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Director Richard Carroll chats about the beauty of ‘Once’

Director Richard Carroll chats about the beauty of ‘Once’

The cast of Black Swan State Theatre Company’s upcoming production of the musical Once are ready to bring an engaging tale of a moment in time, lots of great music, and self-discovery to the stage this week. Director Richard Carroll wowed audiences with his 2020 production of the classic musical Oklahoma! transforming Rogers and Hammerstein’s tale […]

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Review | Revived play ‘Toast’ mixes humour and raw emotions

Review | Revived play ‘Toast’ mixes humour and raw emotions

TOAST | State Theatre Studio Underground | 8 – 15 May 2022 | ★ ★ ★ ★ As the lighting comes up on the set of the Black Swan State Theatre Company’s latest production, the audience finds themselves in a garage full of a life’s treasures, mixed with household things that might be useful or […]

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Review | ‘Animal Farm’ revisits Orwell’s tale in the age of Trump

Review | ‘Animal Farm’ revisits Orwell’s tale in the age of Trump

Animal Farm | State Theatre Centre | til Oct 24 | ★ ★ ★  Black Swan State Theatre Company have faced a lot of set backs in brining Van Badham’s update to George Orwell’s Animal Farm to the stage. The production was originally set to premiere in September 2020 but was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Now […]

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Review | Black Swan delivers an energetic and rousing ‘Oklahoma!’

Review | Black Swan delivers an energetic and rousing ‘Oklahoma!’

Oklahoma! | State Theatre Centre | til Dec 20 | ★ ★ ★ ★ ½  Seventy-seven years ago Rogers and Hammerstein created a Pulitzer Prize winning musical that broke all the records on Broadway. Based on Lynn Riggs’ 1931 play Green Grow the Lilacs, Oklahoma! is one of the most loved musicals of the 20th century and […]

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With Love: Black Swan State Theatre Company reveal 2021 season

With Love: Black Swan State Theatre Company reveal 2021 season

Black Swan State Theatre Company have announced their homegrown 2021 program, and it’s loaded with love. Launched last night at the State Theatre Centre of WA, the state company are celebrating 30 years with a celebration of the company’s heritage through stories of rebellion, truth, hope and, the uniting force, love. “We will bring to […]

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Emily Havea will take on the traditionally male role of Curly in ‘Oklahoma!’

Emily Havea will take on the traditionally male role of Curly in ‘Oklahoma!’

Black Swan State Theatre Company of WA have announced that actor Emily Havea (Wentworth, Harrow, The Secrets She Keeps) has been cast as cowperson Curly McLain in their forthcoming production of the musical Oklahoma! The comedic role has traditionally been played by a male actor, but in a gender-blind cast move Black Swan are mixing […]

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Unsung Heroes tells the story of WA drag king pioneer Effie Fellows

Black Swan State Theatre Company are diving into local history with an online performance series that reveals the untold stories of five incredible Western Australians. Unsung Heroes brings a world premiere season directed by Emily McLean and Joe Paradise Lui that brings together some of WA’s best local talent to bring the tales of WA’s […]

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National, local & queer arts organisations call for government assistance

National, local & queer arts organisations call for government assistance

Arts and nightlife organisations have given an update on the current situation regarding COVID-19, calling for government assistance to see the industry through these uncertain times. Performing Arts Connections Australia released a statement this week, highlighting that performing arts centres across the country are dealing with the prospect of ongoing, long-term shutdowns, with the extension […]

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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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