May 2017 marks 50 years since the 1967 Referendum, when the Australian voting public elected to amend the constitution to allow for Aboriginal people to be counted in the census. Twenty years later the Australian Government appointed a Royal Commission to study and report on Aboriginal deaths in custody. Three decades on and the question is raised – how far have we come as a nation with respect to the treatment of Indigenous peoples?
Yirra Yaakin asks this question with their production of Richard Frankland MA’s powerful play Conversations With The Dead, showing at the Subiaco Arts Centre this month.
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.
The Perth International Arts Festival will take over town from 10 February to 5 March 2017, and we are beyond excited by the events that have been announced! We have come to expect a strong dance program from PIAF Artistic Director Wendy Martin, and her second program lives up to expectations. But that’s not all – from a large scale opening event to an intimate theatre marathon, PIAF 2017 promises 24 days of quality arts immersion.
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.
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.
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 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. 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.