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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.

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Guides


Hecate

In a world where the Noongar language is spoken by all, a yarn about a Scottish king is retold.

  • Dates:Feb 5 - 16
  • Time(s):Tue – Fri 7.30pm | Sat 8 Feb 2pm | Sat 15 Feb 2pm & 7.30pm | Sun 6pm
  • Venue:Subiaco Arts Centre
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Festival
  • Venue Address:Subiaco Arts Centre, 180 Hamersley Rd, Subiaco WA 6008
  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events,Performing Arts
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For kids 4-12,For teens 13-17,For seniors
  • Event Venue:Subiaco Arts Centre
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Ticket Price FROM:$25
  • Ticket price TO:$69
  • Produced By:Yirra Yaakin

Description

'Great business must be wrought ‘ere … boodjar baal waaliny.'

Hecate, queen of the witches, is usually omitted from productions of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Here, she is at the heart of everything, watching as Macbeth strives toward power at any cost, all the while knowing that order must be restored; that Country always trumps human ambition and greed.

In 1833 colonist Robert Menli Lyon wrote in reference to Noongar people that ‘the whole of each tribe are bards’. This world premiere event puts those words to the test. Having spent years studying and reclaiming their endangered Noongar language, a star ensemble use this audacious adaptation as a springboard to showcase its poetic and expressive qualities.

Join us for Australia's first large-scale Shakespeare production entirely in Noongar language, the original language of the south west of Western Australia, as conceived by Kyle J Morrison. Adapted and directed by Kylie Bracknell [Kaarljilba Kaardn]. 

A post-show Q&A will take place after the show on Feb 11 and a schools performance will take place on Feb 12.

Hecate is presented by Yirra Yaakin Theatry Company, Bell Shakespeare and Perth Festival. 

The Little Prince

The Little Prince Adapted from the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

  • Dates:Jan 13 - Feb 1
  • Time(s):Daily; 10.00 am - 11.00 am, 01.00 pm - 02.00 pm
  • Venue:Spare Parts Puppet Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:Spare Parts Puppet Theatre
  • Venue Address:Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, 1 Short Street, Fremantle, WA, 6040
  • Ticket Price:$25.00 - $23.00
  • Ticket Price FROM:$25.00
  • Ticket price TO:$23.00
  • Type:Performing Arts
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For toddlers 0-3,For kids 4-12,For teens 13-17,For seniors,Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:Spare Parts Puppet Theatre
  • Performing Arts:Puppetry,Theatre
  • Music:Other Music
  • Visual Arts:Other Visual Arts
  • Event Venue:Spare Parts Puppet Theatre

Description

Immerse yourself in the imagination of a child during the January school holidays with Spare Parts Puppet Theatre’s acclaimed production of The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. 

 

Saint-Exupéry’s exquisite tale tells the story of a curious prince who leaves his tiny planet for an adventure that reveals the essential things in life can only be discovered with the heart. For more than 70 years this timeless story has awakened the imagination of readers of all ages.

 

Duration: 45 mins

Perfect for 5+ but suitable for everyone!

 

Jan 13 – Feb 01
10am & 1pm daily 

No performances Sundays or public holidays.

 

Booking Essential 

Please visit www.sppt.asn.au or telephone 9335 5044

 

Ticket Prices 

General Admission: $25.00 (per ticket)
Groups of 4 or more: $24.00 (per ticket)

Groups of 10 or more: $23.00 (per ticket)

$3.95 booking fee applies

This Is Not Personal

Have you ever been tempted to tell the checkout-chick your life story? Are you being pestered about not seeming yourself lately? Ever been asked “R U OK” and didn’t know how to respond?

  • Dates:Jan 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 and Feb 1
  • Venue:PICA
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:PICA
  • Venue Address:51 James Street, Northbridge, WA, 6003
  • Ticket Price:$20
  • Type:Performing Arts
  • Audience:Adults
  • Produced By:PICA: Perth Institute of Contemporary Art
  • Event Venue:PICA
  • Performing Arts:Theatre

Description

Presented by PICA as part of FRINGE WORLD 2020

This is not personal invites you to create a personalised set of sign-cards to assist in times of difficulty. Led by WA artist Jen Jamieson, this intimate workshop performance invites a small group to share an hour together and develop responses to the challenges of life when your mental health is not helping you socialise.

Pairing personal reflection with social interaction and design aesthetics with the hand-made, This is not personal is an invitation to foster new ways of wellbeing and break down the barriers in talking about mental health.

Initial concept developed at KISS club 2019 with PICA and pvi collective.

Cirque Africa - The Regal Theatre

Following a sold-out season during Fringe 2019 Cirque Africa returns to Fringe World 2020 bigger and better than ever!

  • Dates:Jan 17 - 19, 23 - 25 & 29 - 31; Feb 1 - 2
  • Time(s):Evening shows: 5:00pm. Night shows: 7:00pm. Availability subject to date.
  • Venue:Regal Theatre
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:Fringe World
  • Venue Address:Regal Theatre, 474 Hay Street Subiaco WA 6008
  • Type:Performing Arts
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly
  • Event Venue:Regal Theatre
  • Performing Arts:Dance,Theatre,Circus
  • Ticket Price FROM:$36
  • Ticket price TO:$46

Description

Cirque Africa is back with a fresher, funkier, and bolder show in 2020! The show will challenge your imagination like no other and is sure to amaze all.
A 100% African cultural experience, Cirque Africa is a vibrant and highly entertaining blockbuster production that transports the audience to Africa through modern stage performance. The show features a world-renowned African troupe, performing feats of acrobatics, contortion, dancing, and music.
The 60-minute awe-inspiring show is highlighted with stunning colourful African costumes, humorous comedy, traditional and modern original music, and vibrant dance routines.

Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr Fox Live

Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox burrows west and arrives in Perth to delight and dazzle audiences of all ages these summer holidays.

  • Dates:Jan 22 - 26
  • Venue:Heath Ledger Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:shake & stir theatre co and QPAC
  • Venue Address:174-176 William St, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$34
  • Ticket price TO:$41
  • Type:Performing Arts
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For kids 4-12,For teens 13-17
  • Event Venue:State Theatre Centre of WA
  • Performing Arts:Theatre

Description

Proudly brought to you by multi-award-winning theatre company – shake & stir, Fantastic Mr Fox is “Jaw-droppingly brilliant.”

Following a smash-hit, sold out season in Brisbane, Mr Fox and his family, friends and foes leap off the page and around the stage in this mind-blowing, visually-stunning production.

No one outfoxes a fox, especially not the horrible and greedy farmers Boggis, Bunce and Bean – one fat, one short, one lean. But when they try, Mr Fox needs to save his family and friends and he’ll go to any lengths to outwit the mean humans.

Packed with Dahlicious mischief, hilarious mayhem and humongous belly laughs, Fantastic Mr Fox is unmissable theatre for all ages.

You’ve read the book and seen the movie – now chase your tail all the way to the theatre and experience this family classic from the wacky mind of the world’s No. 1 Storyteller live on stage.

You won’t believe your eyes.

“A masterpiece” - The Courier-Mail

“Jaw-droppingly brilliant” - Stage Whispers

Lipstuck

Experience an intimate queer kaleidoscope, fusing live alchemy, participatory performance, and verbatim storytelling.

  • Dates:28 Jan - 1 Feb
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
  • Venue Address:Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, 51 James Street, Northbridge WA 6003
  • Ticket Price FROM:$22
  • Ticket price TO:$26
  • Type:Performing Arts
  • Audience:Adults,Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:PICA: Perth Institute of Contemporary Art
  • Event Venue:PICA
  • Performing Arts:Theatre

Description

Eclectic experimental artist Daley King lays bare the stories behind the lip shade, sharing the engrossing anecdotes and fascinating insights of a diverse community of humans. Vividly dissecting the zeitgeist of lipstick, Lipstuck examines its history as both a tool of body politics and a weapon of oppression. A bright rainbow light in a black and white world, Lipstuck fights back against the binary and the systems that determine how you live your body and your life.

Praise for Daley King’s Hold Your Breath (Count To Ten).

“Daley delivers the audience into an almost euphoric state as we achieve a baptism into the world of self-acceptance. Four and a half stars” The Fourth Wall, 2018.

Initial concept developed at KISS club 2019 with PICA and pvi collective.

The Midnight Gang

A play based on David Walliams's novel 'The Midnight Gang'

  • Dates:Jan 28 - Feb 1
  • Venue:Heath Ledger Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:State Theatre Centre of WA
  • Venue Address:State Theatre Centre, 174-176 William Street, Perth, WA, 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$29
  • Ticket price TO:$36
  • Type:Performing Arts,Youth Art / Performance
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For teens 13-17,Wheelchair Access
  • Event Venue:State Theatre Centre of WA
  • Performing Arts:Theatre

Description

Maryam Master has will be bringing the imaginings of Walliam's novel to life at the Heath Ledger Theatre  in 2020. 

Twelve year old Tom unexpectedly finds himself lonely and lost in the children’s ward of St Crook's Hospital, away from his family and at the mercy of evil Matron.

Tom feels like he’ll never leave, but his fellow young patients have other ideas. They might be stuck in hospital, but their imaginations can take them anywhere as The Midnight Gang. Join them on a series of amazing journeys as they turn the hospital into the places they’ve always wanted to go and make dreams come true.

Slutdrop

Slutdrop is a personal performance-documentary from an ex-stripper.

  • Dates:Feb 4 -7
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
  • Venue Address:Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, 51 James Street, Northbridge WA 6003
  • Ticket Price FROM:$22
  • Ticket price TO:$26
  • Type:Performing Arts
  • Audience:Adults,Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:PICA: Perth Institute of Contemporary Art
  • Event Venue:PICA
  • Performing Arts:Theatre

Description

A strut in six-inch heels through movies, music and the media’s portrayal of what it means to work in the sex industry. Pop songs mix with periods in this intimate striptease that uncovers the industry’s secrets. Created and performed by Jacinta Larcombe, she recalls stories of change room talk and being told she reminds customers of a friend’s daughter.

Using drag, pie graphs and real stories from real strippers, Slutdrop uses Larcombe’s childlike visual art to create a larger-than-life experience. Think: Monica’s House from Playschool but set in the red-light district.

Peer behind the curtains in a story that bares all.

Bungul

A bungul is a ceremony, a meeting place of dance, song and ritual.

  • Dates:Feb 7, 8 & 9
  • Time(s):Feb 7 & 8 - 7pm | Feb 9 - 6.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Festival
  • Venue Address:Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$39
  • Ticket price TO:$89
  • Type:Performing Arts
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Performing Arts:Dance,Theatre

Description

Created on country in North East Arnhem Land with the Yunupinu family, Bungul is a ceremonial celebration of one of the transcendent albums of our time. You are invited into an immersive experience of the dances, songs, country and paintings that inspired Gurrumul’s award-winning final album, Djarrimirri (Child of the Rainbow), in a live performance by Yolngu dancers, songmen and the  West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

Senior Yolngu Don Wininba Ganambarr and Nigel Jamieson direct this majestic union of two disparate worlds. Bungul offers a unique window into the extraordinary power, understanding and beauty of Yolngu culture.

Anthem

The long-awaited follow-up to one of Australian theatre’s most acclaimed collaborations asks a bold question: does Australia share a dream and do we really sing with one voice?

  • Dates:Feb 12 - 16
  • Time(s):Wed – Sat 7pm | Sun 5pm | Duration 2hrs 20mins
  • Venue:Heath Ledger Theatre
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Festival
  • Venue Address:Heath Ledger Theatre, 174-176 William St, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$39
  • Ticket price TO:$89
  • Type:Performing Arts
  • Audience:Adults,Wheelchair Access
  • Event Venue:State Theatre Centre of WA
  • Performing Arts:Theatre

Description

Twenty-one years ago four playwrights and a composer came together to create Who’s Afraid of the Working Class?, a series of powerful interwoven vignettes that captured the zeitgeist of Australia in the 1990s. Now the same team reunites to take the pulse of our nation today.

A funny and ferocious portrait of a country unable to reconcile its past and uncertain of its future and political vision, Anthem turns up the volume on the everyday injustices we choose not to hear.

Black Ties

It's the biggest, blackest wedding ever and you're invited! Join a mob of Aunties, Uncles and cousins from both sides of the ditch in a hilarious and heart-warming immersive theatre experience.

  • Dates:Feb 13 - 16
  • Time(s):Feb 13 & 14 7.30pm, Feb 15 2pm & 7.30pm, Feb 16 6pm
  • Venue:Studio Underground
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Festival
  • Venue Address:Studio Underground, 178 William St, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price:$49
  • Type:Performing Arts
  • Audience:Adults,Wheelchair Access
  • Event Venue:Studio Underground
  • Performing Arts:Theatre

Description

BLACK TIES reimagines the popular wedding rom-com from a distinctively First Nations perspective. Created by a brilliant team of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Maori artists, featuring a peerless cast and set to a live score of Black anthems and wedding classics, this will be a party to remember. 

Tao Of Glass

Phelim McDermott is a master storyteller - a theatrical alchemist and spinner of yarns who has summoned this astonishingly original show about making a show.

  • Dates:Feb 19 - 23
  • Time(s):From 7:00pm to 9:20pm
  • Venue:Heath Ledger Theatre, State Theatre Centre of WA
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Festival
  • Venue Address:174 - 176 William Street, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$25
  • Ticket price TO:$89
  • Type:Performing Arts
  • Audience:Adults,Wheelchair Access
  • Event Venue:State Theatre Centre of WA
  • Performing Arts:Dance,Theatre
  • Music:Other Music

Description

Composer Phillip Glass and performer-director Phelim McDermott have worked together on acclaimed opera productions around the world. Now they have joined forces for their most personal collaboration yet.

Tao of Glass takes ten brand-new pieces by Phillip Glass and pairs them with ten meditations on life, death and Taoist wisdom performed by McDermott with an ensemble of musicians and puppeteers. The result is a warm, fun, and utterly compelling fusion of music, theatre, puppetry and philosophical musing held together by a highly-personal monologue about the nature of creativity, memory and personal identity. 

Part-concert, part-performance, Tao of Glass is a storytelling tapestry, soundtracked by Glass's mesmerising music and bursting with theatricality. 

Single Origin

Light up the room and let Robin Fox take you on a journey into the world of mechanically-induced synaesthetia with his incredible concerto and laser show.

  • Dates:Feb 21 & 22
  • Time(s):Doors open 6:00pm
  • Venue:The Rechabite Hall
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Festival
  • Venue Address:224 William Street, Northbridge WA 6003
  • Ticket Price FROM:$19
  • Ticket price TO:$29
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults,For teens 13-17
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Music:DJs,Gig Guide

Description

Renowned for making unique, expansive and intense sound worlds, Robin Fox blends his split audio-visual personality to compose a concerto for a laser beam. Single Origin is the third in a series of works for laser and sound that explore the possibilities of mechanically-induced synesthesia - a joining of senses where light may be heard and sound may be seen. 

Cloudstreet

Take a seat and join two of WA’s favourite families for a once-in-a-generation theatre event as Tim Winton’s award-winning novel Cloudstreet comes to life on stage.

  • Dates:Feb 21 - 22 & Feb 26 - Mar 1
  • Time(s):Wed – Sat 6pm | Sun 1 & 15 Mar 2pm | Sun 8 Mar 12pm
  • Venue:His Majesty's Theatre
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth festival
  • Venue Address:His Majesty's Theatre, 825 Hay St, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$89
  • Ticket price TO:$149
  • Type:Performing Arts
  • Audience:Adults,For teens 13-17,For seniors,Wheelchair Access
  • Event Venue:His Majesty's Theatre
  • Performing Arts:Theatre

Description

The Lambs and the Pickles are as contrasting as the Australia they inhabit. In post-war Perth they share an old house at No 1 Cloud Street that’s haunted by a dark history. Over the course of two decades their stories become entwined with those of our suburbs, our city and our river.

After breaking box office records in Melbourne, this iconic story born of our city is coming home. Directed by Perth's own Matthew Lutton and with a cast of Australia’s finest actors, Cloudstreet is an epic Festival experience packed full of hardship and heart.

MÁM

Following overwhelming success of Swan Lake (Lock na hEala), Teac Damsa returns to the Perth Festival with a rapturous new production - MÁM.

  • Dates:Feb 26 - 29
  • Time(s):Opens 7:30pm
  • Venue:Heath Ledger Theatre, State Theatre Centre of WA
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Festival
  • Venue Address:174 - 176 William Street, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$39
  • Ticket price TO:$89
  • Type:Performing Arts
  • Audience:Family-Friendly,Adults
  • Event Venue:State Theatre Centre of WA
  • Performing Arts:Theatre

Description

Around a single red-haired little girl, 12 dancers summon a whirlwind of myth and magic, moved by the collaborative music making of virtuoso Irish traditional concertina player Cormac Begley and European classical contemporary collective s t a r g a z e.

MÁM is international dance-theatre at it's finest, playfully and provocatively taking you on an otherworldly journey grounded in the untamed Earth of West Kerry in Ireland.

Watch in awe as tradition and innovation collide in '90 minutes of tirualised ecstasy' (The Irish Times).

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