Black Swan State Theatre Company says goodbye to outgoing artistic director with 2017 season launch


Kate Cherry.
Kate Cherry.

OUTGOING Black Swan State Theatre Company (BSSTC) artistic director Kate Cherry presented her final season launch for the 25 year old company at Heath Ledger Theatre last night before relinquishing her duties to new artistic director Clare Watson.

After nine years at BSSTC, Cherry is moving to the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) and will start her role as chief executive and director in November.

She programmed the majority of the 2017 season before her departure and thanked everyone for their support.

“I have planned the 2017 season as your loving and committed outgoing artistic director of Black Swan,” Cherry said.

“As such, I have chosen to plan the season like a constant gardener.

“I have pruned to ensure there is space to honour the past, celebrate the present and assist in launching the future.

“I have planted seeds in the hope that new plants will emerge, offering delight, solace and a healthy sense of carefully managed chaos.

“And so the 2017 season is a plethora of possibilities, a joyous garden running wild, but nurtured with love and shaped by experience.”

The season will deliver four mainstage shows in Heath Ledger Theatre with a record four shows in Studio Underground.

The program begins in March with Michael Gow’s Once In Royal David’s City before Hellie Turner’s commemorative Anzac story The Lighthouse Girl which will premiere during April in Albany, the birthplace of the story, before its Perth season.

BSSTC founding artistic director Andrew Ross will return to direct Samuel Beckett’s absurdist classic Endgame in May, which will be followed in June by The Eisteddfod by Lally Katz.

Will O’Mahony follows up this year’s Tonsils + Tweezers with Coma Land in July while August will feature Joanna Murray-Smith’s psychological thriller Switzerland, where the late Patricia Highsmith, author of The Talented Mr Ripley, becomes the story’s subject.

I Am My Own Wife will see actor Brendan Hanson portray more than 30 characters during the October play’s examination of the life of German antiquarian Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, who survived the Nazi and Communist regimes as a transvestite.

The year will finish with Watson making her BSSTC directorial debut with the Swedish romantic horror Let the Right One In.

Subscriptions are on sale now and single tickets are available from November 4.

BSSTC 2017 Season

Heath Ledger Theatre

Once In Royal David’s City, March 25-April 9

Endgame, May 27-June 11

Switzerland, August 19-September 3

Let The Right One In, November 11-December 3

Studio Underground

The Lighthouse Girl, April 28-May 14

The Eisteddfod, June 22-July 9

Coma Land, July 20-August 6

I Am My Own Wife, 0ctober 12-29