We Love Festival Season: Up and Comers

Published on February 1, 2018
Categories - Blog, Events, Read About

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.

With FRINGE WORLD Festival 2018 on now until 25 February and the newly rebranded Perth Festival launching next week, best get onto tickets now if you haven’t already!

Night Sweats

Endure an evening with an insomniac, and see what’s keeping them up for yet another sleepless night. A rumination on mortality, privilege and perception, Night Sweats is a darkly humorous piece of storytelling, song and visual magic. This is the first official production of Static Drive Co, a newly established Perth based theatre company comprising Timothy Green, Samantha Maclean & Haydon Wilson. 2, 3, 6 – 10 February.

Read Seesaw’s interview with Timothy Green here. View the full Summer Nights program here.

Less Light

What if the person you were talking to was you in another life? What if that person was God? In perfect darkness, storytelling and live soundtrack transport you to times and places of great intervention in this immersive theatrical experience.
Lazy Yarns is a collaboration between Campbell Pollock, Isaac Diamond and Mitchell Whelan. Established in 2015 as a podcast, it serves as a platform for uniquely Australian stories. The company made their debut in 2017 with ‘Pitched Black’. 6 – 10 February. View the full Summer Nights program here.
Not all a Dream
In the 200th anniversary year of ‘Frankenstein’, this new play dives into the story of how 18-year-old Mary Shelley created one of the most recognisable and horrifying figures in western culture. Arrive early for a lakeside picnic, as the haunting majesty of Lake Geneva is recreated before your eyes in this site-specific production. 10 – 11, 17 – 18 February.

Brushstroke Productions is a new WA based theatre group dedicated to bringing new and unique performances to Perth audiences.

Sudden Skies

Two anti-heroes collide onstage as they fight for survival in this electric and physical hour of theatre from Blank Space Productions. Sudden Skies is an exploration of the world’s refugee crisis and the imminent danger of a volatile climate, performed by Ann-Marie Biagioni and Haydon Wilson. Co-created by Bridget Le May and Mararo Wangai. Blank Space Productions is a Perth based theatre company making work with themes of transformation. 20 – 24 February.


Consider your life journey through the frame of Shakespeare’s seven ages of man as you move through seven one-on-one photo booth encounters. Featuring a talented cast of WA’s brightest young theatre makers, this is a touchingly intimate show all about the private drama of you. Tuesday to Saturday until 17 February (excluding 2 & 16 February).

Founded in 1990 with the support of artists including Tim Minchin and Claire Hooper, WA Youth Theatre Company continues to create professional performances by talented Australians under the age of 27. WAYTCo supports emerging local talent through acting training, devising new works and providing mentoring.

Peaks 2018

Unclassifiable and curious, strange and compelling, intimate and transformative. PEAKS 2018 is the independent Fringe program brought to you by artist run initiative Paper Mountain in Northbridge, presenting 18 new works by emerging artists. Until 25 February.

Paper Mountain aims to present a top notch program of surprising new art and ideas. Their upstairs space on William St is used to nurture experimentation, challenge artists’ practices, and encourage collaboration and skill sharing.

Living the Daydream

Canning Vale comedian Matt Storer burst onto the scene in 2014, winning WA RAW and Funny Faces. A rising star, his charming, light-hearted style, wild imagination and lyrical skill have earned applause across Australia and the UK.

“Intimately funny – like a group of friends hilariously chatting over drinks. His talent won the crowd over incredibly quickly.” ★★★★ – The Music 2017

Perth Festival’s Perth Works Program

There’s always something happening in our thriving local industry, with artists and companies creating ambitious new work all the time. See a range of works in progress, meet the artists and get the inside word on their creative process. Please note some events are at capacity but you may join the waitlist. Free.

Featuring works in development by: Screenwest | Strut Dance | Barking Gecko Theatre Company | Lost & Found Opera | Ochre Contemporary Dance Company | Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company

To become a patron of the arts, reach out to your favourite WA arts organisations for more information.

Festival season continues to 4 March 2018. Don’t forget to check out the programs for Writers Week (19-25 February) and the Lotterywest Film Season (to 15 April).

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