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13-20 June, 2015
On sale from 16 January
1300 795 012
The Western Australian
Academy of Performing Arts
Puppetry requires you to look beyond the strings and puppeteers, but in the case of
The Giants, you’ll be looking past cranes, chains and teams of operators. The Giants
are massive mechanical marionettes, puppeteered by French street theatre company
Royal de Luxe. But that brief description doesn’t do justice to the startling subtlety of
emotions they convey while acting out an ANZAC-inspired narrative; or the child-like joy
of the audience as they watch the colossal creatures tread the cityscape. Trust us, you’ve
got to see it to believe it. Perth CBD, Feb 13-15.
Ever find yourself screaming, “Turn around!” to a fictional character in a horror
film? Then you’ll appreciate this performance by local theatre company Climbing
Vine, which lets you become the lead in an interactive horror experience. The actors
won’t just tolerate your interjections; they’ll actively encourage them. Trust us, it’s
super creepy – no heart conditions, nervous conditions, under 15s or pregnant women
allowed. And just to add to the freakiness, the production is held at a secret location.
Eek! Venue TBA, Jan-Feb, 9361 4950.
The London theatre critic who, back
in 1985, dissed new musical Les
Miserables as “witless and synthetic
entertainment” must be feeling
pretty miserable himself by now. Les
Mis has become one of the world’s
most beloved and long-running
theatricals. Based on the nineteenth-
century novel by Victor Hugo, it
tells the story of French peasant
Jean Valjean, starting a new life after
19 years in jail for stealing a loaf of
bread. This all-new production “holds
to the original but is slightly grittier,
slightly more real,” according to
star and WAAPA graduate, Simon
Gleeson. His first job was in a Les Mis
chorus, but after stints on London’s
West End and with the National
Theatre, he is back where it all
started – this time in the lead role.
I Dreamed a Dream? You betcha.
Crown Theatre, Dec 31-Feb 8,
AUSLAN performance on Feb 15.
Full details and online bookings at scoop.com.au/theatre
Photography Matt Murphy.
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