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Photo: David Cox St John Cowcher performing in the 2019 season of Playthings. In this photo he is on the phone and looks worried. In the spotlight: St John Cowcher
Q&A

In the spotlight: St John Cowcher

21 April 2021

From puppeteering to fronting a rock opera, St John Cowcher has done it all. Nina Levy caught up with the versatile local theatre maker, performer and puppeteer, ahead of his next engagement, performing in Black Swan State Theatre Company’s Playthings.

Reading time • 7 minutesTheatre
Cherry_Orchard_rehearsals Humphrey Bower photo credit Daniel J Grant.-092 copy Transplanting ‘The Cherry Orchard’
Q&A

Transplanting ‘The Cherry Orchard’

4 February 2021

This month renowned local actor Humphrey Bower will be performing in Black Swan State Theatre’s fresh new take on The Cherry Orchard, which sees Chekhov’s comedy classic transplanted in time and place, to the South-West of WA in the 1980s. Nina Levy caught up with Bower to find out more.

Reading time • 8 minutesPerth Festival
Photo: Anthony Tran Cream of the crop 2020
Features

Cream of the crop 2020

9 December 2020

It feels more important than ever to celebrate the arts in 2020. And so, in spite of the challenges faced by the arts community this year, we are thrilled to bring you Seesaw’s annual ‘Cream of the Crop’ round-up, in which we ask our writers to reflect on the year that was and the year to come.

Reading time • 10 minutesMulti-arts
a group of musicians and singers gather around a table dressed in country attire Broadway classic gets a sequined underbelly
Reviews

Broadway classic gets a sequined underbelly

3 December 2020

A fresh take on Oklahoma! sparkles with fun but doesn’t shy away from the uncomfortable issues. Rosalind Appleby reviews Black Swan State Theatre Company’s new production.

Reading time • 6 minutesMusical Theatre
A girl floats through the air, her flowing white skirt billowing behind Launching bravely into 2021
Features

Launching bravely into 2021

27 November 2020

Nobody knows what 2021 will hold but as Western Australia’s major arts organisations launch their programmes for next year David Zampatti discovers a mix of bravery and caution that bodes well for our artists and their audiences.

Reading time • 9 minutesMulti-arts
Actor Alison van Reeken in Lesson in the Art of Butterfly Actor Alison van Reeken stands on the set of 'Art of Butterfly'. She holds a clipboard in her hands and wears a white doctor's coat. A stethoscope hangs around her neck. Braving the icy lens
Reviews

Braving the icy lens

29 July 2020

It’s a tough transition from stage to screen concludes David Zampatti, in his review of the last two instalments of Black Swan State Theatre’s “Unsung Heroes”.

Reading time • 6 minutesTheatre
Solos shine on digital stage
Reviews

Solos shine on digital stage

21 July 2020

The solo nature of the stories in Black Swan State Theatre Company’s “Unsung Heroes” is timely in more ways than one, writes David Zampatti.

Reading time • 7 minutesTheatre
Unmasking our unsung heroes
Features

Unmasking our unsung heroes

20 July 2020

Sure, you can enjoy Black Swan State Theatre Company’s latest season from your couch but more importantly, Ara Jansen discovers a handful of local stories to remind us heroes don’t always wear tights.

Reading time • 7 minutesTheatre
Brenna Harding as Rose Pickles (right) with Natash Herbert as Dolly Pickles. Photo: Philip Gostelow. No clouds in Rose’s head
Q&A

No clouds in Rose’s head

5 March 2020

This is the second time that actor Brenna Harding has taken on the role of Rose Pickles in the stage adaptation of Tim Winton’s epic novel Cloudstreet. A co-production by Black Swan State Theatre Company and Malthouse Theatre, directed by Matthew Lutton, the production debuted in Melbourne in 2019, and is currently playing Perth Festival. And Brenna is relishing the chance to revisit her role in the play, she tells Nina Levy.

Reading time • 5 minutesPerth Festival
The Black Swan State Theatre Company and Malthouse Theatre (Melbourne) co-production of Tim Winton's 'Cloudstreet', at His Majesty's Theatre, Perth, Western Australia. Photographed by Philip Gostelow, 20th February 2020. A tangled tale told well
Reviews

A tangled tale told well

23 February 2020

It takes hours to unfold, but Jan Hallam says ‘the big baggy story’ of Cloudstreet is well worth revisiting.

Reading time • 7 minutesPerth Festival

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Cleaver Street Studio

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