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Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts

The WAAPA 2020 season launched on Dec 11. The full calendar of events will feature on Scoop before Christmas.

For over 30 years, the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts at Edith Cowan University has held a reputation as Australia’s premiere performing arts academy, producing stars such as Hugh Jackman and Tim Minchin. Each year students collaborate with staff and critically acclaimed guest artists to perform over 300 public performances in Perth and regional WA, interstate and overseas.

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A hub for performing arts, the Mount Lawley campus boasts a range of state-of-the-art performance spaces, including Geoff Gibbs Theatre, Roundhouse Theatre, Richard Gill Auditorium, Enright Studio, and the iconic The Edith Spiegeltent – a rare tent-style theatre made of wood, mirrors, canvas and leaded glass.

Across these venues, and in city and regional spaces, the WAAPA calendar is rich with performances in dance, music and musical theatre, and contemporary arts. This cross-genre offering exposes students to a range of crafts and experiences, and is a delight to audiences.

With specialised training, WAAPA is known for the quality of its graduates who pursue successful careers in the performing arts and entertainment industries, including many well-known stars such as Frances O’Connor, Marcus Graham, William McInnes, Lisa McCune, Lucy Durack, Rachelle Durkin, Emma Matthews, Jamie Oehlers and Eddie Perfect.

As a graduate of Music Theatre, Lucy Durack went on to star in the Australian productions of Wicked and Legally Blonde: The Musical, as well as appearing on television in the series Doctor Doctor and Sisters. Another star graduate is the soprano Emma Matthews, now WAAPA’s Head of Classical Voice and Opera Studies, who tours the country with From Broadway to La Scala in September 2019.

In the spirit of past graduate success stories, WAAPA continues to provide its students with theatrical experience and practical knowledge, as well as academic excellence. Luckily for arts enthusiasts and lovers of performing arts, this fostered creativity is shared with the public throughout the academic year.

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WAAPA launches 2020 program in its 40th year

WAAPA launches 2020 program in its 40th year

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100 Years of Dance History returns

100 Years of Dance History returns

One of Australia’s most innovative artists, WAAPA graduate Joseph Simons, is bringing the hilarious show 100 Years Of The History Of...
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Madcap musical The Yeomen of the Guard lands this month

Madcap musical The Yeomen of the Guard lands this month

An ensemble musical comedy, The Yeomen of the Guard, is coming to UWA’s Dolphin Theatre for a gripping season from...
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The Hope Fault premieres at WAAPA

The Hope Fault premieres at WAAPA

A rich tapestry of familial drama, The Hope Fault will premiere at WAAPA’s newly refurbished Enright Studio from 11 –...
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Reimagining classic tunes with WAAPA’s music artists

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Innovative theatre showcase Tilt plays at the Blue Room

Innovative theatre showcase Tilt plays at the Blue Room

An original and eclectic showcase of WAAPA’s graduating performance makers is soon to arrive at The Blue Room Theatre. Using...
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The power of percussion at WAAPA

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Guides


WAAPA In The Park

Come see the talented students of WAAPA perform jazz and contemporary classics in this anticipated annual concert.

  • Dates:Mar 14
  • Time(s):7.00pm
  • Venue:Ron Stone Park

Details

  • Hosted By:Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
  • Venue Address:Bradford Street, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Music:Popular Music

Description

An annual tradition since 2007, WAAPA in the Park is a family- friendly evening of fabulous music performed in Ron Stone Park. The City of Stirling, Edith Cowan University and WAAPA proudly present Australia's premier performing arts academy in concert. Be wowed by the outstanding Latin Ensemble and WAAPA's most accomplished Jazz and Contemporary musicians as they rock, bop and strut their way through an awesome collection of old and new funk, soul, pop and jazz classics. Bring your picnic rug and hamper, and enjoy an evening of exciting musical talent and showmanship.

Hamlet

Come see this Shakespearean classic performed live by WAAPA's talented third year acting cohort!

  • Dates:Apr 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 & 8
  • Time(s):7.30pm, Sat matinee 2.00pm
  • Venue:Roundhouse Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
  • Venue Address:2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Ticket Price FROM:$30
  • Ticket price TO:$37
  • Type:Performing Arts
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For seniors,Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Roundhouse Theatre
  • Performing Arts:Theatre

Description

Actor and director Sean O’Shea returns to his alma mater to direct William Shakespeare's definitive revenge tragedy. Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, is called home from university to end his life turned upside down. His uncle Claudius has murdered his father and taken the throne; his mother has married the usurper. Hamlet’s mission to expose the truth and avenge his father’s brutal death is a perilous journey of murder, madness and lost love that has devastating consequences for his family and the kingdom.

Benny Green Jazz Messenger

A night of hard-swinging piano jazz standards performed by Benny Green of Art Blakey's legendary Jazz Messengers.

  • Dates:May 7 & 9
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Geoff Gibbs Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
  • Venue Address:2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Ticket Price FROM:$33
  • Ticket price TO:$40
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Geoff Gibbs Theatre
  • Music:Jazz

Description

Benny Green has been hailed as the most exciting, hard-swinging, hard-bop pianist to ever emerge from Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. Benny has recorded, performed and collaborated with celebrated artists including Ray Brown, Betty Carter, Freddie Hubbard and Oscar Peterson. In this special concert, Benny will share his outstanding artistry accompanied by WAAPA’s talented instrumentalists and vocalists in an evening of exceptional swing and groove. Benny will lead us through jazz’s roots and offshoots - including the blues, bebop, hard-bop and more modern styles.

Benny Green’s visit is generously supported by Brigid and Ronald W. Woss AM of the Woss Group of Companies.

Mamma Mia

A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget!

  • Dates:Jun 12, 13, 15, 16, 17 and 18
  • Time(s):7.30pm all days; Sat & Wed matinee 2.00pm
  • Venue:His Majesty's Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
  • Venue Address:825 Hay St, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$69
  • Ticket price TO:$76
  • Type:Performing Arts
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:His Majesty's Theatre
  • Performing Arts:Musicals

Description

For the first time ever, WAAPA is taking its highly anticipated mid-year musical to the iconic His Majesty’s Theatre in the heart of Perth. And what better way to celebrate than with the joyous smash hit show, Mamma Mia!

Packed with 22 of ABBA's unforgettable songs, this is the ultimate feel-good musical. Dancing Queen, Waterloo, Voulez Vous, S.O.S, Take a Chance On Me and so many more hits you know and love have made this funny, sunny show a worldwide phenomenon.

Set on a Greek island paradise, the heart- warming tale centres around Sophie, a young bride-to-be. On the eve of her wedding, Sophie’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.

The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting story of love, laughter, family and friendship into a magical, intoxicating night of entertainment!

Bookings are open and tickets are available from the Perth Theatre Trust website or 6212 9292.

Tilt

A creative performance by WAAPA's graduating class revealing just how innovative the theatre can be.

  • Dates:Sep 9 - 12 & 16 - 19
  • Time(s):7.00pm, Sat 12 & 19th matinee 2.00pm
  • Venue:Blue Room Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:Western Australian Academy of Perofming Arts
  • Venue Address:53 James St, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$23
  • Ticket price TO:$30
  • Type:Performing Arts
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Performing Arts:Theatre

Description

Get ready to be inspired, provoked and entertained as WAAPA’s graduating performance makers hit the Blue Room Theatre stage at full tilt, showcasing their creative talents over two weeks in September. This is theatre at its most eclectic, with powerful performances and inventive stagecraft underpinning highly original works that explore the very edges of theatre making.

Orpheus In The Underworld

An epic performance of Offenbach's masterpiece Orpheus in the Underworld.

  • Dates:Sep 11, 12, 14, 15, 16 & 17
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Geoff Gibbs Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
  • Venue Address:2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Ticket Price FROM:$43
  • Ticket price TO:$50
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For seniors,Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Geoff Gibbs Theatre
  • Music:Classical,Opera

Description

Paris, 1889... The perfect meeting point for high society and high fashion. The ideal rendezvous for God-like men and beautiful women. At a time when public opinion demands strict morals of all Parisians, how is it the artists of the Moulin Rouge can celebrate their liberte´, e´galite´ and fraternite´ with wild abandon? Come with us as we peel back the layers of French society and descend into the cabaret underworld of the 'city of love'.

Beethoven Celebration

Celebrated Perth violinist Paul Wright teams up with the WAAPA symphony orchestra for a 250th birthday celebration like no other!

  • Dates:Oct 16 -17
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Hosted By:Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
  • Venue Address:2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Ticket Price FROM:$23
  • Ticket price TO:$30
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium
  • Music:Classical,Orchestral

Description

The WAAPA Symphony Orchestra celebrates the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven's birth in style, performing some of the most dynamic and beautiful music of all time. WAAPA's Head of Strings Paul Wright directs the orchestra in Beethoven's gorgeous Pastoral Symphony, inspired by the composer's legendary love of nature. You’ll also hear Mozart's exquisite Violin Concerto No 5 performed by Paul Wright. It’s a 250th birthday party like no other!

"I believe in God, Mozart and Beethoven." – Richard Wagner

"Paul Wright is a national treasure." – Neville Cohn The West Australian

The World Of Beethoven

A night showcasing the very finest of Beethoven’s piano repertoire in commemoration of his 250th birthday.

  • Dates:Oct 22
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Hosted By:Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
  • Venue Address:2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Ticket Price FROM:$23
  • Ticket price TO:$30
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For seniors,Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium
  • Music:Classical

Description

From the light and playful to the passionate and dramatic, Ludwig van Beethoven’s piano music is beloved repertoire for performers and enduringly popular with audiences. Much of Beethoven’s piano music is expressed through his sonatas, with plenty of magnificent works that are timeless classics. To commemorate the 250th anniversary since this musical genius was born, WAAPA's piano students and staff invite you to immerse yourself in the world of Beethoven's magical piano music.

Aboriginal Performance Cohort Showcase 2020

An end-of-year performance from WAAPA's Aboriginal Performance cohort that celebrates the tradition and heritage of Australia's Indigenous people.

  • Dates:Nov 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18 & 19
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Enright Studio

Details

  • Hosted By:Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
  • Venue Address:2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Ticket Price FROM:$23
  • Ticket price TO:$30
  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events,Performing Arts
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Enright Studio
  • Performing Arts:Theatre

Description

Join us in celebrating the talents of WAAPA’s 2020 Aboriginal Performance cohort, as they take to the stage in the end-of-year public performance that marks the finale to their year of training. A showcase for their acting and performance skills, this dramatic work demonstrates contemporary Indigenous performance and culture as we applaud the achievements of the 2020 ensemble.

 

Icon

Icon celebrates the enormous influence of German choreographer Pina Bausch on generations of dance makers and performers around the world.

  • Dates:Nov 13, 14, 16, 17, 18 & 19
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Geoff Gibbs Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
  • Venue Address:2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Ticket Price FROM:$28
  • Ticket price TO:$35
  • Type:Performing Arts
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Geoff Gibbs Theatre
  • Performing Arts:Dance

Description

In an international first, the Minderoo Foundation supports the remount of Pina Bausch’s Tannha¨user Bacchanal*. Danced by WAAPA students, this is the first time Tannha¨user Bacchanal will be performed outside of Germany and the first-ever performance of Pina Bausch's work in Perth. Widely considered to be the precursor to Bausch's famous The Rite of Spring, Tannha¨user Bacchanal will be taught by leading artist-in-residence Barbara Kaufmann supported by Marigia Maggipinto, both long-standing members of the Tanztheater Wuppertal. The Minderoo Foundation is proud to partner with WAAPA to bring these world-class arts practitioners to Perth as part of the Visiting Artist program.

Pina bausch, Tannha¨user Bacchanal
Icon celebrates the enormous influence of German choreographer Pina Bausch on generations of dance makers and performers around the world. WAAPA is delighted to welcome two artists from Pina Bausch Tanztheater Wuppertal to remount Bausch’s Tannha¨user Bacchanal, in which 23 dancers perform to Wagner’s romantic, restless music.

Meryl Tankard, Chants de Mariage
Meryl Tankard is one of Australia’s finest contemporary dancers and an international artist in her own right. Tankard, a former Pina Bausch company member from 1978 to 1984, will remount her Chants de Mariage with assistance from award-winning local choreographer Paige Gordon. This 1991 work for an all-female cast is a dialogue about ritual, secrets, deception and sacred vows.

Michael Whaites, Things That Remain
Michael Whaites, artistic director of LINK Dance Company and a former company member of Pina Bausch Tanztheater Wuppertal, will remount Things That Remain. Whaites created this nostalgic, gentle and beautiful remembrance in 2009 soon after Pina Bausch’s passing.

Kim McCarthy
Icon is rounded out by a new work from Kim McCarthy, formerly principal dancer with Nacho Duato’s Compan~ia Nacional de Danza and now WAAPA’s Head of Classical Dance.

A Soldier's Tale

WAAPA's own Indian Ocean Ensemble perform Stravinsky's bewitching fable of greed.

  • Dates:Aug 27
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Hosted By:Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
  • Venue Address:Building 1, Room 110 (1.110), Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Ticket Price FROM:$23
  • Ticket price TO:$30
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium
  • Music:Classical

Description

The devil tricks a soldier into giving up his violin in return for a book that tells the future... Igor Stravinsky brings to life the famous Russian folktale about the value of human spirit in the face of greed and materialism. WAAPA’s Executive Dean, David Shirley joins the Indian Ocean Ensemble and students from WAAPA’s Performance Making course to revel in one of the most influential and dramatic works of the past century. The Seven Seas world music ensemble also performs a new work filled with imagination and virtuosity.

Defying Gravity Under The Stars

Percussion virtuoso Joshua Webster powers up Defying Gravity, creating musical magic amidst the trees and gardens of the Fremantle Arts Centre.

  • Dates:Mar 27
  • Time(s):7:00pm
  • Venue:Fremantle Arts Centre

Details

  • Hosted By:Fremantle Arts Centre
  • Venue Address:1 Finnerty St, Fremantle
  • Ticket Price:$24
  • Ticket Price FROM:$15
  • Ticket price TO:$24
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Fremantle Arts Centre

Description

The rapturous sounds of ancient and modern percussion fill the air with energy and rhythm, in a feast of music from Latin America, The Dark Knight, Pavan Kumar Hari, Stewart Copeland of The Police, and beyond. Enjoy an unforgettable night of beautiful music under the stars!

The Wild Cherry Project

This powerful theatrical pairing sets selected scenes from Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard against a performance of Wild Cherries by award-winning Australian playwright Daniel Keene.

  • Dates:Apr 2-4, Apr 6-7
  • Time(s):Evening shoe 7:30pm, Sat 2:00pm matinee
  • Venue:Enright Studio

Details

  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Venue Address:Building 1, Room 241 (1.241), Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Ticket Price:Based on concession
  • Ticket Price FROM:$23
  • Ticket price TO:$30
  • Type:Youth Art / Performance
  • Audience:Adults
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Enright Studio
  • Performing Arts:Theatre

Description

The former is Chekhov’s classic tale of social change in Russia at the start of the 20th century; the latter examines modern slavery through the hidden lives of a group of indentured labourers. From Melbourne, visiting guest artist Melanie Beddie directs the final year BPA students in this innovative performance project about displacement and identity.

Rejoice!

The WAAPA Chorale and soloists, brass, strings and organ entwine in St Mary’s Cathedral as we continue our tradition of presenting the greatest choral music performed by the finest young performers.

  • Dates:Apr 2
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:St Mary's Cathedral

Details

  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Venue Address:Victoria Square, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price:$34
  • Ticket Price FROM:$27
  • Ticket price TO:$34
  • Audience:Adults
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:St. Mary's Cathedral
  • Music:Choral

Description

Featuring Allegri’s haunting Miserere, Schubert’s beloved Mass in G with legendary organist Stewart Smith, and culminating in Mascagni’s Easter Hymn from Cavalleria Rusticana with Australia’s opera sensation and WAAPA Classical Voice lecturer Nicole Youl, this concert will move and delight you.

A Chorus Line 2020

Step, kick, kick, leap, kick, touch… Again! Seventeen professional dancers are auditioning for only eight spots in the chorus line of a Broadway show.

  • Dates:Apr 3-4, Apr 6-8
  • Time(s):Evening show 7:30pm, Sat Matinee 2:00pm
  • Venue:Geoff Gibbs Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Venue Address:Building 1, Room 150 (1.150), Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Ticket Price:Concession
  • Ticket Price FROM:$43
  • Ticket price TO:$50
  • Type:Youth Art / Performance
  • Audience:Adults
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Geoff Gibbs Theatre
  • Performing Arts:Theatre

Description

Through drama, dance and song, A Chorus Line presents a true picture of what it’s like to be in the theatre: glamorous at times but also tough, heartbreaking and sometimes even tragic. One of only nine musicals to ever win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this singular sensation scooped a whopping nine Tony Awards and eight Drama Desk Awards when it premiered in 1976 and has been a classic of the musical theatre canon ever since. Memorable musical numbers include What I Did for Love, I Hope I Get It and the wow-factor finale, One.

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