Cherry’s fi­nal picks

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Theatre -

OUT­GO­ING Black Swan State Theatre Com­pany (BSSTC) artis­tic di­rec­tor Kate Cherry pre­sented her fi­nal sea­son launch for the 25-year-old com­pany at Heath Ledger Theatre last week be­fore re­lin­quish­ing her du­ties to new artis­tic di­rec­tor Clare Wat­son.

After nine years at BSSTC, Cherry is mov­ing to the Na­tional In­sti­tute of Dra­matic Art (NIDA) and will start her role as chief ex­ec­u­tive and di­rec­tor in Novem­ber.

She pro­grammed the ma­jor­ity of the 2017 sea­son be­fore her de­par­ture and thanked ev­ery­one for their sup­port.

“I have planned the 2017 sea­son as your lov­ing and com­mit­ted out­go­ing artis­tic di­rec­tor of Black Swan,” Cherry said.

“As such, I have cho­sen to plan the sea­son like a con­stant gar­dener.

“I have pruned to en­sure there is space to hon­our the past, cel­e­brate the present and as­sist in launch­ing the fu­ture.

“I have planted seeds in the hope that new plants will emerge, of­fer­ing delight, so­lace and a healthy sense of care­fully man­aged chaos.

“And so the 2017 sea­son is a plethora of pos­si­bil­i­ties, a joy­ous gar­den run­ning wild, but nur­tured with love and shaped by ex­pe­ri­ence.”

The sea­son will de­liver four main­stage shows in Heath Ledger Theatre with a record four shows in Stu­dio Un­der­ground.

The pro­gram be­gins in March with Michael Gow’s Once In Royal David’s City be­fore Hel­lie Turner’s com­mem­o­ra­tive An­zac story The Light­house Girl, which will pre­miere dur­ing April in Al­bany, the birth­place of the story, be­fore its Perth sea­son.

BSSTC found­ing artis­tic di­rec­tor Andrew Ross will re­turn to di­rect Sa­muel Beck­ett’s ab­sur­dist clas­sic Endgame in May, which will be fol­lowed in June by The Eisteddfod by Lally Katz.

Will O’Ma­hony fol­lows up this year’s Ton­sils + Tweez­ers with Coma Land in July, while Au­gust will fea­ture Joanna Mur­ray-Smith’s psy­cho­log­i­cal thriller Switzer­land, where the late Pa­tri­cia High­smith, au­thor of The Tal­ented Mr Ri­p­ley, be­comes the story’s sub­ject.

I Am My Own Wife will see ac­tor Bren­dan Han­son por­tray more than 30 char­ac­ters dur­ing the Oc­to­ber play’s ex­am­i­na­tion of the life of Ger­man an­ti­quar­ian Char­lotte von Mahls­dorf, who sur­vived the Nazi and Com­mu­nist regimes as a transvestite.

The year will fin­ish with Wat­son mak­ing her BSSTC di­rec­to­rial de­but with the Swedish ro­man­tic hor­ror Let the Right One In.

Sub­scrip­tions are on sale now and sin­gle tick­ets are avail­able from Novem­ber 4.

Kate Cherry is leav­ing Black Swan State Theatre Com­pany.

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