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
Published January 12th 2014
Where in Perth can you find something to do for everyone?
It often surprises me how many people say they have never heard of Koorliny Arts Centre, yet it's been in Perth's southern suburbs for more than 22 years. I even hear this from people who have lived in the area for years. Yet, this same centre was mentioned three times in a recent The West Australian article, noting the high calibre of the actors and shows it delivers. Yes, the centre is in Kwinana - but if that's the only thing holding you back, you're missing out on a venue with a warm, friendly atmosphere and so much to offer. Not to mention the re-vamp the town itself has had of late!
The centre has two indoor theatres and an amphitheatre.
It's getting noticed on Perth's theatre scene too - the centre attracted several nominations at the 2013 Finley Awards (at Subiaco Arts Centre) including Best Production for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Ryan Taaffe as Best Director for Eurobeat, among others.
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee wowed audiences in 2013 and was nominated for two awards. IMAGE: DEPRIMO PHOTOGRAPHY
This year the centre's upping the ante, offering a big mix of touring shows and in-house productions, from family shows and musical theatre, to comedy, concerts and drama, as well as author talks and dance festivals.
Musicals take centre stage in the Koorliny Arts Centre and Kwinana Industries Council 2014 Performance Season, with Young Frankenstein (January), Annie (May), Xanadu (August) and Cinderella (November) set to delight audiences of all ages.
Touring shows include Tom Burlinson's Simply Sinatra, Michael Veitch's Flak: The Men Who Flew in WWII, Keith Potger (The Seekers), the Melbourne Comedy International Festival Roadshow, and Road Trip featuring comedians Damian Callinan and Mickey D.
Families will be spoilt for choice with The Gruffalo and Pete the Sheep re-telling favourite children's books, and Swamp Juice and Squaring the Wheel bringing puppets, shadow-play, quirky contraptions and plenty of energy for older children.
For those looking for something out of the box White Rabbit, Red Rabbit is just the ticket, while Circa – 61 Circus Acts in 60 Minutes in the Federation Amphitheatre will deliver the wow factor for all ages.
Literary event Stories on Stage is back for 2014, kicking off with authors Amanda Curtin and Ian Reid speaking about historical research. Other authors already confirmed for the 2014 program include newspaper columnist Ros Thomas, travel writer and The West Australian travel editor Stephen Scourfield, and historical fiction author Michelle Diener.