Life is all about desire and excellent drama will always have at its core the want to elicit
something. This coming year, Perth Theatre Company promises to reward WA audiences with great theatre through the exploration of this human condition.
Perth Theatre Company proudly announces the 2008 Objects of Desire season with a
repertoire of exciting productions including three world premieres, an Australian premiere and two West Australian premieres.
Marking the opening production is The Turning by Tim Winton and re-imagined by Bill
McCluskey. Commissioned by the Perth International Arts Festival and developed by Western Edge Theatre Projects, in collaboration with Perth Theatre Company this production promises to be a highlight production for the 2008 Festival.
Spanning three generations from the 70s to the present, The Turning is about slow awakenings, changes of heart, resolutions and nasty surprises.
Directed by Steve Jodrell and featuring a cast of nine, including Nick Simpson-Deeks.
Playhouse Theatre, 22 February - 8 March 2008
WEST AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE
Specially adapted for Perth Theatre Company by Peter Quilter, Glorious! tells the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, the 1940s eccentric and enthusiastic soprano whose voice left much to be desired.
An hilarious and heartwarming comedy that takes you though the sonic glory of her charity recitals and extravagant balls, through to her bizarre recording sessions and ultimate triumph at Carnegie Hall.
Directed by Jenny Davis
DownStairs at the Maj, 10 - 31 May 2008
WEST AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE
From the writer of Glengarry Glen Ross, Oleanna and American Buffalo comes a witty, caustic insight into the world of the Hollywood Executive. David Mamet’s Speed-The-Plow strips the tinsel from a town where artistic integrity is rarely questioned.
Directed by Mel Cantwell and featuring Luke Hewitt, Gemma Northover and Steve Turner.
Playhouse Theatre, 19 July – 2 August 2008
Twenty five years ago, Australia II, skippered by John Bertrand, finally ended the USA’s 132 year domination of the America’s Cup. Taking Liberty by Ingle Knight relives the euphoria of 1983 - the tale of Australia’s triumph and victory that placed the country on the sailing and sporting world map.
Directed by Alan Becher and starring a cast of eight, including Reg Cribb, Stuart Halusz and Sam Longley.
Playhouse Theatre, 20 September – 4 October 2008
In the outer suburbs of an Australian city, the country’s greatest bush poet, sits and rots in a house covered with cockatoos, dark secrets and his damaged daughter. Until the arrival, late one night by an aspiring young actor who has been cast to play the poet in a biographical film. Reg Cribb’s The Haunting of Daniel Gartrell will be darkly humorous and intensely gripping, following a man’s descent into the dark corners of this country’s soul.
Presented by independent theatre company Delira Productions, as part of PTC’s auspice
Directed by Kirsty Hillhouse and starring Barry Otto with Sophia Hall and Will O’Mahony.
Subiaco Arts Centre, 1- 15 November 2008
The Matchmaker by John B. Keane, one of Ireland’s most popular playwrights, follows the efforts of country matchmaker Dicky Mick Dicky O’Connor who will do nearly everything in his power to see that everyone finds their heart’s desire of a perfect match.
Directed by Alan Becher and featuring Nicola Bartlett and Ingle Knight.
DownStairs at the Maj, 8 - 29 November 2008
Back by popular demand, the company will also be remounting Alan Becher’s hugely successful 2007 production Baby Boomer Blues with the original cast for a limited season.
DownStairs at the Maj, 10-26 July 2008
And touring to regional Western Australia and the east coast will be Joanna Murray-Smith’s Bombshells production of 2007.
Objects of Desire promises to whet your desire for great theatre and take you on an emotionally satisfying and diverse journey in 2008.