibition is young Noongar man Peter Farmer. Claire caught up with Peter to chat about his two passions – art and footy. Read more
This weekend, WA’s best Christmas market returns to the Fremantle Arts Centre. Carefully curated to contain a collection of unique and innovative Western Australian designer products, the market is a must visit if you are looking for clever gifts with a local focus. One of the artists popping up at the market is Marika Brock, an art photographer who produces colourful and striking prints, often featuring iconic places around Freo and Mt Lawley. Marika is today’s creative. Read more
The all new Kaleidoscope Festival will light up the Joondalup City Centre from 10 to 13 November and shine a light on some of Australia’s most dynamic creatives – including musician, filmmaker and all-round rad guy Sam Price. Read more
A role in the WA premiere of Molière’s Tartuffe – The Hypocrite marked a return to Perth for the Albany born WAAPA graduate James Sweeny, who currently lives in Sydney where he shares a house with Tartuffe co-star and WAAPA classmate Alex Williams. Read more
Hailing from the US and settling in Perth two years ago, Lisa Louttit is a seasoned theatre maker, albeit one who local audiences might be yet to discover. She is directing and producing an upcoming show at the Blue Room Theatre, [PORTO], a one-act play set in a neighbourhood bar that looks into the struggles of shifting Western culture. We caught up with Lisa to talk about her move to Perth and this new production. Read more
Now showing at the Blue Room Theatre, Grounded stars one of WA’s finest actors, Alison van Reeken, as The Pilot and is directed by the equally fine Emily McLean. Ali and Emily first met back in the 1990s when they both attended WAAPA together and since then have worked closely producing some excellent pieces for the stage. Read more