We get many questions from students about Black Swan and its operations. Much of this information can be found in our annual reports available here. A few other frequently asked questions are below. If you have other questions, click here to download our student enquiry form.
Are there particular theatres Black Swan prefers to use?
Since 2011, Black Swan has performed all productions at the State Theatre Centre of WA in Perth, in either the Heath Ledger Theatre or the Studio Underground. Previously, we performed our mainstage productions at the Playhouse Theatre and our HotBed Ensemble productions at PICA. However, the venue also depends on the content and style of the work e.g. The Odyssey in 2006 required space enough for large scale staging so the Claremont Showgrounds were perfect. Jandamarra needed the space of the Perth Convention Centre. We also tour regionally and use various venues throughout Western Australia or overseas.
Can I have access to the scripts of plays that Black Swan is presenting?
No. If it is a published script you can purchase it from text and book suppliers (or online). If it is an unpublished script, we may be able to provide you with the agent's details for the playwright to authorise access.
Does Black Swan have relationships with other theatre companies in WA or other states and countries?
Co-productions are often undertaken by the company and are dependent on the production line-up each year as programmed by the Artistic Director and Executive Director. In recent years, Black Swan has produced productions with Queensland Theatre, Melbourne Theatre Company, Malthouse Theatre and Sydney Theatre Company with productions presented in the Canberra and Brisbane Festivals. In 2017 we presented our first co-production with WA company Performing Lines. In 2018 we have co-productions with DADAA & Perth Festival and also with Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company. Black Swan has also collaborated with artists from international theatre companies such as the National Theatre of China on The Caucasian Chalk Circle (2016) and has worked closely with companies who have taken our work internationally like The Royal Lyceum who presented Picnic at Hanging Rock in 2017.
Black Swan is also a member of AMPAG (Australian Major Performing Arts Group), the representative body of Australia’s 28 major performing arts companies. This organisation gives its member companies a national voice and presence. It was formed in 1999 because the companies saw a critical need to work together on policy issues across their art forms including ones which affect artistic quality and cost/revenue dynamics.
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