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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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Radio Active Albany

See the students of Albany Senior High School, Great Southern Grammar and WAAPA's Contemporary Music School in this penultimate performance after their week-long workshop series!

  • Dates:Aug 21
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Albany Entertainment Centre

Details

  • Hosted By:Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
  • Venue Address:2 Toll Place, Albany WA 6330
  • Ticket Price FROM:$30
  • Ticket price TO:$35
  • Type:Music
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Albany Entertainment Centre
  • Music:Popular Music

Description

Radio Active Albany is a unique performance presented by the students of Albany Senior High School, Great Southern Grammar and WAAPA Contemporary Music. A week-long series of workshops run by the WAAPA Contemporary Music staff combining secondary and tertiary students culminates in a special, one-off performance in one of WA's finest theatres. The performance covers a wide musical base from pop to rock, R'n'B to soul and funk classics in a spectacularly produced concert with a huge cast of talented young musicians and singers.

Guitar Artistry: Jane Curry

Don't miss this outstanding artist in a brilliant solo performance.

  • Dates:Aug 21st
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Venue Address:Richard Gill Auditorium, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley, WA
  • Ticket Price:$30
  • Ticket Price FROM:$23
  • Ticket price TO:$30
  • Type:Performing Arts,Youth Art / Performance
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium
  • Music:Other Music

Description

From New Zealand, award-winning classical guitarist Jane Curry brings her technical virtuosity and superb musicianship to WAAPA for a concert of exceptional guitar music. The UK-born, US-trained musician balances international concert engagements and CD recordings with the coordination of New Zealand’s largest classical guitar program at Victoria University in Wellington. Highly sought-after as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher, she is a member of the renowned New Zealand Guitar Quartet, the trio Archi d’Amore Zelanda and Linkwood Guitar Duo. 

Generator 2020

See what’s cooking in the next generation of performance makers at WAAPA in this curated evening of bite-size new works.

  • Dates:Aug 26-29
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:The Edith

Details

  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Venue Address:Between Buildings 1 and 5, Edith Cowan University, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Ticket Price:Flat rate
  • Ticket Price FROM:$20
  • Ticket price TO:$20
  • Type:University,Youth Art / Performance
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Event Venue:The Edith Spiegeltent

Description

From the creative minds of 2nd Year BPA Performance Making. There will be laughter, drama, politics and tears, in an evening that includes gutsy new writing and breathtaking visual and physical theatre.

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
  • 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.

Arrival

Expect the unexpected.

  • Dates:Sep 2nd-5th
  • Time(s):7:30pm; Sat Matinee 2:00pm.
  • Venue:Enright Studio

Details

  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Venue Address:Enright Studio, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley, WA
  • Ticket Price:$25
  • Ticket Price FROM:$18
  • Ticket price TO:$25
  • Type:Performing Arts,Youth Art / Performance
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Enright Studio
  • Performing Arts:Dance

Description

Two rising Melbourne-based choreographers create dynamic new contemporary works on the LINK Dance Company for their final 2020 season. WAAPA welcomes alumna Niharika Senepati, who since 2012 has worked closely with Chunky Move’s artistic director Anouk van Dijk as a dancer and choreographic assistant. Senepati’s own work incorporates movement, sound and text to create a holistic experience. Joining Senepati on the Arrival program is James Welsby, a performer, choreographer and producer of dance, cabaret and queer performance. A VCA graduate, he co-founded independent dance collective Phantom Limbs, toured Australia in 2015 with his full-length show Hex, and is the founding artistic director of festival favourite cabaret show, Yummy.  

Performance Timetable:

2nd Sep 7:30pm  

3rd Sep 7:30pm  

4th Sep 7:30pm 

5th Sep 2:00pm  

1st Jan 8:00am, 

1st Jan 8:00am, 1st Jan 8:00am, 1st Jan 8:00am, 1st Jan 8:00am, 1st Jan 8:00am, 1st Jan 8:00am, 1st Jan 8:00am, 1st Jan 8:00am, 1st Jan 8:00am, 1st Jan 8:00am, 1st Jan 8:00am, 1st Jan 8:00am, 1st Jan 8:00am, 1st Jan 8:00am, 

5th Sep 7:30pm 

Beat That

His performances thrill, challenge, excite and mesmerise.

  • Dates:Sep 2nd, 2020
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Venue Address:Richard Gill Auditorium, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley, WA
  • Ticket Price:$30
  • Ticket Price FROM:$23
  • Ticket price TO:$30
  • Type:Performing Arts,Youth Art / Performance
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium
  • Music:Other Music

Description

Polish percussion virtuoso Aleksander Wnuk specialises in the most dramatic and exciting of percussion music: works for multi-percussion and percussion theatre.  Be astonished by the skill and imagination shown in Wnuk’s showcase performance of percussion masterworks!

 

Be Glad And Sing

Hear the WAAPA Jazz Choir sing a repertoire spanning six centuries of music!

  • Dates:Sep 3 - 4
  • 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:Music
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium
  • Music:Choral,Jazz

Description

Following on from last year’s sold-out choral concert with Eneksis Vocal Ensemble and the WAAPA Gospel Choir, the WAAPA Jazz Choir joins the party to raise the roof yet again with glorious choral singing. Hear the joyful sounds of young voices singing heavenly harmonies, with repertoire from the 16th century through to the modern era, from songs of praise and gospel music to jazz standards. WAAPA’s three showcase choirs, led by three extraordinary directors, will bring tears to your eyes – for all the right reasons!

Muses Of Mingus

An exhibition of some of the best works by legendary jazz composer Charles Mingus by WAAPA's brightest jazz students.

  • Dates:Sep 3
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:The Edith

Details

  • Hosted By:Western Australian Academy of Performing
  • Venue Address:Between Buildings 1 and 5, Edith Cowan University, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Ticket Price FROM:$13
  • Ticket price TO:$20
  • Type:Music
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:The Edith Spiegeltent
  • Music:Jazz

Description

Charles Mingus was a firebrand bandleader, virtuoso jazz musician and prolific composer. He also wrote music for and inspired by other musicians – Goodbye Pork Pie Hat for Lester Young, O.P. for Oscar Pettiford, So Long Eric for Eric Dolphy, and there are no prizes for guessing who Duke Ellington’s Sound of Love was written for. WAAPA's Jazz students will play selections of these famous works, tinged with the blues, hard bop, gospel, free jazz and classical music, in an uplifting tribute concert to this American jazz legend and his musical muses.

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 Perfoming Arts
  • Venue Address:53 James St, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$23
  • Ticket price TO:$30
  • Type:Performing Arts
  • 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.

The Elephant Man

The world famous stage play that has sent chills down audiences for decades makes its way to UWA on behalf of WAAPA.

  • Dates:Sep 10-12, Sep 14-16
  • Time(s):Evening show 7:30pm, Matinee Sep 12 at 2:00pm
  • Venue:Dolphin Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Venue Address:35 Stirling Hwy, Nedlands WA 6009
  • Ticket Price:Based on concession
  • Ticket Price FROM:$30
  • Ticket price TO:$37
  • Type:University,Youth Art / Performance
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Dolphin Theatre
  • Performing Arts:Theatre

Description

Spurned by society, a horribly deformed young man is a freak attraction in a travelling sideshow. But when a famous young doctor befriends him, John Merrick changes from an object of pity to an urbane and witty favourite of the aristocracy and literati. Can the Elephant Man achieve normality? And does he even want it? Based on the real-life story of Joseph Merrick, The Elephant Man is a powerful and poignant look at what it is to be different. Join WAAPA’s graduating actors as they present Bernard Pomerance’s multi-award-winning play in the intimate space of UWA’s Dolphin Theatre.

Parade

It’s 1913 Atlanta, the day of the Confederate Memorial Day Parade. A 13-year-old girl is found raped and murdered; her boss, a young Jewish man, is accused of the crime.

  • Dates:Sep 11-12, Sep 14-17
  • Time(s):Evening shows 7:30pm, Sat 2:00pm Matinee
  • Venue:Roundhouse Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Venue Address:Building 1, Room 2110 (1.2110), Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley 6050
  • Ticket Price:Based on concession
  • Ticket Price FROM:$43
  • Ticket price TO:$50
  • Type:Youth Art / Performance
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Roundhouse Theatre
  • Performing Arts:Theatre

Description

Leo Frank’s trial and conviction is a shocking miscarriage of justice that leads to tragedy. Based on true events, the Tony-award-winning Parade is not your average feel-good musical. Yet this powerful tale of racism and false patriotism, set to a striking score that ranges from soaring anthems to ragtime and blues, is a timely reminder of the ugly consequences of ignorance and fear.

Choreographed by: Jayne Smeulders

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
  • 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'.

Songbook Sessions

Come see WAAPA's creative Music Artists play their original content and inspired arrangements, catering for both the acoustically and electrically-inclined!

  • Dates:Sep 15 -16
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:The Edith

Details

  • Hosted By:Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
  • Venue Address:Between Buildings 1 and 5, Edith Cowan University, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Ticket Price FROM:$13
  • Ticket price TO:$20
  • Type:Music
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:The Edith Spiegeltent
  • Music:Popular Music

Description

From the course that has given the contemporary music world such exceptional talents as Dulcie, Blake Rose and The Hunting Birds, Songbook Sessions showcases WAAPA’s fabulously creative Music Artists performing great original songs, classic rearrangements, and a combo of acoustic and band-driven entertainment. Be prepared for a night of delights as you soak up the musical vibes of the stars of tomorrow in WAAPA’s beautiful Spiegeltent. This concert presents unique performances that highlight the WAAPA Music Artist journey.

The Comedy Of Errors

Imagine arriving somewhere new, only to find that everyone there already seems to know who you are...

  • Dates:Sep 16-19
  • Time(s):Evening show 7:30pm, Matinee Sat 2:00pm
  • 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
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Enright Studio
  • Performing Arts:Theatre

Description

Shakespeare’s most farcical tale of mistaken identity is a crazy comedy of far-fetched coincidences, madcap confusion and hilarious misadventures. Two sets of identical twins, separated 25 years earlier in a shipwreck, end up in the same city on the same day. The father who set this chaos in motion is also in town, searching for his lost sons, but falls foul of the law and is condemned to death unless he can raise a ransom. Will his family be reunited before the day is out? And will the who’s who get sorted?

WAAPA Postgraduate Research Showcase

?WAAPA has a thriving postgraduate research program covering a broad range of performing arts disciplines, with a particular strength in practice-led research.

  • Dates:Sep 17
  • Time(s):7:30pm, 9:00pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Venue Address:Building 1, Room 110 (1.110), Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Ticket Price FROM:Free
  • Ticket price TO:Free
  • Type:University
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Description

Our strengths include interactive digital music systems, performance practices on historic piano, new directions in jazz, physiological analysis of human movement, theatre-making, choreography, and much more. The WAAPA Postgraduate Research Showcase is in part a performance event, and in part a series of short research presentations. It offers a rare opportunity for audiences to sample innovative arts projects in their nascent stages, and to view the ideas that will transform the future of arts discourse.

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