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.
Black Swan State Theatre Company
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.
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.
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.
As Australians, we take great pride in the story of our ANZACs. Sadly, as there are no longer any WWI veterans to march on our most sacred national day, it is more important than ever to keep their stories alive and accessible for younger generations, Lest We Forget.
The Lighthouse Girl is one such story, regaling the true to life tale of lighthouse keeper’s daughter Fay Howe.
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.
Black Swan State Theatre Company’s upcoming production Clinton: The Musical will explore the duality of one of the USA’s most devisive presidents. Two actors will portray opposing sides of the one man: WJ Clinton, the sober, wise leader poised to make great strides to major socio-political change; and Billy, the reckless, fun, and decidedly unprofessional. A story about Bill Clinton would be nothing without ever-faithful wife Hillary who will be played by Lisa Adam.
1. WIN Tickets to The Caucasian Chalk Circle
The Caucasian Chalk Circle is a new production based on an old Chinese fable The Circle of Chalk, and it will show at the State Theatre Centre of WA from 30 July to 14 August. This exciting co-production from our own Black Swan State Theatre Company with the National Theatre of China is an epic masterpiece that will be presented in a unique ‘Beijing Opera’ style that includes over 60 masks and 80 costumes with surtitles in Mandarin.
1. Win Tickets to BSSTC’s A Perfect Specimen
Black Swan State Theatre Company presents the world premiere of A Perfect Specimen in the Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre of WA from Thursday 30 June to Sunday 17 July and we have 3 double passes up for grabs! It’s a tale about the dying days of the travelling freak show and the true story of its star attraction: Julia Pastrana, the ape-woman.
We caught Black Swan State Theatre Company’s production of Angels in America last week and loved it. The three-hour epic is set in 1985 and centres around a young man diagnosed with AIDS and the people who surround him. Stuart Halusz stars in the production as a homophobic, repressed, Mormon lawyer with a drug addicted housewife.