A former newspaper journo and editor, Monique Mulligan is the author of My Silly Mum, Fergus the Farting Dragon, and is a publisher with Serenity Press. Visit www.moniquemulligan.com
A hidden gem in Kwinana
There's a world of entertainment waiting at Koorliny Arts Centre Kwinana in 2021 ... and it's not all about theatre and live performance!
The friendly centre in Perth's southern suburbs offers something for everyone – from performing arts to visual arts, from author and artist talks to book clubs, from classes, workshops and school holiday activities to audition opportunities. It's hard to know where to start!
How about live performances?
For Fringe lovers, the inaugural OMG! Fringe festival is a series of eclectic events designed to entertain, entice and amuse the senses (February 18-28). It's proudly presented by the City of Kwinana and Koorliny Arts Centre and supported by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and Fremantle Ports. You can find out all the event details here.
Much-loved musical Mamma Mia kicks off the Koorliny Arts Centre and Kwinana Industries Council 2021 Performance Season, but due to limited seats, it's already a sell-out! Mamma Mia! Stay tuned into the centre's Facebook page for details of the full performance season.
For those looking for chills in the February heat, Fremantle Performing Artists will present the play Dracula from February 4-6, while at Stories on Stage (Feb 17) WA author Josh Langley will share the story behind his big question – is there life after death? A home-baked supper ensures Stories on Stage stands out, and each evening includes an in-conversation, book sales and signings.
Visual art events include the Freedom Art Exhibition in the Fremantle Ports Exhibition Zone from January 30 to February 12 and Wine & Art on March 5. Why not get a group together and try your hand at painting a masterpiece (with step-by-step instructions)?
The ever-popular Morning Melodies program is back and first up is Golden Age Girls with a tap-dancing, back-stabbing celebration on February 12. Tickets to these shows do sell fast so it's best to book early, especially if seats close to the front are needed. A light morning tea is included with these shows.
After a successful Makers Week brimming with creative activities for people of all ages, the centre is keen to bring more creative workshops to the community, both in the school holidays and out. Keep the Facebook page on your radar for details!
In-term drama and musical theatre classes will resume at Koorliny Arts Centre from February 1, while other classes on offer include Swing and Sway, music tuition by Wellard School of Music, dance classes by TK Dance and Foxxy Burlesque (18+), and Ninja training via Kevin Hawthorne Ninja Schools. They're all returning in February.
The centre has formed a partnership with Befriend Inc. so for people looking for friendly meet-ups, there are story circles, a poet's corner, social craft and games nights, and more on offer.
The best way to keep informed of upcoming auditions, classes, workshops, meet-ups or upcoming shows, is to drop in and see the friendly staff at the Koorliny Arts Centre Kwinana Box Office, or visit the Facebook page or website.