Kangaroo Stew

Desert Wirla Presents Kangaroo Stew Written by Zac James Presented in Partnership with The Blue Room Theatre & Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company Culture, money and power ‘You gonna sell your soul for a fist full of diamonds?’ Desert Wirla proudly presents the World Premiere of Kangaroo Stew, in partnership with The Blue Room Theatre & Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company. David is returning home under the guise of remembering the anniversary of his father John’s death. However, David’s actual motivations, unbeknownst to his family, are somewhat more mercenary. First Nations heritage, a family curse and ghosts at the dinner table, Kangaroo Stew will treat everyone present to a rich immersion in culture and a dramatic rollercoaster, guaranteed to engage all audiences. There will be love, punch ups and of course, the spirits of ancestors’ past.

Kangaroo Stew is the newest work by Zac James, a Martu/Yamatji/Murri man, who wrote Ice Land: A Hip h’Opera and starred in 8MMM: Aboriginal Radio (ABC/Netflix) and Shadow Trackers (SBS/ NITV). Kangaroo Stew is being launched through James’ recently formed independent company, Desert Wirla. Wirla means “heart”, in Tjupan, the language used throughout the Wiluna / Leonora region, where James is from. James says of his work; “I’m really excited to bring Kangaroo Stew to the public, it’s been 11 years in the making and is a story very close to my heart!”

 Desert Wirla has teamed up with an array of established theatre professionals, who bring a wealth of knowledge to their roles and the stage. These include the Director, Bruce Denny, who audiences will know from The Sum of Us (most recently presented by Yirra Yaakin in association with Perth Festival), Sparkles, Cracked, Paper Planes, Cloud Street and Bran Nue Dae; Maitland Schnaars (Hecate); Rayma Morrison (Skylab) andBlue Room debuts, Caitlin-Jane Hampson (Do You Know Me) and Micah Kickett. The staging of Kangaroo Stew aims to pave the way for more independent First Nations’ work.

What: Kangaroo Stew Where: The Blue Room Theatre- 53 James Street Northbridge WA 6003 When: April 27 – May 8 || All shows 7pm PREVIEW: Tuesday, April 27 OPENING NIGHT: Wednesday, April 28 Cost: Full Price $30 | Concession $25.00 | Groups 6+ $25.00 Bookings: https://blueroom.org.au/events/kangaroo-stew/

Western Australia’s Feminist Theatre Company tempest presents

Fifo – Fit IN OR F**K off

The boom went bust, and now Jono’s in a desert mine site’s donga, trapped in debt and a lifestyle that is slowly strangling his liyarn. Jono’s wife Mary feels stuck in the high flying life of the lonely FIFO parent and has decided they’d be better off cutting their losses and moving home to Broome, close to family and her younger sister Janey. But the old neighbourhood, and her sister, ‘ain’t what they used to be’. Janey is locked in her house, sliding into stand-up comedic delusion as she awaits her FIFO husband Brad’s return. But where is Brad? And where’s their young daughter Katie? Something’s gotta give, but what will it take to stop the slide into the deepening pit that threatens to engulf them all?

In a country abundant with natural resources, mining is a way of life. This warm, tautly written drama pulls no punches as it explores the impact of mining on two Indigenous families, developed from extensive interviews with miners from across the country and lived experience of the writer. Starting in Broome with Goolarri Media’s Indigenous Writers program, and developing with the support of Yirra Yaakin, Playwriting AustraliaIlbijerri and Moogahlin’s Yellamundie First Nations Play Festival, FIFO – Fit In or F*ck Off! brings us an exciting new voice from the Kimberley, former FIFO worker Melody Dia.

The interview was done by Malti Elliott with the playwright Melody Dia.


A DOLL’S HOUSE

 

Subiaco Arts Centre STUDIO

October 28 – November 2, 7.30pm

A moment in time. A suspended breath. A door slam.

Ibsen’s iconic play is reimagined as a bold one woman show – we are invited into Nora’s world to hear her point of view and see her vulnerabilities.

Tempest will present a brand-new adaptation of Ibsen’s play that allows us insight into the most famous door slam in theatre history. One of the most performed plays in the world, the themes of the fate of women and femininity, and the true meaning of marriage, still ring true today.

Adapted and directed by PAWA award nominated director Susie Conte, this show is not to be missed.

ABOUT tempest

 

tempest is a feminist theatre company making theatre for women, by women, and about women. Dedicated to telling women’s stories, tempest brings together experienced and emerging female theatre makers in a bid to showcase WA’s brightest talents. tempest strives to offer professional, independent theatre and believes that women should raise women up to tell their stories.

What:                                    A Doll’s House

When:                                    Oct 28 – Nov 2                     7.30pm

Where:                                  Subiaco Arts Centre, 180 Hamersley Rd

Tickets:                 Adult                                                      $36

Groups (6+)                                           $30

More info:                            www.ptt.wa.gov.au

The interview was done by Jane Sherwood with the director Susie Conte.


A classic Persian Story for 21st Century Perth A poetic tale of star-crossed lovers told in English and Farsi, Layla Majnun is a brand new translation of the Persian classic that will premiere this October at the Subiaco Arts Centre, produced by Performing Lines WA. Described as the ‘Romeo and Juliet of the East’ and central to Persian culture, Layla Majnun is a powerful and enduring tale of love and separation passed down over the centuries through poetry and song.

Now award-winning producers Performing Lines WA are bringing together the talents of acclaimed US based scholar and performer Ustaadh Feraidoon Mojadedi, director James Berlyn and artists from local intercultural artist collective illUMEnate to stage this much-loved story from the Islamic canon. Stunning large-scale projections, an original score and a new translation of one of the world’s oldest surviving stories will bring this work to life for audiences in Perth.

“Being able to bring this iconic story to the stage not only honours and revives the tradition of theatre within our communities, but it is a powerful way to counter the xenophobia many of us experience,” said creative producer Zainab Syed. “This production aims to bring people from across different cultures together through ideas central to the story that impact us all – universal themes of love, loss and separation”. Showcasing poems by Rumi and other giants of Islamic literature, this hour-long performance is accompanied by a program of free activities to allow audiences from all backgrounds to get a greater insight into the production, the story and Persian culture and history.

Syed said this project builds on Performing Lines’ commitment to ensuring audiences can experience the best in contemporary performance; shows that reflect the diversity of stories and experiences that make the Australian community “Through our work on Layla Majnun, and with artists like disability theatremakers Sensorium Theatre and Sally Richardson’s upcoming intercultural work Gui Shu, we are making good on our promise to change what theatre and the audiences who attend it can look like” Syed said

Layla Majnun by illUMEnate Wed 2 – Sat 5 October | Subiaco Arts Centre, 180 Hamersley Rd, Subiaco Food, refreshments and activities from 6:30pm, showtime 7:30pm

The interview was done by Malti Elliott with the writer Ustaadh Feraidoon Mojadedi.


Five of the best, right from the bench

A SIMPLE premise delivers a quintet of short original plays at the Carlisle Hotel this August.

Written and directed by prolific Perth playwright Noel O’Neill, A View from the Park is presented by Maverick Theatre Productions and features five different plays with two or three actors on a park bench.

Connie and Clyde opens the show with the title characters agreeing to meet after only sharing emails, then discovering they’re not quite who they pretended to be.

It’s followed by The Flat where two people meet in a park before having a liaison in a friend’s flat, leading to consequences neither of them bargained for.

In Serenade in Blue, a music teacher is found in a park by a girl and, as the story unfolds, it’s revealed he has dementia and she is trying to bring him home.

Love And Marriage is the tale of a couple agreeing to meet a woman to straighten out her marriage – but they have troubles of their own.

Rounding out the set is A Ticket To Paradise, where two retired Jewish men meet in a cemetery after working together for 30 years and discover more about each other than during their whole working career.

“This is a show about art reflecting life,” O’Neill said. “The main challenge was for the actors to make the script active, instead of themselves, because they only had a park bench when dealing with each other.

“The most important thing when staging a production is to keep everything simple, including both the set and the story, to give the actors room to explore.

“I relate it to walking my dog – I let the dog take me and, through his intuition, he comes alive to explore and enjoys the freedom, although the leash is on so he doesn’t run away.

“The only metaphoric leash I put on the actors is to ensure they don’t run away with themselves; I let them explore and enjoy the freedom to use their intuition.”

Born in Ireland, O’Neill moved to New York in his late teens and studied acting with Lee Strasberg and Herbert Berghof, appearing in many off-Broadway productions including One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest and Of Mice and Men.

Since moving to Perth more than 20 years ago, he has appeared on stage and directed and written numerous shows for the Old Mill and KADS Theatres, Graduate Dramatic Society and the Irish Theatre Players.

O’Neill has won numerous awards for writing and directing and has previously worked as a lecturer at the WA Academy of Performing Arts and Perth Actors’ Collective.

Most recently, he has written and directed the sell-out production The Trials Of John Boyle O’Reilly and is currently appearing as Watto in the ABC-TV series The Heights.

The inspiration for A View from the Park came from observing people and the complicated ways we go through our lives,” O’Neill said.

“The dialogue comes from people I have observed over the years, although the circumstances and situations are imagined.

“I recall their voices and the type of characters they were and then put them onto the page – but I have to hear and remember the voices first.”

A View from the Park plays at 7.30pm August 2, 3, 9 and 10 with 2.30pm matinees August 3, 4, 10 and 11. Tickets are $25, $20 concession – book at www.trybooking.com/BDQOP.

The Carlisle Hotel is at 174 Rutland Avenue, Carlisle.

The interview was done by Malti Elliott with the writer/director Noel O’Neill.


THE WOLVES

By Sarah DeLappe

 


Lace up for the WA premiere of the Pulitzer Prize nominated play that is kicking goals on stages across the globe —
THE WOLVES by up-and-coming New York playwright Sarah De Lappe opens at The Blue Room Theatre on 20 August.

A soccer team of teenage girls somewhere in Middle America; The Wolves are close; they look out for each other. They laugh hard, train harder, and over a season, fight battles with each other and themselves. Undefeated, smart, tough; they are both terrified and terrifying as together they step into the arena of adulthood.But this is just the warm up. The real game is about to come crashing into their lives.

From the incredible squad that brought you Grounded – Red Ryder Productions has teamed upthis season with nine of Perth’s dynamic young actors to bring this sophisticated debut play to WA for the first time.

The Wolves is a fascinating work which has the wow factor of skill and the instinctive flash of the unexpected.   PERFORMING ARTS HUB 2019

The scary, exhilarating brightness of raw adolescence. – THE NEW YORK TIMES

 

These are Wolves of hope and innocence, determination and vulnerability, bravery and passion. Pay them a visit!  NEW YORK THEATRE GUIDE 2017

 

Watch these incredible young women at play – joyful, wild and dangerous – where they grow up before your eyes. Life isn’t a game – but each player realises she’s part of a team, and never truly alone.

 

West Coast Fever sells out the Perth Arena, interest in the AFL Women’s competition is surging, the women’s cricket team are World Champions and 2019 sees the Matildas compete in the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Sam Kerr, Tayla Harris, and Ellyce Perry are becoming household names. Women’s sport is finally finding an audience and the girls who are
THE WOLVES show us why.

 

Red Ryder Productions have been proudly making theatre in Perth for 15 years and are three-time Member’s Choice Award winners at The Blue Room Awards.

CREATIVE TEAM
Performed byThe Wolves:Courtney Cavallaro, Molly Earnshaw, Chelsea Gibson, Anna Lindstedt, Angela Mahlatjie, Caitlin McFeat, Sam Nerida, Tallulah Starkie, Elise Wilson     |     Alison van Reeken is the Soccer Mum.

Directed by Emily McLean|Produced by BenjD’Addario  |  Sound Design by Rachael Dease

Lighting Design by Karen Cook |Stage Managed by Georgia Smith

* Warning: This production contains some coarse language and adult themes.

Where:                                 The Blue Room Theatre, 53 James St, Northbridge

When:                                         20 August – 7 September @ 7.00pm

Suitable:                    15 years+

Bookings:                  blueroom.org.au or 9227 7005

Tickets:                               $20-30| Groups 6+ $25

Photos were provided courtesy Marshall Stay.

The interview was done by Malti Elliott with the director of the play Emily Mclean. 


FLOOR THIRTEEN

FLOOR THIRTEEN PERTH’S MOST PROMISING PERFORMANCE MAKERS LOOK AT THE FOUNDATIONS OF MEMORIES AND HOW WE TELL OUR OWN STORY Delve into a world where nothing is safe. FLOOR THIRTEEN follows the story of Phoebe, a woman who’s had a big night. It’s 3am and she’s trapped in an elevator with nothing but a half-empty bottle of Moet and her anxious thoughts. Profoundly alone, wrecked and panicking, she’s trying to figure out her next move. Over and over again, she ruminates on her memories from the evening. She’s got to get her story straight… Race through a mind in turmoil and be prepared to question everything; this is Memento meets Chunky Move. Fast lights, throbbing beats – FLOOR THIRTEEN is a trip down memory lane in fifth gear. Recent WAAPA graduates Marshall Stay (DAD, THE COCKBURN INCIDENT), Elise Wilson (COOKIES AND CREAM, GRACE) and Courtney Henri, (GIRL & THING) are behind this premiere work as part of The Blue Room Theatre’s 2019 season. “This show will be a smorgasbord for the senses. It will be an experience that ignites our curiosities about memory and imagination by experimenting with movement and text. We are investigating how we see the world through a first-person point of view and we’re looking at the narrative of our own identity and how we retell stories to one another. Do we pitch ourselves as the hero, survivor or villain?” says Elise Wilson. Using cutting-edge technology, live projection and voice manipulations and an incredible ensemble of WAAPA graduates comes FLOOR THIRTEEN, a bold and powerful new work infused with clever tricks and sharp storytelling to create a memory-scape that slides between a party, a childhood home and Kings Park. Director Marshall Stay is excited to explore the physicality and malleability of memory in this piece. “We invite the audience to piece together the truth” says Stay. “Expect this journey to be dark, surprising and leave you second guessing everything you see.” Strap in for this thrilling ride with one woman and all the spooks her mind can conjure.

FLOOR THIRTEEN When, 7pm, 25th June – 13th July, 2019 Where: The Blue Room Theatre, Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge Bookings: blueroom.org.au | (08) 9227 7005 Tickets: $20 – $30

The interview was done by Malti Elliott with the writer Elise Wilson .


Hey! Precious and The Blue Room Theatre present “Unrule” Directed by Michelle Aitken Devised and performed by Chelsea Gibson, Mani Mae Gomes, Alicia Osyka, and Rhiannon Petersen

MAY 28 –JUNE 15The Blue Room Theatre

There will be blood. Menstrual blood. Inspired by true tales of body horror, and the prom scene from Carrie, Unrule is a spooky, scary new work that teases apart our complicated relationships with female bodies.

With humour, rage, and vulnerability, an ensemble of women grapple with deep seated anxieties around sexual, mental, and reproductive healthFrom light bladder leakage to serious accounts of medical mistreatment, they attempt to live with the monsters within by bringing them to life in grotesque, glorious, and moist forms.From the award winning Michelle Aitken (Future’s Eve) and an ace team of collaborators comes a surreal performance spectacle that can turn from hilarious to horrifying on a dime.

The interview was done by Malti Elliott with the director Michelle Aitkins.


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A Picture of Betrayal

A BLACK comedy about gangsters in London’s East End during the 1960s comes to the Old Mill Theatre this May – and it has more twists and turns than a pretzel.

Presented by Maverick Theatre Productions, A Picture of Betrayal is written and directed by Noel O’Neill and explores the day-to-day life of criminals going about their business of thieving, cheating and killing each other.

Ray uses initiative he doesn’t have and makes decisions best left to others, causing the wheels of scheming retribution to be set in motion.

The question remains: who will be left with the prize?

A Picture of Betrayal is a black comedy about there being no honour among thieves,” O’Neill.

“I watched a television show called Fake or Fortune? and let my imagination wander with a ‘what if?’ scenario.”

Fake or Fortune? is a BBC-TV program that uses detective skills and forensic testing to reveal tales of lost artistic masterpieces and major forgeries.

“It set my mind racing and I set the play in London in 1964 because I grew up there in the late ’50s and ’60s,” O’Neill said.

“As it often is with criminals, each character in the play ultimately betrays each other.”

Born in Ireland, O’Neill moved to New York in his late teens and studied acting with Lee Strasberg and Herbert Berghof, appearing in many off-Broadway productions including One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest and Of Mice and Men.

Since moving to Perth more than 20 years ago, he has appeared on stage and directed and written numerous shows for the Old Mill and KADS Theatres, Graduate Dramatic Society and the Irish Theatre Players.

O’Neill has won numerous awards for writing and directing and has previously worked as a lecturer at the WA Academy of Performing Arts and Perth Actors’ Collective.

Most recently, he has written and directed the sell-out production The Trials Of John Boyle O’Reilly and is currently appearing as Watto in the ABC-TV series The Heights.

With A Picture of Betrayal, O’Neill said the main challenge was ensuring each character didn’t give away too much.

“Each one has a different motivation but greed is common to all of them,” he said.

“While I’d describe it as a black comedy, it’s up to the audience to decide.”

A Picture of Betrayal plays at 7.30pm May 8, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18 with a 2pm matinee May 12. Tickets are $30, $25 concession – book at www.trybooking.com/BBJDQ.

The heritage-listed Old Mill Theatre is on the corner of Mends Street and Mill Point Road, South Perth (opposite the Windsor Hotel and Australia Post).

The interview was done by Malti Elliott with the writer/director Noel O’Neill.


Cracked

Frankie is in jail for serious offences of assault and drug possession. She’s bitter, disenfranchised and just wants to live life on her terms. But jail is a temporary escape for her – free from financial hardship, homelessness, and hunger. Cracked is the story of Frankie as she rages her way through the criminal justice system with the hope of being reunited with her kids. Weaving several narratives, Cracked shows the complexity and disconnectedness of people that fall into a life of crime, and the trials faced by prisoners and others who are determined to help them find a better life. Written by Barbara Hostalek, whose first play Banned sold out two seasons at The Blue Room Theatre in 2018, Cracked is a powerful and thought-provoking look inside our criminal justice system from an exciting new voice.

Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company, in collaboration with Playwriting Australia as part of their inaugural Ignition Program, will bring Cracked to life.

 

Praise for Barbara’s work:


… thoughtfully structured drama, with well developed characters.  Stage Whispers

The writing is brilliant… Hostalek’s script is genuine and believable.  Seesaw Mag

[Hostalek] has used the power of words to, in effect, examine the power of words. – The West Australian

This production contains course language, drug references and adult themes. It is recommended for patrons aged 15+.

The interview was done by Malti Elliott with the writer Barbara Hostelek.


The Double

Opening the 2019 Blue Room Theatre Development Season comes The Double, the latest work from Clare Testoni (2018 Best Production – Tale of Tales). A new Faustian thriller that interrogates humanity’s relationship with technology, the digital, and our own images.

“A struggling actress sells her likeness to a tech giant. As her double begins to take shape, she recognises herself less- and-less in it. The deal with the devil is sealed, and soon her double appears on every phone, every computer, every screen, everywhere.”

This is a recorded interview with Claire Testoni – the writer and director



MEDUSA
Written by Finn O’Branagáin
Directed by Joe Hooligan Lui
16 October – 3 November 2018
THE BLUE ROOM THEATRE

MEDUSA is an immersive, theatrical experience that says time’s up on sexual assault through this bold re-telling of the Medusa tale from Greek mythology.

With no seating, The Blue Room Theatre is transformed into a pumping, sweaty nightclub for three weeks as the story of Medusa is retold to reflect the modern horror that women face when it comes to gaslighting, sexual harassment, and sexual assault.

This production marks the very first collaboration between beloved indie theatre stalwart Renegade Productions and new feminist collective Bow & Dagger, fusing the outlandish and brilliant minds of writer Finn O’Branagáin and director Joe Lui.

After the public and private purging that occurred as part of the #metoo movement, I wanted to make something that continues the conversation and carries it towards a place of solidarity and empowerment,” O’Branagáin says.

I’m sick of feeling unsafe as I walk down the street at night. I want to feel strong and powerful.

I want women of all ages and backgrounds to feel this way. I wanted to make a movement that would support this in a way that is radical and unifying and fun and fierce.”

Featuring a cast of fierce warrior women, MEDUSA is an immersive experience of ritual, togetherness, sacrifice, and empowerment – not a play but a provocation for women to take to the streets and reclaim their spaces.

Sacrifice your inhibitions and join us

Click here for an interview with Finn O’Branagain – the playwright. The interview was done by Malti Elliott.

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tempest PRESENTS (dis)Solution

Subiaco Arts Centre STUDIO

October 16-20, 7pm

 Two sisters inherit an unwilling grandma.

(dis)Solution is a comedy about caring for others when you can’t even care for yourself.

And the options are slim, anyway.

 

Tempest will present the WA premiere of (dis)Solution, a new, uniquely Australian play written by emerging talent Ariella Stoianand co-devised by Madeline Clouston and Camilla Turnbull, at Subiaco Arts Centre as part of their 2018 season.

Originally conceived for Sydney Fringe Festival 2016, (dis)Solution is an intimate two-hander, told through the relationship of 20-something sisters Abby and Margot, whose opinions on where to house their grandmother couldn’t be more different. Both feel unprepared to deal with this enormous responsibility and the stubbornness of their Nonna, who has no intention to move from her farm to the city. Tensions rise as the sisters tussle on how to manage issues of autonomy alongside securing the best care.

“Finding appropriate care for a loved one is a complex task that is rarely discussed. We want to encourage audiences to think and feel differently around issues of assumed care, putting forward all the options. These issues are particularly prevalent in WA, where the ratio of working population to dependent population is changing at a faster rate than the rest of the country.” – Ariella Stoian

(dis)Solutionexamines one of the most important issues of our generation; how to manage a rapidly aging population in need of care whilst balancing life’s other pressures.It engages with complex and sensitive subject matter with irreverent humour and boisterous, stitch-giving energy. The show helps create a dialogue around what is silent, in a world that only offers interim solutions.

The show will be a first time collaboration betweentempest co-founders Susie Conte andKylie Bywatersand the project’s co-devisor Madeline Clouston.(dis)Solution was created, imagined and devised entirely by women, aligning withtempest’s goal to produce strong independent theatre with female roles.

What: (dis)Solution

When: Tues 16 Oct to Sat 20 Oct 7pm

Where: Subiaco Arts Centre, 180 Hamersley Rd

Tickets: Adult $36

Groups (6+) $30

This is a recorded interview with Susie Conte – the director of this amazing play – dis(solution). The interview was done by Malti Elliott.


MEDUSA

Written by Finn O’Branagáin
Directed by Joe Hooligan Lui
16 October – 3 November 2018
THE BLUE ROOM THEATRE

MEDUSA is an immersive, theatrical experience that says time’s up on sexual assault through this bold re-telling of the Medusa tale from Greek mythology.

With no seating, The Blue Room Theatre is transformed into a pumping, sweaty nightclubfor three weeks as the story of Medusa is retold to reflect the modern horror that women face when it comes to gaslighting, sexual harassment, and sexual assault.

This production marks the very first collaboration between beloved indie theatre stalwart Renegade Productions and new feminist collective Bow & Dagger, fusing the outlandish and brilliant minds of writer Finn O’Branagáin and director Joe Lui.

After the public and private purging that occurred as part of the #metoo movement, I wanted to make something that continues the conversation and carries it towards a place of solidarity and empowerment,” O’Branagáin says.

I’m sick of feeling unsafe as I walk down the street at night. I want to feel strong and powerful.

I want women of all ages and backgrounds to feel this way. I wanted to make a movement that would support this in a way that is radical and unifying and fun and fierce.”

Featuring a cast of fierce warrior women, MEDUSA is an immersive experience of ritual, togetherness, sacrifice, and empowerment – not a play but a provocation for women to take to the streets and reclaim their spaces.

Sacrifice your inhibitions and join us

Click here for the interview with the playwright Finn O’BRANAGÁIN. The interview was done by Malti Elliott.


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Presented by The Blue Room Theatre & Charlotte Otton

A collective of electrifying contemporary artists join forces to present Let me finish., a burning work that strikes the core of female empowerment and sexual liberation. This performance offers real, queer and culturally diverse tales and rules the stage with a power-ballad of laughs, grotesqueness and self-acceptance.

Lead by Charlotte Otton (Hive Mind), Phoebe Sullivan (Minus One Sister, Blueprint) and Emily Stokoe (Minus One Sister, An Almost Perfect Thing) – these fresh as f#ck theatre makers tear off society’s labels and dive deep into the complex narratives that lead to female sexual empowerment and self-destruction.

Let me finish. is part of the larger conversation – it rose to the surface with #metoo and became more urgent with the death of Melbourne comedian Eurydice Dixon in June this year. It’s time. Let me finish. demands to be heard.

“I began developing this work early in 2017 and the development over the year has proven that this show holds urgency and importance now more than ever. I’m ready to make work that’s brutally honest. Let me finish. is the exploration of what it’s like to be a socialised female and all that comes with that; taking up space, the presence and impression of men and the beast that is sexuality,” says Otton

Let me finish. is your opportunity to bear witness to a humorous exposé of life as a twenty-something female in Australia. Intersectional feminism has never been so damn funny. This is a full throttle performance that’ll crush and disrupt tradition, simply by telling it how it is.

No apologies.

Let me finish.

2 – 7 October, 8:30pm | 9 – 20 October, 7:00pm

Tickets $20 – $30 via blueroom.org.au

The Blue Room Theatre

53 James Street, Northbridge WA

The interview was done by Malti Elliott with the writer/performer Charlotte Otton.


The inconsequential life of little fish
Love, Cruelty and Revenge.

A fisherman catches himself a wife, and so begins this charming love story. The Inconsequential Lives of Little Fish is an unlikely romance set in a world filled with corruption and greed.

With two mouths to feed and another on the way, our fisherman takes a job at the helm of a delivery boat headed towards the big city. On the journey a storm wrecks the boat and leaves our couple with an enormous debt. They are conned into bonded labour – the fisherman is trafficked and his wife is put to work in a fish processing factory.

Written by Malcolm Robertson Foundation award recipient Frieda Lee (All His Beloved Children), this is a heartfelt two hander with a dark twist.

Presented by Frieda, Sam & Friends

Producer: Erin Lockyer
Lead Creative: Frieda Lee
Performer: Sam Hayes
Designer: Maeli Cherel
Sound Designer: Isaac Diamond
Lighting Designer/StageManager: Phoebe Pilcher
Publicity & Marketing: Mitchell Whelan

Recommended for ages 12+
Meet The Artists Q&A on 12 September

Image: Tracey Killen

The interview was done by Malti Elliott with the playwright/ performer Frieda Lee.


The Orchid and the CRow

A comedy about an atheist surviving cancer by finding God in Lance Armstrong

Daniel Tobias grew up in a Jewish-atheist household. In 2004, he found out he had stage-four testicular cancer and went searching for God… Any God. Enter Lance Armstrong.

★★★★ “Turns divine vengeance into comedy gold.” The Age

Following a highly successful international tour of Canada, UK and New Zealand, Daniel Tobias’

award winning one man show The Orchid and the Crow is back in Australia setting sail on a 17 venue national tour.

Reflecting on Daniel’s real life experiences, The Orchid and the Crow is a funny, uplifting musical rollercoaster about faith, family and survival. Part storytelling, part cabaret, part theatre, the show segues between rock, pop and contemporary opera, featuring original songs from the writers of Die Roten Punkte – the lipstick-smeared, tantrum-loving, sonic collision that has gone down a storm at various Edinburgh and international Festivals.

★★★★ “It’s confessional and works on a therapeutic level too, but damn if it isn’t a riot of entertainment”

Time Out Melbourne

At 29, Daniel is an atheist, single and living the life of a bohemian artist in Melbourne. And lo, God was not pleased! Appalled with Daniel’s lifestyle choices, God makes an example of him and appears on earth to smite him with stage four testicular cancer. Stage five is death.

As Dan prepares for his upcoming treatment he is left in a spiritual vacuum. He is reaching for faith in something, but he’s certainly not going to find it in a deity who has already stolen one of his balls.

Instead, Daniel finds salvation in an unlikely modern messiah, seven-time winner of the Tour de France and testicular cancer survivor Lance Armstrong.

★★★★ “Tobias is an intelligent, dynamic and honest performer who is highly entertaining to watch. This

show will renew your faith in love, life, and possibly even Lance Armstrong” CBC Canada

Created and performed by Daniel Tobias, director – Christian Leavesley, dramaturg – Casey

Bennetto, script consultant – David Quirk, songs – Daniel Tobias and Clare Bartholomew with John

Thorn, Casey Bennetto and Jherek Bischoff. Developed with the assistance of the Australia Council

for the Arts, Creative Victoria and the Besen Family Foundation.

Some performances will come with a post-show Q and A where audiences will have the opportunity

to ask Daniel questions about the show and his journey with cancer.

WINNER: Best Writing (Cabaret) – Green Room Awards 2015

WINNER: Outstanding Solo Performance – Ottawa Fringe 2015

The interview was done by Malti Elliott with the actor Daniel Tobias.


The Last Great Hunt presents:

IMPROVEMENT CLUB

By Jeffrey Jay Fowler

27 June – 7 July 2018, 7:30PM

STATE THEATRE CENTRE OF WA

Media Release – May 2018

ARE YOU DESTINED FOR GREATNESS?

Razor-sharp Perth writer Jeffrey Jay Fowler (FAG/STAG, BALI, Second Hands, The One) is behind the second premiere work from The Last Great Hunt‘s 2018 Perth season. IMPROVEMENT CLUB is Being John Malkovich meets The Office, in a surreal comedy about our infinite pursuit of excellence.

For nine shows only at the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia June 27 –July 7, tickets are on sale now, with early bird prices until 20 June.

One day Ash comes up with an idea that he’s sure will change his life and the world: IMPROVEMENT CLUB, an exclusive association with the singular goal of improving.

But as members join they begin to question him. What does improvement actually mean? Fitter bodies? Better brains? More dollars in the bank? A place for everyone at the table?

“Who cares,” Ash declares, “as long as the club is always heading towards the stars and I’m always in charge!” But his unsatisfactory answers lead to the first vote for leadership, and soon Ash finds himself on the outside looking in.

Written and directed by the award-winning theatre maker, and co-founder of The Last Great Hunt, IMPROVEMENT CLUB reunites the team behind 2017’s THE ADVISORS: ‘Hunters’ Gita Bezard, Arielle Gray, and Chris Isaacs, with guest theatre makers Frieda Lee and Mararo Wangai.

“It’s great to be back with the team of risk taking theatre makers from The Advisors” says Fowler “I needed a group of people who would support me making one of my most radically post-structural works yet.”

“Improvement Club is a response to the constant insistence from capitalist entities that tell us to always improve ourselves without pause. Every day I am bashed with messages telling me to be fitter, happier, more relaxed, more balanced, younger looking, a better friend, wealthier and better travelled. What would happen if someone actually attempted to improve themselves as aggressively as the world suggests we should? What would happen if everyone heeded these messages for self improvement?”

AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEW: Writer and Director Jeffrey Jay Fowler.

27 JUNE – 7 JULY, 2018 – 7.30pm

STATE THEATRE CENTRE OF WA

WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY JEFFREY JAY FOWLER

SET & COSTUME DESIGN BY SALLY PHIPPS

SOUND & LIGHTING DESIGN BY JOE LUI

TICKETS FROM $22-$35 PLUS BOOKING FEE

BOOKINGS: tickets.ptt.wa.gov.au

MORE INFORMATION: www.thelastgreathunt.com

The interview was done by Malti Elliott with the director Jeffrey Jay Ffowler.



WESTERN AUSTRALIA’S FEMINIST THEATRE COMPANY

PRESENTS LYSISTRATA

 

LYSISTRATA

Subiaco Arts Centre STUDIO

JULY 10-14, 7pm

Women and war. Sex and politics. A battle of the sexes.

The most famous Greek comedy of all time, Lysistrata tells the story of a woman’s extraordinary mission to end the war by denying all the men of the land any sex. In light of the recent #MeToo movement, Lysistrata celebrates consensual sex and women’s agency to use their sexuality as a political tool. Written in 411 BC, the play’s themes of femininity, sex, power and politics still holds true in 2018.

tempest brings this iconic Greek play to life this winter at Subiaco Arts Centre with an all-star female cast from Perth’s theatre scene.

ABOUT THE COMPANY

tempest is a feminist theatre company making theatre for women, by women, and about women. Run by Susie Conte and Kylie Maree, and dedicated to telling women’s stories, tempest brings together experienced and emerging female theatre makers in a bid to showcase WA’s brightest talents. tempest strives to offer professional, independent theatre and believes that women should raise women up to tell their stories.

ABOUT THE CAST AND CREW

SUSIE CONTE(Director) is the Creative Director of tempest and has recently finished her MA in Performing Arts (Directing) at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). Susie is a writer, producer, performer and director. Susie has worked at Black Swan State Theatre Co, The Blue Room Theatre, on WAAPA shows and with other independent theatre artists. She has produced and directed award-nominated works at FringeWorld such as The Fifteen Minute Hamlet, Macbeth-ish, BASH, and The Yellow Wallpaper. tempest created a brand new venue at FringeWorld 2018 supporting female artists and acts, Lady Beaufort. She has just directed a successful season of Hold Your Breath (Count to Ten) for the Blue Room Theatre. She is currently directing NY playwright Ann Marie Healey’s When He Gets That Way for Subiaco Theatre Festival, as well as her own adaptation of Lysistrata for Subiaco Arts Centre.

The interview was done by Malti Elliott with the director Susie Conte.


HIRO

Subtitle:The man who sailed his house

From the team that brought you the award winning The Astronaut, comes HIROthe tale of incredible survival; aworld premiere collaboration between Samantha Chester and Humphrey Bower at The Blue Room Theatre from 19 June 2018.

Adapted from the long form article ‘The man who sailed his house’ by American writer Michael Paterniti. HIRO is a new devised theatrical work that tells the incredible true story of HiromitsuShinkawa who, after the waves had left their destruction, and as rescue workers searched the ruins,came the news of an almost surreal survival.

Miles out to sea a man was found. Alone. Riding on nothing, but the roof of his house.

HIRO will tell his story – an astonishing true story that is an exquisite analysis of the trembling of the human condition, of the difference between what we think is important and what actually is.

At two forty-six, something rumbles from deep in the earth, a sickening sort of grinding, and then everything lurches wildly, whips back, lurches more wildly still. The cut boards stacked along the wall clatter down, and your first move is to flee the shed, to dive twenty feet free onto open ground and clutch it, as if riding the back of a whale. Time elongates. Three minutes becomes a lifetime

HIRO uses sound, image, puppetry and movement to shape the world of Hiroand his amazing journey of survival.

This production is part two in Chester’s triptych small works that that deal with big things – specifically her ongoing contemplation on how one deals with loss and the unreal capacity of the human spirit to go on.The work also features composition by critically-acclaimed composer Ekrem Eli Phoenix, lighting design by emerging artist Phoebe Pilcher and collaboration and performance by Perth based artist Kylie Maree and Tim Green.

Samantha Chester, creator and director of HIRO has firmly made her mark in Perth. Since relocating from Sydney in 2015 she has created and directed three works at WAAPA most recently ATLAS and IM SPIEGAL for Link Dance Company and in 2016 she was the creator of award winning work The Astronautfor the Blue Room Theatrealongside director Frances Barbe. The Astronautreceived much critical acclaim and was nominated for Best Actor, Best Independent Production and Best New Work as well as taking out best overall design for The Blue Room Theatre. She is currently the movement lecturer at WAAPA for Acting and Performance Making and prior to moving to Perth she was an integral part of the dance and theatre community. She worked for all main stage theatre companies in Sydney as well as creating space for independent artists through Queen Street Studio (now BRAND X) and ReadyMade Works whom she is still the director.

The interview was done by Malti Elliott with the director Samatha Chester.


Part of the Subiaco Theatre Festival
Presented by Subiaco Arts Centre and Matt Penny

Theft, betrayal, and ambition – the rags to riches story unfolds, only to crumble like the proverbial house of cards.
Fame and fortune can be fleeting when you trust the wrong people.
Acclaimed magician and theatre-maker Matt Penny (The Magical Faces Project, Experiments in Mind Reading) returns to our stages with his usual dose of magic and mayhem.
We follow an ambitious con-man who can’t believe his luck when he stumbles across the ability to read people’s minds, only to realise too late that as soon you get to the top, people start plotting your downfall.
Directed by Mikala Westall (Moving On Inc) Find the Lady is a story of love, life and betrayal, with a touch of magic and some deft piano playing thrown in for good measure.
Winner of the 2018 FRINGE WORLD Blaz Award & Nominated for the 2018 FRINGE WORLD Martin Sims Award.

The interview was done by Malti Elliott with the main star of the play Matt Penny


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