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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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Review | Let The Right One In ain’t your tween’s vampire romance

Review | Let The Right One In ain’t your tween’s vampire romance

Let The Right One In | State Theatre Centre | Until Dec 3 | ★ ★ ★ ★ If a modern vampire romance were to be anywhere, I’m glad it was the Western Australian State Theatre. In the gold of the entranceway it seemed only natural to be greeted by makeup artists offering bite marks and undead […]

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‘I Am My Own Wife’ allows us to meet a transgender pioneer

I Am My Own Wife | Studio Underground, State Theatre | Until 29 October | ★ ★ ★ ½  Shortly after the fall of the Berlin wall, playwright Doug Wright met Charlotte von Mahsldorf. Living in East Germany the eccentric woman was the curator of a Museum of Everyday Objects. Born Lothar Berfelde, she had surprisingly […]

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I Am My Own Wife: A trans pioneer’s tale of wartime survival

Charlotte von Mahlsdorf’s life may sound like a work of fiction, but her mark on this earth was very real. The focus of Doug Wright’s Pulitzer and Tony Award winning play I Am My Own Wife, von Mahlsdorf was a trans woman, Nazi survivor, antiquarian, entertainer, LGBTI+ pioneer… and murderer. Director Joe Lui caught up […]

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Switzerland explores the intriguing character of Patricia Highsmith

Switzerland | State Theatre | Until September 3rd | ★ ★ ★ ★    There’s been a lot of interest in the work of author Patricia Highsmith in recent years. Her most well-know character Tom Ripley has featured in several movie adaptations, Cate Blanchett delivered an acclaimed performance in Carol, which is based on Highsmith’s novel The Price […]

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