What’s On

June/July 2018



Bow & Dagger

Italy, World War Two. Fierce and brave Antoinetta, a known communist, heavily pregnant, has to flee to Australia to safety. Her husband Sante, a gentle storyteller, stays to fight against Europe’s rising fascist regimes.

Separated by war and unimaginable distance, Sante and Antoinetta can communicate only through coded letters, their experiences mirrored and revealed through the folk stories they tell each other.

Based on true stories, Tale of Tales fuses fairy tales with the horrors of war. Filled with shadow puppetry, romance, and violence, Tale of Tales takes its name from the classic Italian fairy tale and looks at how the stories we tell shape us and our families.

WHEN: 22 May – 9 June 2018 | 7:00pm

WHERE: The Blue Room Theatre | Northbridge

INFO: Tickets $20 – $30 | Duration 70 mins | Recommended 12+

LINK: http://blueroom.org.au/events/tales-of-tales/

DSC_1818_Internet_Photo by Shaun Ferraloro


Catface Productions

Jarod. Lilly. Deanna. Michael. Ryan. April. Six people who know Josh, an aspiring artist and a troubled young man. When Josh declares that he wishes to end his life, these six are forced to re-examine their relationships: with him, with one another, and with themselves.

The Edge is a dynamic new musical, originally staged in Malaysia and coming to Perth for the first time. A production that peers over the edge of the human condition and leaps into the complicated nature of relationships, it asks questions about affect, responsibility – and ultimately, forgiveness.

WHEN: 29 May – 9 June 2018 | 8:30pm

12 – 16 June 2018 | 7:00pm

WHERE: The Blue Room Theatre | Northbridge

INFO: Tickets $20 – $30 | Duration 2 hours | 10 minute interval | Content warning: themes of suicide and mental health | Recommended 15+

LINK: http://blueroom.org.au/events/the-edge/


3.3 and BEYOND

3.3 questions what it is to be a young Aboriginal male in contemporary white society. It is the brainchild of renowned classical dancer, Michael Leslie who questions the idea that young black males now have their right of passage in prison. It sees young dancer Ian Wilkes literally caged in a cell with perspex in front allowing us to look in, but keeping him inside.

Beyond, is a new work performed by the talented Floeur Alder and choreographed by Chrissie Parrott.

WHEN: 26 May – 3 June | 7:30pm (5:30pm Sundays)

WHERE: Subiaco Arts Centre

INFO: Tickets $25 – $40 | Duration 110 mins including interval | Contains coarse language, adult themes, haze and strobe effects | Wheelchair accessible

LINK: https://www.ptt.wa.gov.au/venues/subiaco-arts-centre/whats-on/33-and-beyond/



The Man and The Moon is a delightful cabaret/play that channels the atmosphere of a boozy, jazzy New York Basement joint whilst regaling you with a wondrous tale of fantasy and romance. Backed by a three-piece band, St John Cowcher tells his tale of living and functioning in ‘grey suburbia’ and how he fell in love with the beautiful silver orb in the sky through original songs and snappy monologues.

WHEN: 6 – 9 June 2018 | 7:00pm

WHERE: Subiaco Arts Centre | Subiaco | Perth

INFO: Tickets $25 – $28 | Duration 60 mins | No interval | Part of Subiaco Theatre Festival | Suitable 15+

LINK: https://www.ptt.wa.gov.au/venues/subiaco-arts-centre/whats-on/the-man-and-the-moon/



Acclaimed magician and theatre-maker Matt Penny (The Magical Faces Project, Experiments in Mind Reading) returns to our stages with his usual dose of magic and mayhem. We follow an ambitious con-man who can’t believe his luck when he stumbles across the ability to read people’s minds, only to realise too late that as soon you get to the top, people start plotting your downfall.

Directed by Mikala Westall (Moving On Inc) Find the Lady is a story of love, life and betrayal, with a touch of magic and some deft piano playing thrown in for good measure.

WHEN: 6 – 9 June 2018| 9:00pm

WHERE: Subiaco Arts Centre | SUBIACO

INFO: Tickets $25 – $28 | Duration 50 mins | Recommended 15+ | WA artist | THEATRE

LINK: https://www.ptt.wa.gov.au/venues/subiaco-arts-centre/whats-on/find-the-lady/

JG18028_Eric Avery in Dancing With Strangers picture by Jon Green



Three stories for country

From the creators of Gudirr Gudirr, Cut the Sky and Burning Daylight, Burrbgaja Yalirra (Dancing Forwards) is an evocative triple bill of new solo works.

Curated by Marrugeku’s Artistic Directors Dalisa Pigram and Rachael Swain, each work is an invitation from our leading change makers to experience intercultural exchange.

Led by visionaries Marrugeku, an unparalleled presence in Australia today dedicated to Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians working together, join this vibrant retelling and re-awakening of histories, locations and languages.

WHEN: 7 – 16 June 2018 | 7:30pm

WHERE: Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA) | Northbridge

INFO: Tickets $20 – $32 | Duration 80 mins (no interval)

LINK: http://pica.org.au/show/burrbgaja-yalirra/


Irish Theatre Players

“One relationship – infinite possibilities”

In this 2-hander play, we watch as Marianne and Roland’s relationship unfolds across time and space, with each variation sending their relationship on an entirely new trajectory. Science and romance collide in this unusual love story that’s delighted audiences in New York and London.

WHEN: 7 – 16 June 2018 | 8pm or 2pm

WHERE: Irish Club of WA | 61 Townshead Road, Subiaco | PERTH

INFO: Tickets $20 – $25 | Produced by Irish Theatre Players

LINK: www.trybooking.com/VLKA

Image credit David James Grant



Georgina didn’t know what was happening to her when she started hitting emotional lows at an alarming rate, with her thoughts spinning round in a figure eight. It wasn’t until she dusted off an old electric keyboard and started playing that she found relief.

Funny, uplifting, and for the two million Australians who experience anxiety, Interrupting a Crisis is undeniably relatable.

Nominated for Member’s Choice and Judge’s Choice at The Blue Room Theatre Awards – Interrupting a Crisis is not the story of a crisis but the interruption of one.

WHEN: 13 – 16 June 2018 | 7:00pm

WHERE: Subiaco Arts Centre | Subiaco | Perth

INFO: Tickets $25 – $28 | Duration 60 mins | No interval | Part of Subiaco Theatre Festival | Suitable 14+ | References mental health

LINK: https://www.ptt.wa.gov.au/venues/subiaco-arts-centre/whats-on/interrupting-a-crisis/



Lisa Louttit & Taryn Ryan

When He Gets That Way follows the whims of two fancifully romantic, fiercely ambitious women as they strive to outplay each other using wit, charm, songs, and their beloved diary entries in this absurdist battle between mistress and servant. The sublime meets the ridiculous as Lady Annabelle and her social climbing handmaid Christiane share secrets, gossip, and clash over HIM in this hilarious take on class, womanhood and power.

Nominated for the 2017 Martin Sims Award, When He Gets That Way is produced and performed by Perth-based New York theatre artist Lisa Louttit (Dir: [PORTO]) and acclaimed Perth actress Taryn Ryan (Once We Lived Here, Laika: A Staged Radio Play), and directed by Susie Conte (Tempest Theatre).

WHEN: 13 – 16 June 2018 | 9:00pm

WHERE: Subiaco Arts Centre | Subiaco | Perth

INFO: Tickets $25 – $28 | Duration 75 mins | No interval | Part of Subiaco Theatre Festival | Suitable 15+

LINK: https://www.ptt.wa.gov.au/venues/subiaco-arts-centre/whats-on/when-he-gets-that-way/



The Great Debacle

Declared “A HOOT!” by The West Australian, Tease Mania has been wowing audiences with sell out shows around the country.

Created by Carletta The Great, one half of producing powerhouse team The Great Debacle, Tease Mania draws its inspiration from the wild 60’s L.A. go-go scene. “I spent some time in L.A. a few years ago, performing, and visiting some of the city’s historic music venues. During my visit I couldn’t help but fall in love with the history of the L.A. go-go scene. The reckless, wild, go-go dancers were rebels, ready to shake up the establishment and have a real good time doing it. Arriving back in Australia I set out to create a night that inspired people to have fun, get loose, shake up the system, and be a rebel!” muses Carletta.

WHEN: 15 – 17 June 2018 | 8:30pm

WHERE: The Ellington Jazz Club | Northbridge | PERTH

INFO: Tickets $15 – $25 | Duration 60 minutes | Recommended 18+

LINK: http://www.ellingtonjazz.com.au/event/tease-mania-wild-burlesque-7/



The Great Debacle

The Man. The Number. The License. His name is Bond, James Bond. 

Perfect for newbies and know-it-alls alike, Shaken plunges head first into over 50 years of James Bond iconography. Pitting the seven ‘James Bond’ actors against each other in a race to determine, scientifically, which of them is the greatest all-time Bond. 

Winner of the Ballarat Cabaret Award and nominated for Best Cabaret at Melbourne Fringe 2016, Shaken is packed with some of the greatest Bond themes, trivia, and anecdotes from the last 56 years. Including hits from Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, Gladys Knight, and Tina Turner, Shaken is a wildly entertaining, and light hearted look at the man known simply as 007. 

WHEN: 16 – 17 June 2018 | 5pm & 7pm

WHERE: The Ellington Jazz Club | Northbridge | PERTH

INFO: Tickets $15 – $30 | Duration 60 minutes | Recommended 18+

LINK: http://www.ellingtonjazz.com.au/event/shaken-a-james-bond-cabaret-7/

Mackenzie Dunn as Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme in Assassins. Models Jarrod Draper and Andrew Coshan at the Heath Ledger Theatre. Photo credit Cameron Etchells


Black Swan State Theatre Company

In a fairground, a rogue’s gallery of nine misfits gather. The Proprietor of the game entices them to play, promising that their problems will be solved by killing a President of the United States, with the song “Everybody’s Got the Right”. A revue-style portrayal follows of the many and varied ways that each of the men and women have committed (or attempted to commit) the ultimate crime. It is a highly entertaining diorama of America’s cult of celebrity through the ages and the means that some have used to obtain it.

Sondheim (Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd) is considered a ‘titan of musical theatre’. This work personifies his signature blend of intelligently stunning lyrics and beautiful music, embracing a range of American musical traditions from the 1860s to the 1980s, from marches to spirituals, to folk and rock. Bold, original and alarmingly funny, Assassins is a timely reminder that those in power ignore the marginalised in society at their peril.

WHEN: 16 June – 1 July 2018 | 7:30pm

WHERE: Heath Ledger Theatre | State Theatre WA | PERTH

INFO: Tickets $35 – $67 | Duration 95 mins | No interval | Adult themes, coarse language, sex & drug references, smoking on stage, strobe/flashes; simulated executions and gun violence | Suitability 16+

LINK: https://www.bsstc.com.au/plays/assassins



HIRO tells the incredible but true story of Hiromitsu Shinkawa, who survived the Japanese tsunami of 2011 by riding the sea on the roof of his house.

This story of a man who loses almost everything is the jumping-off point for an exquisite reflection on the trembling of the human condition, what is truly important to us, and what it means to survive.

WHEN: 19 – 30 June, 3 – 7 July 2018 | 8:30pm

WHERE: The Blue Room Theatre | Northbridge | PERTH

INFO: Tickets $20 – $30 | Duration 60 minutes | Recommended age 16+

LINK: http://blueroom.org.au/events/hiro/

Bus Boy Blue Room


Rorschach Beast

Jerry is a young woman stuck in transition. She’s returning to Rotto to cleanse herself of last year’s trauma. When she meets Bus Boy, she decides to complete her ritual by giving Bus Boy and herself one perfect night of joy.

Bus Boy is a story of secret sharing, grand theft auto and meat pies; A show about connection on an Island off the coast of Western Australia.

WHEN: 20 – 23 June 2018 | 7:00pm

WHERE: Subiaco Arts Centre | Subiaco | PERTH

INFO: Tickets $25 – $28 | Duration 70 mins | No interval | Part of Subiaco Theatre Festival | Suitable 15+ | Warning: references to sexual assault

LINK: https://www.ptt.wa.gov.au/venues/subiaco-arts-centre/whats-on/bus-boy/



Static Drive Co.

Tissue confronts secrecy vs privacy and intimacy vs entertainment with an explosive chorus of Perth actors and red-hot energy. It’s a love story, it’s a tragedy, it’s a challenge, and we’re not afraid to show a little skin.

But focus, folks. We want you to watch with your brains as well as your bits. This show is an interrogation of shame culture, intimacy and communication, questioning the effect porn has on young Australians. If we strip away stigma, does the ‘sin’ lie in the products themselves, or the way we talk about them?

WHEN: 20 – 23 June 2018 | 9:00pm

WHERE: Subiaco Arts Centre | Subiaco | PERTH

INFO: Tickets $25 – $28 | Duration 65 mins | No interval | Part of Subiaco Theatre Festival | Suitable 15+ | Warning: simulated sexual activity, partial nudity

LINK: https://www.ptt.wa.gov.au/venues/subiaco-arts-centre/whats-on/tissue/

Catherine McClements as Claire in The Events at The Studio Underground. Photo credit Cameron Etchells


Black Swan State Theatre Company

One of Australia’s most powerful actors, Catherine McClements (Water Rats, Rush), plays Claire, a vicar and leader of a community choir that regularly meet in a local town hall. When a young man enters the hall and opens fire, her beloved community – and the ideals that sustain it – is blown apart.

Set in the wake of the tragedy, a conversation unfolds between Claire and the young man. She is unpacking her rage, her fears and ultimately, her forgiveness. The young man is something else: the voice of the alienated, an enemy within and a lost generation. In an era of uncertainty and inexplicable events, questions are asked and resolutions sought. Could he have been stopped?

WHEN: 21 June – 8 July 2018 | 8:00pm

WHERE: Studio Underground | State Theatre Centre WA | PERTH

INFO: Tickets $35 – $50 | Duration 75 mins | No interval | Warning: adult themes, gun violence | Suitable 16+

LINK: https://www.bsstc.com.au/plays/the-events