Paw Patrol rolled into Perth on the WA Day long weekend, bringing all 6 pups, as well as new addition Tracker, plus all their human friends. As the flocks of excited families flooded into the theatre at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre there was an electric feeling of anticipation.
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.
“The Earth is the cradle of humanity, but mankind cannot stay in the cradle forever.” – Konstantin E Tsiolkovsky
The 1960s heralded many firsts in the field of space exploration, including the first human spaceflight and the first Moon landing. This era of space travel formed the backdrop to the childhood of Québécois writer, director and actor Robert Lepage.
“Life knows no rehearsals. Perfection is precious but not real, not as real as being in the now.” – Nassim Soleimanpour
Perth’s beloved raconteur Andrea Gibbs was thrust into the now at Studio Underground on Wednesday night. Looking out at the audience from the stage, she hadn’t yet seen the ‘secret’ script of the play she was about to perform, let alone met the playwright. Talk about flying blind.
Change seems to be taking place at a rate faster than ever before. In a digital age, technology is superseded remarkably fast and items that are commonplace today won’t be tomorrow. Perhaps every generation feels like this, considering items from their childhood with nostalgia and sentimentality. Evgeny Grishkovets, who performed his show Farewell to Paper at the State Theatre Centre of WA last weekend as part of Perth Festival, laments this rush into the future. He encourages us to slow down and contemplate what it is we are gaining, what we are losing, and whether it matters.
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!
In the second instalment of We Love Festival Season (VIEW PART ONE HERE), we profile the local emerging artists and theatre-makers who are moving on up, along with bold new works that demand our attention. These are some of the festival events the Perth arts industry insiders are looking forward to. Let’s give them a helping hand by showing our support over the coming weeks.
Festival season is our favourite time of year in Perth. With FRINGE WORLD Festival 2018 on now until 25 February and the newly rebranded Perth Festival launching next week, our calendar is full to bursting!
How to choose what to see? In the first instalment of We Love Festival Season (VIEW PART TWO HERE), we profile some of the unusual and enjoyable arts experiences on offer that explore the vibrant neighbourhoods of Perth, Northbridge and Fremantle. This is theatre, storytelling, laughs and thrills – on the move.
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.
Showing at the State Theatre Centre of WA from 12-29 October, I Am My Own Wife is a powerful play that examines the true life of German antiquarian Charlotte von Mahlsdorf. Born Lothar Berfelde, she killed her father when she was 12 years old, was sentenced to four years in juvenile prison and survived the Nazi regime and then in East Berlin the German Communist secret police, in plain sight as a transvestite.
The inimitable Brendan Hanson plays over 30 characters, and the ubiquitous Joe Lui fills the role of director, composer and sound designer. So you’ll believe us when we say that set and costume designer Cherish Marrington is in great company as she works with Black Swan for the first time for this production. Claire chatted with the WAAPA graduate, who gets her kicks from tackling design puzzles, to discuss her career and the upcoming show.