Back by popular demand – we present an encore season of this joyful celebration of community spirit. Family, friends and lovers are all part of Julia Hales’ deeply personal account of her experiences as a daughter, actor, dreamer and person with Down syndrome.
Blueback is an evocative story set along the Western Australian coastline. It captures the mystery of the sea and the majesty of an old fish called “Blueback”, and the moment when an inquisitive boy stands up for what he loves and believes in.
A world premiere that is epic in nature and explores our right for self-determination. It begins in WA’s not-too-distant future, where we meet with a once powerful politician about to celebrate his birthday at the family’s island home – a retreat from the world that has clearly seen better days.
Locked in their bedroom, two brothers play games to pass the time, as siblings do. Off-stage, their parents are having a very famous showdown. A radical update on a classic Greek myth that puts one of history’s most notorious family breakdowns under the spotlight.
At the centre of this razor sharp romantic comedy is Charlotte Gibson, a lawyer with a brilliant career ahead of her. As her father Ray says, she could be the next female
Indigenous Waleed Aly. But she has other ideas. First of all, it’s Christmas. Secondly, she’s in love.
A contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice is sure to resonate with modern audiences, in light of today’s far-right extremist groups and recent anti-Semitic attacks.
Presented by the Graduate Dramatic Society at UWA’s New Fortune Theatre, this version is set in 1938 and directed by Lucy Eyre.
Playlovers present Ladies in Black, a new Australian Musical book by Carolyn Burns and music and lyrics by Tim Finn.
Set in Sydney in the 1959, school leaver Lisa joins the sales staff in fashionable department store, Goodes. Over a summer that changes her life, she befriends the colourful characters of the women's clothing department.
A team of actors is testing its mettle four nights a week over the next month by performing a different show each night.
In 4x4x4, the same team from The Actors’ Hub will perform four separate 60-minute shows during Fringe World – four nights, four shows, across four weeks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Join theatre-maker Phoebe Sullivan for an exploration into generating material that has meaning to you. The workshop will provide participants with tools to assist in developing content and connecting your art practice to what matters to you. Open to artists of all disciplines and levels of experience.
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.