From the daring and imaginative mind of Will O’Mahony (Tonsils + Tweezers, The Mars Project, Great White), comes a magical story celebrating children, difference, and the depths of parental love. An epic tale about pianos, prodigies, penguins and pandas, Coma Land asks, if it takes ten thousand hours to master something difﬁcult, then why can it take a lifetime to accept something simple. We recently interviewed Will on his experience and creative processes as theatre maker.
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.
Our next production in the Studio Underground is The Eisteddfod by Lally Katz. This exciting WA Premiere also marks Lally's theatrical debut in the west. Artistic Director Clare Watson has known Lally and her work for twenty years and she is personally excited about bringing her off-the-wall comedy to Perth audiences. Opening at the end of this month, Associate Director Jeffrey Jay Fowler will bring this quirky comedy about growing up and arrested development to life. He says, "This is the show I've been burning to do... The story is so irreverent and wild, and she deals with dark things in such a firework fashion." This two-hander features Perth knock-outs Brendan Ewing and Natalie Holmwood who bring great depth to the orphaned siblings and the imaginary world they inhabit.
Actor and musician Joel Jackson reflects on his time as been part of Operation Pilbara 2005 a joint project between The Australian Theatre for Young People (atyp) and Black Swan, sponsored by Pilbara Iron (a member of the Rio Tinto Group). This project aimed to give the youth of the Pilbara an opportunity to experience high quality theatre and drama skills training.
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.