With the history of vibrators, singing presidential assassins, game show hostesses, and falling space debris as topics – The Black Swan State Theatre Company’s 2018 season sounds like it will promote some interesting discussion.
This will be the first season to embody the vision of new Artistic Director, Clare Watson. The result is a line up which will have classics and contemporary works sitting side by side, backed up by a host of other content (podcasts, pop-up activities, film screenings, discussions) to enrich them, producing series of mini festivals – “feasts” as they’re coining them – between the Heath Ledger Theatre and The Studio Underground.
Beginning with the question, “What should we be talking about now, as citizens of the world, as Western Australians, as humans,” Watson has shaped the programme to reflect that conversation. It breaks down into four different conversations.
The first; The Boys are Back in Town pairs Ray Lawler’s The Summer of the Seventeenth Doll with Taylor Mac’s Hir. In June and July the second conversation Hit Me With Your Best Shot, will see Assassins, with music and lyrics by Steven Sondheim, and David Greig’s The Event hit the stage. Conversation three Together In Electric Dreams, will see two world premieres – You Know We Belong Together, and Skylab. Finally Girl’s Just Want To Have Fun is their fourth conversation with, Sarah Ruhl’s In The Next Room, Or The Vibrator Play, and yet another premiere, Xenides.
The Black Swan State Theatre Company’s 2018 season commences next March at Heath Ledger Theatre and The Studio Underground. Tickets go on sale January 2, 2018.