White Rabbit, Red Rabbit, the final instalment in Perth Theatre Company’s 2014 season, is not your average night at the theatre. Written by Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour, White Rabbit, Red Rabbit is more akin to performance art than traditional theatre. Each night a different unsuspecting performer takes up the challenge of acting out Soleimanpour’s script, a script which they are seeing for the first time when taking to the stage.
White Rabbit Red Rabbit is the latest production in Perth Theatre Company's 2014 season. Staged by arrangement with Malthouse Theatre Company, the play written by Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour is not your average theatre production. White Rabbit Red Rabbit will have a different performer each night, and each performer will only be handed the script moments before hitting the stage. This will be the first time they will see the script, and having been banned from researching or googling the play, this will be their first time finding out anything about the play.
Celebrating their 20th anniversary, Melbourne punk rockers Bodyjar played a solid show at Capitol in Perth. Supporting them were Samiam, Blueline Medic and Clowns. Stuart Sevastos was there and brings us these photos from the night:
On Wednesday night Perth’s His Majesty’s Theatre stage was transformed into the ornate halls of the Vatican for the opening night of The Last Confession, presented here for the first time in Australia, with venerated British actor David Suchet (Poirot to so many) making his Australian stage debut as Cardinal Benelli.
Friday night saw Ben Howard finally make it across west for a sold out show at Perth's Astor Theatre, kicking off a run of dates that sees Howard also take to the stage at Splendour in the Grass. Yet this was a show, as Howard revealed, that came ever so close to being cancelled, with an injury to regular drummer Chris Bond leaving Howard and a newly assembled band just 48 hours to rehearse.
Ben Howard kick off his Australian tour, by dazzling a huge crowd at the Astor Theatre with support coming from the delightful Nick Mulvey. Stuart Sevastos was on hand to bring the highlights of the night.
We all have our slight addictions, many of them relatively benign like coffee. For others like the protagonists of Eight Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography, the most recent production in Perth Theatre Company’s 2014 season, they are more extreme and not without their consequences – whether it be his addiction to hardcore pornography on the Internet or her predilection for maxing out credit cards in shops both real and online.
Local singer-songwriter Riley Pearce spent the majority of the first half of this year in America on exchange. Saturday night saw Pearce and his band play their first headlining show since his return to Australia and Perth. Those of you who follow Pearce on Facebook are no doubt already be aware that his time overseas was not spent idly, with visits to SXSW, songs getting written and gigs getting played. Saturday's gig was not only a chance to get the band back together, so to speak, but also to test out these new songs in front of a home crowd and with the band.
Saturday night saw Fremantle’s Mojos play host to the third and final Little Bastard show of their album launch tour through Western Australia with a large rowdy crowd braving the stormy winter weather for an evening of good times and good music.
Chet Faker performed a magnificent show to a packed Astor Theatre with support from New Zealand's Youmi Zouma. Stuart Sevastos was there for the AU and brings us these photos from the pit:
Perth locals Runner played their second and final launch show for their debut album Cloud Kingdom in the intimate confines of the Astor Lounge on Friday night.
Runner concluded their album launch tour with a fun filled show inside the Astor Lounge section of the Astor Theatre. Joining them were Flower Drums and Rabbit Island. Our photographer Stuart Sevastos captures the action from the night.
Kim Churchill’s national tour made it to Fremantle on Thursday night, with a packed out mid-week show at Mojos, the second of three shows in Western Australia. Impressively and a little surprisingly roughly 80-90% of the crowd were already milling about outside the venue before the doors had even been opened, guaranteeing a great atmosphere right from the start.
RabbitHead is the latest production from Little y Theatre Co and Whatshesaid. Directed by Ian Sinclair RabbitHead is a darkly absurd Australian comedy and performative response to Barbara Baynton’s gothic novel The Chosen Vessel. It’s a strange work – full of oddities and quirks, and even now, a day or so later, I’m still not convinced I’ve fully got a handle on what it was all about.
Once again Western Australia scored lucky with the weather gods over the long weekend, keeping ominous rain clouds at bay for the duration of the State of the Art Festival hosted by Celebrate WA in association with WAM.