Remember when the advertising industry first introduced bottled water? Many thought it was a ridiculous idea that would never take off and I for one, refused to buy it on political/ethical grounds. Ben Elton’s hil’air’ious satire Gasp! looks at a money hungry mining company which is devouring our resources one commodity at a time. When… Read more.
Every once in a while a show comes along that will stay with you for a long time. Ben Elton’s satirical work Gasp! is one such show. It’s little wonder that this show has stood the test of time and still holds as much relevance as it did when it was first developed for London… Read more.
Following on from previously produced musicals Bran Nue Dae and the Sapphires, Western Australia’s The Black Swan State Theatre Company announced it would end its 2015 season with the Tony Award winning Broadway musical Next to Normal. Starring Rachel Beck the musical has been voted one of the top ten musicals of the 21st century…. Read more.
Not Having seen a William Shakespeare play since studying them in high school, I wasn’t entirely sure what I would be in for. Much to my delight, the Black Swan State Theatre Company’s incredible, modern take on this joyful play is endlessly engaging and wildly entertaining. Duke Senior is exiled into the Forest of Arden… Read more.
Flood is teeming with firsts: it’s the first production of Black Swan’s 2014 season, it’s the first official Fringe World show to open pre-festival (Fringe opens officially on 24 January) and it’s the first staged production of a new work to come out of Black Swan’s Emerging Writers Group. This might add a significant amount… Read more.
Perth playwright Chris Isaacs latest work Flood opens the 2014 Black Swan Theatre Company season and will be performed as part of the Perth Fringe Festival. Co-creator of It’s Dark Outside, nominated for a 2013 Helpmann Award, and member of Black Swan’s Emerging Writers Group, Chris took time to talk about the inspirations for his new… Read more.
In Black Swan’s last hurrah for 2013 the company brings a bit of Edinburgh Fringe to Perth with Midsummer [a play with songs] by David Greig and Gordon McIntyre. The show was a fringe hit back in 2008 and comes to the Heath Ledger Theatre, under the direction of Damon Lockwood, starring Georgina Gayler as… Read more.
Black Swan State Theatre Company officially launched their 2014 season Monday night at the Heath Ledger Theatre at the State Theatre Centre. On hand for the evening’s festivities to warm up the buzzing crowd was Perth jazz chanteuse Libby Hammer, and amongst the denizens were a few nationally famous faces and a considerable number of… Read more.
Other Desert Cities is yet another award winning Broadway play made available for Brisbane audiences thanks to the joint efforts of the Queensland Theatre Company and Black Swan State Theatre Company. Written by Professor Jon Robin Baitz (veteran playwright, and executive producer of the long running American ABC series Brothers & Sisters), Other Desert Cities… Read more.
Tim Winton’s Shrine is beautifully flawed; somehow, structurally, its scope seems beyond the confines of theatre and it might seem a better fit for film, or be best savored from the page. But then, once the play finishes, it’s obvious from the sense of communal catharsis why the work does exist for theatre. There are… Read more.