Unsung Heroes is a collection of tour-de-force solo performances featuring 5 untold stories about 5 extraordinary Western Australians.
In a world premiere season directed by Emily McLean and Joe Paradise Lui, the production is a timely reminder of our shared humanity and our uniquely Western Australian identity, telling stories of courage, adventure, new beginnings, dignity, and life’s music.
These pre-recorded solo performances were live streamed for free from Tuesday 21 July, followed by a live Q&A facilitated by Resident Artist Ian Michael.
Song in the Key of Trust
7:30pmWST, Tuesday, 21 July 2020
A renowned musician follows his passion for song to a country far from the land of his birth.
Written and performed by Mararo Wangai and directed by Emily McLean.
The Unremarkable and Ordinary Life of Carmela Caterina Tassone (Née Panaia)
7:30pmWST, Wednesday, 22 July 2020
Carmela Caterina Tassone is a woman that places aren't named after. Her name never made newspaper headlines. You will never have heard of her. This is the story of her nondescript existence.
Written and performed by Chris Isaacs and directed by Joe Paradise Lui.
The Perfect Boy
7:30pmWST, Thursday, 23 July 2020
From the stages of Subiaco to international acclaim, Effie Fellows wowed audiences around the world with her male impersonation act.
Written by Gita Bezard, performed by Caitlin Beresford-Ord and directed by Joe Paradise Lui.
Lesson in The Art of Butterfly
7:30pmWST, Wednesday, 29 July 2020
A courageous doctor risks all to shine a light on the right to choose to die with dignity.
Written by Hellie Turner, performed by Alison van Reeken and directed by Emily McLean.
7:30pmWST, Thursday, 30 July 2020
She's strong. She's smart. She has a wicked sense of humour. Her story of survival has changed domestic violence laws across Australia.
Written by Barbara Hostalek and performed by Jo Morris and directed by Joe Paradise Lui.
CREATIVE LEARNING RESOURCES KIT
Our Creative Learning Resources are free for anyone to access, designed for students to complement particular shows in the season that align with curriculum and their areas of study or interest. Read the Unsung Heroes Creative Learning Resources Kit here.
EMOTIVE CONTENT WARNING
Contains some strong language, sexual references, adult themes. Graphic Descriptions of domestic / sexual / family violence; description of loss of child / stillbirth; description of death / dying. Further content warnings can be found here.
- Alison van Reeken
- Caitlin Beresford-Ord
- Chris Isaacs
- Jo Morris
- Mararo Wangai
- Director: Emily McLean
- Director: Joe Paradise Lui
- Writers: Mararo Wangai, Chris Isaacs, Gita Bezard, Hellie Turner, Barbara Hostalek
- Lighting Designer: Karen Cook
- Composer/Sound Designer: Joe Paradise Lui
- Costume Designer: Lynn Ferguson
- Dramaturg: Polly Low
- Stage Manager: Katie Moore
- Videography: Mantis Productions
- Accent Coach: Luzita Fereday