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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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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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