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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 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 regularly with a number of national and state music institutions such as Opera Australia and WA Opera.

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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The Space Inside

Vanessa Tomlinson - a sound artist, musician, composer and educator explores listening, space, density and beauty through the known and unknown.

  • Dates:Jul 28
  • Time(s):7.30
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Music:Other Music
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$23 - $30
  • Produced By:WAAPA

Description

Vanessa Tomlinson is a percussive artist dedicated to exploring how sound shapes our lives. She is an improviser, sound artist, musician, composer and educator, and the inaugural Director of Griffith University’s Creative Arts Research Institute. In this extraordinary performance, Tomlinson explores listening, spacialisation, density and beauty through the known and unknown, in works featuring text, percussion, paper and more! Performed by Vanessa Tomlinson (percussion) # Booking - Friends booking open on - Public booking open on

A Summit of Energies

A performance to celebrate the restoration of the legendary 1824 Broadwood & Sons grand piano.

  • Dates:Jul 31
  • Time(s):3pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$25 - $32
  • Produced By:WAAPA

Description

The Broadwood grand returns to WAAPA! This concert celebrates the completed restoration of WAAPA’s 1824 Broadwood & Sons grand piano (an instrument once owned by Andrew Ashe, the flautist in Haydn's London orchestra). After two years of expert restoration in Belgium, this priceless instrument makes a triumphant return to the stage. Joseph Haydn's Sonata No. 51 in D major is heard alongside Jan Ladislav Dussek's Sonata in G major Op. 39 and Muzio Clementi's Capriccio in A major Op. 34, works written for the captivating sound of pianos made by Broadwood. The program concludes with Carl Czerny's monumental arrangement for piano four hands of Beethoven's Eroica Symphony, No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55. Performed by Geoffrey Lancaster and James Huntingford (fortepianos) # Booking - Friends booking open on 13 Apr - Public booking open on 20 Apr

The Music of the Bachs

Classical students and staff at ECU perform the masterpieces of Bach

  • Dates:Aug 4
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Music:Classical
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$23 - $30
  • Produced By:WAAPA

Description

Of all the musical lineages, the Bachs of Thuringia are surely the most exceptional. From the sublime music of Johann Sebastian Bach himself to the highly fashionable ‘London Bach’ (Johann Christian), the wild ‘Berlin Bach’ (Carl Philipp Emanuel), and the music of JS Bach’s cousin, Johann Bernhard, this concert provides a sonic snapshot of an exceptional body of European music. Music Director - Stewart Smith Performed by Classical Music students and staff # Booking - Friends booking open on 20 Jul - Public booking open on 27 Jul

The Sky is the Limit

Daniel Susnjar, a multi award-winning drummer/composer leads the WAAPA Afro-Peruvian Ensemble bringing you the fusion of Afro-Peruvian music and contemporary jazz.

  • Dates:Aug 11
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:The Edith Spiegeltent

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  • Music:Jazz,World
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$13 - $ 20
  • Produced By:WAAPA

Description

With multi award-winning drummer/composer Daniel Susnjar at the helm, the WAAPA Afro-Peruvian Ensemble presents the joyous intersection of Afro-Peruvian music and contemporary jazz in a performance of thrilling cohesion, infectious rhythms and inspired original music. Music Director - Daniel Susnjar Performed by WAAPA Afro-Peruvian Ensemble # Booking - Friends booking open on 20 Jul - Public booking open on 27 Jul

Timothy Constable: Percussion Virtuoso

Timothy Constable from Sydney Symphony Orchestra takes you on a journey in sound, from Bach on marimba to Korean drumming and more.

  • Dates:Aug 11
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Music:Classical
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$23 - $30
  • Produced By:WAAPA

Description

Percussion wizard Timothy Constable (Sydney Symphony Orchestra) astonishes audiences around the globe. As a solo performer, composer, and artistic director of Synergy Percussion, Constable’s bewitching performances are legendary. Join Constable on a thrilling journey in sound, from the beauty of JS Bach’s music played on marimba, to Korean drumming, and the untamed rhythmic power of Iannis Xenakis. Performed by Timothy Constable (percussion) # Booking - Friends booking open on 20 Jul - Public booking open on 27 Jul

The Inaugural Taryn Fiebig Award

The concert is showcased by the six finalists in the inaugural Taryn Fiebig Award

  • Dates:Aug 12
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Music:Opera
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$23 - $30
  • Produced By:WAAPA

Description

Perth-born Taryn Fiebig was one of Australia’s leading sopranos, famed for her dazzling voice, versatility, charisma and radiant stage presence. This new award celebrates Taryn’s memory and legacy by supporting rising stars who combine singing and drama to create magical theatre. This concert showcases six magnificent finalists who compete for the inaugural Taryn Fiebig Award. Performed by Finalists of the 2022 Taryn Fiebig Award # Booking - Friends booking open on 20 Jul - Public booking open on 27 Jul

Warana Prize and the Moldau

Paul Wright, the Internationally-renowned Head of Strings leads the WAAPA Symphony Orchestra performing the masterworks "The Moldau and The High Castle" by Czech composer Bedrich Smetana.

  • Dates:Aug 20
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:The Ballroom - Government House

Details

  • Music:Classical
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$23 - $30
  • Produced By:WAAPA

Description

In a night of drama and superb musicianship, WAAPA’s three leading instrumentalists join the orchestra to battle it out in the final of the prestigious 2022 Warana Prize, with each student performing their favourite concerto movement. Internationally-renowned Head of Strings Paul Wright inspires the WAAPA Symphony Orchestra in Czech composer Bedrich Smetana's masterworks The Moldau and The High Castle. Music Directors - Peter Moore OAM & Paul Wright Performed by WAAPA Symphony Orchestra and soloists # Booking - Friends booking open on 20 Jul - Public booking open on 27 Jul

Dangerous Liaisons

WAAPA’s elite Indian Ocean Ensemble collaborate with The ‘Phone Co. and the Seven Seas Ensemble, bringing a unique new sounds and dynamic fusion.

  • Dates:Aug 25
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Music:Chamber Music,Classical
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$23 - $30
  • Produced By:WAAPA

Description

Chamber music at its best! WAAPA’s elite Indian Ocean Ensemble teams up with The ‘Phone Co. and the Seven Seas Ensemble to create outstanding new sounds and explore dynamic new collaborations. Michael Torke’s pieces May and Four Proverbs feature in a night of chamber music overflowing with energy, passion and creativity. Dangerous liaisons indeed! Music Directors - Matt Styles & Tim White OAM Performed by Indian Ocean Ensemble, The ‘Phone Co. and Seven Seas Ensemble # Booking - Friends booking open on 20 Jul - Public booking open on 27 Jul

The New Tradition

WAAPA New Orleans Ensemble will bring you a modern version of jazz music by Louis Armstrong, Jelly-Roll Morton, Bix Beiderbecke and more.

  • Dates:Aug 25
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:The Edith Spiegeltent

Details

  • Music:Jazz
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$13 - $20
  • Produced By:WAAPA

Description

The WAAPA New Orleans Ensemble takes a modern look at the music of Louis Armstrong, Jelly-Roll Morton, Bix Beiderbecke and other giants of the jazz world. This is high-energy music with a mix of blues, swing and ragtime flavours. Come and check out the next generation of jazz musicians paying homage to the roots of traditional jazz. Music Director - Ricki Malet Performed by WAAPA New Orleans Ensemble # Booking - Friends booking open on 20 Jul - Public booking open on 27 Jul

The Folk Song Project

WAAPA Voice and Guitar students explore the diversity of folk song in beautiful compositions and arrangements from across time and around the globe.

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

Details

  • Music:Country & Folk
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$23 - $30
  • Produced By:WAAPA

Description

What lovelier folksong combination is there than the human voice and the intimate tones of the guitar? Folk song transports us to the past while remaining meaningful to the present, and has inspired some of the greatest musical works of all time. Music Directors - Jonathan Paget Emma Matthews Performed by Classical Guitar and Classical Voice students # Booking - Friends booking open on 20 Jul - Public booking open on 27 Jul

Defying Gravity's Big Birthday Bash

A night to celebrate Defying Gravity percussion's 35th birthday with world music around the globe

  • Dates:Sep 1 - 3
  • Time(s):Evening show 7.30pm; Sat matinee 3pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Music:World
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$23 - $ 30
  • Produced By:WAAPA

Description

Defying Gravity turns 35 in an unforgettable celebration of the passion and power of percussion. It’s a wild and joyful ride through the world of music – you’ll visit Europe, America, Africa, India, Cuba and Australia, and enjoy Defying Gravity’s greatest hits from the past and the future. DG graduates join with the new generation to create a birthday celebration like no other. Come join the party with Defying Gravity! Music Director - Tim White OAM Performed by Defying Gravity percussion ensemble & staff with surprise birthday guests! # Booking - Friends booking open on 20 Jul - Public booking open on 27 Jul

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+