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WA has a vibrant theatre scene if know where to look. Black Swan, the WA State Theatre company, continues to produce outstanding local shows, while WAAPA performances provide the opportunity to experience the next Hugh Jackman in the making. Burswood’s Crown Theatre and the WA State Theatre host musicals and shows from Broadway, the West End, and increasingly, from Asia, but Perth Festival and FRINGE WORLD Festival are the real highlights, bringing 700+ acts from around the world to the Perth stage each summer.

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HOUSE

Part fairy-tale, part mad-cap adventure story, HOUSE is a heart-felt and hilarious tale of loneliness, friendship and flying houses.

  • Dates:Feb 16 - 20
  • Venue:Heath Ledger Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:Barking Gecko Theatre
  • Produced By:Barking Gecko,Perth Festival
  • Event Venue:State Theatre Centre of WA
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Type:For Kids
  • Festivals:Perth Festival
  • Ticket Price:$20 - $135

Description

When you lose something, you gain something else…

Cathelijn (Cata-line) is completely and undeniably alone: no friends, no family, no-one to turn to. All by herself in the centre of a dark forest, she tries to be strong, like a Viking. And that’s when she sees it – the house. A higgledy-piggeldy mess of a place as tall as the trees. Inside, she finds Piotr, a boy who never stops talking, and Elka, a grey-haired explorer who insists they keep the curtains closed tight. When they suddenly launch into the air and set off across the sky, Cathelijn learns that this is no ordinary house: it’s a Rescue House, and it rescues the Loneliest Child In the World. So begins an extraordinary adventure that takes Cathelijn across the world and deep inside herself, on a journey of self-realisation and self-determination.

Featuring a cast of loveable characters and a living, breathing house, this fun-filled escapade for the whole family will set imaginations soaring.

The Cherry Orchard

When Madame Ranevskaya returns home ridden with debt, she is obliged to decide how to dispose of her family’s estate, with its beautiful and famous cherry orchard.

  • Dates:Feb 20 - Mar 20
  • Venue:Sunset Heritage Precinct

Details

  • Hosted By:Black Swan Theatre Company
  • Ticket Price:$39.00 - $129.00
  • Festivals:Perth Festival
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Produced By:Black Swan State Theatre Company,Perth Festival
  • Event Venue:Sunset Heritage Precinct

Description

This premium cheese platter of self-absorbed characters will have you at once wishing for the glorious blooming days of the 1980s and shrinking at the familiarity of it.

The final play written by Chekhov in his dying days was intended to be his most hilarious comedy. This adaptation takes the story from Russia in the 1880s and replants the orchard to a fictional late 1980s Manjimup in WA. From boom to bust, as the recession hit in 1987 and the America’s Cup put WA on the world stage, Madame Ranyevskya has to sell up and move out.

Venue capacity is small, so audiences get to experience this production across the Sunset Heritage Precinct, from in the family home in the former ballroom, flowing through to a sunset picnic under the gum trees overlooking the Swan river, then onto the lawn for a dress-up party.”

The Sum of Us

Yirra Yaakin & Perth Festival present a play exploring family dynamics, queerness & romance with an Australian First Nations cast which addresses contemporary representations of First Nations People.

  • Dates:Feb 25 - 28, Mar 4 - 7
  • Time(s):Wed – Sat 7.30pm, Sat 6 Mar 2pm Matinee, Sun 6pm
  • Venue:Subiaco Arts Centre

Details

  • Hosted By:Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company
  • Ticket Price:$20 – $59
  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Produced By:Yirra Yaakin
  • Event Venue:Subiaco Arts Centre

Description

The Sum of Us is a beautiful tale of a strong family bond, ageing, queerness and the dance we all do when searching for love. Written by David Stevens, The Sum of Us will be performed by an Australian First Nations cast in a 2.5 hour production spiced with Latin dancing and great music from the 1990s. In an industry where Indigenous people are constantly asked to relive their trauma instead of normalising good relationships, this play is about a beautiful father-son relationship and their search for love. This is the first time Yirra Yaakin has produced a play with a focus on queer identity. It will be presented as part of the need to display functional and dysfunctional families and represent First Nations people as contemporary, dynamic and evolutionary members of society.

How's a guy supposed to find Mr. Right when his father is always up in his business? That's the premise of this warm comedy that revolves around the comfortable relationship between widower Harry and his son Jeff. A beautiful tale of a strong family bond, ageing, queerness and the dance we all do when searching for love, this is Yirra Yaakin's first queer work. Performed by an Australian First Nations cast; it is a story that no culture is exempt from. Balancing humour and pathos, The Sum of Us remains as relevant today as it was 30 years ago.

ANTIGONE Sophocles Adaptation by Jane Hille

Antigone for the modern era. They cannot undo the generational sin being passed from fathers to their children.

  • Dates:Feb 17 - 19
  • Time(s):7:30 pm
  • Venue:Maali Mia Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:Fringe World
  • Ticket Price:$20 - $25
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Produced By:Fringe World

Description

She is another woman of courage and part of a tragic family narrative who holds to her word and the promise she made her brother Polynices. Antigone is sacrificed for this, however, in the final moments of her life she reclaims what was taken from her. Her actions are watched by her dead mother and brothers. 

Bogan Shakespeare Presents: Macbeth

‘Bogan Shakespeare Presents’ asks one question and one question only; what if ‘The Bard of the Avon’ had been born today… in Western Australia… somewhere along the Armadale train line?

  • Time(s):Various
  • Dates:Feb 12, 13, 17 - 21
  • Venue:Cookery at Girls School

Details

  • Performing Arts:Comedy,Theatre
  • Produced By:Fringe World
  • Event Venue:Girls School
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival
  • Hosted By:BS Productions

Description

Back for its sixth straight year, the homegrown heroes behind Bogan Shakespeare return! This year we are taking on 'The Scottish Play'. *cue applause* Down at the local Cricket Club, you'll find a man called Macca. He's a simple bloke, doesn't need or ask for much past the occasional beer... or seven. That is until one day he is approached by a mysterious trio of tuck shop ladies and told one day he will ascend to a position of great power, club president. We watch his rise and fall from grace, through ups and downs, deception, betrayal and even a cheeky murder or two. Medium: For boomers, younger couples and teens. Thought-provoking, but not confronting.

Dinner

Stirling Theatre is serving up a West End smash hit as its first season of 2021.

  • Dates:Feb 11 - 14; 18 - 20
  • Time(s):8pm February 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 & 20; 2pm February 7 & 14
  • Venue:Stirling Theatre, Morris Place, Innaloo

Details

  • Hosted By:Stirling Theatre
  • Ticket Price:$22, $20 concession
  • Performing Arts:Theatre

Description

Written by Moira Buffini and directed by Virginia Moore Price, Dinner dishes out an evening from hell as hostess Paige celebrates the publication and success of her husband’s philosophy book. An artist, scientist and sexpot are invited to dine, served by a silent waiter sourced from an obscure website. When an unexpected guest arrives, he gets trapped in the fun and games and feast of revenge that will inevitably be the undoing of the night’s entertainment. Dinner premiered at London’s Royal National Theatre in 2002 and is one of many acclaimed plays and films written by Buffini. “Each course of the dinner has been deliciously calculated in some way to question the philosophical theories created by Paige’s husband,” Moore Price said. “The invited guests are being used as pawns in Paige’s plans to derail her husband’s achievements.” Dinner plays at 8pm February 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20 with 2pm matinees February 7 and 14. Tickets are $22, $20 concession – book at www.trybooking.com/BMAMF. Note: the play contains adult themes and some coarse language.

Eva DuBivoir and the Quest for the Bloody Truth

Eva DuBivoir, a coming of age vagina, sets out on a hero quest, and meets MC Wiz- a woke AF menstrual cup. Using the power of bad jokes and team work they bring down Tampons Inc once and for all!

  • Dates:Feb 17 - 19
  • Time(s):6.30-7.30pm
  • Venue:Cookery @ FRINGEWORLD Girls School

Details

  • Hosted By:Riptide Youth Performance Company
  • Ticket Price:$16-$26
  • Type:Youth Art / Performance
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival
  • Performing Arts:Comedy,Theatre
  • Produced By:Fringe World
  • Event Venue:Girls School

Description

In this unapologetically cheesy panty-mime Eva DuBivoir, a young and impressionable vagina, sets out on a quest to find out what’s up with the creepy Tampons Inc she works for. Along the way she meets MC Wiz who turns out to be a woke AF menstrual cup, and once together they use the power of bad jokes and team work to bring down Tampons Inc once and for all! This fresh, funny, feminist six hand original contemporary theatre piece from Mandurah’s Riptide will have you learning- as you laugh- that whether you’re old or young, whether you bleed or not, menstruation liberation is the responsibility of us all. Inspired by writer Ruby Liddelow’s personal journey of discovering menstrual cups and going on a year long crusade to tell everyone she knew about them, this 50 minute riot including plenty of puns, period positivity, a few actual facts and a contemporary vagina ballet is perfect for young people 13-40, women, and people who know & love women… so anyone with an open mind and keen for a laugh. PG12+, infrequent strong language.

Learn Magic: Celebrity Magician Jon Fox Reveals His Secrets!

Learn magic! Celebrity magician Jon Fox has performed for Elton John, David and Victoria Beckham, Sting & other famous stars! Jon finally reveals his secrets in an immersive magic workshop! Created...

  • Time(s):From 6:00PM To 7:00PM
  • Dates:Feb 11 - 28
  • Venue:Wonder Bar at Metro City

Details

  • Type:For Kids
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Produced By:Fringe World
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival
  • Hosted By:Magic Nation

Description

Celebrity magician Jon Fox has performed for Elton John, David and Victoria Beckham, Sting & other famous stars! Jon finally reveals his secrets in an immersive magic workshop! Created for all ages, Jon uses his charm, wit and wizardry to teach you a trick or two! Come with a curious mind and walk away with new secret powers! "Jon Fox is a master when it comes to magic with cards. He will amaze you with his sleight-of-hand and leave you in complete wonder and astonishment. His outgoing personality makes every performance fun, totally enjoyable and his style appeals to all ages" Helen Coghlan, a three-time Fooler on Penn & Teller: FOOL US, 2020 "You will be amazed, you will be entertained, there will be lots of laughs, lots of wow's and lots of magic" Peter Nardi from Alakazam, 2020 Presented by: MAGIC NATION MAGIC NATION is the new magic and comedy festival hub at FRINGE WORLD! Medium: For boomers, younger couples and teens. Thought-provoking, but not confronting.

Split Lip

Enter the mind of this crazed cross-dresser, as she takes on these split personalities, through the medium of spoken word lip-syncing.

  • Dates:Feb 17 - 21
  • Time(s):8:15 pm
  • Venue:The Art Room at Girls School

Details

  • Hosted By:Fringe World
  • Ticket Price:$15 to $20
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Produced By:Fringe World
  • Event Venue:Girls School

Description

Ginava just can`t seem to get her head straight! Voices inside start to manifest, taking over her body... and her mouth!

Children Of The Sea

As part of Perth Festival, follow four unaccompanied children, as they embark on a perilous journey, drifting on Indo-Australian waters towards an uncertain future.

  • Dates:Feb 17 - 20
  • Time(s):7pm
  • Venue:Subiaco Arts Centre

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Festival
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Produced By:Perth Festival
  • Event Venue:Subiaco Arts Centre
  • Ticket Price:$25 - $39
  • Type:Youth Art / Performance
  • Festivals:Perth Festival

Description

The culmination of a two-year research project, Children of the Sea is Jay Emmanuel’s emotional and epic theatrical piece that shares the journey of young maritime survivors who came to Australia by boat.

Inspired by true stories, it brings together a stellar team of five extraordinary young performers onstage with a vocal ensemble led by Green Room Award-winning singer-songwriter, composer, performer and choir-leader, Kavisha Mazzella.

A tribute to hope and a sobering reminder of the stories that float on the horizon, Children of the Sea explores the paradoxes and confusions of a world dealing with an unprecedented flux of uprooted lives.

Chilling, yet playful and funny, this sensitive and politically-charged show puts children front and centre – their voice, their story – ultimately creating an uplifting theatrical experience.

Whale Fall (SOLD OUT)

This deeply personal and poetic story is a slow burning family drama about second chances and unconditional love.

  • Dates:Feb 17 - 27
  • Time(s):Evening Shows: 7:30pm Matinée: 2:00pm
  • Venue:PICA Performance Space

Details

  • Festivals:Perth Festival
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Event Venue:PICA
  • Produced By:Perth Festival,PICA: Perth Institute of Contemporary Art

Description

Written by Ian Sinclair
Produced by The Kabuki Drop
Commissioned by PICA and co-presented with Perth Festival


WORLD PREMIERE

Submerge yourself in a poetic reimagining of the classic Australian seaside drama for our cataclysmic times.

Nadine returns to her beachside home, and the family she abandoned, to reconnect with her daughter. Now oceans apart, she must navigate her ex-husband’s anger at her departure and learn to accept and support her now son Caleb, with his desire to begin medically affirming his gender.

A deeply personal and poetic story, Whale Fall is a slow-burning family drama about second chances and unconditional love, charting transition across generations, family dynamics, the human body and our ecological future.

Central to the work is the story of a dying whale as it slowly descends to the seafloor and forms a new biodiverse ecosystem known as a ‘whale fall’.

Inspired by environmental writer Rebecca Giggs’ essay of the same name, Whale Fall features rich visual language, intimate performances, and immersive design to conjure the familiarity of the Australian coast. Created by an exceptional team of WA theatre-makers, this new work brings together people from different backgrounds that identify with and support the trans, gender diverse and queer communities.

 

ABOUT THE COMPANY

The Kabuki Drop is an emergent, multiplatform arts company creating work within a variety of spaces and across art forms. They are storytellers who reinterpret theatre forms and present ideas and aesthetics for adventurous audiences. They play with and within their environments, championing artists who create immersive experiences that provoke thought, challenge norms, and encourage conversation. Formed by Melissa Cantwell in 2017, the company has presented The Average Joe (Fringeworld, 2017); Blink (Commissioned by The City of Perth Winter Arts Festival, 2017); Slap and Tickle (Fringeworld, 2018; Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2019) and The Elders Project (Fremantle Festival 2019).

Summer Shorts

A trio of tales by WA writers is being presented under the banner of “Summer Shorts” at Melville Theatre in February.

  • Dates:February 18-20
  • Time(s):8pm February 18, 19 & 20; 2pm February 20
  • Venue:Melville Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:Melville Theatre
  • Ticket Price:$18-$23
  • Performing Arts:Theatre

Description

A trio of tales by WA writers is being presented under the banner of "Summer Shorts" at Melville Theatre in February. The short plays A Dame Remembers, The Heist and Little Angels range from comedy to drama, all with different themes running through them. Written and directed by Bob Charteris, A Dame Remembers focuses on ageing actress Dame Cecilia Coleridge who has found roles hard to come by for some time. The Heist, written by Shirley Toohey and directed by Michelle Sharp, is set in a Bronx apartment where four ladies have their bridge game interrupted in the most unexpected way. Little Angels is a drama by Yvette Wall and directed by Siobhán O'Gara, set in a hostel for unmarried girls in 1966. Summer Shorts plays at 8pm February 18, 19 and 20 with a 2pm matinee February 20. Tickets are $23, $18 concession – book at https://www.taztix.com.au/event/summer-shorts-2021/

Galup

Step back in time to the 1830s with Noongar performer Ian Wilkes as your guide for this interactive walking performance.

  • Dates:Feb 19 - Mar 13
  • Time(s):5:45 pm
  • Venue:Lake Monger Reserve

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Festival
  • Ticket Price:$39
  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events
  • Festivals:Perth Festival
  • Produced By:Perth Festival
  • Performing Arts:Theatre

Description

Throughout the show, Ian takes on a range of characters guiding you through real events from our collective past and invites you to join in and be part of the show. Everyday hundreds of people visit Lake Monger without knowing the events that happened here or understanding its significant place in history. Galup seeks to change that, by uncovering the truth with a profound participatory experience.

The Augmented

WAAPA and Spare Parts Puppet Theatre present new performance, The Augmented.

  • Dates:Feb 19 & 20, 2021
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Spare Parts Puppet Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:Spare Parts Puppet Theatre
  • Ticket Price:$30 – Full or $22 – Concession/Friends
  • Type:Youth Art / Performance
  • Performing Arts:Puppetry,Theatre
  • Produced By:Spare Parts Puppet Theatre,WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Spare Parts Puppet Theatre

Description

The Augmented, a brand new performance created by Michael Barlow in collaboration with Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts performance makers, shows that puppetry is not just for kids. Take a speculative leap into the future and imagine a new vision of the changing nature of humanity. The Augmented investigates ideas around Artificial Intelligence and evolution, using object theatre and figure-based puppetry. Does the prospect of AI excite and chill you? Find out on this journey into the shifting definition of what it is to be human and 'real'. Don't miss this original devised work of puppetry and object theatre for adult audiences. Limited dates available. DATES FRI 19 FEB | 7:30pm SAT 20 FEB | 7:30pm BOOK online at www.sppt.asn.au or call 9335 5044 1 Short Street Fremantle Suitable for ages 15 and above

The Little Mermaid - Music on the Terrace

Transforming Government House Ballroom into a fairy-tale world, The Little Mermaid is a must attend event for the family, with arches and balconies becoming underwater caves and a palace.

  • Dates:Feb 20 - 21
  • Time(s):11am and 2pm
  • Venue:Government House Ballroom

Details

  • Produced By:Perth Festival
  • Festivals:Perth Festival
  • Ticket Price:$25 - $40
  • Type:For Kids
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Event Venue:Government House Ballroom
  • Hosted By:Music on the Terrace
  • Music:Classical,Opera

Description

Freeze Frame Opera has taken Dvorák’s Rusalka, a beautiful version of The Little Mermaid story, and turned it into a magical production for children. Instead of following the traditional love story, this Little Mermaid is a coming-of-age tale about balancing adventure and responsibility as children grow up and leave home.

In a perfect introduction to live music and theatre for young audiences, there’ll be plenty of laughter, interaction and suspense – and of course the sublime music of Dvorák’s lyrical opera. Stay a while longer to enjoy pedal cars, face painting and refreshments, followed by some fun games in the stunning gardens of Government House, all included in your ticket price.