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School Events

The following events in the 2012 Perth Festival program are suitable for school groups.

Perth Writers Festival Schools Day

Perth Writers Festival Schools Day

Inspiration is the name of the game as students of all ages, reading levels and interests interact with world-class authors and illustrators.

The day is conveniently divided into two morning sessions and two afternoon sessions, each with two unique topics and a 15-minute break in the middle. All sessions end with a Q&A and signing opportunity.

Suitability All ages
When Thur 23 Feb
Where Perth Writers Festival Precinct, UWA
Price Morning Package $9, Afternoon Package $9, All-day Package $15

Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home

Put your students' creative talents to the test as they build a vibrant new Perth from the ground up.

Suitability All ages
When Fri 24–Sun 26 Feb & Tue 28 Feb–Sat 3 March [OPENING HOURS TBC]
Where WA Museum, Perth
Price Free

The Red Tree

Atishoo!

Using amazing puppetry, live performance, music and loads of paper, Atishoo! gets kids' imaginations running wild.

Suitability Under 6
Themes Puppetry, transformation, imagination
When Thur 23, Fri 24, Wed 29 Feb, Thur 1 & Fri 2 March, 11am [45 mins with no interval]
Where Subiaco Arts Centre Studio
Price $15.50

The Red Tree

The Red Tree

From Perth's very own Academy Award winner, Shaun Tan, The Red Tree draws you into a vibrant world of bold imagery and live music.

Suitability 5–17 years
Themes Young people's mental health, social and emotional learning, resilience, coping with stress, the importance of positive thinking
When Mon 13 Feb, 6pm; Tue 14 Feb, 11am [50min with no interval]
Where Subiaco Arts Centre
Price $15.50

Henry V

Propeller: Henry V

Propeller perform Shakespeare's works as dramatic tales that are as relevant today as when they were penned over 400 years ago.

Suitability Years 10–12 Drama, English Literature, History, English
Themes Leadership, physical theatre, glory and consequences of war
When Tue 21 Feb, 7.30pm & Thur 23 Feb, 1.30pm [2hr 45min including interval]
Where His Majesty’s Theatre
Price $15.50

The Winter's Tale

Propeller: The Winter's Tale

Suitability Years 10–12 Drama, English Literature, History, English
Themes Jealousy, friendship, forgiveness and compassion, physical theatre, gender
When Tue 21, 1.30pm & Thur 23 Feb, 7.30pm [2hr 45min including interval]
Where His Majesty’s Theatre
Price $15.50

A Magic Flute

A Magic Flute

Mozart's enchanting music takes centre stage as a talented ensemble of young singers and a single pianist fill his rich score with new life, energy and colour.

Suitability Years 9–12 Music, Drama, Design
Themes Classical-period music, opera
When Tue 21 Feb, 2pm & 8pm; Wed 22 Feb, 8pm [1hr 30min with no interval]
Where Octagon Theatre, UWA
Price $15.50

Beautiful Burnout

Beautiful Burnout

Featuring a pulsating soundtrack by Underworld, Beautiful Burnout draws your students into the world of boxing, revealing the highs and lows of chasing a dream with stark beauty.

Suitability Years 10–12 Phys Ed, Music, Film, Drama, Dance, Media
Themes Boxing, choreography, discipline, blood sport or sweet science?
When Mon 13–Wed 15 Feb, 7.30pm; Sat 11 Feb, 2pm [1hr 30min with no interval]
Where ABC Perth Studios
Price $15.50

Driving Into Walls

Driving Into Walls

Drawn from over 500 starkly honest and highly confidential interviews with Western Australian teens, this intimate and confronting play lifts the curtain on what it means to be young in our modern, media-driven society.

Suitability 13–17 years
Themes Adolescence, identity, relationships, young people's mental health, social and emotional learning, adapting to change
When Sat 25, Sun 26 & Tue 28 Feb–Sat 3 March, 7pm; Sun 26 & Wed 29 Feb–Sat 3 March, 1pm (show is approx. 50mins)
Where Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre of WA
Price $15.50

The 14th Tale

The 14th Tale

From the hot, dusty streets of Nigeria to the rooftops of Dublin and onward to London, master storyteller Inua Ellams draws students into his unique world.

Suitability Years 11–12 English, English Literature, Drama
Themes Power of language, rhythm in theatre, storytelling, poetry, spoken word performance
Where Dolphin Theatre, UWA Fri 24 Feb, 7.30pm; Octagon Theatre, UWA Sun 26 Feb, 5pm
Price $15.50

Raoul

Raoul

Renowned physical theatre performer James Thiérrée sweeps students into a fantasy world of shape-shifting optical illusion, slapstick humour and startling beauty that leaves them asking, 'How did he do that?'

Suitability Years 10–12 Drama, Design
Themes Physical theatre, surrealism, perception
When Mon 20–Wed 22 Feb, 7pm; Sun 26 Feb, 3pm [1hr 30min with no interval]
Where Regal Theatre
Price $15.50
Bookings through Ticketek Group Bookings 1300 364 001

Jack Charles v The Crown

Jack Charles v The Crown

Uncle Jack Charles is an Australian legend: veteran actor, Koori elder, activist and, until recently, heroin addict and cat-burglar. Contains explicit drug use.

Suitability Years 11–12 Drama, Film, Music, Australian History, English, Indigenous Studies
Themes Solo performance, documentary, storytelling, the Stolen Generations
When Thur 16, Tue 21 & Wed 22 Feb, 8pm; Sat 18 Feb, 2pm [1hr 15min with no interval]
Where Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre of WA
Price $15.50

Super Night Shot

Super Night Shot

Romance, action, strange men in rabbit masks, Super Night Shot has it all. Proving all the world’s a stage, renegade collective Gob Squad sync their watches, pick up their video cameras and take to the streets of Northbridge to create your show exactly one hour before start time.

Suitability Years 11–12 Media, Drama, Film
Themes Improvisation, urban nightlife, romance, live mixed multimedia
When Fri 10 & Mon 13 Feb, 8.30pm [1hr with no interval]
Where Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre of WA
Price $15.50

DANCE

DANCE

In 1979, three creative titans pooled their considerable talents to craft what would become one of the great post-modern works of the 20th century. Shift 2012: Lucinda Childs invites a new company of dancers to inject youthful life into this electrifying, rarely staged and simply beautiful work of music and motion.

Suitability Years 8–12 Dance, Music, Media
Themes Choreography, film, movement, composition
When Thur 23 Feb, 7.30pm [1hr with no interval]
Where Heath Ledger Theatre, State Theatre Centre of WA
Price $15.50

Grupo Corpo

Onqotô & Parabelo

Drawing on urban and rural folk styles, this distinctly Brazilian contemporary dance company combines the grace and technique of ballet with the raw vitality of swaying limbs, sexy swagger and pulsating rhythms.

Contains nudity.

Suitability Years 8–10 Dance
Themes Brazilian contemporary dance, ballet, Brazilian rural folk
When Thur 1 & Friday 2 March, 7.30pm [1hr 50min with no interval]
Where His Majesty’s Theatre
Price $15.50

How Like An Angel

How Like An Angel

Experience celestial magic as premier circus company Circa and polyphonic vocal masters I Fagiolini join feats of astonishing acrobatics with a soaring score drawn from centuries of sacred music.

Suitability Years 8–12 Drama, Music
Themes Sacred music, circus, physical theatre
When Wed 29 Feb–Sat 3 March, 8pm
Where Winthrop Hall, UWA
Price $15.50

Striggio and Tallis: Music in 40 Parts

Striggio and Tallis: Music in 40 Parts

Immerse your senses in a haunting, illuminating and mesmeric concert by I Fagiolini, the only early music group ever awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society's Ensemble Prize.

Suitability Years 11–12 Music
Themes Choral work, Renaissance period
When Mon 27 Feb, 7.30pm
Where Perth Concert hall
Price $15.50
Friends of the Festival Artist Talk 6.30pm pre-show
Free Open Rehearsal 9.30–11.15am, schools must register to attend.

Chopin and Mendelssohn's Octet

Chopin and Mendelssohn's Octet

The night includes the tender lyricism of Chopin's First Piano Concerto, carefree exuberance of Mendelssohn’s Octet and tonal riches of the ACO’s three legendary violins – Stradivari, Guarneri and Guadagnini – in Richard Tognetti’s specially created arrangement of Paganini.

Suitability Years 11–12 Music
Themes Piano Concerto, orchestral music, romantic
When Wed 22 Feb, 7.30pm [2hr including interval]
Where Perth Concert Hall
Price $20 (min 10 students); teachers $39
Artist Talk pre-concert talk, 6.45pm

The Galileo Project

The Galileo Project: Music of The Spheres

Tafelmusik take you on an epic space odyssey, performing exquisite period music from memory before stunning images from the Hubble deep space telescope.

Suitability Years 9–12, Music, Media, Photography
Themes Baroque music, astronomy, strings, period instrumentation
When Thurs March 1, 7.30pm; 2hr including interval
Where Perth Concert Hall
Price $15.50
Artist Talk pre-show 6.45pm & post-show Meet the Artists
Free Open Rehearsal Thur 1 March, 2–3.30pm, schools must register to attend.

Brahm's Chamber Weekend

 Brahms Chamber Weekend

Regarded as one of the most dynamic young groups on the planet, BBC New Generation Artists the Escher String Quartet have built a reputation for bringing a riveting blend of energy and audacity to each and every stage they play.

Suitability Years 10–12 Music
Themes Romantic-period music, strings, chamber
When Fri 17 Feb, 7.30pm [1hr 40 min including interval]
Where Heath Ledger Theatre, State Theatre Centre of WA
Price $15.50
Free Open Rehearsal Fri 17 Feb, 9.30–11am, schools must register to attend.

Hijacked 3

Hijacked 3

Take a trip into the fantastic and foreboding worlds of 30 artists from opposite sides of the world. Far-reaching photographic practices question what it means to look, catch or construct images for the 21st century.

Suitability Years 8–12 Photography, Society and Environment
Themes Social and cultural observation, portraiture
When Sat 18 Feb–Sun 8 April, Tue–Sun 11am–6pm
Where Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA)
Price Free

spaced: art out of place

spaced: art out of place

Explore the relationship between globalisation and local identity with imaginative and stimulating works in sculpture, photography, painting, installation and multi-media – the culmination of a ground-breaking project involving 24 Australian and international artists who spent time in 16 regional WA communities for inspiration.

Suitability Years 8–12
Themes Globalisation and local identity, cultural displacement, regionalism, community, photography, painting, installation and multi-media
When Sat 4 Feb–Sun 11 March, 10am–5pm, Symposium 4–5 Feb
Where Fremantle Arts Centre
Price Free

Purnu, Tjanpi, Canvas

Purnu, Tjanpi, Canvas: Art of the Ngaanyatjarra Lands

Purna, Tjanpi, Canvas is a new exhibition of paintings, carvings and sculpture from one of Australia's most vibrant creative and cultural areas, the Ngaanyatjarra Lands, which has produced some of the great artists and art works of recent times.

Suitability Years 11–12 Art
Themes Indigenous art, tradition and inventiveness
Where Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, UWA
When Fri 10 Feb–Sun 4 March, Tue–Fri 11am–5pm, Sat 12–5pm
Price Free

Choi Jeong Hwa

Choi Jeong Hwa

Choi Jeong Hwa is renowned for his inventive and spectacular use of mass produced plastics and synthetics in large scale installations. He invites you to celebrate art that exudes abundance, colour and joy while provoking reflections upon social consumption and harmony in life.

Suitability All ages
Themes Pop art, architecture, installation
Where Whitfeld Court, UWA & Barrack Square Foreshore
When Fri 10 Feb–Sat 3 March, all day
Where Gallery Central
When Fri 10 Feb–Sat 10 March, Mon–Fri 10am–4.45pm, Sat 2–4.45pm
Price Free

U-Ram Choe

U-Ram Choe

Finely engineered steel and electronics are assembled into captivating sculptures reminiscent of otherworldly flora and fauna – expanding, contracting and mimicking living movement.

Suitability Years 8–12 Design, Engineering, Art, Science
Themes Nature in the future, kinetics
When Fri 3 Feb–Fri 2 March, Mon–Fri 12–5pm, Sun 1–4pm
Where John Curtin Gallery, Curtin University of Technology
Price Free

In Retrospect

In Retrospect: 60 Years of Festival Films

From French New Wave, to Danish Dogme, gritty social realism to fanciful comedies, Perth Festival has brought the best of world cinema to our City for 60 years. Relive cinematic history as a single Festival film from each decade screens for one night only over this special retrospective week.

Somerville Mon 5–Sun 11 March, 7.30pm

Tomboy

Tomboy

Céline Sciamma (Water Lilies) creates a subtle yet powerful portrait of family, personal identity and our all too human desire to fit in. Having moved house, ten-year-old Laure allows herself to be mistaken for a boy. Her new persona draws her in unexpected directions.

Suitability Years 10–12 Media, French Language, Drama (contains nudity)
Themes Gender identity, childhood, friendship, family
Joondalup Pines Tue 6–Sun 11 Dec 8pm

Buck

Buck

The inspiration for The Horse Whisperer, Buck Brannaman is part guru, part trainer and all American cowboy. Subjected to violence in his childhood, Buck channelled his torment into empathy, bringing instinct and respect to horse handling. His story grabs your heart.

Suitability Year 8–12 Media Studies
Themes Westerns, American culture
Somerville 23–25 & 27–29 Jan, 8pm
Joondalup Pines Tue 31 Jan–Sun 5 Feb, 8pm

The Forgiveness of Blood

The Forgiveness of Blood

Seven years after his acclaimed Maria Full of Grace, director Joshua Marston returns with a powerful and atmospheric drama set in rarely seen Albania. A blood feud forces two teenagers to fend for themselves in the wake of their father's crime.

Suitability Years 11–12 Media, Drama, History
Themes Law, history, family, coming of age
Joondalup Pines Tue 27 March–Sun 1 April 7.30pm

Medianeras

Medianeras

An exploration of urban living and love in the digital age, this beautifully composed film sees two soul mates struggle to find one another amidst the commotion of modern life. Filled with stunningly composed shots of Buenos Aires and its bustling street life.

Suitability Years 11–12 Spanish Language, Media, Drama, Design
Themes Love, relationships, digital age, urban life
Somerville Mon 26 March–Sun 1 April, 7.30pm
Joondalup Pines Tue 3–Sun 8 April, 7.30pm

Dawn:Dusk

Dawn:Dusk

Join us early at Cottesloe Beach for the Festival's most stirring and quintessentially Western Australian opening ever!As light glimmers off the ocean, Indigenous Elders and performers greet audiences and artists from around the world with a Welcome to Country.

Hundreds of local vocalists and musicians then meet the dawn with a joyous celebration of the people, natural wonder and artistic life of WA.

Suitability All ages
When Fri 10 Feb, 7am
Where Cottesloe Beach
Price Free

Place des Anges

Place des Anges

Cast your eyes to the skies as heavenly bodies glide, float and careen through the air, leaving a blaze of feathers in their wake. Beginning with a single quill, a trickle grows into an incredible cascade, a seemingly endless blizzard of white, showering you in two tonnes of downy bliss. In this major Festival celebration the Angels land on St Georges Terrace and Council House in a breathtaking display you have to see to believe.

Suitability All ages
When Sat 11 Feb, 8pm
Where St Georges Tce, between Council House and St George's Cathedral
Price Free

The Red Tree

Perth Writers Festival Family Day

Children of all ages can get hands-on with readings, games, workshops and activities that bring the imaginative world of books to life. Authors and illustrators entertain and enlighten in an outdoor carnival atmosphere that has everything from face painting, balloon-twisting and circus skills demonstrations, not to mention a Capella group Coco's Lunch and their dynamic children's show.

With so much to do, your day will be jam-packed with excitement!

Suitability All ages
Where Perth Writers Festival Precinct, UWA
When Sun 26 Feb, 9.30am–4pm
Price Free (except workshops, $11)

Full program of sessions released in January. Register to receive your free copy or look for it in West Weekend Magazine.