Live Broadcast


Black Swan State Theatre Company is continuing its successful live broadcasts in 2015 with a fifth broadcast: Noël Coward’s astral comedy Blithe Spirit. The production will be broadcast live on Saturday 
1 August 2015 at 7.30pm from the State Theatre Centre of WA in Perth to regional WA audiences over the Westlink network.
The live broadcast of theatre performances is an opportunity for thousands of regional WA citizens who cannot attend Black Swan performances, because of distance or financial constraints, to share a state-wide 
‘live’ experience within their own home or community. 
The broadcast, supported by Lotterywest, will be screened at regional venues and at a number of Community Resource Centres (CRCs). 

For the past six years Black Swan has shared an annual Live Broadcast with audiences from all over Western Australia. Thanks to the generous support of Lotterywest we’ll be bringing you a seventh! On Friday 1st September audiences can watch a high-definition live performance of Joanna Murray-Smith’s Switzerland beamed directly from the State Theatre Centre of WA into community resource centres, living rooms and regional and metro venues across the state.

For more information and to register your interest, get in touch with our Education & Community Access Manager 


About Switzerland

When using words for weapons, how far do you go before it cuts too deep?

The late Patricia Highsmith penned some of the most exhilarating suspense novels of all time, some becoming major cinematic adaptations including; The Price of Salt recently released as the film Carol, The Talented Mr Ripley and Strangers on a Train. Now the acerbic author herself is centre stage in this edge-of-your-seat thriller by acclaimed Australian playwright Joanna Murray-Smith (Honour, The Female of The Species, Ninety and Day One, A Hotel, Evening).

The subject – writer Patricia Highsmith, lives a reclusive life in the Swiss Alps surrounded by her collection of books and antique weapons. The unlikeable genius facing the end of her life has withdrawn completely from the world, finding solace in her seclusion, her cats and cigarettes. Until one day a young man, Edward Ridgeway, intrudes into her place of refuge. He’s yet another irritating delegate from her publisher demanding a contract for one final instalment. Specifically another psychological thriller featuring her beloved muse and most infamous literary creation, Tom Ripley.

Winner, Best New Australian Work at the Sydney Theatre Awards (2014), and programmed by almost every state theatre company in the country – it’s now our turn to lure you into a booby-trapped plot, a tense and furious battle of wills and words.



WA Premiere

Suitability: Ages 15+