Home' Scoop : Scoop 52 Contents spacious seating, a beautiful, stately front of house
with bars and ample bathrooms, and lifts that
serve all levels.
"We want it to be a place where our subscribers
feel welcome, where their spirits are lifted," says
Kate. "We want them to keep coming back."
"It ll be a fantastic opportunity to attract new
generations, new attitudes to the theatre," adds
Melissa. "It s a world-class venue -- people will natu-
rally want to check it out. And then they ll see the
really fantastic theatre we re making here in Perth."
Both companies are currently finalising their
2011 programs, which will be specifically tailored to
the opening of the new venue and its capabilities.
One of Black Swan s shows, for example, will be
an adaptation of an Australian work that won the
Premier s Literary Award for non-fiction. Another
is a piece by WA playwright Reg Cribb.
"We re concentrating on bigger plays that are
by, or about, Western Australians," Kate says.
"There may be one or two classical works in there,
but they will be given modern interpretations and
reflect the landscape of this state. It s very much
about being in the new building and celebrating
what we have in WA." sm
Construction on the new State Theatre Centre of WA
will be completed mid-year and it will open in
December with a week of festivities and
performances. It replaces the Playhouse Theatre,
whose lease from the Anglican Church expires at the
end of this year. For more information,
NEW DAWN: Black Swan Theatre
Company artistic director Kate Cherry
(above) says the new State Theatre
Centre's Northbridge location will be
ideal for a great night out. (below)
Perth Theatre Company artistic
director Melissa Cantwell.
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