Western Australia Minister for Culture & Arts John Day
State Theatre Centre Gala Performances Showcase The Best Of WA Talent
Victor P Taffa
Two Gala Celebrations today will raise the curtain on the first official performances at the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia.
Under the direction of artistic director Andrew Lewis, 1,000 invited guests including 150 members of the general public will be the first to enjoy a full performance at the new theatre.
Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the matinee and evening performances will be hosted by well-known Australian actor William McInnes and feature a dynamic interpretation of the Centre’s Ode by special guest performer Tim Minchin.
“The gala performances will provide the opportunity for some of WA’s finest past, present and upcoming talent to celebrate the opening of the State Theatre Centre.” Mr. Day said.
“Perth’s own Tim Minchin who has earned great international success and acclaim will join some of WA’s most influential contemporary performing artists to pay tribute to the State Theatre Centre, heralding the many future performances the public can expect.”
“There will also be performances by cabaret artist Paul Capsis and acclaimed musician James Morrison, as a prelude to his appearance in Black Swan State Theatre Company’s upcoming production of Boundary Street at the centre.”
“Seventy local performers will take to the stage, including a company specially created for these performances.” Mr. Day said.
“The galas will include Chrissie Parrott Dance Company, Thin Ice, Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, as well as pieces written by Tim Winton, Andrew Bovell, and Dorothy Hewitt.”
West Australians will have the opportunity to experience quality productions not just from local companies, but also from some diverse national and international performers and companies as the Perth International Arts Festival will present the first ticketed productions in the centre.
On Sunday, January 30, ‘O’ Day a special open and free day will be held to allow people to tour the venue as part of a number of events being held in the Perth Cultural Centre to celebrate the official opening.
Exhibits from the WA Museum’s 2012 exhibition about Heath Ledger’s life such as the 2009 Best Supporting Actor Oscar statuette and the costume from Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker in The Dark Knight and the painting that won the 2008 People’s Choice Archibald Prize, by Vincent Fantauzzo have been loaned to the State Theatre Centre and will be on display for the public during the open day.
Other free activities will be held during the open day from 10am to 4pm, including children’s rides, roving entertainment, artisan markets and special exhibitions and activities at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, WA Museum and State Library of Western Australia.