Following up her ambitious first season as Black Swan State Theatre’s Artistic Director, Clare Watson has programmed an equally exciting string of plays for 2019. Whereas this year Watson invited audiences to participate in The Conversations – eight plays designed to provoke discussion were grouped thematically – next year is called Where the Heart Is, an exploration of Australian families.

Artistic Director Clare Watson. Photo © Pia Johnson

The year kicks off with Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Our Town, to be presented as part of Perth Festival. A unique theatrical experience, it sees professional actors (Abbie-Lee Lewis, Ian Michael and Shari Sebbens) working alongside members of the community to bring to life the fictional town of Grover’s Corner. Our Townwill be directed by Clare Watson.

Our Town‘s Ian Michael. Photo © Richard Jefferson

Following its success earlier this year, You Know We Belong Togetherreturns for an encore season. A personal account of Julia Hales’ experiences as a person with Down Syndrome, it’s a warm and welcoming multimedia experience with dance and song.

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