Black Swan last week launched its 2009 season and introduced its new name, Black Swan State Theatre Company and logo to over 300 invited guests at the Government House Ballroom.

The evening also celebrated the 10th anniversary of Black Swan’s relationship with its Principal Partner, Rio Tinto. Sam Walsh, Chief executive – Iron Ore, announced the extension of Rio Tinto’s Principal Partnership with Black Swan for a further three years. As part of this commitment, Rio Tinto will also become the naming rights partner of Black Swan’s expanding commissioning programme, “The Rio Tinto Black Swan Commissions”.

Highlights of Black Swan’s 2009 season include:
  • • Acclaimed actor Helen Morse will star as Joan Didion in The Year of Magical Thinking, the stage adaptation of Joan Didion’s best-selling, Pulitzer prize-winning memoir. The Year of Magical Thinking will be presented as part of the Perth International Arts Festival and will tour to 15 towns in regional WA after its Perth season.
  • • For the first time since the Company’s inaugural production of Twelfth Night 17 years ago, Black Swan will be performing a play by William Shakespeare. The 2009 production of Much Ado About Nothing will feature some of Perth’s most loved performers.
  • • In co-production with Albury/Wodonga’s HotHouse Theatre, Black Swan will present the world premiere of The Web by Kate Mulvany, an exciting and award-winning playwright originally from Western Australia.
  • • The 2009 season includes two other co-productions: the West Australian premiere of Yasmina Reza’s new comedy God of Carnage (co-produced with Queensland Theatre Company) and the West Australian premiere of Tony Briggs’s steamy and swinging soul musical, The Sapphires (co-produced with Company B).
  • • Black Swan’s mainhouse programme also includes the timeless American classic, The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams and British comedy The Memory of Water by Shelagh Stephenson (winner of the 2001 UK ‘Play of the Year’).
  • • Black Swan’s emerging artist development program, The HotBed Ensemble, will present the world premiere of Australian playwright Angela Betzien’s new play, The Dark Room and pool (no water) by UK playwright Mark Ravenhill (author of Shopping and F**king).

  • Enhanced Access Opportunities
Subscribers can choose between 3 play, 4 play, 5 play, 6 play, 7 play and 7 opening night
subscription packages. Black Swan has also introduced a new “3 Tuesday Preview” subscription package, enabling subscribers to see three Tuesday previews of their choice for only $99.

$15 student rush tickets will again be available for all mainhouse productions. Students can save $5 compared to the standard student ticket price by purchasing unsold seats up to 30 minutes before a performance begins upon presentation of valid student ID. Student rush tickets are subject to availability.

A captioned performance for the hearing impaired will be offered for the performance of The
Year of Magical Thinking
on Saturday, 14 February at 2.15pm.

All mainhouse seasons at the Playhouse Theatre will include one performance with an audio description service. Audio description captures the visual elements of theatre performance by describing the ‘unheard’ aspects that are essential to understanding a storyline. The service helps bring entertainment to life for people who are blind or vision impaired, whilst being unobtrusive to the user.

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