On Now // On Next – Perth Edition

Here’s a rundown of all things arts in WA, including local performances, a new winter festival, and some big touring productions rolling into town.


The Blue Room Theatre’s Winter Nights

Dark Mofo isn’t the only festival busting out the red and black and getting a little dark and broody this winter. Perth’s indie theatre venue The Blue Room Theatre are hosting a week of works, talks, workshops and showings channelling the dark and dangerous.

There are works in development you can get a sneak peak at, early stage play readings and heaps more. The festival wraps up with Whoa Mama! – a fundraiser to help Melbourne’s iconic La Mama rebuild after the devastating fire earlier this year.

More info


Aphids’ Howl | 27 & 28 July
Don’t miss this parade of the profane – a celebration of contemporary arts’ most controversial moments. Featuring our favs Lz Dunn and Lara Thoms (Aeon) and Willoh S Weiland (Crawl Me Blood) as well as a host of local performers, it’s running for two nights only at PICA. More info>>

Existence Theatre’s Three Secrets | 27 & 28 July
This immersive performance work blurs the line between performer and participant to explore gender, grief, the secrets we hold on to and the memories we let go. More info>>

WAYTCo’s Cloud Nine by Caryll Churchill | 19 – 28 July
Churchill’s surreal and fearless drama is a mainstay on stages around the world (including a hit season at Sydney Theatre Company this year). Here it gets the WAYTCo treatment with a team of talented youngsters. More info>>

Lz Dunn & Willoh S Weiland in Aphids’ Howl

Disrupted Festival of Ideas | 28 & 29 July | FREE EVENT
All weekend the State Library of WA is playing host to big ideas and bold thinkers from across Australia and the world. This year the festival has a particular focus on the blurry and sometimes fraught line between technology and humanity. More info>>

Amy Perejuan-Capone’s This Is How We Walk On The Moon | Finishes 29 July
An exhibition of snowy installations by Amy Perejuan-Capone inspired by hope and intrepid curiosity in the High Arctic. This installation in Fremantle features a durational performance and a bunch of cute snowy chats. More info>>

Paper Mountain’s Winter Peaks | 29 & 30 July
Head to Paper Mountain for two free talks on Sunday 29th, then hit the Perth City Arts Space for a night of food and conversation at Warm Up 3. More info>>


We have a nuch of exciting shows coming up soon around WA.

Maybe (   ) Together’s Small Voices Louder | 14 Aug – 17 Sept
We’re hitting the road with regional WA presentations of Alex Desebrock’s Perth Festival hit. Kicking off the tour right up in Karratha before making our way all the way to Esperance, we cannot wait to bring this stunning and thought-provoking immersive work to kids across WA. Check our page for venue and date info>>

The Farm’s Cockfight (in association with Performing Lines and NORPA) | 19 – 22 September
Recent Helpmann winners The Farm are heading back to WA with this full throttle office battle. Funny and futile, two men thrash it out to prove who’s top dog. Stunning movement, hilarious text and dangerous stunts add up to show just how fragile the male psyche really is. More info>>

Tasmania Performs’ The Season by Nathan Maynard | 24 & 25 August
The smash hit of Sydney, Melbourne and Ten Days Festivals, we could not be prouder to be helping bring this hilarious and heartfelt story of family, culture and country to WA for the first time. Featuring WA favourites Trevor Jamieson, Della Rae Morrison and Maitland Schnaars, this winner of three Green Rooms Awards is a complete joy. More info>>

Bangarra’s Dark Emu


Bangarra Dance Theatre’s Dark Emu | 2 – 5 August
We would say grab your tickets for Bangarra’s latest, but it’s already sold out. We caught the show at its Sydney premiere – it’s a lush touring production that is sure to be a local hit. More info>>

The Boston Curse’s Threshold at The Blue Room Theatre | 7 – 25 August
Examining the intersection of truth and power, politics and journalism, Threshold is a new thriller about our willingness to turn a blind eye to our disgraceful refugee policies. More info>>

Bell Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar | 8 – 11 August
Bell returns to WA with an adaptation of Shakespeare’s tale of political intrigue, featuring a familiar face in Perth, Kenneth Ransom. We’re also thrilled to see Ghenoa Gela taking to the stage in her first Shakespeare production. More info>>

Renegade Productions’ Unveiling: Gay Sex for End Times | 14 – 25 August
Returning to The Blue Room Theatre after a recent tour to Sydney’s Bondi Feast Festival, Renegade Productions’ blood and lolfest Unveiling is gutsy, uncompromising, not for everyone and so definitely well worth a watch. More info>>

Lunchbox Productions’ The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time | 8 – 19 August
This monster West End hit is coming to Perth! Based on the acclaimed novel, this show is an adventure that shines a light on the lived experience of those on the Autism spectrum. More info>>

Black Swan State Theatre Company & Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company’s Skylab | 16 Aug – 2 Sept
A scifi comedy about surprises falling from above, this new co-production from Black Swan and Yirra Yaakin is a surreal and fantastical play from Wangkathaa playwright Melodie Reynolds-Diarra. More info>>

Australian Dance Theare’s The Beginning of Nature | 18 August
A big hit at WOMADelaide, ADT are bringing their unique brand of physical dance to Mandurah Performing Arts Centre. More info>>

Renegade Productions’ Unveiling: Gay Sex for End Times

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