Arts & Culture

Swan Festival of Lights celebrates Deepavali


It’s that time of the year again as the annual Swan Festival of Lights comes alive to celebrate Deepavali. This year, the event will be held at the scenic riverside location of the Supreme Court Gardens.

Deepavali is a world-wide celebration of the Inner Light that resides in all of us – that of the positive qualities of hope, peace, harmony, knowledge, joy and truth. This year also marks a rather special one being the 10th year anniversary of the festival!

The weekend’s festivities over the weekend will provide an extravaganza of dance, music, painting, rhythms, and Indian folklore on offer, from both local and international artists.

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Black Swan State Theatre Company 2018 Season Launch


On a balmy Monday evening in Perth, The State Theatre Centre of WA was abuzz with much excitement, festivities and champagne as the Black Swan State Theatre Company unveiled its line-up of plays for the 2018 Season.

The Company have crafted a superb line up of plays and festivities for all in Perth to enjoy in 2018.

Artistic Director Clare Watson of Black Swan State Theatre Company said:

"Curating the 2018 season we began by asking the question: "What should we be talking about right now, as citizens of the world, as Western Australians, as humans? We wanted the theatre that you see at Black Swan to catalyse and contribute to the big conversations."

"Our season in 2018 is designed to encourage compassion and extend empathy and most importantly, to entertain."

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Downstairs at The Maj - Cabaret, Music & Comedy


Perth’s finest in cabaret entertainment has kicked off this month for another season at Downstairs at The Maj.

Last week, cabaret duo Amelia Ryan and Michael Griffiths performed together in the Perth premiere of Livvy & Pete, singing renditions of songs by Olivia Newton-John and Peter Allen.

The line-up will include a diverse mix of cabaret, music and comedy to be performed by artists including jazz musicians, pop impersonators and seasoned cabaret performers.

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Switzerland by Black Swan State Theatre Company


Joanna Murray-Smith is the Australian playwright of this chilling production which is based on the life and times of famous suspense novelist Patricia Highsmith (played by Jenny Davis). Highsmith is famous for her psychological crime thriller titles including The Talented Mr Ripley and Strangers on a Train.

Set in the Swiss alps, Highsmith's reclusive existence is intruded upon by the young and vapid New Yorker Edward Ridgeway (played by Giuseppe Rotondella), who has been sent by his publishing company to get her to sign up for a final last masterpiece in her Ripley saga.

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Coma Land by Black Swan State Theatre Company


In the space between life and death lies Coma Land, a snowy purgatory that lonely child genius Boon (Kirsty Marillier) wakes up in at the beginning of the play.

There, she meets an excitable girl named Penguin (Morgan Owen) and her secretive father (Humphrey Bower), as well as happy-go-lucky party planner Jinny (Amy Mathews) and Cola (Ben Sutton), a panda who wants to fit in with the humans.

While Cola and Jinny are simply under general anaesthesia, Penguin and her dad have been in Coma Land for a very long time.

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Enoch Arden


I wasn’t sure what to expect when I headed into His Majesty’s Theatre on June 14 for Perth Theatre Trust’s one-night-only presentation of Enoch Arden.

The night began with acclaimed classical pianist Simon Tedeschi introducing the show, setting the mood by performing two pieces by Schubert and Brahms, before award-winning actor and Bell Shakespeare founder John Bell entered the stage.

Originally published in 1864, Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s narrative poem Enoch Arden tells the story of Annie Lee, Philip Ray, and the eponymous Enoch Arden.

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The Great Ridolphi


One man shows can be tough to pull off, but when I saw a familiar face in Steve Turner (Tartuffe, Dinner, Glengarry Glen Ross) take to the stage as Victor O'Meara, son of the Great Ridolphi, I knew that we the audience were in for an entertaining night at the Subiaco Theatre Festival.

The Great Ridolphi is a one hour distillation of all that is great about theatre. An intimate venue, a sparse but very cleverly put together set, a large helping of comedy along with a side portion of moving drama, along with an intriguing detective story that rattles along at a cracking pace.

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