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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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Acting and Performance Making - Years 7 - 12

WAAPA’s Acting and Performance Making students will apply fundamental skills to develop strong voice, movement and acting techniques.

  • Dates:Sunday for 8 weeks per term
  • Time(s):1.00 - 4.00pm
  • Venue:WAAPA

Details

  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$525 per term
  • Produced By:WAAPA

Description

Character development is explored through practical workshops including improvisation, script analysis, audition technique and scene study. Students have the opportunity to increase their confidence as they apply their skills to stage and screen performances. They will develop ensemble building skills required to devise their own work and are led by experienced tutors who facilitate fun and collaborative based classes. Bookings are done on a term by term basis.

EARTHSIDE

The story of the world’s most-loved action heroine, Ellen Ripley (Alien, 1979), re-imagined 40 years later in EARTHSIDE: a radical piece of confessional theatre premiering at The Blue Room Theatre.

  • Time(s):Multiple events
  • Venue:The Blue Room Theatre

Details

  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Ticket Price:$30 - Concession and groups $25. Preview $20

Description

In 1979, Ellen Ripley experiences a life-threatening betrayal when she exposes the true mission of her spaceship, the Nostromo. In 2018, Kaitlin Tinker experiences birth in a public hospital. On their lonely journeys to retrieve an extra-terrestrial parasitic being, both learn they are expendable. Join award-winning ex-showgirl Tinker as she assumes the form of the world’s most-loved science fiction action heroine in her playwright debut. EARTHSIDE is a confessional odyssey that explores the far reaches of step-parenting, sequins, c-sections and all the things that eat us inside out. Intergalactic adventure meets radical truth-telling in this darkly funny and brutally honest play boldly going where literally millions of humans have gone before. So get on-board and strap in – we’ve made room for you on the spaceship. It’s time to bring this baby earthside. Writer & Performer: Kaitlin Tinker Producer: Sarita Leal Director: Libby Klysz Dramaturg: Geordie Crawley Choreographer: Storm Helmore Sound & AV Designer: Jeremy Turner Set Builder: Eoin O’Briain Lighting Designer: Chris Donnelly Art Doula: Emma Maye Gibson Stage Manager: Emily Stokoe

Freaky Friday

Get ready for a freaky West Australian premiere – the highly-popular musical Freaky Friday is coming to Stirling Theatre.

  • Dates:April 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30, May 1, 5, 6, 7
  • Time(s):7.30pm April 22, 23, 28, 29, 30, May 5, 6 & 7; 2pm April 24 & May 1
  • Venue:Stirling Theatre, Morris Place, Innaloo

Details

  • Performing Arts:Theatre,Musicals
  • Accessibility:Wheelchair access, seats reserved for wheelchairs, accessible toilet
  • Hosted By:Stirling Theatre
  • Ticket Price:$25, $22 concession

Description

Based on the Mary Rodgers novel and directed by Kimberley Shaw, the stage show tells a similar story to the four Disney movies of the same name. Mum Katherine and her teenage daughter Ellie magically find they have swapped bodies but the timing couldn’t be worse, given Katherine’s wedding is the next day and Ellie is in deep trouble at school. Both are forced to live each other’s lives until they can find a way to swap back again...

Music Theatre - School Years 7 to 12

The WAAPA Music Theatre course gives students the opportunity to enter a magical world by developing the vocal, acting and movement skills required to become a ‘triple threat’.

  • Dates:Sundays for 8 weeks per term
  • Time(s):1.00 - 4.00pm
  • Venue:WAAPA

Details

  • Performing Arts:Theatre,Musicals
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$525 per term
  • Produced By:WAAPA

Description

Music Theatre combines the worlds of theatre and music and is a form of storytelling that requires performers to be able to sing, dance and act. We welcome students who are passionate about Music Theatre and want to be challenged to expand their skills within a supportive community of peers and professional staff. The course caters for all abilities and provides the opportunity for students to progress at their own pace. Bookings are done on a term by term basis.

A Cabaret of Golden Age Musicals

Take a trip back in time and get ready to swing to the sounds of yesteryear in A Cabaret of Golden Age Musicals.

  • Dates:May 5, 6, 7
  • Time(s):7pm May 5, 6 & 7; 2pm May 7
  • Venue:Armadale District Hall

Details

  • Performing Arts:Theatre,Musicals
  • Hosted By:Roleystone Theatre
  • Ticket Price:$20, $15 concession

Description

Presented by Roleystone Theatre at Armadale District Hall, the show has been devised and directed by Chloe Palliser as a jukebox-style musical in the form of a cabaret show. Performers explore the biggest influences in musical theatre through singing, dancing and comedy, paying special attention to the golden age of the 1940s and 1950s. “We look at some of the icons from that era, as well as a few post-golden age, such as Bob Fosse, Gene Kelly and Liza Minnelli to name just a few,” Chloe said. Other artists celebrated include Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Mel Brooks, Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke and set designer Oliver Smith. The cabaret also has the alternative title Un cabaret de comedies musicales de l’age d’or and is the third one Chloe has written, directed and choreographed.

Firebringer – the musical

The stage is set to burn bright with the West Australian premiere of the musical Firebringer at Melville Theatre this May.

  • Dates:May 6 - 7, 12 - 15, 19 - 21
  • Time(s):May 6 - 7, 12 - 14, 19 - 21 - 8pm; May 15 - 2pm
  • Venue:Melville Theatre, 393A Canning Highway, Palmyra

Details

  • Performing Arts:Theatre,Musicals
  • Hosted By:Melville Theatre
  • Ticket Price:$30, $25 concession

Description

Created by American musical theatre company StarKid Productions in 2016 and directed by Craig Griffen, it’s an irreverent, hysterical and entirely historically inaccurate story of early humans discovering fire. At the dawn of humanity, one tribe of cave-people survives the many trials of prehistoric life under the wise leadership of peacemaker Jemilla. But Zazzalil is always trying to invent things to make life easier for herself – and stumbles upon the most important discovery in history...

Toast

A hilariously frank story of sibling grief after three sisters suddenly lose their mother.

  • Dates:Mar 5 - 15
  • Venue:Studio Underground

Details

  • Event Venue:Studio Underground
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Ticket Price:$26.00 - $59.00
  • Produced By:Black Swan State Theatre Company

Description

The childhood home is up for sale. Three sisters are left adrift and grappling with the sudden loss of their mother, and each other. Candice just wants to pack up a lifetime of memories without getting sentimental, while Alex – newly sober and dreading a relapse – sneaks old bits of Tupperware into her handbag. Their adopted little sister, Sydney, is doing pretty well, when she's not trying to tell her best friend she's in love with her. And the rookie real estate agent is only there to pay off her credit cards. The Black Swan partnership with The Blue Room Theatre that brought youPlaythingscontinues in 2022, inviting you into this funny and charming work about the family we're given and the family we choose for ourselves. Winner of The Blue Room Theatre 2017 Awards for Best Production and Best Performance,Toastis a superbly written story about the surreal experience of loss, and a love letter to the people who hold our hand in the dark.

Mama Stitch

Mama Stitch is a storytelling experience that celebrates Mandurah Mums in all their imperfections, challenges and triumphs.

  • Dates:7th, 8th, 14th,15th May
  • Time(s):5.00pm
  • Venue:Mandurah Performing Arts Centre

Details

  • Type:Community
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Accessibility:https://www.manpac.com.au/accessibility-features/
  • Hosted By:Mandurah Performing Arts Centre
  • Ticket Price:$25.00

Description

A cross section of people from the community are interviewed, ranging in age, experience and background. These interviews are edited and presented as “Headphone Verbatim” (meaning the actor wears headphones and delivers the text as they hear them, live, without embellishment). Each story is live scored by our band Kettlefish, with an original and unique musical response. The work is intimate; performed in galleries, foyers and community spaces. We invite the audience into the space with toast and tea (we bake fresh bread for each show in the space) so the atmosphere is warm and welcoming. At the end of each show we invite the audience to write an anonymous letter to their own mum that we display in the space. That way, the space and set are continually built as more people engage with it.

The Sapphires

The Sapphires is a multiple award-winning musical play and film that is coming to the Esperance Civic Centre... for the first time.

  • Dates:May 17,May 17
  • Time(s):7.30pm,7.30pm
  • Venue:Esperance Civic Centre,Esperance Civic Centre

Details

  • Performing Arts:Theatre,Musicals
  • Hosted By:Esperance Civic Centre,Esperance Civic Centre
  • Ticket Price:$17.50 - $39.50

Description

Four young Aboriginal women from regional Australia, who like singing country music, suddenly get the chance to change their tune and their lives. Wearing sequins, armed only with microphones they find themselves trying to spread joy in the hell that is the Vietnam War. The Sapphires is a funny, heart-warming tale inspired by the true story of four Yorta Yorta Women, who sing classic soul hits against the backdrop of personal change and massive social upheaval. It is an energetic, fun, and engaging play that affirms life and the realization of dreams.

Caress/Ache

3rd Year Acting students performing the award-winning Australian playwright Suzie Miller’s Caress/Ache at Roundhouse Theatre.

  • Dates:Jun 9 - 11, 13 - 15
  • Time(s):7.30pm, Sat Jun 11, 2.00pm
  • Venue:Roundhouse Theatre

Details

  • Event Venue:Roundhouse Theatre
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$30 - $37
  • Produced By:WAAPA

Description

To touch or not to touch. A brilliant surgeon can no longer bear to touch the living. Two voices connect fleetingly over the phone. A desperate mother begs to embrace her son one last time. A young woman seeks atonement. Disparate lives interweave, intersect, collide and connect in the most unexpected of ways in award-winning Australian playwright Suzie Miller’s ode to human contact. “A compelling, fascinating and troubling work...” – Stage Noise Written by: Suzie Miller Directed by: Sandie Eldridge Performed by: 3rd Year Acting students Contains: Adult themes and violence; ages 15+

Mack & Mabel

Based on an idea by Leonard Spigelgass Book by Michael Stewart, WAAPA Music Theatre and Music students are taking the stage.

  • Dates:Jun 10, 11, 13, 14, 15 & 16
  • Time(s):7.30pm, Sat matinee 2.00pm, Wed matinee 2.00pm
  • Venue:His Majesty's Theatre

Details

  • Event Venue:His Majesty's Theatre
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$69 - $76
  • Produced By:WAAPA

Description

Jerry Herman, the award-winning composer and lyricist of Broadway hits Hello, Dolly!, Mame and La Cage aux Folles, takes the tumultuous real-life relationship between Hollywood silent movie director Mack Sennett and his star Mabel Normand and turns it into a classic musical studded with brilliant songs such as Time Heals Everything, I Won’t Send Roses, Wherever He Ain’t and Look What Happened to Mabel. Director: Crispin Taylor Music Director: Tim Cunniffe Choreographer: Jayne Smeulders Performed by: Music Theatre and Music students “A fascinating true story set in a rich milieu, a bounty of complicated characters, and a score that is among the best in musical theatre history.” – Stage Left *Contains: Mild adult themes; ages 12+

My Fair Lady

My Fair Lady commences at the Regal Theatre Subiaco June 29th - July 2nd

  • Dates:June 29th - July 2nd
  • Time(s):7:30pm every night and also 2:00pm on July 2nd
  • Venue:The Regal Theatre

Details

  • Event Venue:Regal Theatre
  • Performing Arts:Theatre,Musicals
  • Hosted By:Regal Theatre
  • Ticket Price:$40-$45

Description

'My Fair Lady' by Lerner and Loewe tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a “proper lady.” Travel on this journey of transformation to find out who is really transformed with numbers such as Wouldn’t it be Luverly, The Rain in Spain, Get Me To The Church on Time, and the stunning Ascot Gavotte along with many others. Not seen in Perth for 10 years My Fair Lady is proudly brought to you by Alexandra Theatre. Directed by Natalee Graveson, assisted by Luke van der Beeke with Musical Direction by Taui Pinker and Madeleine Innes and stunning choreography by Chloe Palliser book your tickets now for an evening of sheer enjoyment.

Yirra Yaarnz

Yirra Yaarnz 2022 will continue during NAIDOC Week celebrations, with a focus on storytelling, new works, new writers and new voices.

  • Dates:July 8 & 9
  • Venue:WA Museum

Details

  • Produced By:Yirra Yaakin
  • Type:Aboriginal,Community
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Hosted By:Yirra Yaakin

Description

A play reading program developed from selected members of the Yirra Yaakin Writers’ Group, followed by a Q & A session, that will also be live-streamed into selected partner organisations, showcasing the importance of storytelling & playwriting as it relates to Aboriginal culture

Cicada

Barking Gecko Theatre’s new adaptation brings master-storyteller Shaun Tan’s much-loved Cicada to life on the stage with exquisite puppetry and visual storytelling by some of WA’s leading theatre-makers.

  • Dates:Jul 9 - 16
  • Time(s):Matinee & evening shows available across the season
  • Venue:Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre of WA

Details

  • Event Venue:Studio Underground
  • Produced By:Barking Gecko
  • Type:Community,Kids
  • Performing Arts:Theatre,Puppetry
  • Ticket Price:$30 - $40
  • Hosted By:Barking Gecko

Description

Cicada tell story. Story Good. Story simple. Story even human can understand. Tok! Tok! Tok! So begins the story of a dutiful cicada who works away in a grey office year after year. Overlooked and unappreciated by his co-workers, Cicada weaves a dream of escape, keeping his secrets hidden until the day something truly extraordinary begins to happen… Winner of the Children’s Book Council Award for Best Picture Book in 2019, this new adaptation brings master-storyteller Shaun Tan’s much-loved Cicada to life on the stage with exquisite puppetry and visual storytelling by some of WA’s leading theatre-makers. A small story of epic proportions, Cicada is an enchanting tale of difference, resilience and the light we all have inside ourselves. After its Perth premiere, Cicada will hit the road for regional WA. To book or for more information about Cicada, school matinee performances and other Barking Gecko Theatre productions and workshops visit www.barkinggecko.com.au or email [email protected]

The Glass Menagerie

An iconic, timeless family drama.

  • Dates:Aug 2 – 21
  • Venue:His Majesty's Theatre

Details

  • Event Venue:His Majesty's Theatre
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Hosted By:Black Swan State Theatre Company of WA
  • Ticket Price:$30 – $129
  • Produced By:Black Swan State Theatre Company

Description

Winner of the New York Drama Critic’s Circle award for Best American Play, The Glass Menagerie is the timeless family drama that thrust Tennessee Williams into the international spotlight. Amanda Wingfield only wants the best for her two children, Tom and Laura. With her socialite adolescence behind her, Amanda puts all her energies into pushing her children up the social and financial ladder from which she has fallen. Shadowed by the absence of a father, they struggle to break free from their mother’s imposing ways. Clare Watson (York, The Torrents) exquisitely directs Tennessee Williams’ most vulnerable and semi-autobiographical play. Fuelled by pity and duty, burdened by love and hate, the Wingfields are one of theatre’s most iconic and heartbreakingly real families. This tour de force performance by much loved Mandy McElhinney (Wakefield, Love Child, Paper Giants) is your grand night out at the theatre.