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.



to 3 Sep Black Swan State Theatre Company: Switzerland Theatre|Dance|Film

When using words for weapons, how far do you go before it cuts too deep? The late Patricia Highsmith penned some of the most exhilarating suspense novels of all time, some becoming major cinematic adaptations including; The Price of Salt recently released as the film Carol, The Talented Mr Ripley and Strangers on a Train. Now the acerbic author herself is centre stage in this edge-of-your-seat thriller by acclaimed Australian playwright Joanna Murray-Smith (Honour, The Female of The Species, Ninety and Day One, A Hotel, Evening). The subject – writer Patricia Highsmith, lives a reclusive life in the Swiss Alps surrounded by her collection of books and antique weapons. The unlikeable genius facing the end of her life has withdrawn completely from the world, finding solace in her seclusion, her cats and cigarettes. Until one day a young man, Edward Ridgeway, intrudes into her place of refuge. He’s yet another irritating delegate from her publisher demanding a contract for one final instalment. Specifically another psychological thriller featuring her beloved muse and most infamous literary creation, Tom Ripley.
State Theatre Centre, Cnr William and Roe Sts, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

6 Sep WASO: Inspiring Wagner Music|Concerts

The mid nineteenth-century was a time of great social and artistic upheaval, and the world of music was not immune to the forces of change. Leading composers such as Liszt and Schumann experimented with new genres, tonalities and forms, and their music was imbued with the poetic and romantic fervour of the time. Building upon Liszt's early experimentation with chromatic harmony, and, like Schumann, seeking to create a new vision of German opera, Wagner revolutionised music with his audacious new harmonies, gargantuan orchestras and grandiose dramas. In the second half of this concert, Asher Fisch and the Orchestra take us on an exhilarating journey through the pinnacle of Wagner’s operatic ambition – his four-opera Ring Cycle. Through five orchestral extracts from the Ring, they showcase Wagner’s immense artistic achievement and his mastery of orchestral writing
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth

9 Sep International Rugby Sport

Australia v South Africa
nib Stadium, 310 Pier St, Perth Ph: 13 61 00

9 Sep WASO: Wagner’s World Music|Concerts

Everything that was written after Wagner’s great opera Tristan was, in some way, influenced by it. Leonard Bernstein called Tristan “the central work of all music history”, and the Prelude and Liebestod contains some of the most achingly beautiful music ever composed. Following arias from Die Walküre and Die Meistersinger sung by acclaimed Australian bass-baritone Shane Lowrencev, Asher Fisch explores Wagner’s musical legacy through the spacious grandeur of Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony (his memorial monument to Wagner) and the overture from Chabrier’s opera Gwendoline. We conclude with Richard Strauss, who drew upon Wagner’s expanded orchestral palette, added his own dash of flamboyant audacity and composed the work that made the then 25-year old a star – the virtuosic orchestral showpiece Don Juan.
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth

14–30 Sep West Australian Ballet: The Great Gatsby Theatre|Dance|Film

Discover the heady, indulgent days of New York’s Long Island during the 1920s as West Australian Ballet brings F Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby to the stage. Nick Carraway comes to know his infamous neighbour Jay Gatsby – a mysterious millionaire with a secret past and a penchant for lavish parties and beautiful women. As the sparkling façade of Gatsby’s world begins to slip, Carraway comes to see the loneliness, obsession and tragedy that lies beneath.
His Majesty’s Theatre, 825 Hay St, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

23 Sep to 7 Oct Spare Parts Puppet Theatre: Rules of Summer Families|Children

Drawing inspiration from the award-winning book by Shaun Tan, Rules of Summer is an immersive, interactive, and multi-sensory puppetry work exploring rules and how they affect our relationships and our identity. You will follow the emotional journey of two boys who experience the importance of closeness and the unspoken rules of friendship. It’s the story of a boy’s rite of passage and his path to understanding the world and his place in it.
Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, 1 Short St, Fremantle Ph: 9335 5044

24 Sep WASO Chorus: Lux Aeterna Music|Concerts

Choral singing touches the soul like nothing else, and Bach’s masterful Chorales are some of the greatest choral music ever written - a joy to both sing and experience. These great masterworks are framed by music of twentieth-century masters, including Samuel Barber’s sublime Agnus Dei, (the choral version of his much-loved Adagio for Strings) and a new work by WASO’s Composer in Residence, Lachlan Skipworth.
St Mary’s Cathedral, Victoria Square, Perth

28–30 Sep WASO: Jump, Jam, Jiggle! Families|Children

In these 50-minute interactive workshop performances, children will enjoy a hands-on musical journey of instrument playing, song and dance inspired by the music of Holst’s The Planets. At the conclusion of the performance, children can “Meet the Musician” to learn more about the instruments of the orchestra and the people who play them.
Wardle Room, Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth