Black Swan State Theatre Company is looking forward to the official opening of its new home, the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia, on 27 January 2011, followed by the first gala performances on the Heath Ledger Theatre stage on 29 January and Open Day on 30 January.
Black Swan took up residence in the Company’s new office in the State Theatre Centre on Level 1, 182 William Street in mid-December, and will start rehearsals for its first production, Boundary Street, in the State Theatre Centre’s main rehearsal room on 31 January.
“This long anticipated move has exceeded our expectations. All staff as well as the designers and artists working from our office have commented on how exciting it is to be based in the actual theatre complex and in the middle of the vibrant Cultural Centre and William Street precinct”, said Shane Colquhoun, Black Swan’s General Manager. “We look forward to the civic opening ceremony of the State Theatre Centre on 27 January and encourage Perth residents to visit the new theatre as well as the revitalized Cultural Centre during ‘O-Day’ on 30 January to get their first glimpse of this outstanding new theatre and the other attractions in the area.”
Kate Cherry, Black Swan State Theatre Company’s Artistic Director said, “Black Swan’s move to the new State Theatre Centre of WA is the start of a new era for our Company. I look forward to start utilising the fantastic performance spaces and the state-of-the-art staging technology, which allows us to become bolder and more ambitious in our artistic work and attract larger audiences.”
“The completion of the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia is a memorable moment in the cultural life of Perth and Western Australia, and we acknowledge the leadership of successive State Governments in envisioning a groundbreaking new performance venue and realising this vision”, said Black Swan State Theatre Company Chairman Sam Walsh AO. “We look forward to the theatre becoming a vibrant and busy centerpiece of Perth’s Cultural Centre and a popular new cultural destination for all West Australians.”
Boundary Street, a swinging wartime story featuring jazz musician James Morrison and directed by Kate Cherry will be Black Swan’s first production in the State Theatre Centre’s Heath Ledger Theatre, opening on 5 March. Boundary Street is a co-production with the Perth International Arts Festival and Brisbane Festival. Black Swan’ second production for the year is William Shakespeare’s magical comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream which will open on 11 May. This Shakespeare favourite will feature one of the largest West Australian casts in Black Swan’s history. Black Swan’s first production in the Studio Underground will be Joanna Murray-Smith’s play Ninety, opening on 2 July. Please refer to www.bsstc.com.au for full details of Black Swan’s season 2011, which will also include the world premiere of Tim Winton’s first play Rising Water, Tennessee William’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, When The Rain Stops Falling by Andrew Bovell and The Damned by Reg Cribb.