In Moira Buffinis Dinner, socialite Paige Janssen hosts a glamorous dinner party at her home, artfully inviting an eclectic mix of guests. Costume and Props Stylist, India Mehta decided to work with local WA designers to create gowns for the women at the dinner party. This collaboration was a new experience for us at Black Swan, and a fairly unusual relationship in the theatre world. So we asked the actors - Rebecca Davis, Alison van Reeken and Tasma Walton - and designers - Sheree Dornan of Love in Tokyo, Michelle Tindale of Tindale, and Alvin Fernandez of Ae'lkemi - about the collaboration and the designs.
Set Designer Patrick Howe, together with Director Lawrie Cullen-Tait, did a fantastic job of bringing the play Venus in Fur to life. His minimalist set conveyed multiple worlds, a claustrophobic atmosphere and a voyeuristic feeling. Hear from Patrick about the nspiration and choices that affected how the design came to be:
Director Lawrie Cullen-Tait has brought Venus in Fur to life in an incredible production in the Studio Underground. Receiving rave reviews and sell out performances, all elements of the production have come together seemlessly, from the acting to the set to the costume, lighting and sound. Here we hear from Laurie about the design, partcularly the set design, and the multiple worlds that evolve in Venus in Fur:
Black Swan's Emerging Writers Group has been hard at work over the past year, and we want to share their best works with you!
These six playwrights of exceptional talent and promise were each asked to write a play that showed creative bravery and an urgency of voice.
This is the second part of Director and Costume Designer Lawrie Cullen-Tait's interview for The West Australian, talking about Venus in Fur and how a 'play within a play' and masochism fit in! Have a read:
Lawrie Cullen-Tait is the director and costume designer of our upcoming production, Venus in Fur. She recently chatted with Pip Christmass for The West Australian about the production, her roles and the actors. Have a read:
Black Swan Artistic Director Kate Cherry recently chatted with the Daily Review for the first of their end-of-year wrap ups with artistic directors around the country. Kate talks about the highlights of the year, her aspirations for the company as well as some of the most pressing issues that arose over the last 12 months in the Australian arts community. Have a read!
Black Swan's current production is the laugh-out-loud, 1950's comedy, Laughter on the 23rd Floor by Neil Simon. Simon wrote Laughter in 1993 and based it on his real-life early career experience as a junior writer (along with his brother Danny) for Your Show of Shows, the weekly variety show in the early 1950s featuring Sid Caesar.
Black Swan State Theatre Company is pleased to announce two appointments: Monique Beaudoire as Partnerships Manager, and Maria Sioulas as Marketing and Audience Development Manager.
Australian playwright Suzie Miller puts Perth on stage in her new work, Dust, premiering at the State Theatre Centre of WA later this month. It's a powerful production, as funny as it is touching. Out in Perth sat down with Suzie to talk about the upcoming show and what it means to her.