Arts & Culture

Shadowland at Regal Theatre Subiaco


While sitting in our seats at the Regal Theatre in Subiaco waiting for the start of Shadowland, my partner and I perused the objects on stage and speculated about what sort of experience we were in for. From the brief teaser trailer we had seen, it looked like we were going to witness a night of shadow puppetry with a bit of a twist.

And then the performance was suddenly over, and we found ourselves clapping madly for the cast and crew, who had blown us away with their performance.

Shadowland involves silhouettes on a screen, but it's a long way from mere shadow puppets.


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Eight Gigabytes by Perth Theatre Company


Did someone mention hardcore pornography and theatre in the same sentence?!

As we waited for the gong to ring before entering the Studio Underground to watch a play, the billboard for the production of Eight Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography caught my attention.

The Perth Winter Arts season will be serving up an action packed month of entertainment for arts and theatre goers. As part of the festivities for July, the Perth Theatre Company and the Griffin Theatre Company have joined forces to bring to audiences a night of comedy with their upcoming show Eight Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography.

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The House on the Lake by Black Swan State Theatre Company


Black Swan State Theatre Company does it again with their latest production - The House on the Lake at the Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre of WA. Playwright Aidan Fennessy has put together a taut psychological thriller that will keep you riveted right up to the dramatic conclusion.

Imagine waking in a hospital room with no memory of how you got there – your last memory is being at work.

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As You Like It by Black Swan State Theatre Company


After the tense, dramatic tragedy of A Streetcar Named Desire, my partner and I were looking forward to some comic relief in the form of William Shakespeare's comedy As You Like It by the Black Swan State Theatre Company.

As somebody whose main exposure to Shakespeare involves suffering through a tedious high school analysis of Macbeth, I was a little concerned that a production that stayed faithful to the original text could make for a night of impenetrable viewing as I attempted to decipher the old style English, but a comedy that has lasted for over 400 years must have something going for it, wouldn't you think?

As it turned out, I needn't have worried.

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Hidden Earth: Three Parallels at the Zig Zag Gallery in Kalamunda


A three strong trio of local artists Jennifer Sadler, Jeannette Dyson and Sandy Tippett have joined forces to launch their latest art works. The  exhibition “Hidden Earth: Three Parallels” opens this Saturday 10 May 2014, at the Zig Zag Gallery in Kalamunda.

The exhibition features new works in acrylic, oil, ochres, gold and pearl dust, mixed media and encaustic. Each artist is inspired by the landscape, interpreting it in their own unique style to convey their passion and connection to the landscape and to the viewer.

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Review: 52 Tuesdays at Luna


The Australian drama 52 Tuesdays is now showing at Luna Palace Cinemas. The story is told through the eyes of a young teenage girl Billie, as her Mum, known at the start of the movie as Jane, comes out to become James, a transgender man.

As Billie’s Mum goes through the process of transitioning gender, Billie is sent off to live with her Dad and her time to catch up with her Mum is reduced to once a week, every Tuesday at the same time.

Billie absolutely adores and idolises her Mum, and she is accepting of her Mum’s gender transition as she learns what is involved, and comes to terms with the changes that her Mum has to go through in order to become a man.

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A Streetcar Named Desire by Black Swan State Theatre Company


Black Swan State Theatre Company's production of A Streetcar Named Desire is now showing at the State Theatre Centre of WA until the 6 April.

A Streetcar Named Desire is Tennessee William's classic 1947 play which begins with fading Southern belle Blanche Dubois arriving in New Orleans' French Quarter to live with her sister Stella and Stella's husband Stanley Kowalski, seeking refuge after a series of family tragedies including the death of her parents and the loss of the family home estate of Belle Reve.

Blanche epitomises the old South, with genteel values and manners, but as the play goes on we will discover that it is a facade of how she perceives herself and how she wishes the world would be.

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