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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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New Voices

Under the dramaturgical and mentoring guidance of Emele Ugavule and Chris Isaacs, this unique season presents brand new original short works by graduating 3rd year students from WAAPA’s acting program

  • Dates:May 27 - 29
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:His Majesty's Theatre Downstairs

Details

  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$20 - Full, $15 - Concession, $15 - Friends
  • Type:Youth Art / Performance
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:His Majesty's Theatre

Description

New writing, ranging in content from intimate storytelling, to dynamic physical theatre, this program draws on all elements of their training at one of Australia's most acclaimed performing arts training conservatoires. Expect short, sharp, contemporary reflections of who we are right now and who we could be years from now.

Almost, Maine

One of the most frequently produced plays in the US is the latest offering from Roleystone Theatre.

  • Dates:May 14, 15, 21 & 22
  • Time(s):7.30pm May 14, 15, 21 & 22; 5pm May 16
  • Venue:Roleystone Hall

Details

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

Description

Written by John Cariani and directed by Kristen Twynam-Perkins at Roleystone Hall, Almost, Maine is made up of several short plays exploring love and loss. The comedy for romantics is set in the mythical town of Almost in Maine, where different versions of love are all influenced by the magic of the northern lights. Almost, Maine premiered in Portland in 2004 where it broke box office records and gained critical acclaim before being adapted by the author into a book of the same name. Almost, Maine plays 7.30pm May 14, 15, 21 and 22 and 5pm May 16. Tickets are $20, $15 concession – book at www.trybooking.com/BQLOQ Roleystone Hall is at 44 Jarrah Road (corner of Wygonda Road), Roleystone.

An Unspeakable Triumph of Supreme Brilliance

Darlington Theatre Players will proudly present Don Zolidis' 'An Unspeakable Triumph of Supreme Brilliance'.

  • Dates:Apr 30 - May 15
  • Time(s):Evening Shows 7:30pm; Sun Matinee 2pm
  • Venue:Marloo Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:Darlington Theatre Players Inc.
  • Ticket Price:$22-25
  • Type:Community
  • Performing Arts:Theatre

Description

In the proud tradition of the 'play within a play' style of 'The Play That Goes Wrong' and 'Noises Off', the Darlington Theatre Players will proudly present Don Zolidis' 'An Unspeakable Triumph of Supreme Brilliance' as its second season of 2021. This madcap comedy is set in a Minnesotan Community Theatre where the ragtag Moss River Players get offered the chance to win ten million dollars. The catch? They must write a smash hit play in 12 hours. The pressure is on as their playwright begins to lose the plot, the actors go to war against…well, each other, the stage manager throws a hissy fit and the director attempts to hold the whole show together. With a rival theatre company breathing down their necks and a millionaire’s wife holding their fate in her hands, it is up to the Moss River Players to present ‘An Unspeakable Triumph of Supreme Brilliance’ at all costs. Playing 30 April to 15 May 2021.

Gecko Ensembles - Nedlands - Term 2

Gecko Ensembles are unique drama classes that help young people explore their imaginations and tap into their potential. It’s where self-expression leads to self-confidence.

  • Dates:Apr 24 - Jun 26
  • Time(s):Little Geckos - Saturday, 9.00am - 10.30am Junior Geckos - Saturday, 9.00am - 10.30am & 11.00am - 12.30pm Senior Geckos - Saturday, 11.00am - 1.00pm
  • Venue:The University of Western Australia

Details

  • Hosted By:Barking Gecko Theatre Company
  • Ticket Price:Enrolments from $250 - 390
  • Type:Workshops,Youth Art / Performance,For Kids
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Produced By:Barking Gecko
  • Event Venue:UWA

Description

As Western Australia’s leading theatre company making theatre for children and families, children are where our stories begin and end.

Little Geckos - Saturday, 9.00am - 10.30am

Junior Geckos - Saturday, 9.00am - 10.30am & 11.00am - 12.30pm

Senior Geckos - Saturday, 11.00am - 1.00pm

I and You by Lauren Gunderson

I and You is an ode to youth, life, love and the strange beauty of human connectedness. It burns with humanity amid a poetical call to arms for living your best life.

  • Dates:May 8 - 29
  • Venue:Burt Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:Theatre 180
  • Ticket Price:From $45.42
  • Performing Arts:Theatre

Description

From America’s most produced and popular living playwright, Lauren Gunderson, comes the WA premiere of the award-winning I and You. Caroline (Sophia Forrest) hasn’t been at school for months – sick at home, she’s trapped in her bedroom with only Facebook, Twitter and Insta for company. When classmate Anthony (Darius Williams) arrives unexpectedly, spouting Walt Whitman’s 'Leaves of Grass' and brandishing an unfinished English Lit project he urgently needs her help with, she is less than impressed and rejects this intrusion into her damaged life. As they come together and reveal themselves through Whitman’s electric poetry and over waffle fries, they discover a connection far deeper than either of them could ever have imagined. Directed by Kate Cherry.

Incognito

Put your thinking caps on and get ready for a real brainteaser as four actors play 21 characters in three interconnected stories.

  • Dates:May 7-22
  • Time(s):8pm May 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21 & 22; 2pm matinee May 16
  • Venue:Melville Theatre

Details

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

Description

Written by Nick Payne and directed by Brendan Ellis at Melville Theatre, Incognito explores the brain, memory and self and asks if our brains play games, tricking us to believe different things at various times. Three mysterious storylines involve the theft of Albert Einstein’s brain, a man who has lived the same day for 60 years and a modern woman who has come to a crossroads in the middle of her life. Incognito plays at 8pm May 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22 with a 2pm matinee May 16. Tickets are $23, $18 concession – book at www.TAZTix.com.au. Melville Theatre is at 393A Canning Highway (corner of Stock Road), Palmyra.

The Children by Lucy Kirkwood

A star cast examines with humour, hope and courage, what it means to take responsibility for your past and do something big for the future.

  • Dates:May 8 - 29
  • Venue:Burt Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:Theatre 180
  • Ticket Price:From $45.42
  • Performing Arts:Theatre

Description

How will we act, now, when the world seems to be ending? Three of Western Australia’s most cherished and revered actors join forces in a provocative new drama set to make its WA premiere at Burt Hall 8-29 May. Jenny Davis, Vivienne Garret and Andrew Lewis bring this powerful play to life to reflect on the big questions of responsibility and the impact of human activity on the planet. In an idyllic cottage on the British coast, two retired nuclear scientists, Hazel (Jenny Davis) and Robin (Andrew Lewis), are enjoying the quiet life. Apart from the electricity rationing, daily radiation warnings and coastal erosion, everything with them is fine. Around them however, the world is in chaos, with the fallout of a nuclear power plant meltdown threatening their very existence. When old friend and colleague Rose (Vivienne Garrett) arrives unexpectedly, their future and past lives collide as they debate the present and the challenges they face. Directed by Stuart Halusz.

The Summer of Our Lives

It was just an ordinary summer. But for the Johnson family, everything was about to change…

  • Dates:May 4 - 22
  • Time(s):8.30pm (Middle week shows 11th-15th 7.00pm show)
  • Venue:The Blue Room Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:Western Sky Projects
  • Ticket Price:$25 - $30
  • Type:Youth Art / Performance
  • Performing Arts:Musicals,Theatre,Comedy

Description

Things aren’t great for Arthur and Penelope. Their dad’s dead, the Cold War’s bumming everyone out, and their mum’s new boyfriend is a drip. A ‘family’ holiday to Dunsbridge is the last thing they want. But when an alien with mysterious powers crashes into their beach house, Penelope sees an opportunity to finally get what she wants – and take revenge on everyone who’s wronged them. A gleefully twisted mash up of E.T. and Mary Poppins, this coming-of-age schlockbuster asks what we really need to feel happy. A team of Perth’s favourite hit-makers brings this unhinged musical to life with puppets and preposterousness. With eighties-tastic songs that will lodge in your brain like a parasite, this big-hearted show promises even bigger laughs. Come for the ride and find out who survives… THE SUMMER OF OUR LIVES! “Razor-sharp and irresistible” (The West Australian – Dr Felicity Rickshaw’s Celebrity Sex Party) “Jaw-achingly funny.” (Perth Theatre Reviews – The Jones/Woods Holiday Special)

The Vicar of Dibley

The official stage adaptation of The Vicar of Dibley makes its West Australian debut at the Koorliny Arts Centre this May.

  • Dates:May 14-22
  • Time(s):7.30pm May 14, 15, 21 & 22; 2pm May 15 & 22
  • Venue:Koorliny Arts Centre

Details

  • Hosted By:Laughing Horse Productions
  • Ticket Price:$25, $23 concession
  • Performing Arts:Theatre

Description

The official stage adaptation of The Vicar of Dibley makes its West Australian debut at the Koorliny Arts Centre this May. Adapted by Ian Gower and Paul Carpenter from the original 1990s TV series by Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer, the script spans the first two seasons with some later references thrown in. The story follows the arrival and adventures of a new female vicar in a small English country town, finishing with the wedding of Hugo and Alice. Kelly Salathiel is directing the show for Laughing Horse Productions. The Vicar of Dibley plays 7.30pm May 14, 15, 21 and 22 with 2pm matinees May 15 and 22. Tickets are $25, $23 concession – book at https://koorliny.com.au/the-vicar-of-dibley/ The Koorliny Arts Centre is at 10 Hutchins Way, Kwinana.

To Kill A Mockingbird

Harper Lee’s masterpiece To Kill A Mockingbird is being brought to life on the Stirling Theatre stage.

  • Dates:May 1-15
  • Time(s):8pm May 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 & 15; 2pm May 2 & 9
  • Venue:Stirling Theatre

Details

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

Description

Adapted by Christopher Sergel and directed by Jane Sherwood, the Pulitzer Prize-winner is set during the Great Depression in a sleepy Alabama town where Scout and her brother Jem live with their widowed father Atticus Finch. When a young black man is accused of a terrible crime, Atticus defends the man in a trial that sends violent waves through the community. To Kill A Mockingbird plays at 8pm May 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 and 15 with 2pm matinees May 2 and 9. Tickets are $22, $20 concession – book at www.trybooking.com/BNULQ Stirling Theatre is on Morris Place, Innaloo.

YUCK Circus - Murchison

A 6-strong crew of elite acrobatic gals, ready to flip off double-standards and kick art in the face. They’re not lightly throwing around women’s issues - they’re literally throwing women!

  • Dates:May 15
  • Time(s):Doors open 5pm | Performance starts 6pm
  • Venue:Murchison Community Centre

Details

  • Performing Arts:Circus,Comedy,Theatre
  • Type:Community
  • Hosted By:Shire of Murchison
  • Ticket Price:$20

Description

Hitting the road this May, multi-award winning YUCK Circus are championing the female voice and having a bloody great time doing it with Regional Arts WA and Act Belong Commit's latest Lotterywest Shows on the Go tour. YUCK Circus is a 6-strong crew of elite acrobatic gals, ready to flip off double-standards and kick art in the face. They're not lightly throwing around women's issues-they're literally throwing women! Let's get into the grit of it: they're coming for your 'female standards' and rough Aussie norms. Their award-winning Western Australian company of circus chicks are tackling the uncomfortable through dance, circus, and beaut comedic timing. YUCK is fun for the faint hearted, the strong willed and the everyday battler. YUCK's here to show the humour of the trials and tribulations of what it's like to be a young woman growing up in Australia. But don't get them wrong, this isn't a girls-only, no boys allowed show. They made this content relatable through comedy gold and crazy flips, so that even Dazza from down the road will have a good time.

MoR

Enter the circle, breathe in the incense and spice, be enveloped by the loving embrace of MoR: an exploration of brown motherhood through the eyes of the migrant daughter.

  • Dates:May 18 - Jun 5
  • Time(s):7:00pm
  • Venue:The Blue Room Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:Third Culture Kids
  • Ticket Price:$25-30
  • Performing Arts:Theatre

Description

An ode to migrant motherhood. Science experiments meet spoken word poetry, as Dureshawar Khan weaves a rich tapestry of experiences punctuating the journey of brown womanhood and the lessons lovingly passed down from mother to daughter. Told in both English and Pashto, MoR is a love letter to every person we’ve ever called mum.

YUCK Circus - York

A 6-strong crew of elite acrobatic gals, ready to flip off double-standards and kick art in the face. They’re not lightly throwing around women’s issues - they’re literally throwing women!

  • Dates:May 19
  • Time(s):6pm
  • Venue:York Indoor Basketball Stadium

Details

  • Performing Arts:Circus,Comedy,Theatre
  • Type:Community,Free
  • Hosted By:York Community Resource Centre Inc.
  • Ticket Price:Free

Description

Hitting the road this May, multi-award winning YUCK Circus are championing the female voice and having a bloody great time doing it with Regional Arts WA and Act Belong Commit's latest Lotterywest Shows on the Go tour. YUCK Circus is a 6-strong crew of elite acrobatic gals, ready to flip off double-standards and kick art in the face. They're not lightly throwing around women's issues-they're literally throwing women! Let's get into the grit of it: they're coming for your 'female standards' and rough Aussie norms. Their award-winning Western Australian company of circus chicks are tackling the uncomfortable through dance, circus, and beaut comedic timing. YUCK is fun for the faint hearted, the strong willed and the everyday battler. YUCK's here to show the humour of the trials and tribulations of what it's like to be a young woman growing up in Australia. But don't get them wrong, this isn't a girls-only, no boys allowed show. They made this content relatable through comedy gold and crazy flips, so that even Dazza from down the road will have a good time.

Darkfield's COMA

COMA, the third installation of the highly acclaimed multi-sensory series, DARKFIELD, invites participants to slip into a collective dream state.

  • Dates:May 20 - June 20, every night except Monday
  • Time(s):Every half-hour from 6:15pm until 8:45pm
  • Venue:Perth Cultural Centre

Details

  • Hosted By:Realscape Productions
  • Performing Arts:Theatre

Description

COMA is set in a 40ft sea-container, each wall lined with bunk beds. Audience members lie down in a bed, each becoming separated from their counterparts. Alone in the darkness, the multi-sensory elements engulf each participant, suggestive of the show’s own namesake. Imagine the moment of waking up is actually the moment when your dream begins. In light of this new and strange reality, how can we save you from the unspeakable horrors which lurk in the dark recesses of your mind? The only cure we offer is a placebo and a promise. Please remember when you leave, to take your body with you. The setting is clinical and reminiscent of a hospital ward, and despite being created prior to COVID-19, it becomes more relevant and confronting now that the pandemic is ever-present. As with all Darkfield experiences, a strange world is built from 360 degree binaural sound that perplexes the senses, deepening the immersion by casting doubt on what is real and what is imagined. Loss of vision heightens the remaining senses, making them vulnerable to manipulation.

Darkfield's FLIGHT

Using Darkfield’s signature 360 degree sound and absolute darkness, FLIGHT jolts participants between this world and alternates.

  • Dates:May 20 - June 20, every night except Monday
  • Time(s):Every half-hour from 6pm until 9pm
  • Venue:Perth Cultural Centre

Details

  • Hosted By:Realscape Productions
  • Performing Arts:Theatre

Description

FLIGHT explores the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics and how this conveniently tells us how to avoid the worst case scenarios that we all fear. Ladies and gentlemen, we’d like to direct your attention to the on-board safety demonstration and ask that you give us your full attention. There are many worlds in which this plane lands safely.