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WA has a vibrant theatre scene, but you need to know where to look. Black Swan continues to produce outstanding local shows and WAAPA provides the opportunity to experience the next Hugh Jackman in the making. Burswood and the State Theatre host musicals from Broadway, the West End and increasingly from Asia, but Perth Festival and Fringe are the real highlights, each summer bringing 700+ acts from around the world to the Perth stage.

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Bambert's Book Of Lost Stories

This is the story of Bambert - an impossibly small man with an enormous love for writing.

  • Dates:Nov 14 & 20
  • Venue:Octagon Theatre, UWA


  • Hosted By:Barking Gecko Theatre
  • Venue Address:35 Stirling Highway
  • Ticket Price FROM:$20
  • Ticket price TO:$30
  • Produced By:Barking Gecko
  • Performing Arts:Theatre,Puppetry
  • Type:For Kids
  • Event Venue:Octagon Theatre,UWA


Tucked away in his quiet attic, his only companions are the characters he has created in his stories. And then one day, Bambert decides to set his stories free, to send them out into the world on little balloons in the hope that they will find a home.

The stories contain instructions: whoever finds them should return them to Bambert, postmarked with a stamp from wherever they landed, so he knows where they should be set. But as each day passes and no stories return, Bambert’s hope begins to fade. Will his stories ever find a home?

Since its premiere in 2016 Bambert’s Book of Lost Stories has charmed audiences across the country and around the globe. This special return season of our Helpmann Award winning production brings Bambert home to Perth once more.

A reminder of how stories connect us to the world and ultimately, the power of kindness.

Yirra Yaakin Family Picnic

Join us for an evening of short presentations, live music, poetry and celebration.

  • Dates:Nov 19
  • Time(s):5.30pm to 8.30pm
  • Venue:Subiaco Theatre Gardens


  • Hosted By:Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company
  • Venue Address:180 Hamersley Road, Subiaco WA 6008
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Produced By:Yirra Yaakin
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events


Join us for our End-of-Year Yirra Yaakin Family Picnic featuring short presentations, live music by David Milroy and his band, poetry, celebration and lots of special treats.

We’re really excited to be welcoming you, your family and friends back to the lush Theatre Gardens and our home at the Subiaco Arts Centre!

Solidarity Project Series short presentations:

Solidarity Project Series was our way of providing financial, mental and artistic support for independent artists during the COVID-19 lockdown period and beyond.

Have a peek at what our artists have been up to by viewing short presentations of their work. From graphic novels to play readings to poetry recitals, there is no limit to what you might find.

Bring along a picnic and experience the world behind contemporary Aboriginal theatre!

The End-of-Year Yirra Yaakin Family Picnic is a free event proudly supported by the City of Subiaco and Lotterywest.

The Boys in the Band

A deliriously delicious, bitingly bitchy, groundbreaking gay play comes to Perth!

  • Dates:Nov 11 - 14
  • Time(s):7:30pm. Matinees on 7th and 14th November at 2:00pm.
  • Venue:Dolphin Theatre


  • Hosted By:GRADS
  • Venue Address:35 Stirling Highway, Nedlands WA 6009
  • Ticket Price FROM:$25
  • Ticket price TO:$35
  • Event Venue:Dolphin Theatre
  • Performing Arts:Comedy,Theatre


Award-winning director Barry Park is at the helm of the forthcoming GRADS’ production of Mart Crowley’s groundbreaking smash hit play THE BOYS IN THE BAND, which will be staged at The Dolphin Theatre, UWA from 4th to 14th November.

After half a century, back on stage will be the camping, the fighting and laughing and crying, Mart Crowley’s insightful portrait of gay friendship as both endurance test and saving grace.

One of the first productions to put gay lives front and centre, it is about a group of entertaining, angst-ridden, openly gay men who gather for a friend's birthday - which goes horribly wrong.

‘This play has a wide appeal,’ Park says, ‘as it is an engrossing, character-driven story. Older audiences will be reminded about how different attitudes and values were in the 60s, while those who are younger will be intrigued to see how difficult it was to be gay 52 years ago. Many will recognise aspects of themselves in the play, as essentially the play is about how people relate to one other. ‘

Fifty years after it first opened, THE BOYS IN THE BAND finally made it to Broadway, a production that won the Tony Award for best revival, directed by Joe Mantello with a cast that included Zachary Quinto and Jim Parsons. A new film version of the play featuring the entire Broadway cast is on Netflix in September.

Be sure not to miss the rare opportunity to see this deliriously delicious, bitingly bitchy, groundbreaking gay play, which has not been performed in Perth for years!

Tickets are $35, $25 concession (groups of 8+, pensioners, students). Book at: https://www.ticketswa.com/ Enquiries: [email protected] Phone: 08 6488 2440 Call between Noon and 4pm on weekdays. The Dolphin Theatre is located within the University of WA with entry from Mounts Bay Road or Hackett Drive. Parking is free. The production is by arrangement with ORIGIN Theatrical on behalf of Samuel French Inc.

Puffs: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic

YOU may know of a certain boy wizard who went to wizard school for seven years – but do you know the story of The Puffs, who happened to be there too?

  • Dates:Nov 12 - 15
  • Time(s):8pm November 12, 13 & 14; 2pm November 14; 6pm November 15
  • Venue:Don Russell Performing Arts Centre


  • Hosted By:Art in Motion Theatre Company
  • Venue Address:Lot 13, Murdoch Road, Thornlie
  • Ticket Price:$25, $20 concession
  • Ticket Price FROM:$20
  • Ticket price TO:$25
  • Performing Arts:Theatre


YOU may know of a certain boy wizard who went to wizard school for seven years – but do you know the story of The Puffs, who happened to be there too?

Coming to the Don Russell Performing Arts Centre is the play Puffs by Matt Cox, which also has the alternative title Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic.

The Art in Motion Theatre Company production is directed by Lys Tickner and described as “a play for anyone who has never been destined to save the world”.

A cult hit since first opening Off-Broadway in 2015, Puffs had a record-breaking three-month season in Melbourne in 2018.

Puffs has a hilarious, friendly and heart-warming tone,” Lys said. “The Puffs are the underdogs of the school, always coming in fourth place.

“It’s a new look at a familiar adventure from the perspective of three new heroes just trying to make it through wizard school.

“The show is an inspired comedy for anyone who has ever felt like a secondary character in someone else’s story.”

The main challenge, according to Lys, is the play’s fast pace.

“Quite a few of the jokes and the comedy would be lost if the pace wasn’t right,” she said.

“And because Puffs is in no way associated with a certain well-known brand, we have to be vigilant about not breaching any copyright laws.”

A member of Roleystone Theatre since 1989, Lys directed her first play – The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – as a 20-year-old in 1993.

She has gone on to direct Alice in Wonderland, Little Women, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Little Shop of Horrors, High School Musical, The Snow Queen and Grease and has been involved in a plethora of productions, either singing, dancing, acting or stage-managing.

In 2018, Lys established the Art in Motion Theatre Company with a group of like-minded people who wanted to put the fun back into theatre.

Earlier this year, she co-directed The Last Five Years at Fringe World, picking up a weekly award in the music and musicals category.

“I haven’t tackled a play for a few years and was introduced to Puffs through the Off-Broadway live recording and could see the challenge in directing such a quick-moving play,” Lys said.

Puffs plays at 8pm November 12, 13 and 14; 2pm November 14 and 6pm November 15. Tickets are $25, $20 concession – book at www.trybooking.com/BLKMC.

The Don Russell Performing Arts Centre is at Lot 13, Murdoch Road, Thornlie.

The Pokeingham Murders 2020

Where there's a WILL... there's a MURDER...

  • Dates:Nov 12 - 14
  • Time(s):6.30pm
  • Venue:His Majesty's Theatre


  • Hosted By:His Majesty's Theatre
  • Venue Address:827-905 Hay St, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$110
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Food & Drink:Degustation
  • Event Venue:His Majesty's Theatre


It is 1939 and the English Cotswold beauty spot Pokeingham-Softly-on-the-Wold is mourning the death of elderly heiress Rose Stimper, who had made the quiet village her home for almost seventy years.

Miss Stimper, in an act of philanthropy, has bequeathed the Village a large sum of money and left instructions that the villagers must decide how best to spend it. A public meeting has been arranged and the village is buzzing with excitement. Everyone seems to have ideas on how to spend the money and the entire village turns out to attend the meeting at Pokeingham Hall, which has been thrown open for the first time in many years to host the event.

Lord and Lady Pokeingham are all set to welcome you into their home, but beware. All is not as it seems. There are dark forces at work in Pokeingham-Softly-on-the-Wold…

You are invited to dress in the style of the period, as you work together to solve the mystery.


The Boys in the Band

Another chance to see GRADS' production of Mart Crowley's groundbreaking comedy gay play - at a new venue!

  • Dates:Nov 18 - 21
  • Time(s):8.00pm
  • Venue:Studio Underground


  • Hosted By:GRADS
  • Venue Address:State Theatre Centre of WA 174 - 176 William Street Perth, WA 6000
  • Ticket Price:$29.50 - $39.50
  • Ticket Price FROM:$29.50
  • Ticket price TO:$39.50
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Event Venue:State Theatre Centre of WA,Studio Underground


Presented by PRIDE WA and Graduate Dramatic Society Inc.

The iconic, groundbreaking gay play by Mart Crowley.

A group of gay men gather in an Upper East Side apartment for a friend’s birthday party. An unexpected guest and a street hustler arrive. The drinks are poured and the music is turned up. The evening slowly exposes the fault lines beneath their friendships and the self-inflicted heartache that threatens their solidarity. Secrets are revealed, arguments are unearthed, and blows are thrown, culminating in a shocking game.

This fiercely funny, groundbreaking American play, the first truly honest portrayal of the lives of contemporary gay men, was recently successfully revived on Broadway. Shocking mainstream audiences, it premiered Off-Broadway in 1968, running for 1001 performances and was subsequently made into a successful feature film with the original cast.

At a time when gay characters were seldom seen in commercial media except as crude stereotypes, this play presented a well-rounded view of what critics of the day referred to as "the homosexual milieu". Half a century since it was written, the play is as entertaining, bold, and inspiring as ever.

This production is presented as part of PrideFest 2020, directed by award-winning director Barry Park featuring a talented cast; Thomas Dimmick, Jason Dohle, Cameron Leese, Robert Jackson, Steven Hounsome, Erik Bibaeff, Alex Ripper, Lindsay Crane and Adam Poole.

Old Love

Are you never too old to fall in love? It’s a question explored in a romantic comedy at Melville Theatre, aptly-titled Old Love, written by Norm Foster and directed by Vanessa Jensen.

  • Dates:Nov 19 - Dec 5
  • Time(s):8pm November 19, 20, 26, 27, 28, December 3, 4 & 5; 2pm November 29
  • Venue:Melville Theatre


  • Hosted By:Melville Theatre
  • Venue Address:393A Canning Highway, Palmyra
  • Ticket Price:$23, $18 concession
  • Ticket Price FROM:$18
  • Ticket price TO:$23
  • Performing Arts:Theatre


ARE you never too old to fall in love?

It’s a question explored in a romantic comedy at Melville Theatre, aptly-titled Old Love, written by Norm Foster and directed by Vanessa Jensen.

Divorced man Bud meets the recently-widowed Molly – the wife of his former boss – again after many years, when he comes to pay his respects.

The two narrate the story of their initial meetings and how their lives have now led them to the point of taking a chance on happiness in old love.

Foster is considered Canada’s most produced playwright, known for his humour and insight into the trials and tribulations of everyday life, and is frequently compared to US playwright Neil Simon.

Old Love features Bud and Molly in the present but also their younger selves 25-plus years earlier,” Vanessa said.

“Having two actors convincingly portray the same character, albeit at different times of their lives, is the main challenge.

“Two other actors also play two important roles each without the aid of major costume changes, which can also be potentially tricky.

“The stage manager plays two minor roles and there are a few other cameo characters, so having a strong cast is imperative.”

First appearing on stage as an eight-year-old and directing her first show at 14, Vanessa has a wealth of theatre experience behind her.

She wrote, directed, stage-managed and acted in various shows at Curtin University’s Hayman Theatre over a four-year period and has staged a plethora of successful productions at the Old Mill and Melville Theatres.

Vanessa has plenty of best director and best play awards and nominations to her credit for shows including Away, Jamie’s Chooks, Twelve Angry Men, Mr Bailey’s Minder, Amadeus, Rabbit Hole and Love, Loss and What I Wore.

“After a difficult year for everyone, Melville Theatre wanted to present a lighter play that would bring a positive end to 2020,” she said.

“Norm Foster is a well-known Canadian playwright who writes warm, funny plays that are readily received by audiences.

Old Love certainly fit the bill because it is gentle, humorous and it’s underpinning theme is hope.”

Old Love plays at 8pm November 19, 20, 26, 27, 28, December 3, 4 and 5 with a 2pm matinee November 29. Tickets are $23, $18 concession – book at www.TAZTix.com.au.  

Melville Theatre is at 393A Canning Highway (corner of Stock Road), Palmyra.

Full Circle

Skeletons come tumbling out of the closet at a wedding in Stirling Theatre’s latest offering.

  • Dates:Nov 20 - Dec 5
  • Time(s):8pm November 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, December 3, 4 & 5; 2pm November 22 & 29
  • Venue:Stirling Theatre


  • Hosted By:Stirling Theatre
  • Venue Address:Morris Place, Innaloo
  • Ticket Price:$22, $20 concession
  • Ticket Price FROM:$20
  • Ticket price TO:$22
  • Performing Arts:Theatre


SKELETONS come tumbling out of the closet at a wedding in Stirling Theatre’s latest offering.

Written by Janet Shaw and directed by Barry Lefort, Full Circle is a black comedy spanning four decades – Dee and Millie haven’t spoken since 1969 and nobody knows why.

Fate took over when their children met and married, forcing them to tolerate each other on social occasions and avoid one another the rest of the time.

When they turn up for their granddaughter’s wedding, plans unravel and a spiral of destruction weaves it way through the proceedings – leading back to what happened that fateful day 40 years ago.

“I have read a few plays by Janet Shaw and really like the way she writes about life in modern families,” Barry said.

“She captures the comedic, dramatic and sometimes sad aspects of them.

Full Circle has all these elements and gives the cast an opportunity to portray these characters as if in real life.

“This show in particular reminds me so much of some of the gatherings we had with my family in England.”

A life member of Stirling Theatre, Barry joined the group in 1974 after emigrating from England and has directed and performed in a plethora of plays over the years.

“With Full Circle, I have some very experienced actors in the cast and one or two who have not performed as much, so the challenge is to ensure we work as a team to produce the best possible outcome,” he said.

“A director should always encourage constructive ideas from the team and be prepared to make changes that will add to the enjoyment for both the cast and audience.

“A happy team will produce a great show.”

Full Circle plays at 8pm November 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, December 3, 4 and 5 with 2pm matinees November 22 and 29. Tickets are $22, $20 concession – book through Morris News on 9446 9120 or at www.trybooking.com/BHPJL.

Stirling Theatre is on Morris Place, Innaloo.

All the Ways to Tell You

When was the last time you told someone you loved them? Compassionate and vulnerable, 'All the Ways to Tell You' blends theatre, film, music and storytelling to explore the different types of love

  • Dates:Jan 21-24
  • Time(s):5:30pm
  • Venue:After Dark Gallery and Studios


  • Hosted By:All the Ways Theatre Company
  • Ticket Price FROM:$15
  • Ticket price TO:$20
  • Type:Youth Art / Performance
  • Music:Indie & Alternative
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Produced By:Fringe World


When was the last time you told someone you loved them? 'All the Ways to Tell You' blends theatre, film, music and storytelling to explore the different types of love we will experience in our lifetime - and the importance of expressing it.

With a focus on compassion, connection and vulnerability, this feel-good show from brand-new theatre company 'All The Ways' is the warmth of your mother's arms; the feeling you get when your friend tells you something reminds them of you; the desire to write a letter to your grandparents telling them you miss them. Go on. Do it. It would make their day.

’Twas The Night Before Christmas

Christmas is coming early this year with Harbour Theatre’s joyful tribute to the holiday season.

  • Dates:Nov 27-Dec 13
  • Time(s):7.30pm November 27, 28, December 4, 9, 11 and 12; 2pm November 29, December 6 and 13; and 6pm December 5
  • Venue:Harbour Theatre


  • Hosted By:Harbour Theatre
  • Venue Address:16 Lochee Street, Mosman Park
  • Ticket Price:$25.50, $23.50 concession and $20.50 students
  • Ticket Price FROM:$20.50
  • Ticket price TO:$25.50
  • Type:For Kids
  • Performing Arts:Theatre


CHRISTMAS is coming early this year with Harbour Theatre’s joyful tribute to the holiday season.

Written by Ken Ludwig and directed by Jane Sherwood, ’Twas The Night Before Christmas follows the story of why Santa forgot to visit Emily and her friend Amos the mouse the previous year.

An elf decides to investigate – and much mirth, merriment and mayhem unfolds as the evil Sir Guy tries to steal Santa’s naughty and nice list.

Ludwig is a US playwright, most famed for the Tony Award-winning farce Lend Me A Tenor.

“It’s a fun, feel-good Christmas show,” Sherwood said.

“When approached by Harbour Theatre to direct a production, I decided I wanted to end the year with Christmas cheer.

“After the way 2020 has turned out, I think that’s even more important.”

Involved with the Perth theatre scene since 2005, Sherwood was a founding member of Phoenix Theatre and has been involved with the Old Mill, Stirling, Black Swan, Rag and Bone, Kwinana and Harbour Theatres, A lad in sane productions, ARENAarts and Fringe World.

She has won numerous accolades at the annual Finley Awards, Dramafest, South West Drama Festival and Hills Festival of Theatre including best director and best production.

In 2018, Sherwood took a break from theatre to work on five films but made a return last year, acting in Lady Willpower and directing Ten Quid at Stirling Theatre, and appearing in Kate’s Story for Life on Hold Productions.

Earlier this year, she performed in The Actress and directed Love Letters, also playing Mavis in the upcoming series Slippery Business.

“The main challenges with ’Twas The Night Before Christmas are making it fun and ensuring it appeals to a wide audience, from young children to their grandparents,” she said.

“We need to keep it really lively and not let any of the energy drop while telling the story.”

’Twas The Night Before Christmas plays at 7.30pm November 27, 28, December 4, 9, 11 and 12; 2pm November 29, December 6 and 13; and 6pm December 5. Tickets are $25.50, $23.50 concession and $20.50 students – book at www.TAZTix.com.au or call TAZTix on 9255 3336.

Harbour Theatre is located at 16 Lochee Street, Mosman Park.

Lake Disappointment

Commissioned by Bell Shakespeare and written by award winning Australian writer Lachlan Philpott with Luke Mullins. A dark comedy that explores double identity in contemporary society.

  • Dates:Nov 27 & 28, Dec 4
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Subiaco Arts Centre


  • Hosted By:Turquoise Theatre
  • Venue Address:180 Hamersley Road Subiaco
  • Ticket Price:$40.00
  • Ticket Price FROM:$35.00
  • Ticket price TO:$40.00
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Event Venue:Subiaco Arts Centre


In the vein of plays such as Twelfth Night, Lake Disappointment explores the concept of double identity, but gives it a contemporary twist.  This funny monologue explores an A list film star's body double and the twisted world he inhabits.  As the play questions who this character is it serves to question the world that we have constructed and its psychological effects on those who embrace the norms of the body-beautiful and social popularity.Two truths exist simultaneously in this play, and as those truths morph and change we are left with a clear understanding that those who buy into the norms that are constructed in places such as social media can be left bereft, stranded on a desert island of their own making.  Our character is  a sad and wilted Prospero who has created a world of delusion but who has enslaved only himself.Lake Disappointment is a tragedy, and not unlike King Lear who wanders alone on the moors, the unnamed character in Lake Disappointment has invested in the wrong story and the wrong people, and so has lost himself in his aspiration to be loved.And as there are two truths evident in this play, it is both a tragedy and a beautiful comedy. 

Presented by Turquoise Theatre, Directed by Susannah Thompson, Featuring Joel Sammels.

She is Strong

Poignant, honest and Beautiful. This star studded cast of Circus women will wear their hearts on their sleeves, as they share personal stories, while surrounded by stunning and intimate photography.

  • Dates:Nov 27 - 29
  • Time(s):7pm
  • Venue:Old Customs House


  • Hosted By:Natural Wings and Rachel Collier Photography
  • Venue Address:8 Phillimore Street, Fremantle
  • Ticket Price FROM:$20
  • Ticket price TO:$25
  • Performing Arts:Circus,Dance,Theatre
  • Art Exhibitions:Photography


'She is Strong' is an intimate and immersive journey which welcomes you into the hidden world of circus women.

Fusing circus, photography, and dance, multi award winning artists will present unbiased, honest stories that have inspired their strength. They will show not only their flaws, but they will celebrate them. 

Poignant, Honest, Beautiful.


Cowboys and farmers are fighting over fences and water rights, while young farm girl Laurey can’t decide between two suitors vying for her affection.

  • Venue:Heath Ledger Theatre
  • Dates:Nov 28 - Dec 20


  • Hosted By:Black Swan State Theatre Company
  • Venue Address:174 - 176 William Street, Perth Western Australia 6000
  • Ticket Price:$36- $93
  • Ticket Price FROM:$36
  • Ticket price TO:$93
  • Produced By:Black Swan State Theatre Company
  • Event Venue:State Theatre Centre of WA
  • Performing Arts:Dance,Musicals,Theatre


Set at the turn of the century, cowboys and farmers are fighting over fences and water rights, while young farm girl Laurey can’t decide between two suitors vying for her affection.
Directed by Richard Carroll (Calamity Jane, The Show Goes On, Once), the production features timeless hits such as Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’, People Will Say We’re in Love, and The Surrey With the Fringe on Top. Enjoy bluegrass, country and even a square-dance with the characters at the Box Social. This Oklahoma! is an off-balance society full of outsiders and misfits.
A fresh look at a classic musical that will bring out the shadows in the cornfields and guns in the smokehouse. This spirited spectacle invites you to join the townsfolk and band members in the heart of the action, right on the Heath Ledger Theatre stage.
Oklahoma! is presented by permission of ORiGiN™ Theatrical on behalf of R&H Theatricals, www.rnh.com. 


A Christmas Carol

Celebrate a Dickens Classic this silly season, with a one-man performance of A Christmas Carol.

  • Dates:Dec 4-5
  • Time(s):11am
  • Venue:His Majesty's Theatre


  • Hosted By:Cluedunnit
  • Venue Address:827-905 Hay St, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price:$35
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Event Venue:His Majesty's Theatre


On Christmas Eve, cold-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his business partner Jacob Marley, heralding that three spirits will come to haunt him. See one talented man embody all characters in this festive masterpiece.

Murders At The Maj - Fringe Benefits

The theatrical world is known as a cut throat one, but would someone REALLY… kill for the role?

  • Dates:Dec 17 - 19
  • Time(s):6.30pm
  • Venue:His Majesty's Theatre


  • Hosted By:His Majesty's Theatre
  • Venue Address:827-905 Hay Street
  • Ticket Price FROM:$110
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Food & Drink:Degustation
  • Event Venue:His Majesty's Theatre


Cosmo Smallpiece has been invited by his good friend, the impresario George Black, to present his very best act to be the top of the bill at the opening Gala Night production at the 2200 seater London Palladium in the 1933 London Fringe Festival.

Cosmo’s Celestial Productions boasted they had "More Stars than the Firmament" in its promotional literature, and Cosmo was certainly no stranger to successful acts over the years. He had started his career as a young man in the early 1920’s touring around the English Music Halls. However, he was quick to realise that Music Halls were dying, and he wanted to promote high quality acts on professional theatre stages.

The "Fringe" plot features live performances from an opera singer and our "Gershwin" singer. ?