Perth city

calendar of events: perth + fremantle

 

Here's all the news on events, shows, concerts, festivals and anything else you should see if you're in town. There's always something on, whether it be concerts, theatre, sport or something for the kids that you're interested in. Click on the individual event for more information. Details are subject to change, check the organisers' websites for the latest information.

 

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to 27 May Desert River Sea: Portraits of the Kimberley Exhibitions|Displays

This, the highly anticipated culmination of the Art Gallery of WA’s six-year Kimberley visual arts project, is a landmark exhibition showcasing the vibrant and contemporary creative talent of Kimberley artists. New works from six Kimberley art centres and three independent artists will be presented alongside a selection of legacy works from art centre collections. Together with works from AGWA’s collection, the exhibition offers a rare experience of the land, artists and art of the Kimberley.
Art Gallery of WA, Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge artgallery.wa.gov.au

to 19 May Perth Comedy Festival 2019 Comedy

Perth's biggest month of comedy returns with a carefully curated program of the hottest international stars, local legends and next-big-thing in comedy at venues all around Perth.
Various locations Ph: 1300 795 012 premier.ticketek.com.au

1–8 May Perth Comedy Festival Gala Theatre|Dance|Film

It’s the biggest night of comedy in Perth. The Perth Comedy Festival Gala brings together a dazzling line-up of the Festival’s funniest international stars, Australian legends and next-big-things for spectacular night of comedy
Regal Theatre, 474 Hay St, Subiaco Ph: 1300 795 012 premier.ticketek.com.au

5 May WASO Morning Symphony Series: Elgar’s First Symphony Music|Concerts

English conductor Mark Wigglesworth has an enviable reputation as a musician of immense artistic integrity and is renowned for his masterly interpretations. His commanding control and passionate insight will bring Elgar’s dramatic First Symphony to life, a work that was instantly hailed at its premiere as the greatest Symphony of modern times.
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth 9326 0000 www.waso.com.au

3–4 May WASO Masters Series: Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto Music|Concerts

English conductor Mark Wigglesworth has an enviable reputation as a musician of immense artistic integrity and is renowned for his masterly interpretations. His commanding control and passionate insight will bring Elgar’s dramatic First Symphony to life, a work that was instantly hailed at its premiere as the greatest Symphony of modern times.
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth 9326 0000 www.waso.com.au

3 May Nick Cody: Old Mate Comedy

Your favourite red bearded, loose unit returns a year older but not a year wiser. Nick was told that once he became a father, that everything would change. Nope. Beer is still delicious and he is still a dickhead. Come and witness a new hour of his world class stand-up.
Heath Ledger Theatre, Cnr William and Roe Sts, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012 premier.ticketek.com.au

3–4 May Tommy Little: Self-Diagnosed Genius Comedy

Tommy Little is a genius. He has the nude bungee jumps, broken bones and shit tattoos to prove it. He’s about to embark on his most genius-est challenge yet: running a marathon in Antarctica without training and a whole life of no leg weights. It’ll be a cracker of a story… if he lives to tell it.
Heath Ledger Theatre, Cnr William and Roe Sts, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012 premier.ticketek.com.au

3–4 May Jazz @ the Maj: Dixieland Stomp New Orleans Jazz featuring Mariel Bildsten Music|Concerts

The Big Easy comes to Perth in May, so pack your dancing shoes and prepare to swing. WAYJO brings the birthplace of jazz together with the big band sound. Jazz made for dancing, stomping your feet and having a down and dirty good time. That’s what New Orleans jazz is all about.
Downstairs at the Maj, 825 Hay St, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012 premier.ticketek.com.au

3–4 May Lawrence Leung: Growing Concerns Comedy

Acclaimed comedian, champion worrier and consistent escape room prisoner, Lawrence returns with tall tales, big concerns and dubious solutions. Lawrence is a multi award-winning Melbourne comedian, actor and screenwriter. He’s best known for his TV work including the AFI-nominated Lawrence Leung’s Choose Your Own Adventure and Lawrence Leung’s Unbelievable for ABC1 and getting his butt kicked in the ABC2 action/comedy Maximum Choppage.
Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre, Cnr William and Roe Sts, Perth 6212 9291 tickets.ptt.wa.gov.au

3–4 May Craig Hill: C’Mon The Lads Theatre|Dance|Film

This show is soooooo not about fit-baws. Jockstrap yourself in for a ‘balls-out’ funny night of no-holds-barred comedy – it’s all gonna kick off Hot on the heels of his latest sell-out tour, our very favourite Kilted Comedian shoots back to the Comedy Festival and scores with a night full of fun Book early!
Heath Ledger Theatre, Cnr William and Roe Sts, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012 premier.ticketek.com.au

3 May Nick Cody: Old Mate Theatre|Dance|Film

Your favourite red bearded, loose unit returns a year older but not a year wiser. Nick was told that once he became a father, that everything would change. Nope. Beer is still delicious and he is still a dickhead. Come and witness a new hour of his world class stand-up. 
Heath Ledger Theatre, Cnr William and Roe Sts, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012 premier.ticketek.com.au

3 May Tommy Little: Self-Diagnosed Genius Theatre|Dance|Film

Tommy Little is a genius. He has the nude bungee jumps, broken bones and shit tattoos to prove it. He’s about to embark on his most genius-est challenge yet: running a marathon in Antarctica without training and a whole life of no leg weights. It’ll be a cracker of a story… if he lives to tell it.
Heath Ledger Theatre, Cnr William and Roe Sts, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012 premier.ticketek.com.au

4 May Human Nature Music|Concerts

Australia’s most popular vocal group, Human Nature, have announced they are making a triumphant return home in 2019, on the eve of the group’s amazing 30 years of making music together. Fresh from their smash hit Las Vegas headlining residency, Human Nature will perform a collection of their iconic back catalogue together with instant-hits from their new album, Romance Of The Jukebox.
RAC Arena, 700 Wellington St, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012 premier.ticketek.com.au

4 May Daniel Sloss – X Comedy

Internationally acclaimed, award-winning Scottish stand-up star, Daniel Sloss returns to Australia with his new show, X. Brilliantly dark with razor-sharp wit and the ability to deftly spin a narrative, Sloss is a comedian who is “dirty, sweet and clever” (New York Times).
Regal Theatre, 474 Hay St, Subiaco Ph: 1300 795 012 premier.ticketek.com.au

4 May Nazeem Hussain: Basic Idiot Comedy

It’s been a massive year for Nazeem. He became a Dad, his sketch show Orange Is The New Brown began airing on Channel 7, he recorded his first Netflix special, and was finally invited to speak at his high school assembly (Rex Hunt pulled out). But more than fatherhood itself, Nazeem is most excited about joking about these things and more on stage.
Regal Theatre, 474 Hay St, Subiaco Ph: 1300 795 012 premier.ticketek.com.au

4 May Rhys Nicholson Comedy

Hello there. It’s me, Rhys, from comedy. Would you like to come to my comedy concert? Why not, you know? It will be nice. Please come.
Heath Ledger Theatre, Cnr William and Roe Sts, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012 premier.ticketek.com.au

4 May Peking Duk Music|Concerts

Peking Duk is the Australian house and alternative dance duo of DJ and producers Adam Hyde and Reuben Styles, hailing from Canberra.
Red Hill Auditorium, Toodyay Road, Red Hill Ph: 13 61 00 www.ticketmaster.com.au

4 May Australian Football League Sport

West Coast Eagles v Gold Coast Suns
Optus Stadium, Burswood Ph: 13 61 00 www.ticketmaster.com.au

9–26 May Black Swan State Theatre Company: Water Theatre|Dance|Film

Water is a world premiere new Australian work by Jane Bodie. The story follows the journey of families born at different times in our country’s history who are seeking safe passage for their loved ones. An epic drama about what it means to be free, is politically charged and topically relevant.
State Theatre, Studio Underground, Cnr William and Roe Sts, Perth bsstc.com.au

9–11 May Stephen K Amos Comedy

Comedy superstar Stephen K Amos returns to Australia with a show looking back on his last 10 years. An evening of brilliant favourites, classics and new material. Stephen has been touring the world and brings his brand of uplifting, sometimes cynical, always witty and feelgood comedy back to Australia. This could be the swan song, a farewell. You won't want to miss it. Strictly limited season.
Regal Theatre, 474 Hay St, Subiaco Ph: 1300 795 012 premier.ticketek.com.au

9–25 May WA Ballet: La Bayadère Theatre|Dance|Film

A re-imagined, classical ballet full of bold colour, energy and a devastating love triangle. Solor, son of the Maharajah, has pledged his undying love to the beautiful Nikiya, a bayadère (temple dancer). When he is forced by his father to marry the Governor-General’s daughter, a string of tragic consequences is unleashed. This sumptuous new production of La Bayadère will sweep you into the exotic world of the 19th century British Raj. Within a cauldron of colonial politics, glittering ballrooms and opium-fuelled dreams, Solor and Nikiya are entwined through life, death and the ghostly Kingdom of the Shades.
His Majesty’s Theatre, 825 Hay St, Perth tickets.ptt.wa.gov.au

10 May Fiona O’Loughlin Addresses The Nation Theatre|Dance|Film

Fiona has always had the gun to her own head in her searingly honest brand of comedy, but watch out people of Australia. In this brand new hour of stand up, Fiona decides it's time to turn her weapon towards some other idiots. Don't miss the chance to see Fiona mess with all of us and call out where, what and who are full of the most bullshit in 2019. Some of you will be overjoyed to hear what she has to say, some of you will be ducking for cover, but everyone will be laughing. If you like Nicole Kidman, this show is NOT for you.
Regal Theatre, 474 Hay St, Subiaco Ph: 1300 795 012 premier.ticketek.com.au

10 May Luke Heggie: Have That Comedy

Luke Heggie threatened to quit stand up comedy, but after everyone he told of his plans cried inconsolably and clung to his ankles as he walked away, he decided that the world needs laughter. So he's back with another harsh but fair show about dickheads. If you own a circular beach towel and/or a set of square dinner plates, you do the reach-around at buffets to get an empty plate before you're in front of the food, you're one of those deluded losers who's friends with all his ex-girlfriends, you wear a t-shirt with the word ‘finisher’ on it, you were the one responsible for hot nuts not being available in pubs anymore, you're neither a mechanic nor a toddler and yet you wear overalls, then this is not the show for you. No lowbreeds please. 
Heath Ledger Theatre, Cnr William and Roe Sts, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012 premier.ticketek.com.au

10 May Paul Foot: Image Conscious Comedy

Greetings! It's my brand-new show, baybayyy! Ever considered the unique predicament of the soft-shell crab? I have. What about the numerous problems of organising a suburban orgy? The catering, for example. It's an absolute nightmare!
Heath Ledger Theatre, Cnr William and Roe Sts, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012 premier.ticketek.com.au

10 May Moonlight in the Cathedral Music|Concerts

Renowned pianist Mark Coughlan will officially launch the hand-crafted Fazioli piano, generously gifted to St George's Cathedral, with pieces that show off its mellow singing quality and luxuriant sound.
St Georges Cathedral, 38 St Georges Tce, Perth 9231 9999 www.perthconcerthall.com.au

11 May Neel Kolhatkar Comedy

Stand-up comedy and social media phenom Neel Kolhatkar has been doing the rounds of comedy clubs and theatres across Australia and around the world since he won the Class Clowns competition at just fifteen years old. His accents, impressions, short films and carefully crafted jokes have seen him collect 1.2m+ followers and tens of millions of views on his videos. He’s had a big year on TV with lead roles in Virgin Bush for ABC TV, Tahir's Street Smarts, and Skit Happens for Network Ten's Pilot Week, and now Neel returns to Fringe fresh from filming his third stand-up special, with his sixth live solo show.
Heath Ledger Theatre, Cnr William and Roe Sts, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012 premier.ticketek.com.au

12 May Goran Bregović and His Wedding and Funeral Band Music|Concerts

Goran Bregovic has done it all. A rock star in the former Yugoslavia, he went on write film scores and ride the fashion for brassy Balkan Gypsy music, selling over 6m albums and collaborating with everyone from Iggy Pop to the Gipsy Kings. The Balkan virtuoso's concerts are triumphant affairs; expressing a love of music that is utterly infectious. A dedicated explorer of musical cultures, this composer, bandleader, singer and musician is nothing if not eclectic. His Wedding & Funeral Band combines brass, percussion and Bulgarian vocals for a euphoric, uplifting sound. This Australian debut will include favourite tunes alongside new songs from Bregovic's latest album, Three Letters from Sarajevo. Get your dancing shoes ready and come hear his outcry ‘If you don't go crazy, you're not normaaal!’
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth Ph: 13 61 00 www.ticketmaster.com.au

12 May Australian Football League Sport

Fremantle v Richmond
Optus Stadium, Burswood Ph: 13 61 00 www.ticketmaster.com.au

15 May Australian Chamber Orchestra: Branford Marsalis Music|Concerts

Branford Marsalis hails from a rich Jazz heritage, but is also an artist of today, renowned for his thrilling virtuosity and boundless musicality. His ACO debut is a vivid program inspired by Latin American jazz, directed by ACO Principal Violin Satu Vänskä. Marsalis’s performances alternate with Satu Vänskä taking centre stage in Astor Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, a heady mixture of tango rhythms and ingenious references to Vivaldi’s famous concertos. The concert concludes with Ginastera’s wild and exhilarating Concerto for Strings.
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth 9231 9999 www.perthconcerthall.com.au

17 May Superwog Comedy

The superstars of the hit TV series Superwog are back on tour and coming to a theatre near you. Get ready for a night of non-stop laughs as all your favourite characters hit the stage in Perth with an outrageous new show.
Regal Theatre, 474 Hay St, Subiaco Ph: 1300 795 012 premier.ticketek.com.au

17 May Australian Football League Sport

West Coast Eagles v Melbourne
Optus Stadium, Burswood Ph: 13 61 00 www.ticketmaster.com.au

18 May Fastlove: A Tribute to George Michael Music|Concerts

Experience the ultimate tribute to the legendary George Michael for one night only on 18 May. Direct from London’s West End, relive the passion, the flare and the unique sensitivity of George Michael with all your favourite songs.
Crown Theatre, Great Eastern Hwy, Burswood Ph: 13 61 00 www.ticketmaster.com.au

21 May ZOFO Music|Concerts

Playing one piano with four hands but a unified artistic mind is about the most intimate form of chamber music there is. Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi are ZOFO; a ‘20-Finger Orchestra’ who for a decade now, have electrified audiences with their dazzling artistry and outside-the-box thematic programming for piano-four-hands. ZOFOMOMA is an unforgettable multimedia concert experience; a celebration of marvellous pianism set against an enthralling background of international artworks, creating an imaginary tour of a brilliant modern gallery to intrigue and engage the ears and eyes.
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth 9231 9999 www.perthconcerthall.com.au

21–25 May Banff Mountain Film Festival 2019 Theatre|Dance|Film

The Banff Mountain Film Festival is the world’s most prestiguos mountain film festival now in it’s 42nd year.  After premiering in the mountain town of Banff, in Canada, a selection of the best short films about adventure tour the globe.The 2019 tour promises 3 hours of captivating footage, shot in some of the most wild and remote corners of the world.  Sure to set your pulse racing, this carefully curated program showcases a selection of films packed full of mesmerising cinematography, thought-provoking storylines and adrenaline-inducing action sequences. Audiences will experience incredible highs and agonising lows through the lenses of some of the most accomplished climbers, paddlers, skiers, snowboarders, mountaineers, mountain bikers, explorers and adventure filmmakers alive today.
State Theatre Centre, Cnr William and Roe Sts, Perth tickets.ptt.wa.gov.au

25 May A Taste of Ireland Music|Concerts

After performing to thousands of audiences nationwide, The Irish Music & Dance Sensation ‘A Taste of Ireland’ is touring nationally in 2019. Witness the World Champions directly from the West End’s Lord of the Dance, as they tell the tale of the World’s most loved nation in one incredible live performance. Told through Irish music and dance, ‘A Taste of Ireland’ reveals the magical tale of two star crossed lovers leaving their Emerald home forever.
Regal Theatre, 474 Hay St, Subiaco Ph: 1300 795 012 premier.ticketek.com.au

25 May Dave Hughes: Hairy Comedy

Dave Hughes hasn’t had a haircut since last year. His own fringe is now a face curtain. What has prompted this radical change? The only way to find out is to come along to his new stand up show.
Crown Theatre, Great Eastern Hwy, Burswood Ph: 13 61 00 www.ticketmaster.com.au

26 May Australian Football League Sport

Fremantle v Brisbane Lions
Optus Stadium, Burswood Ph: 13 61 00 www.ticketmaster.com.au

28 May Australian String Quartet: Moore Beethoven Brahms Music|Concerts

A young man brimming with confidence and sure of a bright future: this is Beethoven at the time of creating his first string quartets. His opus 18 no 4 is quicksilver in its variety of moods and characters, thoroughly conveying both technical mastery and compelling artistic personality. Seventy years later, Brahms displayed a devotion to chamber music that went against the spirit of his times. But like an artist who works in mezzotint rather than forging grand canvases, Brahms some of the most sublime and intimate creations that the world had ever heard. His first string quartet is the glorious flowering of his cultivated technique and searching artistry.
Government House Ballroom, St Georges Tce, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012 premier.ticketek.com.au

25 May In Conversation with The Sopranos Theatre|Dance|Film

Get the real story behind what Vanity Fair called “the greatest pop-culture masterpiece of its day” when three of The Sopranos’ most iconic cast members sit down for a chat.
Crown Theatre, Great Eastern Hwy, Burswood Ph: 13 61 00 www.ticketmaster.com.au

30 May The Proclaimers Music|Concerts

Scotland’s finest Celtic soul brothers Craig and Charlie Reid have reached a rarefied status: after three decades they are as innovative as ever and with every album and show played, The Proclaimers continue to garner new fans. A highly-individual blend of punk, folk, pop, poetry, country, soul, socialism and new wave, The Proclaimers walk precisely the right line between romance and bitter reality. Their songs are timeless; with their catchy tunes and stirring harmonies they capture the full gamut of human emotions. 
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth Ph: 13 61 00 www.ticketmaster.com.au

30 May to 1 Jun Judith Lucy Vs Men Comedy

Judith Lucy is single again…and 50. She recently reflected on her entire history with men and concluded that maybe it was time to shut up shop. ‘Whatever it is that I’m selling, a lot of straight guys simply aren’t that interested in buying it and I’m including people like my father.’ In amongst exploring stereotypes and her own desires, Judith Lucy will recount her full history with the opposite sex and leave it up to the audience to determine whether she should ever date again. Should Judith hang up her vagina for good? Western Australia, the decision is yours!
Heath Ledger Theatre, Cnr William and Roe Sts, Perth tickets.ptt.wa.gov.au

31 May to 1 Jun WASO Classics Series: Romantic Rachmaninov & Symphonic Sorcery Music|Concerts

Prompted by his exile from Russia and composed as he grappled with history and faith, Rachmaninov’s gorgeous Second Symphony is a work bursting with seductive melodies of heart-wrenching passion and beauty. Australian conductor Nicholas Carter, Principal Conductor of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, returns to WASO with this romantic tour-de-force.
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth 9326 0000 www.waso.com.au

 

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