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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
This is a story about you, me and the loneliest whale in the world. Five people with five stories that unravel the contemporary nature of isolation. Alone in an apartment, in a bustling bar, in the dial tone of a message bank and across the deep blue – waiting for a reply.
From the award winning team at Second Chance Theatre, Josephine! is a new theatre work for the young at heart, kicking off as a part of The Blue Room Theatre’s 2018 Summer Nights program. Written and directed by Scott McArdle, Josephine! is a story of pirates, ghosts, haiku and the strength of children. Opens on the 7th of February.
The Railway Children is the famously filmed story of a prosperous Edwardian family – mother and three children – forced into near-penury in the rural north of England and captures the anxieties and exhilarations of childhood with great tenderness and insight.
Get out those shoulder pads, big hair-dos and fluoro colours – a stage production of The Wedding Singer is about to transport you through time to the 1980s at Limelight Theatre. Based on the 1998 movie but with an original score, directors Jen Edwards and David Nelson are bringing the upbeat musical to life with more than 30 performers ready to deliver plenty of ’80s kitsch and retro clichés.
The perils of growing up and growing old are being explored in a frank and funny family drama at Melville Theatre this November and December. Written by April de Angelis and directed by Miles Openshaw, Jumpy focuses on 50-year-old Hilary who is in an unexciting marriage, faces redundancy at work and has a volatile relationship with her rebellious teenage daughter.
This stage adaptation of the acclaimed Swedish novel and ﬁlm, Let the Right One In tells of a friendship between a boy and a centuries-old vampire. Oskar is a bullied lonely teenager living with his mother on a housing estate on the outskirts of town. Eli is the young girl who has just moved in next door. She doesn’t go to school and never leaves the ﬂat by day.
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play, I Am My Own Wife is an examination of the 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 and Communist regimes in plain sight as a transvestite.