Originally an Oscar-winning film, Little Miss Sunshine is now a stage musical – and it’s coming to Stirling Theatre this November. Written by William Finn and James Lapine and directed by Tyler Eldridge, the story follows an incredibly dysfunctional family as they cross the US in a clapped-out Kombi van so their youngest daughter can take part in a regional children’s beauty pageant.
A hugely entertaining, dark and magical cycle of folk tales from around the world is taking centre stage at The Actors’ Hub this November. Written by Carol Ann Duffy and adapted by Melly Still, Rats’ Tales deliciously confronts the dark side of the imagination which makes the tales all the more illuminating.
A celebration of Academy Award-winning songs is set to hit the right note for Limelight Theatre’s last season of the year. Devised and directed by Gillian Binks, The Envelope Please pays homage to the best original song category first introduced to the Oscars in 1934.
It’s time to take another spin and revisit Adriana Xenides, the darling of ‘TV Week’ and glossy magazines, who made a visit into almost every lounge room across Australia. This world premiere top dollar musical exposé is both hilarious and tender, a tribute and a protest.
In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play is a sassy play about power and passion. Acclaimed American playwright, Sarah Ruhl, re-imagines the curious chapter in the early history of psychotherapy, when women were treated with a certain mechanical device. A hysterical parlour drama bound to create a buzz!
The classic Anthony Burgess novel A Clockwork Orange comes to life at the Broken Hill Hotel this October, exploring the nature of man’s free will. Presented by Life on Hold Productions, the adaptation is the brainchild of director Sarah Christiner who set up the production company, co-wrote the script (with Connor Carlyle) and plays the main role of adult Alex, who narrates the show as he looks back on his past.
Two star-crossed lovers come together despite constant opposition from their warring families in Limelight Theatre’s latest production, described as “the greatest love story ever told”. Directed by Peter Clark, Romeo and Juliet was first performed 424 years ago and is one of the most popular Shakespeare plays performed today – but it’s the first time Shakespeare has been performed at Limelight Theatre in its 45-year history.
Jamie lives in a concrete jungle, a fast-paced and busy city. From her window high above the city Jamie dreams of making friends with animals, but Mum and Dad won’t let her have a pet in the apartment. Tonight, her dreams will take her on a one-of-a-kind visit to the zoo, where she discovers the remarkable joy an animal can bring into her life. The Night Zoo explores the special connection between humans and animals and the importance of caring for another living thing.
Two elite bodies compete under the strict gaze of an umpire. Each presents a facade, each pushes against prejudice. Pick a side and see who can flaunt their way to victory first. Tennis meets drag in this high octane, high spectacle performance investigating the toxicity of sporting and drag culture.
Mistaken identities, slamming doors and a con that spirals out of control are all taking place at Melville Theatre this September. They’re all part of the fast-paced British comedy Cash On Delivery, written by Michael Cooney and directed by Georgina Kling.
Co3 has a contemporary dance season at the Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre of WA, running 12 - 16 September. Celebrating a powerhouse of female choreographers, WA Dance Makers Project is part of the MOVEME Festival 2018 and is not to be missed!
When the science laboratory, Skylab, finally crash lands near Esperance, no-one in the community could not have prepared themselves for what happened next. Dreamtime meets Monkey Magic in this sci-fi comedy, a world premiere new Western Australian work and inaugural co-production with Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company.
Lathlain resident Dr Melissa Merchant is bedding down with a hilarious exploration of 21st century singles and social graces at the Shenton Park Community Centre this August, as she directs Blak Yak Theatre’s latest offering. Written by Perth playwright Martin Lindsay, One Night One Day is a modern farce about the chances people take – and the regrets they have over chances they miss.
After returning from an Australian tour, internationally acclaimed author Maddie Godfrey will return to her hometown to launch her debut poetry collection "How To Be Held".
Performed by Co3’s Act-Belong-Commit Co:Youth Ensemble, Project NEXT 2018 is a re-imagining of Raewyn Hill’s critically acclaimed work THE ZONE, and the young dancers have been led in the studio by choreographic leaders, Ella-Rose Trew (Co3 Associate Artist), Zoe Wozniak, Scott Galbraith, and Jessica Lewis.
Take your story from the page to the stage in this two part workshop, focusing on how to write your story into a poem. Internationally renowned performance poet and educator Zainab Syed will lead you through writing exercises to find a story you want to tell, guide you on how to tell it best, ending with performance techniques on how to perform your story on a stage to share with everyone.
The WA premiere of this work, celebrating community and hope, was the sleeper hit of the 2013 Edinburgh Festival and mesmerised audiences in Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne. A vicar and leader of a community choir searches for answers after a violent act threatens the ideals that sustain her beloved community.
: If you remember the name Fame, head to the Koorliny Arts Centre this June as the popular musical sets the stage alive with an awesome combination of singing and dancing. Presented by Laughing Horse Productions and directed by Cat Rippon, Fame – The Musical follows the highs and lows of students at New York City’s illustrious High School for the Performing Arts.
A killer Broadway musical by a ‘titan of musical theatre’. This Tony Award-winning theatrical tour-de-force is full of stunning lyrics and beautiful music. Bold, original and alarmingly funny, Assassins is a timely reminder that those in power ignore the marginalised in society at their peril.
A brutally funny and subversive take on the American kitchen-sink drama. Isaac returns home from Afghanistan to find his family in revolt. His father has suffered a stroke, his mother has become a gender studies aficionado and his younger sister, is now his younger brother.
A great Australian classic about love and homecoming. Set in 1950’s working class Melbourne, revolving around events of the seventeenth summer where two mates, on yet another ‘layoff’ season, come back to ‘live it up’ in the city with their girlfriends. However, this summer, things begin to change.
Splashfest is set to come alive again on 11 March, ready to provide the best day of wet’n’wild fun under the sun. From 2pm to 5pm, Swanbourne Reserve is the best place to beat the heat for an afternoon of free, water-filled family fun with slides, rides, games, stalls and more.
A foolishly funny twist on the classic tale of Robin Hood comes alive at Roleystone Theatre this March. Written by David Neilson and directed by Brogan Smirke and Euan MacMillan, Robin Hood: The Truth Behind the Green Tights is the story of cowardly Albert, trying to get by as best he can.
Experimental music/arts collective Genrefonix present a fictional multimedia show featuring original horror music and soundscapes performed live alongside compelling imagery of Fremantle's architecture and it's ghosts. WA's most haunted buildings are brought to life in the atmospheric Prison theatre on the original screen used for prisoners.
A mysterious, erotic and funny drama – featuring just two people – is Melville Theatre’s first offering for 2018. Written by US playwright, screenwriter and novelist David Ives and directed by Trevor Dhu, Venus in Fur was first staged in 2010 and nominated for numerous Tony Awards before Roman Polanski shot a French film version in late 2012.