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
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
Under the direction of Jeffery Jay Fowler, Lally Katz’s warped story of parentless brother and sister Abalone (Brendan Ewing) and Gerture (Natalie Holmwood) raises questions about mental health and the inner workings of those living with it. Katz has taken the zeitgeist of our times, opened its veins and let it bleed out on the stage. Read more
Beside Blacksmith in Highgate there’s a little alleyway where you can find the most excellent ice cream made by two lovely people – Mati and Kaitlyn. Kuld Creamery scoop their fresh creations from 460 Beaufort Street from 4-10pm Wednesday to Sunday. Pronounced [ku:ld] or cooled, it is Mati’s family name, which is of Estonian origin. Read more
Situated just a 45-minute drive from Perth city centre, Mundaring is a picturesque place for a full or half day trip. One-third of the shire is state forest, making the drive as well as the visit itself a pleasant one to say the least. Start the day by popping into an art gallery, then stock up your pantry, stop for a tranquil lunch under the trees, swim in a lake, head out for a hike, and reward yourself with pizza before catching a flick outdoors. Here are our tried and tested faves from the area. Read more
Want to know how to bury a body? How to have an affair? What to say in an awkward situation? You need The Advisors.
The Last Great Hunt adds another powerful weapon to its theatrical artillery with their latest production, The Advisors. It’s punchy, polished and poignant. Read more
In theatre, as in life, some things simply don’t go to plan. Props go missing, actors fluff lines, sets come unstuck and backstage crew unwittingly upstage the cast.
London’s multi-award winning West End hit The Play That Goes Wrong has screeched onto the Perth theatre scene. Be warned: audiences are experiencing wit whiplash and slapstick symptoms of laughter lines and compulsive crack-ups. Read more
Endgame, while not Samuel Beckett’s most celebrated theatrical piece, is commonly considered his most important.
Black Swan Theatre Company has brought this timeless classic out of the archives, producing it with respect and delicacy. Read more