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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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FIFO - Fit In Or F**k Off!

A tale of disintegration and hope in this fractured land, presented by Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company and Goolarri Media Enterprises.

  • Dates:Oct 20 - 24
  • Time(s):Fridays and Saturdays: 7:30pm; Weekdays 7:00pm.
  • Venue:Subiaco Arts Centre

Details

  • Hosted By:Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company
  • Venue Address:180 Hamersley Rd, Subiaco WA 6008
  • Ticket Price FROM:$26
  • Ticket price TO:$40
  • Produced By:Yirra Yaakin
  • Event Venue:Subiaco Arts Centre
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events

Description

The boom went bust, and now Jono’s in a desert mine site’s donga, trapped in debt and a lifestyle that is slowly strangling his liyarn. Jono’s wife Mary feels stuck in the high flying life of the lonely FIFO parent and has decided they’d be better off cutting their losses and moving home to Broome, close to family and her younger sister Janey. But the old neighbourhood, and her sister, ‘ain’t what they used to be’. Janey is locked in her house, sliding into stand-up comedic delusion as she awaits her FIFO husband Brad’s return. But where is Brad? And where’s their young daughter Katie? Something’s gotta give, but what will it take to stop the slide into the deepening pit that threatens to engulf them all?

 

In a country abundant with natural resources, mining is a way of life. This warm, tautly written drama pulls no punches as it explores the impact of mining on two Indigenous families, developed from extensive interviews with miners from across the country and lived experience of the writer. Starting in Broome with Goolarri Media’s Indigenous Writers program, and developing with the support of Yirra Yaakin, Playwriting AustraliaIlbijerri and Moogahlin’s Yellamundie First Nations Play Festival, FIFO – Fit In or F*ck Off! brings us an exciting new voice from the Kimberley, former FIFO worker Melody Dia.

Bambert's Book Of Lost Stories

This is the story of Bambert - an impossibly small man with an enormous love for writing.

  • Dates:Oct 31, Nov 7, 14 & 20
  • Venue:Octagon Theatre, UWA

Details

  • Hosted By:Barking Gecko Theatre
  • Venue Address:35 Stirling Highway
  • Ticket Price FROM:$20
  • Ticket price TO:$30
  • Produced By:Barking Gecko
  • Performing Arts:Theatre,Puppetry
  • Type:For Kids
  • Event Venue:Octagon Theatre,UWA

Description

Tucked away in his quiet attic, his only companions are the characters he has created in his stories. And then one day, Bambert decides to set his stories free, to send them out into the world on little balloons in the hope that they will find a home.

The stories contain instructions: whoever finds them should return them to Bambert, postmarked with a stamp from wherever they landed, so he knows where they should be set. But as each day passes and no stories return, Bambert’s hope begins to fade. Will his stories ever find a home?

Since its premiere in 2016 Bambert’s Book of Lost Stories has charmed audiences across the country and around the globe. This special return season of our Helpmann Award winning production brings Bambert home to Perth once more.

A reminder of how stories connect us to the world and ultimately, the power of kindness.
 

The Other Place

Fremantle Theatre Company launches at their home theatre in Fremantle, Victoria Hall, with THE OTHER PLACE by Sharr White starring Kate Walsh.

  • Dates:Oct 17 - Nov 8
  • Time(s):Evening shows 7pm; Sunday matinee 2pm
  • Venue:Victoria Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:Fremantle Theatre Company
  • Venue Address:Victoria Hall, 176 High Street, Fremantle WA 6160
  • Ticket Price FROM:$55
  • Ticket price TO:$120
  • Performing Arts:Theatre

Description

Fremantle Theatre Company (FTC) present a clear breath of fresh air to WA on the tail of Covid with a new voice, at a new space, with an incredible company of artists ready to revitalize the local performing arts scene with a truly international standard production.

 

THE OTHER PLACE by Sharr White is a beautiful piece of writing that demands true excellence in performance – and FTC have just that, in their stellar cast lead by KATE WALSH with DALIP SONDHI, LUCY KATE WESTBROOK and MARARO WANGAI.

 

A brilliant doctor watches her world slip through her fingers, unraveling without her - taunted by her daughter, the echo of loss and a whisper of hope. A heart-breaking and uplifting experience that is human to the bone . . . and beyond.

 

Cinderella

The magic of Cinderella will cast a spell on you this October as the Wembley Theatre Company brings the classic fairytale to life as a pantomime.

  • Dates:Oct 20 - Nov 1
  • Time(s):7pm October 16, 23 and 30 and 2pm October 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 and November 1
  • Venue:Wembley Community Centre

Details

  • Hosted By:Wembley Theatre Company
  • Venue Address:40 Alexander Street, Wembley
  • Ticket Price:$17, $12 concession
  • Ticket Price FROM:$12
  • Ticket price TO:$17
  • Type:For Kids,Community
  • Performing Arts:Theatre

Description

THE magic of Cinderella will cast a spell on you this October as the Wembley Theatre Company brings the classic fairytale to life as a pantomime.

Written by Tony Nicholls and directed by Bryce Manning, the show takes the traditional story and mixes in a range of extraordinary characters including a stepmother full of malapropisms and an unlikely fairy godmother.

Thrown into the mix is a range of jokes, slapstick, puns, songs and laughter as Cinderella journeys from her downtrodden existence to princess life.

“Tony Nicholls’ pantomimes never stray far from the expected plot structure we’re all familiar with,” Bryce said.

“While we know we are watching Cinderella, Tony includes sub-plots, sub-sub-plots, songs and a myriad of characters that make us laugh and cry – but never distract from what we all know will happen.

“The challenge for a theatre director is to find a heartbeat in the script.

“It normally takes four or five rehearsals before the cast is clear and confident with the direction I am taking them.

“It’s then they take ownership of their characters and the play and each actor starts the process of playing a part in this living, breathing thing called theatre.”

Involved in acting, directing and theatre teaching since 1984, Bryce trained as an actor at the University of Western Sydney before moving back to Perth to start his teaching career.

He formed the Wembley Theatre Company in 1996 and has been producing, directing, writing and acting in the company’s annual productions for the past 24 years.

The company has seven pantomimes it performs in rotation and last staged Cinderella in 2014.

“This year’s production will be vastly improved,” Bryce said. “We have new LED lights, stage microphones, stunning new costumes and an impressive smoke machine.”

Cinderella plays at 7pm October 16, 23 and 30 and 2pm October 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 and November 1. Tickets are $17, $12 concession – book at www.trybooking.com/BLKAD.

The pantomime is showing at the Wembley Community Centre, 40 Alexander Street, Wembley.

professional premises

It’s been described as a “must-see” for theatre people – the world premiere of professional premises is coming to Paper Mountain in Northbridge.

  • Dates:Oct 22, 23, 24
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Paper Mountain

Details

  • Hosted By:Company O
  • Venue Address:267 William Street, Northbridge
  • Ticket Price:$25
  • Ticket Price FROM:$25
  • Ticket price TO:$25
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Event Venue:Paper Mountain

Description

It’s been described as a “must-see” for theatre people – the world premiere of professional premises is coming to Paper Mountain in Northbridge.

Written by Perth playwright Andrew O’Connell and presented by Company O, the play follows a series of rehearsals led by a less-than-competent theatre director.

While rehearsing Shakespeare’s The Tempest, it becomes increasingly evident to Dave – who’s doing his best to rehearse for the part of Prospero – that director Malcolm doesn’t quite know what he’s doing.

Dave is unforgiving when it comes to people not being able to do their job properly and sets out to expose Malcolm as fraud.

But Lindsay, who is rehearsing for the part of Miranda, is quite fond of Malcolm and tries to defend him when Dave goes on the attack.

She sees no reason why Malcolm’s deception should be exposed, even if it is true, and doesn’t think going after him will help to make the play any better.

Dave wants his pound of flesh and Lindsay soon finds herself in the crossfire. The Tempest eventually reaches opening night but one person is missing in the end…

professional premises plays at 7.30pm October 15, 16, 17, 22, 23 and 24. Tickets are $25 – book through trybooking.com. The show is on upstairs at Paper Mountain, 267 William Street, Northbridge.

A View From The Park

A park bench is the basis of six very different short plays at the Old Mill Theatre this October.

  • Dates:Oct 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, 31
  • Time(s):7.30pm October 23, 24, 25, 29, 30 & 31; 2pm October 24, 25 & 31
  • Venue:Old Mill Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:Maverick Theatre Productions
  • Venue Address:Mends Street, South Perth
  • Ticket Price:$20
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Type:Community

Description

A PARK bench is the basis of six very different short plays at the Old Mill Theatre this October.

Written and directed by Perth playwright Noel O’Neill, each play features two actors and is presented by Maverick Theatre Productions under the umbrella title A View from the Park.

Passion Play is a comedy about an egotistical, lecherous theatre director who has walked out of auditions for an Easter play about the crucifixion and his agent trying to reason with him.

It’s followed by Daddy’s Little Girl where a dominating father insists on orchestrating his daughter’s wedding – but, underneath, it’s about him not being able to let her go.

In Rules of Engagement, a man (played by O’Neill) is about to propose marriage after receiving some advice from his mother but soon realises his bride-to-be carries a lot of emotional baggage.

A superstitious man meets his long-term partner in Sign Right There and she is under the impression he might move in with her, although he has other plans.

Walking Matilda is a twisted tale of betrayal and deception with the revelation of many secrets when two friends meet.

Rounding out the set is One For Sorrow, featuring two lifelong friends – one is gravely ill and the other has neglected the friendship, so he tries to heal the wounds by lending a hand.

“I like the idea of the park bench because I consider it ‘middle ground’,” O’Neill said.

“It’s not ‘your place’ or ‘my place’ but a free atmosphere where people can either solve their differences or walk away from them.

“I always consider the bench itself to be a character that brings people together in conversation while exposing little pieces of what’s going on inside.”

The main challenge, according to O’Neill, is how to make each play interesting.

“It’s not so much about what the actors are doing but what they are doing to each other with the dialogue,” he said. “That’s where the action really is.

“I try to inject a little comedy into drama and a little drama into comedy because I always feel life is like that.”

Born in Ireland, O’Neill moved to New York in his late teens and appeared in many off-Broadway productions before moving to Perth more than 20 years ago, clocking up numerous awards for writing and directing.

He has previously worked as a lecturer at the WA Academy of Performing Arts and Perth Actors’ Collective and is currently appearing as Watto in the ABC-TV series The Heights.

“The appeal of A View From The Park is the fact you have six unknown situations and there’s s a curiosity to that,” O’Neill said.

“When you present a full play, you have one story and can more or less figure out the ending in most cases.

“But with the park bench plays you have six situations and the audience really has no idea of the outcome each time.”

A View from the Park plays at 7.30pm October 23, 24, 25, 29, 30 and 31 with 2pm matinees October 24, 25 and 31. All tickets are $20 – book at www.trybooking.com/BLLMM.  

The heritage-listed Old Mill Theatre is on the corner of Mends Street and Mill Point Road, South Perth (opposite the Windsor Hotel and Australia Post).

7th Annual Perth International Burlesque Festival

It’s the 7th Annual Perth International Burlesque Festival!

  • Dates:Oct 23, Oct 24, Oct 29, Oct 30, Oct 31
  • Venue:The Court Hotel

Details

  • Hosted By:International Burlesque Festival
  • Performing Arts:Cabaret,Dance,Theatre
  • Event Venue:Astor Theatre

Description

Here to take a tour of tease across our sunburnt state in 2020, the headliner and superstars of PIBF are coming to Perth & regional WA this October!
From the 22nd of Oct to the 3rd Nov, feast your eyes upon Burlesque Hall of Fame ‘Bettie Bombshell’ – our 2020 headliner, and a glitter clad bus full or showgirls, drag queens, circus artists and musicians!!
They’ll be heading to Perth central, Katanning, Kalgoorlie, Merredin & Northam to perform in shows, teach in workshops, network at forums – come be part of the fabulousness!
 
 
 
 
 
Oct 29th:  NorthamEarly show:
Late show:
 
 
Oct 30th: Merredin https://www.trybooking.com/BLBTJ
 
 

 

 

 

THE MAGICIANS featuring Adam & Selina

Presenting an ALL-NEW intimate live magic show experience, 'The Magicians' in Gold Class at Event Cinemas in Innaloo, starring Adam & Selina, world-renowned brother-sister magic duo.

  • Dates:Oct 28
  • Time(s):6:30pm & 8:15pm
  • Venue:Event Cinemas Gold Class

Details

  • Hosted By:Event Cinemas, The Magicians, MurbyX
  • Venue Address:57 Liege Street
  • Ticket Price FROM:$90 (good for 2)
  • Ticket price TO:$130 (good for 2
  • Performing Arts:Cabaret,Theatre

Description

Three-time recipients of the prestigious “Magicians Of The Year'' by the “Magicians Society'' and Australia’s Got Talent Grand Finalists, Adam & Selina are internationally famous not only for large-scale illusions but close-up magic acts. They have raptured audiences worldwide from Las Vegas to Canada, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and have been featured on prime-time television shows with millions of amazed viewers - with frequent performances at high profile events, exclusive parties including performing for Middle Eastern Royalty.
 
Suitable for all ages. Witness some of the most incredible magic is existence today that truly needs to be seen, to be believed! Adam & Selina will demonstrate a powerful mix of seemingly impossible feats such as making things appear in the blink of an eye, vanish into thin air, teleport from one place to another, levitate in mid-air - and much more unlike anything you have ever seen before!
 
It is 75 minutes of upbeat family entertainment at its best. Limited to only 34 people per performance, experience this ALL NEW witty, engaging and highly entertaining magic show in the exclusive comfort of gold class reclining leather seats, while immersed in cutting-edge sound and visuals, with food and drinks delivered to you throughout the show.
 
Tickets for The Magicians are sold in pairs only, up to groups of 10 guests. There are three tiers of seating: VIP, Reserved and General priced at $65, $55 and $45 per ticket and are on sale now.
 
For more information and detailed performance schedules please visit www.themagicians.com.au for enquiries.

FIFO – Fit In or F**k Off! (Broome)

Disintegration and hope in a fractured land.

  • Time(s):Evening shows 7pm; Sat matinee 1pm
  • Venue:Gimme Club
  • Dates:Oct 29 - 31

Details

  • Hosted By:Goolarri Media Enterprises
  • Venue Address:3 Blackman St, Broome, WA 6725
  • Ticket Price FROM:$26
  • Ticket price TO:$40
  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Produced By:Yirra Yaakin

Description

Presented by Goolarri Media Enterprises with Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company.

The boom went bust, and now Jono’s locked in a desert mine site’s donga, trapped in debt and a lifestyle that is slowly strangling his soul.

Jono’s wife Mary feels stuck in the high-flying life of the lonely FIFO parent and has decided they’d be better off cutting their losses and moving home to Broome, close to family and her younger sister Janey.

But the old neighbourhood, and her sister, aren’t what they used to be.

A Doll’s House

A one-woman, feminist adaptation of Ibsen’s classic, A Doll's House.

  • Dates:Oct 29 - 31
  • Time(s):7pm
  • Venue:Subiaco Arts Centre

Details

  • Hosted By:Subiaco Arts Centre
  • Venue Address:180 Hamersley Road, Subiaco
  • Ticket Price FROM:$25
  • Ticket price TO:$36
  • Event Venue:Subiaco Arts Centre
  • Performing Arts:Theatre

Description

Starring Siobhan Dow-Hall and directed by Susie Conte, the famous Norweigan play takes place entirely in one setting - the living room of the main character, Nora Helmer. Nora is often considered one of modern drama's first feminist characters. A Doll's House deals with women, their traditional roles in the family, and the price they pay when they break tradition. This brand new feminist adaptation is told through Nora's voice, in a one woman show. An intimate, painful exploration of a woman's choice to leave her kids in order to survive.

Synopsis:

Nora Helmer once secretly borrowed a large sum of money so that her husband could recuperate from a serious illness. She never told him of this loan and has been secretly paying it back in small installments by saving from her household allowance. Her husband, Torvald, thinks of her as careless and childlike, and often calls her his doll. When he is appointed bank director, his first act is to relieve a man who was once disgraced for having forged his signature on a document. This man, Nils Krogstad, is the person from whom Nora has borrowed her money. It is then revealed that she forged her father's signature in order to get the money. Krogstad threatens to reveal Nora's crime and thus disgrace her and her husband unless Nora can convince her husband not to fire him. Nora tries to influence her husband, but he thinks of Nora as a simple child who cannot understand the value of money or business. Thus, when Torvald discovers that Nora has forged her father's name, he is ready to disclaim his wife even though she had done it for him. Later when all is solved, Nora sees that her husband is not worth her love and she leaves him.

JUST JUDY! Downstairs at the Maj

Petrina Bishop shares Judy Garland’s songs and stories of yesteryear.

  • Dates:October 30th
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Downstairs at the Maj

Details

  • Hosted By:Petrina Bishop
  • Venue Address:827-905 Hay St, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price:$30
  • Music:Classical
  • Performing Arts:Cabaret,Theatre
  • Event Venue:Downstairs at The Maj,His Majesty's Theatre

Description

Petrina Bishop is a powerhouse of exceptional musicianship, strength, and raw emotion!

Get ready for a rollercoaster of emotions as Petrina showcases her incredible versatility and range, accompanied by one of Australia’s most skilled pianists Mr David Wickham.

Petrina is a powerhouse vocalist that captures the raw vulnerability that Judy always gave. Come hear the songs and arrangements of Judy’s infamous performances at London’s Talk of The Town nightclub.

If you love and adore Judy Garland, this is the show for you!

Dick Whittington Down Under

A wanna be actor meets a has-been hound, a once in a lifetime opportunity sends them Pilbara bound.... Come see Dick Whittington Down Under!

  • Dates:31st October & 1st November
  • Time(s):Saturday 31st October: 6.30pm & Sunday 1st November: 2.00pm
  • Venue:Red Earth Arts Precinct

Details

  • Hosted By:Red Earth Arts Precinct
  • Venue Address:27 Welcome Road Karratha
  • Ticket Price FROM:$25
  • Ticket price TO:$35
  • Event Venue:Red Earth Arts Precinct
  • Performing Arts:Comedy,Musicals,Theatre
  • Type:Community,Youth Art / Performance

Description

When Dick Whittington became Mayor of London, he thought he had it all! But after finding local government wasn’t quite what he imagined he needed a new dream. When walking down the West End one evening he looks at the panto posters and noticing a pattern, he realises what he wants to do and where he needs to go…. Australia!

Dick arrives in Sydney and quickly finds becoming an actor isn’t quite that easy. A chance encounter with Australia’s most famous canine (and local Karratha legend) reveals the one place where he can make it. Dick and his new friends set off on an adventure of continental proportions. Will Dick make it to the audition on time, or does someone have other plans?

Dick Whittington Down Under takes audiences of all ages on a hilarious adventure filled with kooky characters, hilarious songs, daring rescues and some terrible puns. Written, produced and cast with an entirely local team, Pitter Pat Productions once again creates a unique experience by and for Pilbara people. Perfect for families, with something for everyone this tale about helping others to realise their potential is not to be missed.

The Boys in the Band

A deliriously delicious, bitingly bitchy, groundbreaking gay play comes to Perth!

  • Dates:4th - 7th and 11th - 14th November 2020
  • Time(s):7:30pm. Matinees on 7th and 14th November at 2:00pm.
  • Venue:Dolphin Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:GRADS
  • Venue Address:35 Stirling Highway, Nedlands WA 6009
  • Ticket Price FROM:$25
  • Ticket price TO:$35
  • Event Venue:Dolphin Theatre
  • Performing Arts:Comedy,Theatre

Description

Award-winning director Barry Park is at the helm of the forthcoming GRADS’ production of Mart Crowley’s groundbreaking smash hit play THE BOYS IN THE BAND, which will be staged at The Dolphin Theatre, UWA from 4th to 14th November.

After half a century, back on stage will be the camping, the fighting and laughing and crying, Mart Crowley’s insightful portrait of gay friendship as both endurance test and saving grace.

One of the first productions to put gay lives front and centre, it is about a group of entertaining, angst-ridden, openly gay men who gather for a friend's birthday - which goes horribly wrong.

‘This play has a wide appeal,’ Park says, ‘as it is an engrossing, character-driven story. Older audiences will be reminded about how different attitudes and values were in the 60s, while those who are younger will be intrigued to see how difficult it was to be gay 52 years ago. Many will recognise aspects of themselves in the play, as essentially the play is about how people relate to one other. ‘

Fifty years after it first opened, THE BOYS IN THE BAND finally made it to Broadway, a production that won the Tony Award for best revival, directed by Joe Mantello with a cast that included Zachary Quinto and Jim Parsons. A new film version of the play featuring the entire Broadway cast is on Netflix in September.

Be sure not to miss the rare opportunity to see this deliriously delicious, bitingly bitchy, groundbreaking gay play, which has not been performed in Perth for years!

Tickets are $35, $25 concession (groups of 8+, pensioners, students). Book at: https://www.ticketswa.com/ Enquiries: [email protected] Phone: 08 6488 2440 Call between Noon and 4pm on weekdays. The Dolphin Theatre is located within the University of WA with entry from Mounts Bay Road or Hackett Drive. Parking is free. The production is by arrangement with ORIGIN Theatrical on behalf of Samuel French Inc.

The Pokeingham Murders 2020

Where there's a WILL... there's a MURDER...

  • Dates:Nov 12 - 14
  • Time(s):6.30pm
  • Venue:His Majesty's Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:His Majesty's Theatre
  • Venue Address:827-905 Hay St, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$110
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Food & Drink:Degustation
  • Event Venue:His Majesty's Theatre

Description

It is 1939 and the English Cotswold beauty spot Pokeingham-Softly-on-the-Wold is mourning the death of elderly heiress Rose Stimper, who had made the quiet village her home for almost seventy years.

Miss Stimper, in an act of philanthropy, has bequeathed the Village a large sum of money and left instructions that the villagers must decide how best to spend it. A public meeting has been arranged and the village is buzzing with excitement. Everyone seems to have ideas on how to spend the money and the entire village turns out to attend the meeting at Pokeingham Hall, which has been thrown open for the first time in many years to host the event.

Lord and Lady Pokeingham are all set to welcome you into their home, but beware. All is not as it seems. There are dark forces at work in Pokeingham-Softly-on-the-Wold…

You are invited to dress in the style of the period, as you work together to solve the mystery.

 

Puffs: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic

YOU may know of a certain boy wizard who went to wizard school for seven years – but do you know the story of The Puffs, who happened to be there too?

  • Dates:Nov 12 - 15
  • Time(s):8pm November 12, 13 & 14; 2pm November 14; 6pm November 15
  • Venue:Don Russell Performing Arts Centre

Details

  • Hosted By:Art in Motion Theatre Company
  • Venue Address:Lot 13, Murdoch Road, Thornlie
  • Ticket Price:$25, $20 concession
  • Ticket Price FROM:$20
  • Ticket price TO:$25
  • Performing Arts:Theatre

Description

YOU may know of a certain boy wizard who went to wizard school for seven years – but do you know the story of The Puffs, who happened to be there too?

Coming to the Don Russell Performing Arts Centre is the play Puffs by Matt Cox, which also has the alternative title Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic.

The Art in Motion Theatre Company production is directed by Lys Tickner and described as “a play for anyone who has never been destined to save the world”.

A cult hit since first opening Off-Broadway in 2015, Puffs had a record-breaking three-month season in Melbourne in 2018.

Puffs has a hilarious, friendly and heart-warming tone,” Lys said. “The Puffs are the underdogs of the school, always coming in fourth place.

“It’s a new look at a familiar adventure from the perspective of three new heroes just trying to make it through wizard school.

“The show is an inspired comedy for anyone who has ever felt like a secondary character in someone else’s story.”

The main challenge, according to Lys, is the play’s fast pace.

“Quite a few of the jokes and the comedy would be lost if the pace wasn’t right,” she said.

“And because Puffs is in no way associated with a certain well-known brand, we have to be vigilant about not breaching any copyright laws.”

A member of Roleystone Theatre since 1989, Lys directed her first play – The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – as a 20-year-old in 1993.

She has gone on to direct Alice in Wonderland, Little Women, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Little Shop of Horrors, High School Musical, The Snow Queen and Grease and has been involved in a plethora of productions, either singing, dancing, acting or stage-managing.

In 2018, Lys established the Art in Motion Theatre Company with a group of like-minded people who wanted to put the fun back into theatre.

Earlier this year, she co-directed The Last Five Years at Fringe World, picking up a weekly award in the music and musicals category.

“I haven’t tackled a play for a few years and was introduced to Puffs through the Off-Broadway live recording and could see the challenge in directing such a quick-moving play,” Lys said.

Puffs plays at 8pm November 12, 13 and 14; 2pm November 14 and 6pm November 15. Tickets are $25, $20 concession – book at www.trybooking.com/BLKMC.

The Don Russell Performing Arts Centre is at Lot 13, Murdoch Road, Thornlie.

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