Perth theatre collective The Last Great Hunt is consistently producing work that is fresh, authentic and innovative. They first reeled me in with It’s Dark Outside a few years back and I have been hooked ever since, hoping they will remount their older works so I can have another chance to catch them at the theatre.
Asking universally relatable questions and weaving elements of magic realism and sci-fi into their work gives it a sense of whimsy and a feeling that anything is possible. Their latest venture, premiering at the State Theatre Centre, is Improvement Club, which has been described as ‘Being John Malkovich meets The Office’.
There is no doubt that Summer of the Seventeenth Doll is an Australian theatrical classic. Though at age 97, Ray Lawler claims this masterpiece could still do with some tweaks, for today’s audiences the themes of complex relationships, life changes and Aussie mateship are as spot on today as they were when Lawler himself played Roo back in 1955.
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.
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.
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.
The Advisors is a new work about the universe of advice; the good, the bad, and the ignorable. This new work was created by The Last Great Hunt, winners of the Fringe World Martin Sims Award – the top honour for best local work – in both 2016 and 2015.
The show is directed and co-written by Gita Bezard, and performed and co-written by Jeffrey Jay Fowler, Arielle Gray, Chris Isaacs, Frieda Lee, and Mararo Wangai.
Tabetha caught up with Gita ahead of the season to talk a bit about the show and the company behind it.
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.
It has only been about 20 years since letter writing began its swift and irrevocable decline, but it is, unquestionably, a relic of the past, albeit the not-too-distant past.
Enter Women of Letters, an event founded by Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire in 2010 to celebrate “the lost art of letter writing”. Each Women of Letters salon sees five Australian women compose a letter on a set theme and then read it to an audience.
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.
An iconic Australian story, Picnic at Hanging Rock explores the power and mystery of the bush. In 1900 a school group head to Hanging Rock for a picnic, but 3 of the schoolgirls and one of their teachers go missing. Zoë Atkinson has designed the set and costumes for Tom Wright’s adaptation of Joan Lindsay’s classic novel, which is being performed at the State Theatre Centre until 17 April. The stark, claustrophobic set and schoolgirl uniforms are effective at setting a stifling scene of rigid Englishness against the unseen untamed and eerie wilderness. Let’s hear from Zoë…