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Theatre & Musicals in Perth and WA

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.

Guides


Pop-Up Globe

Pop-up Globe, the world’s first full-scale temporary working replica of Shakespeare’s theatre, the second Globe, is finally coming to Perth.

  • Dates:Oct 5 - Nov 24
  • Time(s):Session Times Vary
  • Venue:Crown Perth

Details

  • Hosted By:Pop-Up Globe and Crown Perth
  • Venue Address:Great Eastern Hwy, Burswood WA 6100
  • Ticket Price FROM:$10
  • Ticket price TO:$159.90
  • Type:Performing Arts
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly
  • Event Venue:Crown Theatre Perth
  • Performing Arts:Theatre

Description

Pop-up Globe, the world’s first full-scale temporary working replica of Shakespeare’s theatre, the second Globe, is finally coming to Perth.

After performing to 550,000 people in just two and half years, Pop-up Globe will pop up at Crown Perth from 5 October 2019 (for 6 weeks only!) and present an epic festival of Shakespeare unlike anything Perth has ever seen.

This isn’t dusty old Shakespeare – it is bawdy, hilarious, brutal and blood-soaked. This is Shakespeare alive, like a party.

Experience a festival four of Shakespeare’s most spectacular masterworks – Hamlet, A Midsummer Nights’ Dream, Measure for Measure, and Twelfth Night – complete with stunning costumes, elaborate sets, special effects, and litres of blood.

Pop-up Globe’s Perth season is limited. It will pop up, be amazing, then pop down.

Book for one, two or all four plays. The game’s afoot…

The Book Of Mormon

This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent on a mission to a place that’s about as far from Salt Lake City as you can get.

  • Dates:Sep 3 - Oct 13
  • Time(s):2pm & 7:30pm
  • Venue:Crown Theatre

Details

  • Venue Address:Great Eastern Highway Burswood
  • Ticket Price:From $60
  • Type:Performing Arts
  • Audience:Adults,Wheelchair Access
  • Performing Arts:Musicals,Theatre

Description

The New York Times calls it “the best musical of this century.” The Washington Post says, “It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals.”

And Entertainment Weekly says, “Grade A: the funniest musical of all time.” It’s The Book of Mormon, the nine-time Tony Award®-winning Best Musical.

Now with sold out productions in London, on Broadway, North America, Melbourne and Sydney, The Book of Mormon has truly become an international sensation.

See more info at: https://www.crownperth.com.au/entertainment/crown-theatre/the-book-of-mormon

The Corpse Bachelorette

Ratings are plummeting, and TV Producers Good and Nacht have tried every twist in the book to keep TV sensation "The Bachelorette" on the air.

  • Dates:Oct 3 to 5
  • Time(s):Opens 7:30pm
  • Venue:The Dolphin Theatre

Details

  • Venue Address:35 Stirling Highway, Crawley 6009
  • Ticket Price FROM:$16
  • Ticket price TO:$18
  • Type:Performing Arts
  • Audience:Adults
  • Produced By:UWA: University of Western Australia
  • Event Venue:Dolphin Theatre,UWA
  • Performing Arts:Theatre

Description

Enter Ada, a 200-year-old ghost looking for love and just the thing this reality show needs. Ada always dreamed of marrying her perfect match, and when she's resurrected and cast as next season's Bachelorette it looks like she'll finally get her chance. But as the show goes on and the barrier between the worlds of the living and dead crumble, Ada feels herself coming apart in every way imaginable.

Can Ada keep it together long enough to find true love? Will this new twist increase ratings enough to keep the show on the air? And will they decide to go with black roses or dead roses? Find out in “The Corpse Bachelorette"

This performance contains swearing, adult themes and the use of haze, and is suitable for ages 15+. Please note this performance will be recorded and will be made available to the public. No flash photography or personal recording devices are permitted.

 

AWESOME International Art Festival

The AWESOME International Arts Festival for Bright Young Things presents a multi-artform program including theatre, dance, visual arts, literature and creative workshops.

  • Dates:Oct 5 - 18
  • Venue:Perth Cultural Centre

Details

  • Hosted By:AWESOME
  • Venue Address:Francis Street and, William St, Northbridge WA 6003
  • Type:Festivals,Youth Art / Performance
  • Audience:Family-Friendly,For toddlers 0-3,For kids 4-12
  • Performing Arts:Dance,Theatre
  • Visual Arts:Craft,Youth

Description

About the Company:

AWESOME Arts is a not-for-profit contemporary arts company for young people. AWESOME aims to engage with young people under 12 through exciting, inspiring, accessible and challenging arts activities and programs. Based in the Perth Cultural Centre, AWESOME presents the annual AWESOME Festival, the Creative Challenge and other Special Programs.

About the AWESOME Festival:

AWESOME Arts Australia presents the annual: AWESOME International Arts Festival for Bright Young Things. The Festival includes a spectacular array of events from theatre to dance, early childhood activities, music, film and hands-on crafts. We offer fun, layered programming for children aged 0-12 and their families.

The 2019 AWESOME Festival will take place on the following dates:

General Public:

5 – 11 October – Perth Cultural Centre
12 & 13 October – UWA

School Excursions:

15 – 18 October – Perth Cultural Centre 

Education:

AWESOME Arts offer a fantastic tour and excursion program exclusively for schools every year during the first week of Term 4. There is always a variety of school programs which include teaching resources and class room activities associated with the Festival program and WA curriculum linked. If you are a teacher you can email [email protected] to receive a copy of our teachers handbook.

ASD Guide:

AWESOME Arts continues to partner with DADAA (Disability in the Arts, Disadvantage in the Arts Australia) to deliver special navigational guides linked to our Festival program. We develop the ASD guide each year in order to help families make the most of their AWESOME experience.
 


 

 

Birdland

From the Olivier Award-winning writer comes this funny, sad and compelling satire of fame, celebrity and stardom in the 21st century.

  • Dates:Oct 11 - 17
  • Venue:The Edith Spiegeltent

Details

  • Ticket Price:$26 concession/ friends, $32 general
  • Venue Address:Between Buildings 1 and 5, Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Type:Performing Arts
  • Audience:Family-Friendly
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Ticket Price FROM:$26
  • Ticket price TO:$32
  • Event Venue:The Edith Spiegeltent

Description

Written by: Simon Stephens
Director: Andrew Lewis
Performed by: 3rd Year Acting students

What's the price of mega-fame and limitless money? Rock star Paul is on the final week of his sold-out world tour – and on the verge of cracking up. He's made a Faustian pact with fame, shifting from capricious arrogance to destructive venom as his life spirals out of control. From the Olivier Award-winning writer of the West End hit, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, comes this funny, sad and compelling satire of fame, celebrity and stardom in the 21st century.

Join us for a post-show discussion on Tuesday, 15 October 2019.


Performance dates
11th Oct 7:30pm,  12th Oct 2:00pm,  12th Oct 7:30pm,  14th Oct 7:30pm,  15th Oct 7:30pm,  16th Oct 7:30pm, 17th Oct 7:30pm

Ticketing information
$32 - Full
$26 - Concession/Friends

Bookings open
10th Sep - Friends
17th Sep - Public

Photo by Jon Green

The Hope Fault

A compelling acting performance by the talented WAAPA students.

  • Dates:Oct 11 - 17
  • Venue:Enright Studio

Details

  • Ticket Price:$26 concession/ friends, $32 general
  • Venue Address:1.241, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Type:Performing Arts
  • Audience:Family-Friendly
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Event Venue:Enright Studio

Description

Based on the Novel by: Tracy Farr
Stage adaptation and Directed by: Andrew Hale
Performed by: 2nd Year Acting students

Iris's family – her ex-husband with his new wife and baby; her son, and her best friend's daughter – gather to pack up their holiday house. They are there for one last time, one last weekend, and one last party – but in the course of this weekend, their connections will be affirmed, and their frailties and secrets revealed. Adapted from Tracy Farr's novel and directed by local actor/writer/director Andrew Hale, The Hope Fault is a story about familial connections and fault lines, and why the debris of a well-lived life matters.

WAAPA in conjunction with the Minderoo Foundation and Fremantle Press proudly presents the premiere of this riveting new Western Australian play.

Join us for a post-show discussion on Wednesday, 16 October 2019.

Performance dates

11th Oct 7:30pm,  12th Oct 2:00pm,  12th Oct 7:30pm,  14th Oct 7:30pm,  15th Oct 7:30pm,  16th Oct 7:30pm,  17th Oct 7:30pm

Ticketing information
$32 - Full
$26 - Concession/Friends

Bookings open
10th Sep - Friends
17th Sep - Public

Photo by Jon Green

Cry Baby

This energetic and youthful musical produced by WAAPA is an adorable representation of teen life in the 1950s.

  • Dates:Oct 12 & 14 - 19
  • Venue:Roundhouse Theatre

Details

  • Venue Address:2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Type:Performing Arts
  • Audience:Family-Friendly
  • Performing Arts:Musicals,Theatre
  • Event Venue:Roundhouse Theatre

Description

Book by: Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan
Music and Lyrics by: David Javerbaum and Adam Schlesinger
Director: Chris Parker
Choreographer: Bernie Bernard
Performed by : 2nd Year Music Theatre students

This jumping, jiving rockabilly musical from John Waters Hairspray is a rebellious teen comedy about 1950s bad-boy Wade 'Cry-Baby' Walker and his good-girl love, Allison. In  a world of stuffy social codes, family secrets and puritanical values, can these two ever be happy together? Based on Waters' 1990 cult-classic film of the same name starring Johnny Depp, Cry-Baby is witty, wacky and exuberantly endearing.

 
Performance dates
12th Oct 7:30pm,  14th Oct 7:30pm,  15th Oct 7:30pm,  16th Oct 7:30pm,  17th Oct 7:30pm,  18th Oct 7:30pm, 
 19th Oct 2pm, 19th Oct 7:30pm
 
Ticketing information
$43 - Full
$37 - Concession/Friends
 
Bookings open
10th Sep - Friends
17th Sep - Public

Ice Land: A Hip h’Opera

Fractured like shards, Cole, Carly and Joy must fight the demons of their past to reclaim their future, but it's not easy to leave behind the crystal meth plains of Ice Land.

  • Dates:Oct 15 – 26
  • Time(s):Evening shows 7.30pm; Sat matinee 2pm
  • Venue:Subiaco Arts Centre

Details

  • Hosted By:Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company
  • Venue Address:180 Hamersley Road, Subiaco WA 6008
  • Ticket Price:$30
  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events,Performing Arts
  • Audience:Adults,Wheelchair Access
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Music:Other Music
  • Produced By:Yirra Yaakin

Description

With the flow of jazz, the soul of blues, the energy of electro and the power of funk, Ice Land: A Hip h’Opera uses the language of hip hop to tackle a tough issue currently affecting our society – the plague of methamphetamine use.

Meth has torn apart many areas of our community without prejudice towards gender, age, race, class, income status or religion. Yirra Yaakin has gathered powerful testimonials from users, carers, family members and many others to piece together a full-length contemporary theatre performance using hip hop as the key musical and philosophical drive. Join us as we explore the journey of Ice addiction in all its states, including happiness, invincibility and clarity, through to despair, fear, psychosis and, ultimately, the breakdown of our communities – their ruin.

Alongside a team that boasts some of Western Australia’s best artists, including Australian hip hop kings Downsyde, WA hip hop queen Layla, multi-disciplinary performer, musician and singer Moana Mayatrix of MOANA, and solo hip hop maestro TROOTH, we explore a very timely subject and ultimately ask the question: if meth use continues to escalate within our communities, what is going to happen to our society as a whole?

This production contains coarse language, drug references and adult themes. It is recommended for patrons aged 16+.

And the first time I was very much afraid

And the first time I was very much afraid is presented by the City of Perth and WAAPA.

  • Dates:Oct 16 - 19
  • Time(s):7.30pm

Details

  • Hosted By:City of Perth & WAAPA
  • Venue Address:2 Wellington Street, East Perth WA 6004
  • Ticket Price:$25
  • Type:Performing Arts
  • Audience:Adults
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Performing Arts:Dance,Theatre

Description

This (title) is a quote by Joan of Arc. She is known for bravery and courage and this show is interested in ideas of vulnerability and change. For this piece with WAAPA, students will explore moments of crises, transitions, transformations, and this is related to the fate of the building, the young students who attended the school, and the students making the performance. Tan will approach the site as a palimpsest [aboriginal land, graveyard, school, traffic police branch etc], and draw from a variety of historical and literary sources, archival material and students' personal lives to devise the piece.

Two Canaries

Like the birds in coal mines of long-ago, melting Polar Regions and shrinking islands are harbingers of an enormous threat. It has happened. It’s already here.

  • Dates:Sep 10 - 28
  • Venue:Blue Room Theatre
  • Time(s):8.30pm (Sep 10 - 21), 7.00pm (Sep 24 - 28)

Details

  • Hosted By:Blue Room Theatre
  • Venue Address:53 James St, Northbridge WA 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$20
  • Ticket price TO:$30
  • Type:Performing Arts
  • Audience:Adults,For teens 13-17,For seniors,Wheelchair Access
  • Performing Arts:Theatre

Description

Two Canaries invites you on an expedition into the known world of climate change – as you haven’t known it before. Journey with our canaries from Arctic ice to golden Australian sun, in a unique blend of the personal, the poetic, and the ridiculous.

With a stage full of water and a score of live voice and violin, we’re seeking a real sense of hope in the face stark realities. This is a quiet requiem for a melting world, and a love-song for our future one.

Two Canaries

Two Canaries is a requiem for our melting world, and a love song for our future one.

  • Dates:Sep 10 – 28
  • Time(s):8:30PM. Tue 10 Sep – Sat 21 Sep | 7:00PM. Tue 24 Sep – Sat 28 Sep
  • Venue:The Blue Room Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:The Blue Room Theatre and Alexa Taylor
  • Venue Address:53 James Street Northbridge WA 6003
  • Ticket Price FROM:$20
  • Ticket price TO:$30
  • Type:Performing Arts
  • Audience:Adults,For teens 13-17,For seniors,Wheelchair Access
  • Performing Arts:Theatre

Description

Two Canaries is a requiem for our melting world, and a love song for our future one.

Inspired by the canaries in coal mines long ago, whose deaths signalled a rising threat to underground miners, this post-dramatic performance piece turns our attention to areas of the world where the threat of climate change is no longer a future possibility, but a lived reality.

With a stage full of water, walls covered with projections and a score of live voice and violin, we’re seeking a real sense of hope in the face stark realities.

Journey with the canaries from Arctic ice to golden Australian sun, in a unique blend of the personal, the poetic, and the ridiculous.

The Nightwatchman

Memory and nostalgia are key elements of The Nightwatchman at Melville Theatre, as three people move into a new chapter of their lives.

  • Dates:September 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28
  • Time(s):8pm September 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 & 28; 2pm September 22
  • Venue:Melville Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:Melville Theatre
  • Venue Address:393A Canning Highway, Palmyra
  • Ticket Price:$20, $15 concession
  • Ticket Price FROM:$15
  • Ticket price TO:$20
  • Type:Performing Arts
  • Performing Arts:Theatre

Description

MEMORY and nostalgia are key elements of The Nightwatchman at Melville Theatre, as three people move into a new chapter of their lives.

Written by Daniel Keene and directed by Siobhán O’Gara, the play follows a brother and sister as they return to their family home to help their now-blind father move into an elderly care facility.

As they assemble for a final supper to say goodbye to their family home, memories come flooding back and the family history is re-visited with resentments simmering against current tensions in their lives.

The Nightwatchman is a melancholy, poetic work that explores universal frustrations such as loneliness, old age, letting go, marital disappointment and loss,” O’Gara said.

“But through the father William, there is a strong sense of resilience that underpins it all.

“Each character has a different relationship with the past – the play is about saying goodbye, setting yourself and others free, and moving forward.”

O’Gara has a wealth of theatrical experience behind her, founding the Brisbane Irish Theatre Players in 1990, working with the Canberra Irish Community Theatre in the mid-90s.

Since moving west, she has worked with the Old Mill, KADS, Playlovers and Dolphin Theatres in a variety of roles, including director, stage manager and lighting and sound operator.

In 2007 and 2012, O’Gara received best director nominations for Necessary Targets and Parramatta Girls at the annual Finley Awards.

More recently, she has directed The Mozart Faction at Melville Theatre and Kate’s Story for Life on Hold Productions.

The Nightwatchman appealed because it’s a moving, poetic ode to the human spirit and the memories that define us,” O’Gara said.

“The play is as much about what we were, as it is about what we are now and will become.”

The Nightwatchman plays at 8pm September 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28 with a 2pm matinee on September 22. Tickets are $20, $15 concession – book on 9330 4565 or at www.meltheco.org.au.     

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

John & Jen

Love, loyalty and family are key themes in Stirling Theatre’s production of John & Jen – a musical featuring only two actors.

  • Dates:September 20-October 5
  • Time(s):8pm September 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, October 3, 4 and 5 with 2pm matinees September 22 and 29
  • Venue:Stirling Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:Stirling Theatre
  • Venue Address:Morris Place, Innaloo
  • Ticket Price:$25, $22 concession
  • Ticket Price FROM:$22
  • Ticket price TO:$25
  • Type:Performing Arts
  • Performing Arts:Musicals,Theatre

Description

LOVE, loyalty and family are key themes in Stirling Theatre’s production of John & Jen – a musical featuring only two actors.

Written by Andrew Lippa and Tom Greenwald and directed by Tyler Eldridge, the show is set in the ever-changing United States between 1950 and 1990 and focuses on Jen and her relationships with the two Johns in her life.

One is her younger brother, who was killed in Vietnam, and the other is her son trying to find his way.

Co-creator Andrew Lippa was previously responsible for The Addams Family stage musical.

“At its essence, John & Jen is a story about a sister and brother, followed by mother and son, all following Jen’s journey,” Tyler said.

“The challenge with the show is only having two actors to tell the story, meaning there is nowhere to hide.

“There are more than 20 time periods throughout John & Jen, so each actor needs to portray 20 different ages.

“The beautiful score makes up about 90 per cent of the show and it’s challenging to make a seamless flow of music and dialogue.”

Performing in the Hills area since he was a child, Tyler has more recently worked as a director and musical director with Roleystone, Blak Yak, Stirling and Playlovers Theatres on Little Shop of Horrors, First Date The Musical, Calvin Berger, Annie, Little Miss Sunshine and Ladies in Black.

In 2017, he was named best director of a youth production at the annual Finley Awards for Calvin Berger.

“When selecting something to direct, I’m drawn to family dramas because family is important to me,” Tyler said.

“I read the script for John & Jen many years ago and thought now was the time to mount it because the show is as relevant as ever.

“Having previously worked with the two actors that play John and Jen, I knew they would be perfect for the roles to tell the story.” 

John & Jen plays at 8pm September 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, October 3, 4 and 5 with 2pm matinees September 22 and 29. Tickets are $25, $22 concession – book through Morris News on 9446 9120 or at www.trybooking.com/ZGUY.

Stirling Theatre is on Morris Place, Innaloo.

Roald Dahl’s – The Twits

This comedy of rebellion and justice is a super high energy combination of storytelling, puppetry and physical theatre.

  • Dates:Sept 25
  • Time(s):5.30pm
  • Venue:BREC

Details

  • Hosted By:BREC
  • Venue Address:2 Blair Street, Bunbury WA 6230
  • Ticket Price:$26 +BF
  • Type:Youth Art / Performance
  • Audience:Family-Friendly,For kids 4-12,Wheelchair Access
  • Event Venue:Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Visual Arts:Youth

Description

Mr and Mrs Twit, two of the most terrible and disgusting people ever to have lived, haven’t had a good thought in years. They like nothing more than dreaming up terrible tricks to play on each other, eating hot bird pie and training Muggle-Wump the monkey for the Great Upside Down Monkey Circus.

The Twits is Roald Dahl in his purest form – unsentimental, grotesque and a lot of fun!

 

Post Show Q&A

Stay on after the show for a 10-minute Q&A session with the performers.

The Irresistible

'The Irresistible' is dark, creepy, mysterious and a little bit disturbing.

  • Dates:Sep 25
  • Time(s):7.00pm - 8.00pm
  • Venue:The Albany Entertainment Centre

Details

  • Venue Address:The Albany Entertainment Centre, 2 Toll Place, Albany WA 6330
  • Ticket Price FROM:$25
  • Ticket price TO:$35
  • Type:Performing Arts,Youth Art / Performance
  • Audience:Adults
  • Event Venue:Albany Entertainment Centre
  • Performing Arts:Theatre

Description

Desgined to throw audiences of guard, this unique play is filled with intrigue, mystery and everything in between. Described as posessing similarities to Stranger Things and Twin Peaks, the sci-fi undertones and memorable characters make this an unforgettable play. Treading a fine line between comedy and crisis, this play is definitely 'irresistable'.

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