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Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts

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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Guides


Royal Over-Seas League Showcase

This concert presents the astonishing talent of WAAFA's winners of music prizes.

  • Dates:Sep 25
  • Time(s):7:30 pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Ticket Price:$24
  • Venue Address:1.110, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Family-Friendly
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Description

Music Director: Stewart Smith

Performed by: Winners of the 2019 ROSL Music Prizes.

The Royal Over-Seas League assists WAAPA's most talented music students to achieve their dreams on stage in Australia and internationally. This concert showcases the winners of the ROSL prizes in Chamber Music, the Music of Bach, Improvisation, Art Song, Early Keyboard and Composition. WAAPA is proud to partner with the Royal Over-Seas League in recognising and supporting the stars of tomorrow.

Performance dates
25th Sep 7:30pm

Ticketing information
$24 - Full
$24 - Concession/Friends

Bookings open
23rd Jul - Friends
30th Jul - Public.

Crossing Borders

An array of moving short films which will tell you stories of crossing borders.

  • Dates:Sep 26
  • Time(s):6:30 pm
  • Venue:Luna Cinemas

Details

  • Venue Address:155 Oxford St, Leederville WA 6007
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Type:Film
  • Audience:Family-Friendly

Description

A program of short films exploring the theme, Crossing Borders, created by the 2019 Screen Academy class of producers, writers, directors, cinematographers, sound designers and editors. The films feature the talents of WAAPA's Acting students as well as Composition, Sound, Costume and Design students. The WA Screen Academy is proudly sponsored by the Nine Network who will broadcast the films in October.

For further information visit the WA Screen Academy web page.

Performance dates
26th Sep 6:30pm

Passionate Strings

Enjoy a night of soaring in the skies of string music, a performance that will keep you on your toes.

  • Dates:Sep 27
  • Time(s):7:30 pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Venue Address:1.110, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Type:Music,Classical Music
  • Audience:Family-Friendly
  • Music:Classical
  • Ticket Price FROM:$24
  • Ticket price TO:$29
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Description

Music Director: Paul Wright
Performed by: String Camerata and Paul Wright

A night of romance and passion, as Paul Wright directs WAAPA's String Camerata in a ravishing program of music for strings. From the dynamic sounds of the Baroque through to the magical world of high romance, the String Camerata transports you to a place of dreams, centred around the rich melodic tapestry of Joseph Suk's masterpiece, Serenade for Strings in E- at major. Be swept away by a night of soaring string music!


Performance dates
27th Sep 7:30pm

Ticketing information
$29 - Full
$24 - Concession/Friends

Bookings open
23rd Jul - Friends
30th Jul - Public

Marvels And Curiosities

This innovative performance by WAAPA staff and students will transport the listeners to exotic and astonishing places through the sound of various instruments.

  • Dates:Sep 28
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium
  • Time(s):3 pm

Details

  • Ticket Price:$26 Concession/Friends, $32 General
  • Venue Address:1.110, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Audience:Family-Friendly
  • Music:Classical
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Description

Music Director: Geoffrey Lancaster
Performed by: Piano students and Geoffrey Lancaster

WAAPA staff and students introduce and play instruments from WAAPA's astonishing collection of Historical Keyboard Instruments. Square pianos, grands of varying ages and nationalities, harpsichord, clavichord, harmonium and antique synthesisers – this is a concert to fire the imagination, move the heart and to delight the ear.


Performance dates
28th Sep 3:00pm

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

Bookings open
23rd Jul - Friends
30th Jul - Public

Alice Giles: Harp Celebration

Join us for a celebration of the relaxing beauty of the harp, performed by the talented soloist Alice Giles.

  • Dates:Oct 6
  • Time(s):2 pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Ticket Price:$20 concession/ friends, $30 general
  • Venue Address:1.110, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Audience:Family-Friendly
  • Music:Classical
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Description

Music Director: Alice Giles
Performed by: Alice Giles and stars of the Perth Harp Festival

In the hands of the brilliant Alice Giles AM, the sound of the harp ignites the imagination and transports listeners to places of exotic beauty. One of the world's leading harp soloists, the Australian-born musician leads the Perth Harp Festival in a celebration of exquisite harp music showcasing the talents of Perth's harpists.

Tickets are available from The Harp Society of WA.


Performance dates
6th Oct 2:00pm

Ticketing information
$30 - Full
$20 - Concession/Friends

Bookings open
23rd Jul - Friends
23rd Jul - Public
 

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.

Sound Spectrum 2019.2

Join us to enjoy an array of original works by Composition and Music Technology students and staff.

  • Dates:Oct 7 - 10
  • Time(s):7:30 pm
  • Venue:Spectrum Project Space

Details

  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Venue Address:3.191, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Type:Music,Free
  • Audience:Family-Friendly

Description

Music Director: Lindsay Vickery
Performed by: Composition and Music Technology students and staff

WAAPA's Composition and Music Technology students and staff break out a stunning array of original works at ECU's Spectrum Project Space. New voices of the next generation of composers, sound artists and improvisers perform over 10 hours of world premieres. The concerts feature the Listener Ensemble, ECUatorial, the Western Australian Laptop Orchestra, Shock of the New and more.

Performance dates

7th Oct 7:30pm,  8th Oct 7:30pm,  9th Oct 7:30pm,  10th Oct 7:30pm

 

The Parisian Guitar

Enjoy the sparkling music of Parisian guitar at this riveting performance by WAAPA.

  • Dates:Oct 9
  • Time(s):7:30 pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Ticket Price:$24 concession/ friends, $29 general
  • Venue Address:1.110, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Audience:Family-Friendly
  • Music:Classical
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Description

Music Director: Jonathan Paget
Performed by: Classical Guitar students, Plectra Guitar Ensemble and the Indian Ocean Ensemble with Jonathan Paget

Join us for a celebration of the beauty, passion and romance of the Parisian guitar. From 16th century counterpoint through to post-modern guitar bards such Dyens and Kleynjans, the French have had a long love affair with the guitar. Enjoy musical gems from this rich body of work performed by the Classical Guitar students and Plectra Guitar Ensemble, with a highlight performance by WAAPA's classical guitar expert Jonathan Paget of Ferdinando Carulli's Petit Concerto de Socie´te´ on a period instrument, accompanied by the Indian Ocean Ensemble.

Performance dates

9th Oct 7:30pm

Ticketing information
$29 - Full
$24 - Concession/Friends

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

Australian Brass Quintet

A riveting brass quintet performance by WAAFA

  • Dates:Oct 10
  • Time(s):7:30 pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Ticket Price:$24 concession/ friends, $29 general
  • Venue Address:1.110, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Family-Friendly
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Description

Performed by: Australian Brass Quintet

Australia's most outstanding brass players dazzle in a concert of showcase works for brass quintet. Led by David Elton, former Head of Brass at WAAPA and now Principal Trumpet of the London Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Brass Quintet is a who's who of Australian brass – starring Elton and Brent Grapes (WAAPA, WA Symphony Orchestra and Australian World Orchestra) on trumpet, Ben Jacks (Sydney Symphony Orchestra) on horn, Scott Kinmont (Sydney Symphony Orchestra) on trombone and Shannon Pittaway (NZ Symphony and Australian World Orchestra) on bass trombone. This is brass at its best!

Performance dates

10th Oct 7:30pm

Ticketing information
$29 - Full
$24 - Concession/Friends

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

Westwards By Iceberg To Tokyo Bay

Come and listen to WAAFA students celebrating The Scratch Orchestra.

  • Dates:Oct 11
  • Time(s):7:30 pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Venue Address:1.110, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Type:Classical Music,Music,Free
  • Audience:Family-Friendly
  • Music:Classical
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Description

Music Director: Lindsay Vickery
Performed by: Composition and Music Technology students and staff

In 1969, The Scratch Orchestra sprang into being in London. Led by Cornelius Cardew, this experimental music ensemble spent the next five years challenging the ideas of what it is to be a composer, a musician, an audience, an amateur or an expert. This grand experiment in collective music-making allowed anyone to join, used graphic scores, and emphasised free improvisation. Fifty years on, WAAPA's Composition and Music Technology students celebrate the zany, shape-shifting world of The Scratch Orchestra.

Performance dates

11th Oct 7:30pm

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

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

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

Die Fledermaus

Join us for a dazzling performance of Strauss's best music produced by WAAPA students.

  • Dates:Oct 14 - 19
  • Time(s):7:30
  • Venue:Geoff Gibbs Theatre

Details

  • Venue Address:1.150, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Music:Classical,Opera
  • Ticket Price FROM:$39
  • Ticket price TO:$45
  • Audience:Adults
  • Event Venue:Geoff Gibbs Theatre

Description

Director: Rachel McDonald & Music Director: Burhan Güner


Performed by: Classical Voice students with the WAAPA Symphony Orchestra


Created by the waltz king Johann Strauss Jr, Die Fledermaus (The Bat) is a heady mix of sparkling music wrapped around a brilliant farce. In this lighthearted tale of love, revenge and mistaken identities, the madcap action follows Eisenstein who would rather party than go to gaol; his wife Rosalinde who is keen to teach him a lesson; and their pert maid Adele, whose eye for the main chance is unwavering. In this effervescent new production, Viennese decadence is a natural match for the neurotic escapism of contemporary celebrity culture.

Really Big Democracy

Come and see this dazzling dancing performance by 2nd year performance making students of WAAPA.

  • Dates:Oct 16 - 19
  • Time(s):7:30 pm
  • Venue:Old Perth Girls School

Details

  • Venue Address:2 Wellington Street, East Perth, 6004
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Type:Performing Arts
  • Performing Arts:Dance
  • Ticket Price FROM:$21
  • Ticket price TO:$25
  • Audience:Adults

Description

Really Big Democracy will be a site responsive work inspired by the historic Perth Girls School in East Perth, drawing upon the unique architecture and atmosphere of this site to reflect on the past and possible futures for democracy in Australia.

Directed by: David Williams
Assistant Director: Samantha Nerida
Devised and performed by: 2nd Year Performance Making students

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