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BLACK SWAN STATE THEATRE COMPANY
Dust
28 13
HEATH LEDGER
T H E AT R E
TO
JUN
STATE THEATRE
C E N T R E O F WA
JUL
BY
Suzie Miller
DURATION: Approx. 90 mins [no interval]
WARNING: Dust contains coarse language, adult themes and theatrical haze
A RIO TINTO BLACK SWAN COMMISSION
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For the walker the world looms large,
slows down, cannot be backdrop but
moment-by-moment encounter, or
clothing you wear into and know
from the inside, from how it moulds you.
The layers. No detail escapes her.
Tracy Ryan
The Walker
The Argument (Poems)
Published by Fremantle Press
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F E AT U R I N G
Suzie Miller PLAYWRIGHT
Benj D’Addario
IAN, DAVID & WEDDING GUEST
Charlotte Devenport
AILSA & EMMA
Caroline McKenzie
LORRAINE, MOTHER OF THE BRIDE
& WEDDING GUEST
Ben Mortley
ALISTAIR & HOMELESS MAN
Kelton Pell
EDDIE & TONY
Nicholas Starte
MASOUD & MATTHEW
Alison van Reeken
ALICE, ELEKTRA & DOCTOR
Gemma Willing
LARA & THE WOMAN
Emily McLean
DIRECTOR
Fiona Bruce
SET & COSTUME DESIGNER
Trent Suidgeest
LIGHTING DESIGNER
James Luscombe
SOUND DESIGNER/COMPOSER
Mia Holton
VIDEO DESIGNER
Chrissie Parrott
MOVEMENT DIRECTOR
Julia Moody
ACCENT COACH
Andy Fraser
FIGHT DIRECTOR
Jenny Stewart
DRESSER
Lisa McCready
STAGE MANAGER
Louise Wardle
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER
Plumb Artsworkshop
SET CONSTRUCTION
Ned Sheardown
POETRY VOICE OVER
Fiona Bruce
ATTENDEES IN FILMING:
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Joseph D’Addario
Charlotte Devenport
Ben Mortley
Lisa McCready
Caroline McKenzie
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Suzie Miller is a multi-award winning Australian/British playwright forging
both a national and international career. She has recently been in residence
and/or attached to the following theatres: Ex Machina Quebec for a month with
Robert Lepage (2012), National Theatre in London (2011 and 2009), Ransom
Theatre in Ireland (2009) and was the 2012 year long resident writer at Griffin
Theatre in Australia. Suzie was resident at Camp Cove with the National
Theatre of Scotland in 2013. She is currently working with the following
companies: Sydney’s Griffin Theatre, Black Swan State Theatre Company, ATYP, Legs on
the Wall, LIVE Theatre in Newcastle UK, National Theatre of Scotland. She has also worked
with The Frantic Assembly, Told By An Idiot in the UK and Theatre Gargantua in Toronto.
Miller has been produced all over Australia and in 5 different countries.
Recent works include: 2013 The Sacrifice Zone (premiered in Toronto and touring
internationally), Driving Into Walls at the Perth International Festival in Feb 2012 and the
Sydney Opera House in 2013. onefivezeroseven also premiered at the Perth International
Arts Festival 2014; Dust with Black Swan State Theatre Company in 2014 and Overexposed
premiering in Perth in 2014. A secret project is commissioned by WAAPA and will have
a season in the second half of 2014. Works in development include: Two Geordie Boys
with LIVE Theatre Newcastle & Enlightening Entertainment London for a 2015 large scale
production; Red Velvet Evening developed at the National Theatre of Scotland ahead of a
UK production; productions in Sydney for 2015 and beyond include Caress/Ache; JUNE;
Sunset Strip and I Looked Up and You Were There.
Amongst other awards and nominations Suzie has won the 2008 National Kit Denton
Fellowship for writing with courage; shortlisted for the 2010 and 2008 Australian Writers
Guild Award for drama, and nominated for two AWGIEs for 2013, winning one of them.
She has been shortlisted for the Griffin Award 2009 Winner of Inscription 2009; and
2006: mentored by Edward Albee 2009; Winner 2008 New York Fringe Festival ‘Overall
Excellence Award for Outstanding Playwriting’ and in 2005 winner of the Theatrelab
award. Her plays have won 9 Equity Awards, Helpmann awards and Canadian DORA
Awards. Suzie also sits on various boards including the Australian Writers’ Guild Theatre
Board and the new Eternity Playhouse NSW. She was on the inaugural board of Playwriting
Australia.
Emily McLean DIRECTOR
BLACK SWAN: Dust marks Emily’s directorial debut with the Company. AS
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: Shrine, Other Desert Cities, The Memory of Water.
AS DIRECTOR: OTHER THEATRE: Red Ryder Productions: The Duck
Variations, Dealer’s Choice, A Moment on the Lips, The Mozart Faction,
Dying City, Fat Pig. Perth Theatre Company/Red Ryder: Dealer’s Choice,
Loveplay. WAAPA: Summer of the Aliens, Grimm Tales. Deckchair: Not Like
Beckett. Curtin: The Messenger, Broken Valley. Moxy Collective: Virgie.
Little y: Slut. Shangai Lil: Three On, One Off. Downstairs at the Maj: Maj Monologues.
Lockwood Productions: Short Four Play. AWARDS: Equity Award for Best Director
for Dealer’s Choice in 2006, Equity Award for Best Director for The Mozart Faction in
2007. TRAINING: Sydney Theatre Company Affiliate Director in 1998. WAAPA Directing
Graduate in 1997.
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A WO R D F R O M T H E P L AY W R I G H T
The vibrant city of Perth sits so close to the enormity of the Australian
mining sector and prospers or flounders along with it. Indeed when you live
in the shadow of such an industry you are vulnerable to both the boom and
the bust, and also keenly aware of responsibilities to the environment.
I wanted to take a day where everything
is different – indeed a day where a huge
dust storm has taken what we dig up and
covered the city of Perth in it – but is this
patina of dust the beginning of a possible
apocalypse? A disaster? Or is it purely a
freak weather episode that will all blow
away again tomorrow? In any event the
strangeness and uncertainty of such an
event can stop us all in our tracks, force
us to look inward and examine what we
have long buried. This strange turn might
just bring people up close and personal to
families, lovers, death, life, vulnerability
and strength.
white wedding, a mine manager who
needs to share more of who he is with a
wayward step-daughter; from a terminally
ill woman, to a local immigrant taxi driver
and an out-of-towner. This is the story
of looking beyond the topsoil and digging
deeply into lives that could be the lives
of any of us. Director Emily McLean, the
astonishing cast and our amazing design
team have together created a world that I
could only have dreamed of. It has been
my privilege and delight to work with each
and every one of them.
I would like to heartily express my thanks
to Black Swan, in particular Kate Cherry
(Artistic Director), Polly Low (Literary
Manager/Dramaturg) and the wonderful
Chantelle Iemma for their ongoing support
and artistic feedback, and to Rio Tinto for
funding the commission. I would also like
to thank Andrew Drayton (Black Swan
board member) for patiently
explaining the whole
world of iron ore to
me in great detail
including drawings
and lattes, the various
FIFOs I met who were
stuck alongside me in
an airport lounge for
12 hours after my flight
was cancelled, and lastly
my parents together
with my wonderful
husband and
children who
continue to
support the
writing of all of
my plays.
The characters in my play exist in a world
that is suddenly completely red, dusty and
uncertain. Consequently they are each in
their lives more fully, more intensely. For
a writer there are some plays that are just
a delight to write – the characters become
real people to their authors, and there is a
strong sense of the whole – this play, for
me, has been one of those special plays.
The richness of the WA landscape fully
informed this work. I spend so much time
in grey London that when I return to work
in Perth there is always a visceral quiver
of being close to nature, to land, to space,
to something that is uniquely Australian
– heat and trees, water, sky and space that
exposes something real and authentic.
I have thoroughly enjoyed working with
Black Swan and celebrate their ongoing
and very real commitment to telling
Australian stories. In Emily McLean I have
been lucky to have found an extremely
talented director with a keen visual sense
and a true talent for unravelling the
vulnerabilities of the Dust characters
and stories – from FIFOs stuck at the
airport, to a vulnerable teen, young lovers
in search of something real, a destroyed
Suzie Miller
Playwright
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A WO R D F R O M T H E D I R E C T O R
In Dust the red dirt from the North wraps Perth in a potentially catastrophic
natural event. This is a powerful device, both highly dramatic and symbolic,
it changes our world and makes us reach for the only things that matter –
each other. The possibility of death and the dangerous majesty of nature
strip away everything except the necessary truth, the last essential. Only in
Western Australia would this dust storm have such depth of meaning – the
red dirt that has given us economic protection for so long now demands we
pay a price in confronting truths within ourselves.
They created vital moments in the
beautifully playful and thoughtful
way the best actors do.
It is always an honour to direct the
first production of a new Australian
script. Suzie Miller is a powerful voice
in Australian writing. She was truly
wonderful to be in the room with. It
quickly became obvious that her open heart
and mind didn’t need a dust storm to get
to the truth. Her complete understanding
of her story meant we could question
anything. She was open and bruiseless and
clever and funny. It is no surprise that her
generosity led to a highly theatrical play
– that most shared experience between
writer, actor and audience.
Dust presented us with incredible
opportunities for scale, movement, colour,
meaning and a real merging of design areas
(particularly as they create one of the main
characters of the piece – the dust storm).
Thanks to the wonderful team of four
designers who displayed intelligence, rigour
and beautiful ideas that continually layered
the meaning.
Lastly, to you the theatre-goer. You have
helped create a new Western Australian
story, told in our voice, on our stage and set
in our town. Thank you for being a part of
that and for understanding how important
that is.
The amazing cast had the bravery
needed to rehearse a new work. They
looked after their characters, knew
when lines were not true to their
voice and most importantly knew
when to trust the work and fly. Emily McLean
Director
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A WO R D F R O M T H E S E T & C O S T U M E D E S I G N E R
Before I went to uni to learn how to be a production designer, I went on
a driving holiday across Australia and through some iconic yet strangely
surreal red landscapes. Seven years later red dust from that adventure
can still be found in our car – in the vents, the floor mats, even in the glove
compartment!
In designing for Dust I realised that the dust – much like it had permeated our
car – would have to get into all the nooks and crannies in the production
design and across all departments. It can be found in the fly system, in the
flooring choices, in the paint selections, costume designs,
lighting gels, stage machinery and video elements.
I also remembered from my trip that the
intensity of colour was made even more
dramatic through the interplay of light
and shadow as the sun travelled across
the sky, and so when it came to choosing
the colour palette for Dust, I decided
that there was no true ‘dust red’, but a
whole range of hues – pinks, oranges,
ochres, reds and browns that made up
the visual language of those landscapes.
Dust is a play about human relationships
underpinned by feelings of wonder, danger,
romance or uncertainty brought on by the
phenomenon. The storm represents something
different for each character and because of this, the director, the design team and I wanted
a flexible, open, abstract space that could change it’s mood to keep pace with events
unfolding on stage. Dust takes us from the epic and expansive down to the intimate and
domestic and after joining us on this journey we hope that the audience will also discover
that they have taken a little piece of dust home with them too.
ENGAGE CHALLENGE
EXCITE SURPRISE REFLECT
Fiona Bruce
Set & Costume Designer
Photograph © Adrian Lambert – Acorn Photo Agency
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CAST
Benj D’Addario IAN, DAVID & WEDDING GUEST
BLACK SWAN: A Streetcar Named Desire, Arcadia, A Midsummer Night’s Dream,
The Crucible. Black Swan/Queensland Theatre Company: God of Carnage. OTHER
THEATRE: Perth Theatre Company: The Ugly One, Taking Liberty, Glorious!,
Welcome To Dullsville. Deckchair Theatre: The Fremantle Candidate, Taking
Liberty, Ruby Moon. Red Ryder Productions: Loveplay, Dealer’s Choice, Dying
City. Barking Gecko: Fatty Wombat. Agelink Theatre Company: The Greatest
Woman in the World. Happy Dagger Theatre: The York Crucifixion. Brainbox
Project/His Majesty’s Theatre: The Maj Monologues. Fragmented Artists: Fragmented. Class
Act: Hotel Sorrento. Steamworks: Medea 05. Bell Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing,
Actors at Work. Short Shakes Theatre Company: A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Belvoir
Downstairs: An Idiot Amongst Us. Darlinghurst Theatre: The Treatment, Portia Coughlin.
Parramatta Theatre Company: Hamlet. Household Words: Henry V. MUSICALS: Evie and the
Birdman. TV: Serangoon Road, Henry & Aaron’s 7 Steps to Superstardom, Air Australia, The
Sleepover Club, Comedy Inc, Home and Away, Big Sky. FILM: These Final Hours, Mr Perfect,
The 100th Monkey, Pecking Duck, Fly On the Wall, Made Flesh, Wolf. OTHER:
Benj is a founding member of local independent company Red Ryder Productions
and has been a proud member of Equity since 1996. TRAINING: WAAPA 1996.
Bachelor of Arts (Theatre) from Curtin University 1993.
Charlotte Devenport AILSA & EMMA
BLACK SWAN: Dust marks Charlottes’ debut with the
Company. OTHER THEATRE: Smock Alley Theatre Company:
The Swell Party (tour to Dublin). MS Society WA: Puss
In Boots. TV: Australia: The Story of Us. FILM: Rite to
Write, Juliet. TRAINING: 2009 WAAPA Musical Theatre
Certificate, 2013 WAAPA Theatre Arts Graduate.
Caroline McKenzie LORRAINE, MOTHER OF THE BRIDE
& WEDDING GUEST
BLACK SWAN: Death of A Salesman, The Merry-GoRound in the Sea, Grass Roots, On Our Selection, The
Crucible. OTHER THEATRE: Perth Theatre Company:
Face To Face (Brazil tour), Equus, The Turning.
Deckchair/Vitalstatistix: Tough Girls (Adelaide/Fremantle).
Hole In The Wall: Approaching Simone, 20s And All
That Jazz, Court Napping, Fen, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Tom
and Viv, The Cherry Orchard, Last Wake At Sheoak Creek. National
Theatre Company (Playhouse): Godspell, On Our Selection, Sisterly
Feelings, Chicago, The Jack The Ripper Show, Company, A Chorus
of Disapproval, Planet Pres, Barnum (His Majesty’s Theatre). Mason
Miller: A Servant of Two Masters, Moondyne Joe. Winter Theatre:
Working, Shorts, Can’t Pay Won’t Pay, The Kid. Sydney Theatre
Company: The Philadelphia Story. Q Theatre: Man From Mukinupin.
Griffin Theatre: Ethel Merman Ridin’ High. FILM: Needle, Heat.
TV: The Great Mint Swindle, The Shark Net, The Sleepover Club,
Ship To Shore (series 1, 2, 3). AWARDS: Equity Guild Award for Best
Supporting Actress for The Turning.
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Ben Mortley ALISTAIR & HOMELESS MAN
Alison van Reeken ALICE, ELEKTRA & DOCTOR
BLACK SWAN: Dust marks Ben’s debut with the Company. OTHER THEATRE:
Sydney Theatre Company: Waikiki Hip, The Crucible, Beautiful. Company
B Belvoir: The Lieutenant of Inishmore. Bell Shakespeare Company: King
Lear. Ensemble Theatre: Between Us, Kimberly Aimbo. Belvoir Bsharp:
Whore, Duck. Stables/Griffin Theatre Company: Live Acts on Stage, Kayak/
Borderlines. Darlinghurst Theatre: Breathing Corpses. The Blue Room: Robots
Vs Art. Perth Festival: You Once Said Yes. FILMS: Dingo, Lantana, Drift,
Foreshadow and the soon to be released Pinch. TV: Cloudstreet, McLeod’s Daughters, Home
and Away, Backberner. TRAINING: 1997 Graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic
Art (NIDA). 2002-03 Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris. 2005 Shakespeare and the Voice
with Cicely Berry. In 2013 Ben completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Film & Television
at Curtin University and is currently writing and developing several film and television
scripts.
BLACK SWAN: A Streetcar Named Desire, The Motherf**ker with the Hat,
Boy Gets Girl, When The Rain Stops Falling, A Midsummer Night’s Dream,
The Female of the Species, Life x 3, The Crucible, Woyzeck, The Carnivores, A
Man with Five Children. OTHER THEATRE: Onward Production: The Deep
Blue Sea, 7 Deadly Sins, 4 Deadly Sinners. Kay & McLean Productions: The
Graduate. Perth Theatre Company: An Oak Tree, The Turning, Charitable Intent.
Red Ryder Productions: Dying City, A Moment on the Lips. Class Act: Twelfth
Night. Renstar: She Told Me So. Darlinghurst Theatre: Five Stories High, The Treatment,
Etta Jenks. Old Fitzroy Theatre: Dogs Barking, Paradise. Belvoir Downstairs: Chambres,
An Idiot Amongst Us, Edmund. TV: The War That Changed Us, Three Acts of Murder, The
Sleepover Club, Murder Call, All Saints, Water Rats. FILM: These Final Hours, George
Jones and the Giant Squid, Middle Children, All the Way. PRODUCER: Dealer’s Choice,
The Mozart Faction, Loveplay, Looming the Memory, Dying City, Fat Pig. OTHER: Proud
member of Equity since 1996. AWARDS: Equity Guild: 2011 Best Actor (Female) for The Deep
Blue Sea, 2006 Best Supporting Actor (Female) for The Carnivores. TRAINING: Diploma of
Performance Studies (Theatre) from WAAPA and Curtin University.
Kelton Pell EDDIE & TONY
BLACK SWAN: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night (1991
and 2010), Jandamarra, Dead Heart, Waiting for Godot, Tourmaline,
Bidenjarreb Pinjarra, The Island, Cosi. OTHER THEATRE: Sydney Theatre
Company: Bloodland Tour, Belvoir St: Coranderrk. Ilbejerri Theatre Company:
Coranderrk - We Will Show the Country. Banuba Films: Jandamarra Kimberley
Tour. Urban Theatre Projects: The Fence. State
Opera of South Australia: Ingkata. Deckchair
Theatre: Strategy for Two Hams, The Removalists, King
for this Place, The Silent Years. Yirra Yaakin: Waltzing
the Wilarra, Inside Out, Solid, Cruel Wild Woman,
Runumuk, King Hit. South Australian Theatre
Company: Crow. Swy Theatre: Wild Cat Falling. Kelton
has also appeared in No Sugar, Honey Spot, Barungin,
The Dreamers, First Born Trilogy and Our Town. TV: The
Gods of Wheat Street, The Circuit, Bush Patrol,
Cloudstreet, Redfern Now, The Moodys, Hard Rock
Medical. FILM: Mad Bastards, Aunty Maggie and
the Womba Wagkun, The Last Ride, Bran Nue
Dae, Stone Bros, September, Cold Turkey,
Confessions of a Headhunter, Where Two
Rivers Meet, Australian Rules, One Night
the Moon, Blackfellas. AWARDS: 1996
Contemporary Performing Arts Award
for Best Collaboration, the Swan Gold
Award for Best West Australian Actor in
1994 and the WA Aboriginal Artist of the
Year Award in 1991.
Gemma Willing LARA & THE WOMAN
BLACK SWAN: Dust marks Gemma’s debut with the Company. TV: Legally
Brown. TRAINING: 2007 Scholarship Exchange Acting Course at La Salle College
of the Arts Singapore, 2008 Bachelor of Arts (Theatre Studies) at University of
Notre Dame Perth. 2011 Scholarship Exchange to the CNSAD (Conservatoire
National Supérieure d’Art Dramatique) Paris. 2011 WAAPA Acting Graduate.
Nicholas Starte MASOUD & MATTHEW
BLACK SWAN: Dust marks Nicholas’
debut with the Company. AWARDS: Sally
Burton Award for best Shakespearean
performance. TRAINING: Arts Degree
University of Sydney, 2013 WAAPA Theatre Arts
Graduate.
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C R E AT I V E S
Fiona Bruce SET & COSTUME DESIGNER
BLACK SWAN: Midsummer [a play with songs], Boy Gets Girl. The HotBed
Ensemble: Yellow Moon: The Ballad of Leila and Lee, The Shape of Things. Black
Swan/Big Sky Entertainment: Shakespeare Shenanigans. BSX Theatre: Falling
Petals. AS COSTUME DESIGNER: Shrine. AS ASSISTANT DESIGNER: Rising
Water, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing. OTHER
THEATRE: Deckchair Theatre: The Fremantle Candidate, Lorelei, Ruby
Moon (set). The Blue Room: Standing Bird 2, Verge, Fat Pig, Glengarry
Glen Ross, The Polite Gentleman. Curtin University: Broken Valley. Performing Lines/
STRUT: Breakings. AWARDS: 2013 PAWA Award for Best Design for Boy Gets Girl. 2010
Equity Guild Award for Best Design for The Shape of Things. 2009 David Hough Award for
Stage Design. TRAINING: 2009 WAAPA Performing Arts B.A and 2006 Curtin University B.A.
Trent Suidgeest LIGHTING DESIGNER
BLACK SWAN: The House on The Lake, Midsummer [a play with songs], The
Importance of Being Earnest, The Motherf**ker With The Hat, Boy Gets Girl,
Arcadia, The White Divers of Broome, When The Rain Stops Falling, Ninety,
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (with Graham Walne). Black Swan/Belvoir: The
Sapphires. Black Swan/Queensland Theatre Company: Other Desert Cities,
Managing Carmen. Black Swan/Melbourne Theatre Company: National
Interest. The HotBed Ensemble: pool (no water), The Dark Room. OTHER
THEATRE: Sydney Festival: I Am Eora. Yirra Yaakin: Waltzing The Wilarra. The
Production Company: Kismet, The King and I. Barking Gecko: Duck, Death and the
Tulip, The Amber Amulet, Fatty Wombat. Perth Theatre Company: An Oak Tree. Steps
Youth Dance Company: Try Hard, Compact Dance, Moonwebs and Scorched Thongs.
Strut Dance/Alice Lee Holland: Tiny Little Tragedies. Aimee Smith: Wintering. Buzz
Dance: Genie(us). Secondments: Billy Elliot The Musical (Broadway), High School
Musical (Australian Tour), Wicked (Australia). INSTALLATIONS: Jackman Furness
Foundation of Performing Arts Launch. PIAF: Festival Gardens 2012. AS SET &
LIGHTING DESIGNER: BLACK SWAN: Shrine, Death of a Salesman. Steps Youth Dance
Company: Fights & Flights. POSITIONS: DCA Young People and the Arts Funding Panelist
2009-2012, WAAPA Board 2007-2008. GRANTS: 2010 Artstart Grant, 2014 Australia
Council Creative Professionals. TRAINING: 2008 WAAPA graduate.
James Luscombe SOUND DESIGNER/COMPOSER
BLACK SWAN: The Motherf**ker With The Hat, The Damned. OTHER
THEATRE: STEPS Youth Dance Company: Fights & Flights, Try Hard.
TurnAround Productions: Here Lies Henry. Buzz Dance Company: Ecobots.
Perth Theatre Company: The Ugly One. Midnight Youth Theatre Company:
Mnemonic. SOUND COORDINATOR: Steamworks Arts Production: Place of
Reflection Launch. SOUND OPERATOR: Barking Gecko: Duck, Death & The
Tulip, Driving Into Walls, The Red Tree. POSITIONS: Head of Sound and
Technician for AEG Ogden venues including State Theatre Centre of WA. Session lecturer
at WAAPA covering theatre sound and design. Freelance Sound Engineer, touring with
Rainy Day Women as their FOH Engineer. James has also released 3 records with his
bands; Archer & Light and Sidewalk Diamonds. AWARDS: 2010 Hawaiian Award for
Sound. 2010 D’Arcy Traveling Scholarship. OTHER: Secondment with Paul Arditti (Billy
Elliot, The Musical) at The National Theatre (UK) and The Royal Shakespeare Company
(UK).TRAINING: 2010 WAAPA graduate.
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Mia Holton VIDEO DESIGNER
BLACK SWAN: The Damned, When The Rain Stops Falling. The Hotbed
Ensemble: The Shape of Things, Yellow Moon: The Ballad of Leila and Lee.
OTHER THEATRE: WAYTCO: Another Twin. Renegade Productions: The Tribe.
CDV/Yirra Yaakin: If I Drown I Can Swim (and various remounts). Ochre
Dance Company: Dreamtide. Company Complesso: In This. CDV/Deckchair:
The Bridging Project. CDV/Water Expo, Zaragoza, Spain: Bridging Puentes.
CDV: Tears of Blood, Phaedra’s Love, U.D, Corazon de Vaca, The Riddle of
the Sphinx. RESIDENCIES: 2010 Remote Real, Rorelson Studio, Malmo, Sweden. 2005
Video documentary of Sound Artist Nigel Helyer’s residency at IASKA, Kellerberrin.
AWARDS: 2013 Blue Room Theatre Award for Best Production Team for The Tribe. 2006
Award for Best Electronic Artist, ECU. OTHER: 2011 Video designer for the gala opening
of the State Theatre Centre of WA, Mia was a core member and principal Visual Artist
of the contemporary theatre group 2006-2012. TRAINING: 2006 Bachelor of Visual
Arts, Electronic Art Major, Edith Cowan University. 2003 Copywriting and Creative
Development Certificate, Vega Brand Communication School, Johannesburg RSA.
Chrissie Parrott MOVEMENT DIRECTOR
BLACK SWAN: A Streetcar Named Desire, Shrine. AS CHOREOGRAPHER:
OTHER THEATRE: Chrissie has choreographed works for Perth Theatre
Company, Sydney Theatre Company, Malthouse Theatre and Thin Ice, as well
as a digital dance work for the Heath Ledger Theatre Gala opening and a dance
piece for UWA’s centenary celebrations. OTHER: Black Swan Resident Artist for
2014. Curator & Venue Manager CPAS Multi Arts Venue. Chrissie has created a
repertoire of over 70 works, most particularly within the context of the Chrissie
Parrott Dance Company. Commissions include works for WA Ballet, Australian Dance
Theatre, Queensland Ballet, Tasdance, Sifonietta de Lorraine (France), Theater Vorpommern
(Stralsund, Germany), Crameer Balletten (Sweden) and Tanz Forum (Germany). In 2012
Chrissie and composer/animator Jonathan Mustard opened ChrissieParrottArts Space, an
artist run initiative venue that presents a program of Multi Arts. TV : Wrath, Coppélia, Hawk
II and Motel Deception [Bluemoon film and video, Screen West DCA- ABC]. POSITIONS:
Previous positions include: Adjunct professor at Queensland University of Technology and
Senior Research Fellow ECU. Program Manager at PICA. Board member for Artrage Fringe
Festival. Consultant to the PIAF dance program under artistic director David Blenkinsop.
Founding Director of LINK Dance Company. AWARDS: Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award.
Swan Gold Award. Sounds Australia Award. Western Australian Citizen of the Year 2000.
Centenary Medal. Australian Dance Award for outstanding choreography and stage design.
Julia Moody ACCENT COACH
BLACK SWAN: The Importance of Being Earnest, A Midsummer Night’s
Dream, Madagascar, The Glass Menagerie, The Laramie Project. Black Swan/
Queensland Theatre Company: Other Desert Cities, The Clean House. OTHER
THEATRE: Perth Theatre Company: The Matchmaker. Julia also works
as a voice consultant for SBS TV and Radio, and many other corporations,
organisations and individuals. AS ACTOR: BLACK SWAN: When The Rain
Stops Falling, The Memory of Water. OTHER THEATRE: Onward Productions:
The Deep Blue Sea. OTHER: Julia is a proud member of Equity and is Head of Voice in
the Acting Department at WAAPA. TRAINING: Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, and NIDA
(Grad Dip in Voice Studies). Associate teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework.
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Andy Fraser FIGHT DIRECTOR
BLACK SWAN: A Streetcar Named Desire, Flood, Midsummer [a play with
songs], Death of a Salesman, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, Signs of Life,
The White Divers of Broome, Ninety, Boundary Street, Twelfth Night, Much
Ado About Nothing, The Web, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Female of the Species,
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Crucible, The Carnivores, Accidental Death
of an Anarchist, Zastrozzi: The Master of Discipline. Black Swan/Queensland
Theatre Company: Other Desert Cities. Black Swan/Big Sky Entertainment:
Shakespeare Shenanigans. OTHER THEATRE: Perth Theatre Company: The Removalists,
The Haunting of Daniel Gartrell, Speed-the-Plow, Hamlet, Talk About the Passion. Yirra
Yaakin: Waltzing the Wilarra, Mother’s Tongue, The Honey Spot, Muttacar Sorry Business.
Deckchair Theatre: The Danger Age, Memmie le Blanc, Love, Prayer to an Iron God.
Onward Production: Private Lives, The Deep Blue Sea. Shakespeare in the Park: As You
Like It, Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s
Dream, Romeo and Juliet. West Australian Opera: Carmen, Don Giovanni. Barking Gecko:
Trains of Thought. TV: Lockie Leonard Human Torpedo, The Shark Net. FILM: Teesh &
Trude. AS ACTOR: As You Like It. TRAINING: Fully certified Fight Director and Stage
Combat Instructor holding accreditation from the Society of Australian Fight Directors
and the British Academy of Dramatic Combat.
T H A N K YO U
Black Swan State Theatre Company would like
to acknowledge the Wadjuk people from the
Noongar nation who are the traditional owners
and custodians of this land. We pay respect to
the Elders; for they hold the history, the cultural
practice and traditions of their people. It is a
privilege to be together on Noongar country.
Black Swan State Theatre Company would like to
thank Plumb Artsworkshop, Brian Heller and The
Arts Angels, Ryan Lewis, Sara Agostinelli, Claire
Mouchemore Sarah Nelson, Phoebe Sullivan and
Cathy Penglis.
Black Swan would also like to thank Brendon
Ellmer, Alice Jorgensen and all staff at the State
Theatre Centre of Western Australia for their
support and assistance.
Lisa McCready STAGE MANAGER
BLACK SWAN: Day One, A Hotel, Evening. OTHER THEATRE: Night Train
Productions: Wish (co-production with Perth Theatre Company), Masks,
Skin. Little Y Theatre Company: Scent Tales regional tour. Terrapin Puppet
Theatre: Shadow Dreams. The MOXY Collective: The Polite Gentleman,
Vergie, The Maids. Yirra Yaakin: Black As Michael Jackson. STEPS Youth
Dance Company: Compact Dance. Spare Parts Puppet Theatre: Hachiko, The
Arrival (Festival of Marionettes, France), The Velveteen Rabbit, The Bugalugs
Bum Thief, Cat Balloon, Spellbound, The Bunyip of Berkley’s Creek, Hare Brain, The
Birthday, The Man From Snowy River, Muttaburrasaurus, Blueback, Swashbuckled,
The Mary Surefoot Shoe Collection. AS VENUE STAGE MANAGER: Fringeworld 2014.
Wild West Comedy Festival. AS TECHNICAL VENUE MANAGER: Perth Fringe 2012,
Fremantle Festival 2011. AS PRODUCTION ASSISTANT: UNIMA Festival 2008. AS
LIGHTING OPERATOR: Sugar Blue Burlesque. POSITIONS: Formerly Regional and
Education Project Coordinator for Black Swan, Technical Production Officer for Spare
Parts Puppet Theatre, board member for The Blue Room Theatre. TRAINING: 2011 WAAPA
Post Graduate Diploma Arts Management and 2007 Murdoch University B.A.
Louise Wardle ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER
BLACK SWAN: Dust, Signs of Life, When The
Rain Stops Falling. OTHER THEATRE: West
Australian Ballet: Giselle, Peter Pan, Onegin,
Romeo and Juliet, La Sylphide. AS STAGE
MANAGER: Perth Theatre Company: A
Number, Blackbird, Tender Napalm.
Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company: Honey
Spot, Good Lovin’. OTHER: 2013 Edinburgh
Fringe Festival and New York Fringe Festival with
Lockwood Productions. TRAINING: 2009 WAAPA
Stage Management Graduate.
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S O M E T H I N G F R O M T H E E N D O F T H E WO R L D
“We live with the dust, eat it, sleep with it, watch it
strip us of possessions and the hope of possessions.”
Avis D. Carlson on the Black Friday dust storm.
Although it may seem like something from
an apocalypse or the end of the world, the
dust storm in Dust is a very real natural
occurrence. They are in fact common
in other parts of the world and occur
frequently in particular areas such as the
Sahara Desert. In the Bodele Depression,
located in Chad on the edge of the Sahara,
dust storms can occur up to 100 days per
year. This Depression is thought to be the
dustiest place on Earth.
The American Dust Bowl of the 1930’s
is perhaps the most well-known, with a
series of dust storms leaving more than
500,000 homeless during the years of
the Great Depression. A combination
of severe drought and failure to adapt
farming techniques to the drying climate
is attributed as the cause to the prolonged
storms. The Black Sunday storm of 1935
is considered the worst of the Dust Bowl
storms with visibility reported to be near
zero in some areas.
Closer to home, it was a dust storm over
the east coast of Australia in 2009 that
partially inspired playwright Suzie Miller
and influenced Dust.
“It was like waking up to see that
Armageddon is upon us.”
Australia’s biggest dust storm in 70 years,
the storm covered parts of Queensland and
New South Wales including capital cities
from 22–24 September. A measurement
of the storm on 24 September measured
3,450km from Cape York in the north,
all the way to the southern edge. It was
thought to be at least 500 kilometres
wide. The dust cloud was so big that it
was visible from space and remnants of
the dust storm even made it to the North
Island of New Zealand.
At the time, parts of Australia had been in
drought for eight years and an increase in
dust storms had been recorded for seven
of those years. The dust was believed to
have come from dry, inner regionals areas
of New South West, as well as the Lake
Eyre Basin in South Australia. There were
concerns dust had also blown in from the
Woomera area where the Olympic Dam
uranium mine is located. It was estimated
that more than 16 million tonnes of dust
from Central Australia was carried by
winds of up to 100km per hour.
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Witnesses recall their cities and towns
resembling the red planet Mars or
Armageddon. News outlets around the
world reported on the storm with The
Weather Channel’s Richard Whitaker
saying “This is unprecedented. We are
seeing earth, wind and fire together.”
The storm blacked out towns, setting
off smoke alarms, hospitalising asthma
sufferers and causing panic. It was reported
that some retailers sold more face masks
during the dust storm than the entire
swine flu pandemic. Airports were closed
and flights delayed or diverted and the
main tunnel of the M5 East Motorway in
Sydney was closed. It also brought rain and
hailstorms to places, including to Canberra
where the dust was washed away by the
heaviest rainfall recorded in months.
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This wasn’t the first dust storm that
Australia has experienced. In 1983,
Melbourne was enveloped by the red
dust from drought-affected central and
southern eastern Australia. About 50,000
tonnes were estimated to have fallen. The
storms are now understood to have been a
precursor to the Ash Wednesday bushfires
which occurred just one week later.
Dust storms can have huge impact on the
economy and agriculture. By causing loss
of top soil and nutrients the productivity
of farming land is greatly reduced,
however there is evidence it has beneficial
effects where the dust ends up landing.
Central American rain forests receive
most of their nutrients from dust storms
that travel from the Sahara, including the
Bodele Depression, and generate plant
growth.
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A B O U T B L AC K S WA N
B L AC K S WA N L A B
Ambitious Collaborations. Daring Audiences
Black Swan State Theatre Company is Western Australia’s Flagship Theatre
Company and one of Australia’s foremost theatre companies
Under the leadership of Artistic Director
Kate Cherry, Black Swan has also created
the Rio Tinto Black Swan Commissions, a
commissioning program investing into WA’s
creative future and showcasing Western
Australian stories. The Company also runs
professional development programs for
emerging Western Australian artists and
emerging writers.
Since its inception in 1991, Black Swan has
earned both critical and popular acclaim
for its world premiere productions and
highly distinctive (re) interpretations of
international theatre classics – all of which
are infused with the unique culture of
Western Australia.
These have included such landmark
productions as Bran Nue Dae, Sistergirl,
Tourmaline, Corrugation Road (winner of
the prestigious The Age Critics’ Award), The
Merry-Go-Round in the Sea, Cloudstreet
(Perth, Sydney, London and Dublin seasons)
The Odyssey, The Sapphires (Perth,
Canberra, London and Korea seasons)
and Boundary Street (Perth & Brisbane
seasons).
Black Swan has been a Resident Company
in the State Theatre Centre of Western
Australia since its opening in January 2011.
In its first year at the State Theatre Centre,
Black Swan presented the world premiere
of Rising Water, the first piece written by
Tim Winton specifically for the stage. In
the same year, Black Swan was the first
Australian theatre company to broadcast a
live stage performance, when Shakespeare’s
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by
Kate Cherry, was broadcast in real time to
audiences across regional Western Australia.
Since then, live broadcasts to regional WA
have become an annual event for Black
Swan, complementing the Company’s annual
regional touring and workshop programs.
In 2014 Black Swan will take audiences on
a journey of discovery and misadventure
presented by a dynamic combination
of emerging artists, familiar Western
Australian talent and nationally acclaimed
stars. On the Heath Ledger stage we
have three classics, A Streetcar Named
Desire, The Seagull and As You Like It;
an Australian world premiere about a very
dusty day in WA aptly titled Dust, and two
contemporary comedies, Laughter on the
23rd Floor and Gasp!. We also launched the
Black Swan Lab with productions of Flood
and The House on The Lake in the Studio
Underground.
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theatre experiences on moderate
production budgets.
During 2014 Black Swan has produced two
productions in the Studio Underground at
the State Theatre Centre of WA. Our artistic
vision includes a staged increase to four
productions in the Studio Underground
over the next 2-3 years with the following
artist development objectives:
• A space to develop and stretch
emerging artists, many from Black
Swan’s artistic development programs,
allowing them to flex their “artistic
muscles” and creatively collaborate with
and learn from experienced colleagues.
• A destination for young and
adventurous theatre lovers who seek
a theatre experience beyond Black
Swan’s mainstage productions as well as
productions suitable for touring.
Two productions will have their world
premieres as part of the Black Swan Lab. They
are Flood by Chris Isaacs, the first work to
come from our Emerging Writers Group,
and The House on The Lake by Aidan
Fennessy.
• A performance venue that is flexible
and versatile enough to produce intense
EMERGING ARTISTS PROGRAM
The Emerging Artists for 2014 are:
The Emerging Artists Program is focused
on fostering talented, emerging Western
Australian artists. It is targeted at high
potential artists, including directors,
designers, writers, composers and actors.
During their engagement with the
Company, Emerging Artists will receive
mentoring and master classes for skills
development from our Resident Artists
and one-on-one meetings with our Artistic
Director to discuss their career objectives.
Black Swan will also assist the artists to
explore secondments and professional
development opportunities.
• Joshua Brennan
• Lawrie CullenTait
• Samuel Delich
• Charlotte
Devenport
• Chris Donnelly
• Brett Dowson
• India Mehta
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Jovana Miletic
Cecelia Peters
Rose Riley
Lauren Ross
Grace Smibert
Brett Smith
James Sweeny
Gemma Willing
Supported in part by the McCusker
Charitable Foundation and The Ian Potter
Foundation.
RESIDENT ARTISTS PROGRAM
with Artistic Director Kate Cherry and
artistic staff.
The Resident Artists Program is targeted at
mid-level experienced creatives including
directors, designers, writers and composers
looking to advance their careers. They
will play an integral part in the Company
as they mentor the Emerging Artists and
participate in peer reviews and public talks.
Black Swan will provide significant profiling
and showcasing opportunities as well as the
opportunity for mentoring and involvement
The Resident Artists for 2014 are:
• Humphrey Bower • Emily McLean
• Chrissie Parrott
• Ben Collins
• Christina Smith
• Andy Fraser
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R I O T I N T O B L AC K S WA N C O M M I S S I O N S
Interest (2012), Hilary Bell’s The White
Divers of Broome (2012), Hannie Rayson’s
The Swimming Club (2010) and Kate
Mulvany’s The Web (2009), with a fifth
play, The Damned (2011) by Reg Cribb in
the Studio Underground. The House on
The Lake by Aidan Fennessy and Dust by
Suzie Miller will both have their world
premieres in 2014.
Through collaboration with our Principal
Partner, Rio Tinto, Black Swan has created
a research and development wing of
the company that offers commissions,
dramaturgy and workshops for new work.
The new work that is created through the
commissioning program takes various
forms. Occasionally, Black Swan offers
a substantial commission to a writer of
national stature to deliver a script that we
are convinced, based on the writer’s track
record, will go straight to the main stage.
Other writers are offered a commission
because we would like to see how they
intend to develop an idea that intrigues
us or because we would like to foster an
ongoing relationship and we want the
playwright to continue writing.
Writers under commission in 2014 are
Hilary Bell, Aidan Fennessy, Caleb Lewis,
Suzie Miller, Tommy Murphy, Hellie
Turner and Brendan Hanson and Tim
Cunniffe.
G I V I N G T O B L AC K S WA N I N 2 0 1 4
Founding Patron, Janet Holmes à Court AC has played a significant role
in assisting young Western Australians by giving annually to support Black
Swan’s artist development which helps promote its educational activities.
Her generosity and support over many years is highly appreciated and has
provided a platform for the future development of Black Swan and the
overall theatre experience.
The generous contribution of Andrew and Nicola Forrest to Black Swan is
assisting our future development and security as Western Australia’s State Flagship Theatre
Company. Their support will underpin the future growth and development of Black Swan’s
core artistic program and help retain our local artists in Western Australia.
Black Swan also wishes to recognise the contribution of Sam and Leanne Walsh to Black
Swan. Their support and leadership has been a significant factor in Black Swan’s successes
and we are thrilled to continue our relationship with Sam as our Patron.
Black Swan’s Board
Black Swan wishes to thank the following Board members, who have generously
committed to donating and shown outstanding leadership in their commitment to private
giving to the performing arts.
• Linda Savage
• Andrew Harding
• Mark Barnaba
• Craig Yaxley
• Rob McKenzie
• Alan Cransberg
• Kate O’Hara
• Andrew Drayton
• Vicki Robinson
• Nicola Forrest
To date the Rio Tinto Black Swan
Commissions have produced four main
stage works: Aidan Fennessy’s National
B L AC K S WA N ’ S E M E R G I N G W R I T E R S G R O U P
Emerging writers are actively engaged with
local works and productions, including the
opportunity to work closely with nationally
regarded playwrights on Black Swan’s
productions.
Black Swan’s Emerging Writers Group will
guide a group of playwrights who display
determination, promise and originality
through a one year script development
program with the aim of creating scripts
of an international standard. The program
will equip emerging playwrights with the
skills, networks and techniques to foster
their own careers and give them the ability
and confidence to manage their works and
rights effectively.
Black Swan will provide sustainable
pathways for emerging writers wanting
to produce work for the stage that can be
considered in the future for Black Swan
programming.
The emerging writers for 2014 are:
• Nate Doherty
• Gita Bezard
• Liz Newell
• Will O’Mahony
• James Marzec
• Joe Lui
The group is led by Black Swan’s
Associate Director Jeffrey Jay Fowler. The
playwrights are encouraged to develop
a clear understanding of Black Swan’s
creative vision, audience demographics
and style.
Supported in part by the Malcolm
Robertson Foundation.
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Foundations
The Ian Potter Foundation
Malcolm Robertson Foundation
The support of The Ian Potter Foundation
allows Black Swan to extend the Emerging
Artists Program and allow
wider engagement with more
emerging artists to assist in
the early development of their
careers.
Malcolm Robertson Foundation has
provided much needed funding to Black
Swan’s Emerging Writers Group, to
assist playwrights in Western Australia
and in turn provide national
and international access to more
inspiring and innovative Western
Australian playwrights and scripts.
McCusker Charitable
Foundation
Black Swan is extremely grateful to the
McCusker Charitable Foundation for
their generous gift towards the Emerging
Artists Program in 2014, providing the
opportunity for emerging artists to
develop their careers in WA.
McCusker Charitable Foundation
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Patrons Club
•Briony & Mark Lee
•Peter Lee & Shareen Traub
•Heather Lyons, Marijana Ravlich &
Eric Ripper
•Sallie-Anne & Michael Manford
•Dr Toby & Tony Manford
•Sue McDonald & Mark Westbrook
•Chris & Bruce McLeod
•Rose & Tim Moore
•Mimi & Willy Packer
•Philippa & Ron Packer
•Lindsey & Peter Platt
•Ingrid & Mark Puzey
•Veronique & Kim Ramen
•Linda Savage & Stephen Davis
•Carolyn Stewart
•Natasha & Ross Taylor
•Debbie & Joe Throsby
•Julie & Eddie Van Beem
•Alison & Anthony Wooles
•Anonymous (1)
The Patrons Club is a three year commitment
where members will help implement essential
development programs for artists in Western
Australia. They will ensure the WA theatre
industry remains vibrant and sustainable
through the Black Swan Lab and promote
opportunities for collaboration between
emerging and experienced artists. Thank you
for your support:
•Janet Holmes à Court AC
•Adrian & Michela Fini
•Stan & Jean Perron
•Ungar Family Foundation
White Swans
Over the past three years, the generous
support and combined effort of Sandy Honey,
Michela Fini and Sallie-Anne Manford
has established and developed the White
Swans into a successful and innovative
private giving donor circle. White Swans
enrich Perth’s growing enthusiasm for
the arts by highlighting the great level of
talent, excitement and potential of Western
Australian theatre. As a giving circle they
jointly give to make a bigger difference. In
2014, the White Swans supported Black Swan’s
production of A Streetcar Named Desire
by Tennessee Williams. Thank you for your
support:
Local Larrikins
Local Larrikins is an initiative founded
by Janet Holmes à Court AC supporting
a Western Australian focused production
each year. The group aims to engage young
Western Australians with the theatre. Local
Larrikins have contributed to the Tim Winton
productions Rising Water, Signs of Life
and Shrine. In 2014, the Local Larrikins are
supporting the production of Dust by Suzie
Miller. Thank you for your support:
•Jo & Ian Adamson
•John Bond & Linda Birmingham
•Katrina & Craig Burton
•Howard & Emma Cearns
•Debbie & Peter Chappell
•Linda & Warren Coli
•Tracey & Charles Crompton
•Joanne & Camillo Della Maddalena
•Graham & Treffina Dowland
•Marco D’Orsogna & Terry Scott
•Sally & Giles Everist
•Bobbie & John Fahie
•Michela & Adrian Fini
•Denise & Joe Fisher
•Annie & Brett Fogarty
•Nicola & Andrew Forrest
•Graham Forward & Jacqui Gilmour
•Janine & Richard Goyder
•Christine & John Hedges
•Sandy & Peter Honey
•Janet Holmes à Court AC
•Bill Bloking & Debbie Cozart
•Dr Bernard Cresswell
•Maggie Down & David Cruse
•Jeremy Herdman
•Lloyd Houthuysen
•Garrod & Despene Keightley
•John McGlue & Sharon Dawson
•Stephen Moloney
•Kate O’Hara
•Stephen Scaffidi
•Simon & Alison Stewart
•Tim & Chris Ungar
•Anonymous (3)
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Wild Swans
First Call $1,000 to $2,499
Wild Swans is a giving circle for Perth’s
emerging business leaders. Wild Swans
offers its members professional networking
opportunities and education on the arts
and business. In 2014 the Wild Swans are
supporting the development of our Digital
Theatre Project and the world premiere of
Flood by Chris Isaacs. We would like to thank
the following Wild Swans committee members
for their support:
•Belinda Buratto
•Trina Mahon
•Joanne Dunn
•Jane McEvoy
•Rachel Huber
•Shane Colquhoun & Leigh Cathcart
•Richard Douglas
•Judy Evans
•John Foster
•Lianne & Raymond Gianoli
•Nancy Hackett
•Nicola Iffla
•Gordon & Nena Johnston
•Francis Landels
•Paul Mar
•Andrée McIntyre
•Michael Murphy & Craig Merrey
•Ron & Philippa Packer
•Alan Robson
•Thurston Saulsman
•Robyn Tamke
•Richard Tarala & Lyn Beazley AO
•Gavin Toovey
•Bradley Van Luxemborg
•Patricia Weston
•Anonymous (1)
We would also like to thank the Wild Swans
giving circle for their support:
•Tamryn Barker
•Michelle Kerr
•Kely Cannane
•Eva Lin
•Ashley Chan
•Vincenzo Nici
•Catriona Della
•Andrea Righetti
Martina
•Bree Rowswell
•Jamie Fini
Behind The Scenes $500 to $999
•David & Winnette
Ambrose
•Dr Sue Boyd
•Ben Carter
•Helen Cook
•Kevin Daken
•Peter & Lesley
Davies
•Jim & Freda Irenic
•Megan Lowe
Encore!
Encore! is Black Swan’s general giving program.
Thank you to the following people who have
kindly donated to Black Swan’s giving program
Encore! to support the 2014 season.
Encore! $10,000 and above
•Janet Holmes à Court AC
•McCusker Charitable Foundation
•The Stan Perron Charitable Trust
•The Ian Potter Foundation
•Malcolm Robertson Foundation
•Linda Savage
•Sam & Leanne Walsh
•In memory of Bern Ranford
•Mary Ellen
MacDonald
•Joan & David
McIntyre
•Graeme & Linda
Murphy
•Gavin Toovey
•Cheryl Walter
•Joy Wearne
•Anonymous (3)
$50 to $499
• Graham Anderson
• Robin & Michael
Beech
• Jennifer Carson
• Katherine Cheng
• Helen Clanachan
• Dr Sue Colyer
• Jan Connor
• Paul Coppard
• Dr Terry Edwards
• Shirley Egan
• Karen Fleischer
• Colin & Cara Hoppe
• Jan Knight
• Louis & Miriam
Landau
• Amanda Luke
• Deborah Luke
• Jillian & Lee Mather
• Donna McCrory
• Ross & Sally
Applause $5,000 - $9,999
•Rick & Carol Crabb
•Macquarie Group Foundation
•Walter Millsteed
Opening Act $2,500 - $4,999
•Andrew Crocker & Dianne Sunderman
•Delys Newman
•Dr Rob Larbalestier
•Michael & Helen Tuite
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McLennan
• Susan Medalia
• Margaret Medcalf
• Terence Middleton
• Kerry Miller
• Anthony Munro
• Jordan Nix
• Benita Panizza
• Judith Roberts
• Anne & Brian Ross
• Shona Saxton
• Carol Shannon
• Lindsay Silbert
• Jeffrey Skates
• Chook & Kel Slater
• Flora & Lawrence
Smith
• Ross Symonds
• Christopher Wray
• Anonymous (19)
GETTING TO KNOW YOUR STATE THEATRE CENTRE!
Other Support
•Ungar Family Foundation
To become part of Encore! please visit
our website at www.bsstc.com.au
The State Theatre Centre of Western Australia is an architectural delight
located in the heart of Perth. We though we’d provide you with some
information to become better acquainted with the venue.
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Private Giving 2014
Bequests
Leaving a bequest marks your meaningful
bond with the theatre, and your belief in
the future of Western Australian art and
culture. Your bequest is a truly enduring way
to ensure that younger generations are able
to experience and enjoy the thrill of stage
performance. By leaving a bequest, you will
leave your own legacy of theatre. Thank you
to our generous patrons who have committed
to leaving Black Swan a bequest.
If you’re feeling a little peckish, why not try an
Amelia Park Wine and cheese plate package
at just $18 to enjoy at interval or post-show.
To preorder interval drinks or an Amelia Park
Wine and cheese plate package, ask any of the
Centre’s bar staff prior to that evening’s
performance.
Box Office
The State Theatre Centre is also a Ticketek
agency. The box office is located on the
ground floor and is open from 10am to 5.30pm
Monday to Friday and closed on Saturday
and Sunday, except on performance
days. The box office is also open one
hour prior to performances for
collection of pre-purchased tickets.
Accessibility
Black Swan and the State Theatre
Centre welcomes all patrons. We
offer an infrared hearing system
for deaf and hearing impaired
patrons, an Audio Description
Service for blind or vision impaired
patrons and Captioned Performances
for patrons with hearing impairments. Please
inform the Centre’s box office staff if any
assistance is required.
Eating and Drinking at the
State Theatre Centre
Playing your part
There are many ways you can become involved
and play your part. If you are interested in
supporting Black Swan, please contact our
Philanthropy Manager, Andree McIntyre on
[email protected] or 0417 187 025.
The Centre features a number of
licensed bar and function facilities.
Bars open one hour before, during
interval and after each major performance.
To save time and skip the queues, you can preorder your interval drinks before the show so
you can relax and enjoy the whole interval.
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OFFICER Kelly Slater
EDUCATION & COMMUNITY
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INSTAGRAM BlackSwanSTC
FOUNDING PATRON Janet Holmes à Court AC
PATRON TOURING & REGIONAL ACCESS
COORDINATOR
PHILANTHROPY MANAGER PHILANTHROPY OFFICER Jessica Russell
MARKETING & AUDIENCE
DEVELOPMENT MANAGER Maria Sioulas
MARKETING COORDINATOR PARTNERSHIPS MANAGER PARTNERSHIPS COORDINATOR Jordan Nix
Alan Cransberg, Nicola
Forrest, Andrew Harding, Rob
McKenzie, Vicki Robinson,
Linda Savage
OVERSEAS REPRESENTATIVES GENERAL MANAGER WARDROBE MANAGER Lynn Ferguson
WARDROBE ASSISTANT Marie Nitschke-McGregor
ARTISTIC COORDINATOR Chantelle Iemma
ASSOCIATE DIRECTORS Jeffrey Jay Fowler &
Stuart Halusz
LITERARY DIRECTOR Polly Low
India Metha
LIGHTING DESIGNER Chris Donnelly
SOUND DESIGNER/
COMPOSER Ben Collins
MOVEMENT DIRECTOR Danielle Micich
OPERATIONS MANAGER Lorraine Rice
The State Theatre Centre
of WA is managed by AEG
Ogden (Perth) Pty Ltd
Venue Manager for the
Perth Theatre Trust Venues
Sam Elbery
HEAD OF AUDIO Tim Collins
HEAD OF AV Nik Patterson
ASSISTANT STAGE
MANAGER FEATURING Benj D’Addario
Charlote Devenport
Caroline McKenzie
Ben Mortley
Kelton Pell
Nicholas Starte
Alison van Reeken
Gemma Willing
As You Like It
FEATURING Caitlin Beresford-Ord
Brett Dowson
Andy Fraser
Brendan Hanson
Luke Hewitt
Geoff Kelso
Nick Maclaine
Greg McNeill
Jovana Miletic
Cecelia Peters
Igor Sas
Grace Smibert
James Sweeny
Steve Turner
LIGHTING DESIGNER James Luscombe
VIDEO DESIGNER
Chrissie Parrott
LIGHTING DESIGNER
Julia Moody
COMPOSER/SOUND
DESIGNER
Andy Fraser
Plumb Artsworkshop
A Streetcar
Named Desire
FEATURING MOVEMENT DIRECTOR Christina Smith
ACCENT COACH Matt Scott
FIGHT DIRECTOR DRESSER ASSISTANT STAGE
MANAGER
STAGE MANAGER
ASSISTANT STAGE
MANAGER
Plumb Artsworkshop
Peter Sutherland
Louise Wardle
ASSISTANT STAGE
MANAGER
SET CONSTRUCTION
Plumb Artsworkshop
Liam Murray
SET CONSTRUCTION
SET & COSTUME
DESIGNER LIGHTING DESIGNER Stuart Halusz
FEATURING FEATURING DIRECTOR SET & COSTUME
DESIGNER SOUND DESIGNER/
COMPOSER India Mehta
VOCAL COACH Trent Suidgeest
FIGHT DIRECTOR Brett Smith
MOVEMENT COACH
Hugo Lopez
STAGE MANAGER STAGE MANAGER Lisa McCready
Sam Illingworth
Kenneth Ransom
Marthe Rovik
Peter Sutherland
Ben Collins
Lisa McCready
Adam Booth
Rebecca Davis
Leila George
Michael Loney
Andrew McFarlane
Greg McNeill
Sarah McNeill
Greta Scacchi
Chrissie Parrott
SOUND DESIGNER
COMPOSER FIGHT DIRECTOR:
The House on The Lake
Andy Fraser
LIGHTING DESIGNER Trent Suidgeest
Andy Fraser
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Melissa Agnew
Lauren Ross
STAGE MANAGER
The Seagull
Ben Collins
SET & COSTUME
DESIGNER Jenny Stewart
Plumb Artsworkshop
Christina Smith
DIRECTOR Ash Gibson Greig
DIRECTOR Laurie Cullen-Tait
FEATURING Kate Cherry
Fiona Bruce
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Laughter on
the 23rd Floor
SOUND DESIGNER/
COMPOSER
SET & COSTUME
DESIGNER Roger Hodgman
SET CONSTRUCTION Plumb Artsworkshop
Trent Suidgeest
DIRECTOR Emily McLean
DIRECTOR Sam Illingworth
Humphrey Bower
Stuart Halusz
Damon Lockwood
Jo Morris
Ben Mortley
Peter Rowsthorn
Igor Sas
Lara Schwerdt
James Sweeny
SET & COSTUME
DESIGNER
CHANGE OF ARTIST Black Swan reserves the right to withdraw or
substitute artists as necessary.
PRIVACY POLICY Black Swan respects the privacy of individuals in
accordance with the Privacy Act.
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Dust
SET CONSTRUCTION Matt Scott
FINANCE MANAGER Plumb Artsworkshop
STAGE MANAGER Peter Sutherland
Mia Holton
ipads, ipods, cameras and other recording devices are strictly forbidden.
Patrons are requested to switch off mobile phones and watches with digital
alarms prior to commencement of the performance. Latecomers may not
be given access to the auditorium until there is a convenient break in the
program. Smoking is not permitted.
Amanda Luke
SET CONSTRUCTION Plumb Artsworkshop
Laurie Cullen-Tait
Kate Cherry
Graham Piper
ASSISTANT STAGE
MANAGER
LIAM MURRAY
SET CONSTRUCTION Georgia Landre-Ord
HEAD OF LIGHTING TECHNICAL MANAGER Mitch Thomas
CUTTER Mandy Elmitt
SET & COSTUME
DESIGNER ASSISTANT TECHNICAL
MANAGER Alice Jorgensen
Hannah Rule
Natalie Jenkins
TECHNICAL MANAGER
Adam Mitchell
Benj D’Addario
Nathaniel Dean
Callum Fletcher
Luke Hewitt
Michael Loney
Rhoda Lopez
Jo Morris
Sigrid Thornton
Steve Turner
Alison van Reeken
Irma Woods
OPERATIONS ASSISTANT ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Kate Cherry
Alex Fisher
GENERAL MANAGER DEPUTY GENERAL MANAGER London Diana Franklin
and Yolande Bird,
New York Stuart Thompson
Garry Ferguson
STATE THEATRE CENTRE
OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Brendon Ellmer
DESIGN
Dessein
PRODUCTION MANAGER DIRECTOR ASSISTANT STAGE
MANAGER TICKETING
ADMINISTRATION OFFICER
Craig Yaxley
DIRECTORS Joshua Brennan
Adriane Daff
Samuel Delich
Will O’Mahony
Whitney Richards
Rose Riley
Liam Murray
Irene Jarzabek
Monique Beaudoire
TREASURER CHIEF EXECUTIVE Rodney M Phillips
FEATURING STAGE MANAGER Mark Barnaba
Andrew Drayton, Kate O’Hara
AEG OGDEN (PERTH)
PTY LTD
PUBLICITY
Jessica Knight
DEPUTY CHAIRS ACTING GENERAL MANAGER Kerry Miller
Sam Walsh AO
CHAIR TRUSTEE/DIRECTOR GENERAL
DEPARTMENT OF CULTURE
AND THE ARTS Flood
DIRECTOR Kate Cherry
LIGHTING DESIGNER ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Jeffrey Jay Fowler
SOUND DESIGNER SET & COSTUME
DESIGNER STAGE MANAGER Fiona Bruce
LIGHTING DESIGNER ASSISTANT STAGE
MANAGER Jon Buswell
SOUND DESIGNER/
COMPOSER Rhianne Perrie
Ash Gibson Greig
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SET CONSTRUCTION Gasp!
FEATURING Damon Lockwood
Steven Rooke
DIRECTOR Wesley Enoch
SET & COSTUME
DESIGNER Christina Smith
LIGHTING DESIGNER Trent Suidgeest
SET CONSTRUCTION
Plumb Artsworkshop
PRODUCTION Kim Westbrook (Driver)
Rohan Best
Ruby Smedley
Matthew Van Leeuwen
PLUMB ARTSWORKSHOP Murray Clark (Director)
Ian Parsons
Rod Jones
Les Hickford
Alison Little
Marek Szyler
BLACK SWAN STATE THEATRE COMPANY GRATEFULLY
ACKNOWLEDGES THE SUPPORT OF OUR PARTNERS:
Principal Partner
Government Partners
Black Swan State Theatre Company is assisted by the
Australian Government through the Australia Council,
its arts funding and advisory body.
Education & Regional Partner Cast Partner
Opening Night Partner
Production Partners
A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
Associate & Regional Partners
AS YOU LIKE IT
A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
THE SEAGULL
DUST
Community Partner
Associate Partners
DESIGN STUDIO
DUST
THE SEAGULL
LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR
GASP!
Season Partners
Airline Partner
Wine Partner
Hotel Partner
Sparkling Wine Partner
Beer Partner
Print Media Partner Hospitality Partner
Entertainment Partner
BIG SKY
ENTERTAINMENT
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Radio Partner
Foundation Partners
Technology Partner
Private Giving Circles
Local Larrikins
White Swans
Wild Swans
McCusker Charitable
Foundation
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Principal Partner
Proudly supporting Black Swan
State Theatre Company since 1998

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