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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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Yirra Yaakin Vignette Series

Yirra Yaakin Vignette Series champions emerging First Nations playwrights by presenting their scripts on stage at Subiaco Arts Centre.

  • Dates:Jun 2 - Jul 2
  • Venue:Subiaco Arts Centre
  • Time(s):Evening shows 7pm; Matinees 2pm

Details

  • Produced By:Yirra Yaakin
  • Event Venue:Subiaco Arts Centre
  • Type:Aboriginal
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Hosted By:Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company
  • Accessibility:Wheelchair access, Auslan interpreted performance & Audio described performance
  • Ticket Price:$25

Description

Journey with the characters in 8 short plays as they find the courage to confess their love, go where they aren’t welcome, become who they want to be and fight for justice in an unjust world. The Yirra Yaakin Vignette Series is a collection of some of the best short scripts written and developed as part of the Yirra Yaakin Metro Writers’ Group 2020 and 2021. Originally delivered as readings at Yirra Yaarnz and now compiled and put into production for your enjoyment. Acted and directed by some of Perth’s most exciting, up and coming First Nations artists that hold the future of theatre in their hands! This is a show you don’t want to miss!

Stardust + The Mission

Experience this award-winning double bill and meet two ordinary individuals, whose extraordinary lives still reverberate to this day.

  • Dates:Jun 23, 24, 25, 28, 30, & Jul 2
  • Venue:Regional WA

Details

  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Hosted By:The Space Company

Description

STARDUST tells the story of bandleader and trumpet player, Col Brain. Before he died, Col placed his most prized life possessions into a cupboard and locked it up, never to be opened again. But what was inside? THE MISSION follows the journey of “Fighting Gunditjmara” man, Allan McDonald – one of the first Aboriginal soldiers from Victoria to enlist for war. He fought at Gallipoli and Beersheba, only to be denied a soldier’s settlement on his ultimate return to Australia and forced from his land at the Lake Condah Mission. This captivating and rollicking story, told by his great, great nephew, Gunditjmara man Tom Molyneux, tells the truth of Uncle Allan’s struggle; fighting for Country, for love, and for justice. ## TOURING 23 June 2022 - Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre 24 June 2022 - Don Russell Performing Arts Centre 25 June 2022 - Harvey Recreation and Cultural Centre 28 June 2022 - Ravensthorpe Town Hall 30 June 2022 - Williams Town Hall 2 July 2022 - Albany Entertainment Centre

My Fair Lady

My Fair Lady commences at the Regal Theatre Subiaco June 29th - July 2nd

  • Dates:Jun 29 - Jul 2
  • Time(s):7:30pm every night & 2:00pm July 2
  • Venue:The Regal Theatre

Details

  • Event Venue:Regal Theatre
  • Performing Arts:Theatre,Musicals
  • Hosted By:Regal Theatre
  • Ticket Price:$40-$45

Description

'My Fair Lady' by Lerner and Loewe tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a “proper lady.” Travel on this journey of transformation to find out who is really transformed with numbers such as Wouldn’t it be Luverly, The Rain in Spain, Get Me To The Church on Time, and the stunning Ascot Gavotte along with many others. Not seen in Perth for 10 years My Fair Lady is proudly brought to you by Alexandra Theatre. Directed by Natalee Graveson, assisted by Luke van der Beeke with Musical Direction by Taui Pinker and Madeleine Innes and stunning choreography by Chloe Palliser book your tickets now for an evening of sheer enjoyment.

Hachiko: The Loyal Dog

Be transported to an inventive and beautifully crafted cityscape as you follow the heartfelt journey of one dog who has touched the hearts of people everywhere

  • Dates:July 2-16, Performances 10AM-1PM. No performances Sundays or Public Holidays
  • Time(s):Performances 10AM-1PM, with special 6:30PM performances on Friday nights!
  • Venue:Spare Parts Puppet Theatre

Details

  • Produced By:Spare Parts Puppet Theatre
  • Event Venue:Spare Parts Puppet Theatre
  • Type:Kids,Youth
  • Performing Arts:Theatre,Puppetry
  • Accessibility:Wheelchair Access
  • Hosted By:Spare Parts Puppet Theatre
  • Ticket Price:$25 per ticket, with group booking discounts available

Description

Have you ever loved an animal? Have you ever wondered why they are so loyal? Be transported to an inventive and beautifully crafted cityscape as you follow the heartfelt journey of one dog who has touched the hearts of people everywhere. Based on a true story from Japan, Hachiko is a celebration of the unique joy and companionship that pets bring to our lives. Expect to leave the theatre feeling inspired and touched by the resilience and devotion of Hachiko the loyal dog.

Tarzan

A swinging musical is beating the drum of family fun during the upcoming July school holidays.

  • Dates:July 8, 9, 15, 16
  • Venue:Koorliny Arts Centre, 10 Hutchins Way, Kwinana

Details

  • Type:Kids
  • Performing Arts:Theatre,Musicals
  • Accessibility:Dedicated wheelchair seating options, ACROD parking bays, accessible toilets
  • Hosted By:Laughing Horse Productions
  • Ticket Price:7.30pm July 8, 9, 15, 16; 2pm July 9 & 16

Description

With music and lyrics by Genesis drummer and singer Phil Collins, Tarzan is based on the 1999 Disney film and staged by Laughing Horse Productions at the Koorliny Arts Centre. Tarzan is raised by gorillas in West Africa and falls in love with young English naturalist Jane – unaware the people with her are planning to capture the gorillas and exploit them back in the UK. Both the musical, which opened on Broadway in 2006 and ran for 486 performances, and film use the 1912 story Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs as their source material.

Yirra Yaarnz

Yirra Yaarnz 2022 will continue during NAIDOC Week celebrations, with a focus on storytelling, new works, new writers and new voices.

  • Dates:July 8 & 9
  • Venue:WA Museum

Details

  • Produced By:Yirra Yaakin
  • Type:Aboriginal,Community
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Hosted By:Yirra Yaakin

Description

A play reading program developed from selected members of the Yirra Yaakin Writers’ Group, followed by a Q & A session, that will also be live-streamed into selected partner organisations, showcasing the importance of storytelling & playwriting as it relates to Aboriginal culture

The Glass Menagerie

An iconic, timeless family drama.

  • Dates:Aug 2 – 21
  • Venue:His Majesty's Theatre

Details

  • Event Venue:His Majesty's Theatre
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Hosted By:Black Swan State Theatre Company of WA
  • Ticket Price:$30 – $129
  • Produced By:Black Swan State Theatre Company

Description

Winner of the New York Drama Critic’s Circle award for Best American Play, The Glass Menagerie is the timeless family drama that thrust Tennessee Williams into the international spotlight. Amanda Wingfield only wants the best for her two children, Tom and Laura. With her socialite adolescence behind her, Amanda puts all her energies into pushing her children up the social and financial ladder from which she has fallen. Shadowed by the absence of a father, they struggle to break free from their mother’s imposing ways. Clare Watson (York, The Torrents) exquisitely directs Tennessee Williams’ most vulnerable and semi-autobiographical play. Fuelled by pity and duty, burdened by love and hate, the Wingfields are one of theatre’s most iconic and heartbreakingly real families. This tour de force performance by much loved Mandy McElhinney (Wakefield, Love Child, Paper Giants) is your grand night out at the theatre.

Faulty Towers The Dining Experience

A loving homage to the smash hit BBC TV series, this is the world’s longest-running & most successful Fawlty Towers tribute.

  • Dates:Aug 14
  • Time(s):6.30pm
  • Venue:Stirling Arms Hotel

Details

  • Performing Arts:Theatre,Other
  • Ticket Price:$119.00 pp + bf

Description

This unforgettable immersive show sees audiences become paying guests at the Faulty Towers hotel. Expect 2 hours of comedy, improv, audience participation, & an original theatrical script to create a night perfect for anyone ready to laugh! Tickets include show, 3 course meal & alcoholic beverage package.

Telephone The Last Great Hunt

Come and explore connection and disconnection across an iconic moment in the history of humankind at the dawn of a new millennium.

  • Venue:Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
  • Dates:Aug 31 - Sep 10
  • Time(s):10am-5pm (Tue - Sun)

Details

  • Event Venue:PICA
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Hosted By:Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
  • Ticket Price:On Sale Soon

Description

Continuing PICA and The Last Great Hunt’s partnership that has resulted in hits such as NEW OWNER (2016), THE IRRESISTIBLE (2017) and LÉ NØR [the rain] (2019), Telephone is a roller coaster ride through New Year’s Eve 1999. It’s Y2K, the biggest party of the year and the end of the millennium. A radio host on the verge of a breakdown counts us down to midnight; teenagers try to sneak out to a party; a survivalist is prepping for 12:01 and the impending collapse of society, government takeover and martial law. Integrating analogue technologies, lo-fi light refraction and 90’s trance music, Telephone explores connection and disconnection across an iconic moment in the history of humankind at the dawn of a new millennium.

Generator 2022

Join WAAPA's 2nd Year Performance Making students' spectacular show from drama to politics.

  • Dates:Sep 1 - 3
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:The Edith

Details

  • Event Venue:The Edith Spiegeltent
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$13- $20
  • Produced By:WAAPA

Description

See what's cooking in the next generation of performance makers at WAAPA in this evening of new works from the creative minds of our 2nd Year Performance Making students. There will be drama, politics and heart in this program of courageous and original devised performance. Devised and performed by: 2nd Year Performance Making students

Tilt

Be a witness of the growth of some of Australia's finest emerging artists from WAAPA.

  • Dates:Sep 7 -10, 14, 15 - 17
  • Time(s):7.00pm, Fri & Sat matinees 2.00pm
  • Venue:The Blue Room Theatre

Details

  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$23 - $30
  • Produced By:WAAPA

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. Devised and performed by: 3rd Year Performance Making students *Contains: Adult themes.

Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn and Other Identities

3rd Year Acting students performing Fires in the Mirror under direction of Charles Allen.

  • Dates:Sep 8, 9, 10, 12, 13 & 14
  • Time(s):7.30pm, Sat Sep 10, 2.00pm
  • Venue:State Theatre Centre

Details

  • Event Venue:State Theatre Centre of WA
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$30 - $37
  • Produced By:WAAPA

Description

There are three sides to every story: yours, mine and the truth. Crown Heights, Brooklyn in the summer of 1991 is a community of roiling racial tensions. When a young Jewish driver accidentally kills a black child, riots erupt. As violence explodes on the streets, a 29-year-old Orthodox Jewish scholar from Australia is fatally stabbed by a gang of black youths. Fires in the Mirror, created from interviews with over 50 members of the Jewish and black communities, translates their voices verbatim into a Drama Desk award-winning play that revolutionised the genre of documentary theatre. Written by: Anna Deavere Smith Directed by: Charles Allen Performed by: 3rd Year Acting students “Fires in the Mirror is quite simply, the most compelling and sophisticated view of racial and class conflict that one could hope to encounter.” – The New York Times Contains: Adult themes and coarse language; ages 16+

Orestes 2.0

2nd Year Acting students of WAAPA are taking us to the Greek tragedy of Euripides' contemporary version.

  • Dates:Sep 8, 9, 10, 12, 13 & 14
  • Time(s):7.30pm, Sat Sep 10, 2.00pm
  • Venue:Enright Studio

Details

  • Event Venue:Enright Studio
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$23- $30
  • Produced By:WAAPA

Description

Modern echoes of an Ancient Greek war without end. Playwright Charles Mee’s 1991 edgy remake of Euripides’ Greek tragedy is reset in a modern world in which history keeps repeating itself. This fever-dream of a play weaves snippets from contemporary texts into the story of Orestes and Electra, who murdered their mother to avenge her murder of their father. Written by: Charles L. Mee Based on the play by: Euripides Directed by: Matt Edgerton Performed by: 2nd Year Acting students Contains: Adult themes, violence and sexual references; ages 16+

The Pajama Game

George Abbott and Richard Bissell's book The Pajama Game is adapting to the stage by WAAPA 3rd Year Music Theatre and Music students.

  • Dates:Sep 9, 10, 12, 13, 14 & 15
  • Time(s):7.30pm, Sat matinee 2.00pm
  • Venue:Roundhouse Theatre

Details

  • Event Venue:Roundhouse Theatre
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$43 - $50
  • Produced By:WAAPA

Description

This toe-tapping, comedic love story is set in the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory, where conditions are anything but peaceful. There’s trouble between superintendent Sid Sorokin and Babe Williams, leader of the union grievance committee, over a workers’ strike. But is that love brewing too? The Pajama Game is packed with golden musical gems, including Hey There, Hernando’s Hideaway and the sizzling Steam Heat. Book by: George Abbott and Richard Bissell Music and Lyrics by: Jerry Ross and Richard Adler Director and Choreographer: Cameron Mitchell Music Director: Craig Dalton Performed by: 3rd Year Music Theatre and Music students “It is a bright, brassy and jubilantly sassy show.” – New York Herald Tribune

Moorla-Na Bulla Woola Boolangul

Moorla-Na Bulla Woola Boolangul by Theona Councillor and family is a lyrical, cathartic and community focused work about healing from great grievances of history.

  • Dates:Oct 21-29
  • Venue:Bootenal Springs, Gerladton

Details

  • Produced By:Yirra Yaakin
  • Type:Aboriginal
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Hosted By:Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company

Description

Exploring the impact of the 1854 massacre of the Naagula people at Pelican Springs/Boolangul (colonially known as Bootenal Springs). As an outdoors, community developed work it is of a large scale and incorporates music, traditional dance and text – all in rhyming prose. This show is about engaging with and empowering the Yamatji community to tell their stories and explore ways that everyone in the City of Greater Geraldton can heal as a community. It is a beautiful, lyrical, cultural work written by award winning Musician, Naaguja/ Wardandi/ Bubbulman woman Theona Councillor in cooperation with her cousins and elders.