Distributed across the company’s suite of digital channels, Black Swan Home Theatre
audiences will find video messages from our actors, behind the scenes interviews with our artists and creatives, backstage tours of our workshops and the production of Unsung Heroes: A Digital Festival of Western Australian Stories.
Black Swan has always been about bringing people together and creating connection through live story telling. When COVID-19 hit we made the decision to postpone our 2020 season untilOklahoma! this November for the safety of our audience members and our artistic community. Whilst social distancing restrictions are being eased and life is returning back to ‘normal’, it will be some time before we are all back in the theatre.
Black Swan Home Theatre presents an exciting opportunity to continue to foster human connection and build a sense of community online, through the love of theatre.
Initially scheduled as part of the 2020 Season, Unsung Heroes is a collection of tour-de-force solo performances that celebrate everyday Western Australians who have done extraordinary things in a world premiere season directed by Emily McLean and Joe Paradise Lui.
The performances tell stories of courage, life’s music, adventure, new beginnings and dignity. The production is a timely reminder of our shared humanity and of our uniquely Western Australian identity.
The works have been written by local playwrights Gita Bezard, Barbara Hostalek, Chris Isaacs, Hellie Turner and Mararo Wangai.
Artistic Director Clare Watson said “Black Swan is proud to be able to continue working with our creative teams in order to help support our sector, keep theatre professionals employed, and keep creativity alive. We feel incredibly fortunate that as a company during this time, we’ve been working with actors almost everyday of lock-down amounting to over 160 weeks of fulltime employment. In April, we completed a four week creative development ofThe Cherry Orchard
over four states via ZOOM and last month we live streamed the much lovedSummer of the Seventeenth Doll with over 1,000 audience members registering for the event. We are thrilled to continue to share our work with new audiences via Black Swan Home Theatre in presenting the digital festival ofUnsung Heroes.”
Each Unsung Heroes monologue was filmed on stage. The pre-recorded performances will be live streamed for free to registered users from Tuesday July 21. A live Q&A facilitated by Resident Artist Ian Michael will follow each live stream. All performances will also be made available on demand. To watch the performances live streamed or on demand, registrations are essential. Register via our website here:https://bsstc.com.au/plays/unsung-heroes
7.30pmWST Tues 21 July OPENING NIGHT: Song in the Key of Trust by Mararo Wangai – ActorMararo Wangai A renowned musician follows his passion for song to a country far from the land of his birth.
- 7.30pmWST Wed 22 July: The Unremarkable and Ordinary Life of Carmela Caterina Tassone (Nee Panaia) by Chris Isaacs –Actor Chris Isaacs.
Carmela Caterina Tassone is a woman that places aren't named after. Her name never made newspaper headlines. You will never have heard of her. This is the story of her nondescript existence.
- 7.30pmWST Thurs 23 July: The Perfect Boy by Gita Bezard – Actor Caitlin Beresford-Ord. From the stages of Subiaco to international acclaim, Effie Fellows wowed audiences around the world with her male impersonation act.
- 7.30pmWST Wed 29 July:
Lesson in the Art of Butterfly by Hellie Turner – ActorAlison van Reeken. A courageous doctor risks all to shine a light on the right to choose to die with dignity.
- 7.30pmWST Thurs 30 July: Own Way
by Barbara Hostalek – ActorJo Morris. She's strong. She's smart. She has a wicked sense of humour. Her story of survival has changed domestic violence laws across Australia.