What happens when a cabaret anarchist, a contemporary clown and a queer-feminist dramaturg get together to make theatre? Madame Nightshade’s Poison Garden is the answer. “The show is an absurd, comedic look at the madness of the world we live in today,” explains Madame Nightshade producer and performer Anna Thomson. A shape-shifting, other-worldly creature named Beatrice takes the form of the titular character, a princess-like assassin, to unearth some of the nasty little secrets we keep buried in our own backyards. Anna promises “grotesque glamour, vegetable manipulation and mess,” which is enough to pique our interest!
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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.
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.
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.
Opening at the Blue Room Theatre this week, Is This Thing On? is a portrait of a life told through five different comedy routines. Written by Zoe Coombs Marr and directed by Zoe Pepper, it follows Brianna – a stand-up comedian portrayed by five different actresses at different points in her life, including one of our favourite local performers Andrea Gibbs. We caught up with Andrea to chat about the show ahead of its Western Australian debut tomorrow night.
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.
1. WIN I Do I Don’t Tickets
Truthful, compassionate and warmly funny, I Do I Don’t is a story for everyone with a less-than-nuclear family and a secret love of pop songs. It is showing at the Blue Room Theatre from 16 August to 3 September and we have a double pass to give away!
1. A New Menu at Foam Coffee Bar
Foam Coffee Bar have changed up their menu a little, giving you the perfect excuse to revisit this Leederville favourite. Highlights include Canadian Pancakes (authentic Canadian maple syrup and house smoked bacon on fluffy pancakes) and Go Bananas (banana bread topped with house smoked bacon, banana, maple syrup and Gusto’s vanilla bean gelato). If you’re a fan of classic breakfasts you can also find old favourites like eggs on toast or porridge.
Opening at the Blue Room Theatre tomorrow night is Hart, a new play from Noongar man Ian Michael that uses testimonials from the Stolen Generations to share previously silenced stories. We caught up with Ian to find out more about the show.
Liz Newell is a Western Australian playwright who has just launched Maiden Voyage Theatre Company, devoted to championing gender parity in theatre and putting new plays on stage. Her latest play, and the first work presented by the company, Belated, will open at the Blue Room Theatre on 12 May and run until 28th. Claire sat down with Liz to find out how she “fell into” a playwriting career path and what makes her tick.