Wondering what to SEE this May? Check out Seesaw Mag’s new gig guide for the hottest tips across theatre, music, dance, visual arts and more!
- Reading time • 10 minutesMulti-arts
More like this
- Danielle Freakley peels back the layers
- Government reveals plan for Perth’s ‘beating cultural heart’
- What to SEE: gig guide for kids this April school holidays
Welcome to Seesaw Magazine’s new monthly gig guide! Each month we’ll be filling you in on our top picks from across the arts spectrum.
This month Seesaw Editor Nina Levy shares her recommendations for May 2022.
I’ve previously reviewed West Australian Ballet‘s Alice (in wonderland) as “a charismatic concoction of mad-cap music, aerobatic puppetry and ballet that blends neoclassical and contemporary styles with a giant dollop of crazy.” Suffice to say Alice (in Wonderland) comes highly recommended.
From neon-pink flamingos to a hypercolour Mad Hatter Tea Party, every character is gorgeously choreographed, costumed and scored.
I love an opportunity to see dance works-in-progress and STRUT Dance’s “Short Cuts” season invites audiences to do just that. After 20 hours in the studio, independent local artists present two mixed-bill programs of short new works at the King Street Arts Centre.
It’s a tasting plate of dance hors d’oeuvres and you never know when you’re going to see the first stage of something destined for greater things – a fragment of Emma Fishwick’s Slow Burn, Together, which went on to premiere at Perth Festival in 2021, was once presented at “Short Cuts”.
Jazz aficionados will be excited to catch ARIA-winning jazz pianist and composer Barney McAll, who will be playing with WAAPA’s jazz students. McAll has returned to Australia after 20 years living in New York City, where he worked with the likes of Gary Bartz, Dewey Redman, Josh Roseman and Fred Wesley, as well as pop star Sia.
This show promises to take advantage of McAll’s trademark versatility as well as the talents of WAAPA’s jazz students, and features big bands, vocal ensembles and piano trios.
With a line-up that includes Geoffrey Robertson QC, Jane Caro, Kathy Lette, Julia Baird, Heather Morris, Saul Griffith and Lynne McGranger and more, I’m very tempted to make the drive down South for this one. Whether you an avid reader, writer or both, the Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival has something for you, from author talks to writers workshops, networking events to art installations and performances. International and interstate guests will be making live-streamed appearances, with WA writers live and in-the-flesh.
Featuring hits such as “You Oughta Know”, “Head Over Feet”, “Hand in my Pocket” and “Ironic”, the musical Jagged Little Pill is inspired by Alanis Morissette’s acclaimed rock album of the same name.
While the cast is impressive, it’s the choreographer that’s got me excited, none other than the internationally renowned Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. Even if you’re not familiar with his contemporary dance repertoire, you might have come across his work as a collaborator with Beyonce.
West Australian Opera is inviting you to a dinner with a difference. Presented at Government House Ballroom, The Duel promises to transport its audience back to 18th century Europe, and a competition between two composers.
With stages at either end of the ballroom, depicting a musical standoff between Antonio Salieri’s Italian opera style and Wolfgang Mozart’s German “singspiel”, you can decide for yourself who wins.
Last year Black Swan State Theatre Company and The Blue Room Theatre piloted a new partnership, designed to create opportunities for local independent theatre makers to develop their craft and present their work to a wider audience. Toast, by local playwright Liz Newell, is the second iteration of that partnership, and promises to be just as engaging as its predecessor, Playthings. Focusing on three sisters dealing with the sudden death of their mother, Toast is described by Black Swan as a “funny and charming work about the family we’re given and the family we choose for ourselves”.
Barking Gecko Theatre has a new play, from duo that brought you HOUSE and Bambert’s Book of Lost Stories. Named The Great Un-Wondering of Wilbur Whittaker, it’s heading to Karratha, Bunbury and Albany after its Perth premiere.
When Wilbur was a kid, his mind would wander and wonder but now he’s a sensible adult, who cares about boring adult things. But when he gives away a shoebox of his childhood “wonderings”, he discovers that without them he begins to disappear. Cue epic adventure as Wilbur races to recover his wonderings, before his time runs out.
The Great Un-wondering of Wilbur Whittaker plays
Perth: 9-16 April, State Theatre Centre of WA
Karratha: 29 April – 4 May, Red Earth Arts Precinct
Bunbury: 10-11 May, Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre
Albany: 18-19 May, Albany Entertainment Centre
If you haven’t discovered Goolugatup Heathcote art gallery yet then you’re in for a treat. Its views over the Derbarl Yerrigan/Swan River are gorgeous but head inside and you’ll find and an annual program that features some of Perth’s most exciting makers.
In May you can see “Little Looks” in the main gallery, a new exhibition by Carla Adams. Known for her vibrantly coloured and textured works, Adams imagines intimate memories and fleeting moments as tangible objects in “Little Looks”.
Also showing at Goolagatup this month is “Putting on Clown Makeup” by Walylup/Fremantle-based multidisciplinary artist Pascale Giorgi.
Pictured top: Carla Adams, ‘Yearning and Longing’, 2022, polyester cord, acrylic eyes, lava stone and glass beads. 32 x 27cm each.
Like what you're reading? Support Seesaw.