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Black Swan reappoints Clare Watson for an additional three years

Black Swan reappoints Clare Watson for an additional three years

Black Swan State Theatre Company has re-appointed Artistic Director Clare Watson for an additional three year contract, while commencing their search for a new General Manager. Since joining the company in 2017 Watson has delivered a innovative program that has brought challenging new works and intriguing interpretations of classics. Under her guidance the company has […]

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Review | Black Swan’s ‘Water’ is filled with outstanding performances

Review | Black Swan’s ‘Water’ is filled with outstanding performances

Water | State Theatre Centre | Until 26th May | ★ ★ ★ ½  Black Swan State Theatre Company present a brand new work from playwright Jane Bodie and Director Emily McLean. Across three acts Water juxtaposes three different stories touching on joint themes of environmentalism and drought, immigration, politics and race. In the first half of the […]

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Review | Community shines in Black Swan STC’s Our Town

Review | Community shines in Black Swan STC’s Our Town

Our Town | State Theatre Centre Courtyard | til 23rd Feb | ★ ★ ★ ★  Intrigue urged me to review the latest Black Swan Production in the use of community members to play characters alongside three professional actors with indigenous heritage: Abbie-Lee Lewis (Emily), Ian Michael (Stage Manager/George), and Shari Sebbens (Mrs Gibbs). The intention was […]

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Review | ‘Xenides’ shows us that we only know a tiny part of anyone

Xenides | State Theatre Centre | Until 11 November | ★ ★ ★ ★  When Black Swan State Theatre Centre announced that they would be producing a new work, a world premiere to conclude their 2018 season, a musical, or a play with songs, a production about the life of game show hostess Adriana Xenides – I’ve […]

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Johnny Carr on playing ‘everybody else’ in ‘The Events’

Johnny Carr takes on a challenging role in Black Swan Theatre Company’s production of David Greig’s play The Events. Appearing opposite Catherine McClements he plays everybody else in the play about an unfathomable tragedy.  From lesbian girlfriends, to grief counselors, confused parents and the plays nemesis – a young man at the centre of a horrific […]

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‘Assassins’ – Black Swan deliver a perfect slice Sondheim’s magic

Assassins | State Theatre Centre | Until 1st July | ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Assassins is on one level a challenging work for an Australian audience. When the writer behind A Little Night Music, Into the Woods and Sunday in the Park with George sat down to create this clever and theatrical march through American history – an audience in Western […]

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Assassins & The Events: Black Swan shine a light on gun control

In his musical Assassins Stephen Sondheim traverses US history visiting each assassination attempt on an American President. From the well known, including the deaths of John F Kennedy and Abraham Lincoln, to attacks on the lives of Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon, James Garfield and William McKinley. It’s a musical journey highlighting that being leader of […]

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‘Hir’ is confronting, comedic and aggressively unforgiving

‘Hir’ is confronting, comedic and aggressively unforgiving

Hir | State Theatre Centre | Until 27 May | ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  This 21st century story of a family tackling issues of toxic masculinity, gender fluidity, independence, domestic violence and roles expectations goes full throttle from start to end. It’s zooms like a bullet train, unstoppable, powerful and driven. Isaac Connor returns from three years […]

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Review | Summer of the Seventeenth Doll maintains its relevance

Review | Summer of the Seventeenth Doll maintains its relevance

Summer of the Seventeenth Doll | State Theatre Centre | Until 20 May | ★ ★ ★ ½  Ray Lawler’s classic Australian play Summer of the Seventeenth Doll is his most well-known work, it’s been staged everywhere from Broadway to local community theatre and high school productions, it’s been a feature film with big name stars, and even turned […]

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Black Swan get ready to stage Taylor Mac’s ‘Hir’

Black Swan get ready to stage Taylor Mac’s ‘Hir’

Taylor Mac, who uses judy (lowercase j) as a gender pronoun, left a memorable impression when judy appeared at the Perth Festival back in 2011. Now Perth audiences have another chance to enter the world of the drag legends creative realm as Black Swan State Theatre Company stage judys play Hir. The plays name is […]

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