Lisa McCready has been working for Black Swan, coordinating a number of projects which include all of our regional engagement projects that have been implemented in 2012. We asked Lisa about:
After the glowing success of Black Swan's live broadcast of A Midsummer Nights Dream in 2011, we bring you the live broadcast of David Williamsons Managing Carmen on Friday 30 November 2012 at 7.30pm. Managing Carmen is a brand-new comedy about fooball and fashion to be exact, about an AFL superstar who has a secret penchant for cross-dressing. To find out more about the play, click here.
Black Swan's new Intensive Workshops initiative for 2012 enabled us to send experienced theatre performers and educators to Karratha and Kalgoorlie to hold workshops for people of all ages and abilities.
Black Swan State Theatre Companys new community engagement initiative is WA Stories, a project that works to bring local stories to life to showcase regional communities. The Town of Carnarvon has been chosen as the inaugural WA town for this exciting pilot project. Writer Francis Italiano will work with the Carnarvon community to research and develop local stories.
As Black Swan State Theatre Company's Artistic Director, Kate Cherry has a big job - directing, programming and casting to just name a few responsibilities! - but none as important as guiding the Company's culture and ethos. In Kate's speech that she made at the 2013 Season Launch, she spoke about what the Company stands for, what we focus on and where we are headed:
Set and costume design is the lynchpin of a production, transporting the actors from the theatre stage to a completely different place, time or even world. Adam Mitchell, director of our upcoming production Boy Gets Girl, chose the fresh, new talent Fiona Bruce as the set and costume designer for this show.
Our upcoming production Boy Gets Girl is a stalker thriller by American playwright Rebecca Gilman. Perth actor Alison van Reeken plays the main character, Theresa, who meets Tony on a blind date, realises they arent meant to be and ends it, but Tony wont give up.
Six writers have been shortlisted from the pool of entries for the Richard Burton Award for Playwriting, created by Sally Burton in association with Black Swan State Theatre Company. These shortlisted writers will now create and submit a treatment for a proposed new work, out of which two will be awarded commissions. With a prize pool of $30,000, the Richard Burton Award for Playwriting is one of the richest in Australia.
Adam Mitchell, the director of our upcoming production Boy Gets Girl, has done several shows with Black Swan in the past, including 2011s acclaimed When The Rain Stops Falling, and the HotBed Ensemble productions including The Shape of Things and pool (no water).