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.
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.
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.
For 10 days the the heart of Fremantle will be transformed into a display of vibrant culture and thought-provoking events. The 2016 Fremantle Festival will run from 28 October to 6 November with a series of ticketed and free shows. Below we have listed all our top picks from this year’s program, and you can browse the full program of events of here.
1. Like You Webseries
Like You is a six part web series that is a modern, feminist take on romantic comedies. Body and sex positive, the series explores dating, friendship and struggling up the career ladder through the eyes of Elliot, a 20-something living in Perth.
Since graduating from WAAPA’s Aboriginal Theatre program, James Taylor has been lucky enough to earn a position within Yirra Yaakin’s Next Step Program. While he has been around the traps a while, learning his craft and acting in television commercials and on stage, James’ first professional writing and directing debut came with Hobo – a new play that enjoyed its world premiere last Friday night.
From Thursday 26 to Saturday 28 November, hidden corners and open spaces at Fremantle Arts Centre will be the venue for a new dance work, In Short – In Situ. Five new dance pieces have been created by five different Western Australian choreographers, and the audience will move around the FAC grounds to experience the intriguing, site-specific works. Today’s creative is one of those choreographers, Emma Fishwick.
For today’s Creative feature, we’ve looked on the other side of the stage and to the management side of things. Local girl Samantha Martin studied Arts Management at WAAPA, and is currently on secondment, working with Raindance in London for her final semester of study. While gaining stacks of experience, Samantha is also working on some exciting plans for when she returns to Perth in not too long, we can’t wait to have her back!
1. Go to the movies on us!
Frank is a new comedy starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson and Scoot McNairy. It’s centred around Jon, a wannabe musician, who joins a pop band led by the mysterious Frank, a guy that makes music for the sheer love of it and who wears a giant, fake head.