​90 independent artists and creatives supported across PLWA’s four Perth Festival shows

In a testament to the resilience and adaptability of the WA arts sector, Perth Festival has drawn to a close after successfully shifting the festival back by two weeks due to February’s snap-lockdown following a COVID outbreak. 

Through this shift the team at Performing Lines WA worked tirelessly to deliver their full program of four sold-out highly celebrated shows, supporting a total of 90 independent artists, creatives and production crew. 


“2021 Perth Festival has been a unique opportunity to highlight the calibre and incredible talent of artists based in Western Australia.  Each show, so unique in story and artform, was exceptionally well received and I felt audiences were genuinely excited to see so many different artists on our stages.” says Senior Producer Rachael Whitworth.

“Across our four shows, Performing Lines WA produced truly diverse and important contemporary Australian work which I hope will travel to audiences across the nation and internationally in the future.”

by Ian Wilkes and Poppy van Oord-Grainger

moving and transporting; an intercultural, collaborative retelling of history, that holds a powerful reminder of how the Noongar spiritual fire can remain alight.” –Seesaw Mag 

Carefully researched and imaginatively constructed” – The Australian 

Galup team

Ian Wilkes, Poppy van Oorde-Grainger, Doolann-Leisha Eatts, Elizabeth Hayden, Darryl Kickett, Ted Wilkes, Dr Clint Bracknell, Maitland SchnaarsKirby Brierty, Mitchell Thomas, Samuel Yombich Pilot-Kickett, Dr Chris Owen, Della Rae Morrison, Glenda Kickett, Ffion Nutter and Bobbi Henry. 

Children of the Sea
by Jay Emmanuel

The actors’ sincerity and the genuine commitment of the whole creative team shine through the entire enterprise” –Seesaw Mag 

Children of the Sea is therefore above all else an act of generouseffective storytelling” – Limelight Magazine 

Children of the Sea team

Jay Emmanuel, S. Shakthidharan, Kavisha Mazzella, Pavan Kumar Hari, Maniya Amin Dehghan, Harry Hamzat, Satchen Lucido, Abimanjou Mathivannan, Happyness Yasini, Jordan Azor, Richard Maganga, Manjula Radha Krishnan, Bryan Woltjen, Phil Thomson, Julia Moody, Ali Raza, Ben Nelson, Rhianne CoffeyMatt Marshall, James Luscombe, Zoe Street, Anju Sivarajah, Asad Alizada, Reza Mirzae and Saeed Danesh. 

Black Brass
by Mararo Wangai

★★★★½ Black Brass simmers with poetic subtleties and sophisticated layers of meaning that linger in mind long after its 60 minute duration” - Arts Hub 

With this work, Wangai comes to the fore and takes his rightful place as one of the city’s essential creative voices and most gifted performers” – X-press 


Mararo Wangai, Matt Edgerton, Afeif Ismail, Sisonke Mismang, Mahamudo Selimane, Zoë Atkinson, Lucy Birkinshaw, Tim Collins, Ben Nelson, Rose Liggins, Imara Mandred, Alex Desebrock, Zahra Al Hilaly, Daisy Sanders, Esther and Daniel Matabishi, Meklit Aayalew, Tsion Haile, Aminata Kamara, and Josiah Komichi.

Slow Burn, Together
by Emma Fishwisk

Slow Burn, Together performs a delicate magic act that manipulates time” - The Conversation 

A feast for the eye (…), this is a performance to dwell on and savour – exquisite” Seesaw Mag 

Slow Burn, Together team

Emma Fishwick, Ella-Rose Trew, Francesca Fenton, Emily Coles, Ellie Matzer, Bruce McKinven, Tristen Parr, Chris Donnelly, Renée Newman, Amalia Lambert, Chelsea Knight, Mark Haslam, James Luscombe, Frances Barbe, Laura Boynes, Liz Cornish, Julie Doyle, Aimee Smith, Nannette Hassall, Ella Hetherington, Rachel Arianne Ogle, Sue Peacock, Marie-Muriel Toulcanon and Min Zhu.

We are immensely proud and grateful to the team and artists who rallied together to bring these shows to the diverse audiences in our community, and to Perth Festival for supporting local artists and celebrating local stories. 

The premiere of these works has been supported by Lotterywest, the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and Perth Festival.

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