My first theatre memory: It was 1983 when my Mum took me to the theatre. We saw The Sound of Music. And I loved it. I loved the music, the choreography, the characters and their relationships and of course the story, but there was one moment that made me feel absolutely electrified.
In conversation with 'The Lighthouse Girl' Director Stuart Halusz.
The Lighthouse Girl by Hellie Turner, based on the novels by Dianne Wolfer, is a uniquely West Australian story. This gentle play takes place in the Great Southern region of WA, based primarily in Albany. Evocative and powerful, this play embodies a powerful and truthful sense of a pivotal time in Australia's development as a nation.
Recent WAAPA Graduate and rising star Tyler Hill makes his Black Swan debut as Set and Costume Designer for Endgame. Tyler has said that he is 'interested in exploring the unseen perspectives of the bush, suburbia, and cities in Australia...(and is) heavily influenced by an abstraction of Western Australia focusing on Beckett's reference to a surrounding 'desert' and in heightening that ambiguity.' Tyler will offer a sneak-peek at Open Day, delivering a design presentation 'From Page to Stage'. See below for a recent Q&A with Tyler, sharing his upbringing in regional WA town of Paraburdoo and his inspiration to study Design.
Tartuffe is quickly approaching! We chatted with actor Alison van Reeken (The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Blithe Spirit, Dinner, Dust and more) about the play:
Many will remember the production Dust by Suzie Miller which Black Swan presented in 2014 as the World Premiere. We are thrilled that Dust, a Rio Tinto Black Swan Commission work, won Best Script at the WA Premier's Book Awards last week! A huge congratulations to Suzie for this outstanding award.
We are excited to present our first podcast!
To finish our series of Q&As with actors of The Caucasian Chalk Circle, we chatted with actor Caitlin Beresford-Ord. Caitlin has not only performed in Black Swan productions, including As You Like It, The White Divers of Broome and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, but she is also a Black Swan Teaching Artist, going to schools and communities to present acting and movement workshops. Caitlin fills us in on Caucasian and the rigorous rehearsal process:
The Caucasian Chalk Circle is a huge production for Black Swan – a large cast, a huge artistic endeavour, and a collaboration on an international scale. We chatted to actor Adam Booth, who you may remember from Venus in Fur, Blithe Spirit and most recently, Angels in America, to see what it’s like from his point of view and what he is looking forward to.