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Regardless of experience, age or genre, a variety of
amateur theatre companies span our city to develop
and encourage budding talent.
Endeavour Theatre Company
This company in Osborne Park focuses on comedy and
farce, from both international and local playwrights.
A sizeable donation from LotteryWest – ensuring
professional-quality lighting and sets – doesn’t hurt,
Melville Theatre Company
The Roy Edinger Centre in Palmyra is home to this
group, who can claim three Finley Award wins for Best
Production. They are always looking for actors, directors
and backstage workers to join them, from just $15
Harbour Theatre Inc
After its beginnings in a dusty upstairs room of an
old Freo library, Harbour Theatre (now in its 51st year)
has settled at the Mosman Park Memorial Hall,
where it holds four full-length productions annually.
Stirling Players Inc
The Stirling Players have been around since the 70s,
but thanks to generous donations, their equipment is
far from dated. They rehearse and perform at Stirling
Theatre in Innaloo, and even offer a program for the
Both a political and social critic, with a serious sense of satire, Australian-UK talent Ben Elton revisits his 1990 satirical comedy, Gasping,
for Black Swan State Theatre’s new production, Gasp!. Elton imagined a world where the air we breathe has to be harvested, mined and
marketed, like food and fuel and all the other finite natural resources of our planet. “Because, let’s face it,” he says, “the fact that air remains
the one single necessity of life which is still free, and consumed equally by rich and poor alike, is just a bit of luck really. If somebody could
sell it, they would.” Sounding familiar? Elton too has been struck by how much of his 25-year-old play is even more relevant today than when
it was written. Black Swan State Theatre Company artistic director Kate Cherry explains the recipe: “Take a dash of writer extraordinaire Ben
Elton; add a splash of multi-award winning director Wesley Enoch; and stir in our own Damon Lockwood, and we have a cocktail that fizzes
with laughter and energy. Gasp! is a smart comedy.” State Theatre Centre of Western Australia, Oct 25-Nov 9.
The multi-award winning Summer Nights program of theatre,
dance and performance is back at The Blue Room Theatre
and spilling into the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
for the 2015 Fringe World Festival. The program comprises
some 200 sessions of 25 local, national and international
shows, and the content is broad, ensuring plenty of choice for
audiences. True to the spirit of Fringe Festival programming,
the bill embraces everything from the divisive to the crowd-
pleasing; the political and personal; the counter cultural and
counterproductive! It is, they say, “the home for the new, the
next, the established and the anti-establishment.” What’s
more, the program is “hand-crafted”, so expect the best.
The Blue Room Theatre and PICA, Jan 23-Feb 22.
THOSE WHO FALL IN LOVE
LIKE ANCHORS DROPPED
UPON THE OCEAN FLOOR
Its emphatic title may conjure images of love
crushing people, but this new show from acclaimed
Australian playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer is
intriguing, sensitive and uplifting. The Blue Room
Theatre, Nov 11-29.
Cameron Mackintosh has redesigned his highly acclaimed musical, Les Misérables – based on the novel by Victor Hugo –
with a cast of Australian talent. “Twenty-five years ago I set out to find Australia’s stars of the future for my first Australian
production of Les Misérables,” he says. “It launched the careers of some of Australia’s biggest stars, like Marina Prior and
Anthony Warlow, and I’m thrilled with this amazing cast of performers who I’m hoping will also become household names.”
A number of West Australian Academy of Performing Arts alumni are among the new Australian cast. They include recent
graduates Kerrie Anne Greenland and Emily Langridge, who play Eponine and Cosette respectively. The glorious production
matches the heights of the epic tale of love, determination, comradeship and survival. Pack the tissues and the family, and
expect to leave the theatre humming those wonderful songs. Crown Theatre, Jan 13-Feb 8.
Full details and online bookings at scoop.com.au
Those Who Fall in Love...
(photography Simon Pynt).
Les Misérables (photography Matt Murphy).
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