On the last leg of its Australian tour, the stage adaption of George Orwell’s 1984 has arrived in Perth for a limited season. This production is a sure-fire conversation starter; one of those shows you’ll regret not seeing if you miss out.
In 1949 when Orwell’s novel 1984 was published, you may have shaken your head at the absurdity of the text. A dystopian society ruled by a totalitarian government under constant surveillance, with free speech and independent-thought punishable by death.
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.
Spare Parts Puppet Theatre brings to the stage an endearing and somewhat melancholy production based on homegrown graphic novelist Shaun Tan’s book of the same name.
The Arrival tells the tale of Aki, a man who leaves his home country for a foreign and alien land. His reasons are open to interpretation; war, poverty, hope for a better life. The place he arrives at could be anywhere in the universe, limited only by imagination.
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.
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.
In theatre, as in life, some things simply don’t go to plan. Props go missing, actors fluff lines, sets come unstuck and backstage crew unwittingly upstage the cast.
London’s multi-award winning West End hit The Play That Goes Wrong has screeched onto the Perth theatre scene. Be warned: audiences are experiencing wit whiplash and slapstick symptoms of laughter lines and compulsive crack-ups.
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.
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.