At his 35th birthday party, Bobby struggles to think of a wish to make as he blows out his birthday candles. Through a series of vignettes featuring his lovers and friends, the commitmentphobic bachelor tries to make sense of the institution of marriage and come to terms with what it really means to be alive. Stephen Sondheim’s multi-award-winning musical about life and love features favourite songs such as Company, The Ladies Who Lunch, Side by Side and the iconic Being Alive.
Defying Gravity – Thursday 2 May
The legendary Michael Askill founded Synergy Percussion and inspired generations of Australian musicians to explore the magical possibilities of percussion. Askill powers up Defying Gravity with his extraordinary musical skills and experiences in a super-charged, dance-inspired evening of musical entertainment – a joyful and profound show brimming with surprise, delight and wonder… and supreme musicianship.
THE BODY POLITIC
LINK Dance – Saturday 25 May (matinee)
LINK kicks off its 2019 season with a triple bill of new dance works by outstanding international and local guest choreographers.
Raewyn Hill, Artistic Director of Co3 Australia, remounts her 2016 piece, Carnivale; Israeli choreographer and former rehearsal director of L-E-V Dance Company, Niv Marinberg explores the intuitive correlations between music and movement; and Scott Elstermann, who in 2018 became the first Australian and youngest-ever artist to receive the prestigious Pina Bausch Fellowship for Dance and Choreography.
AN IDEAL HUSBAND
Acting – Friday 23 August
Successful politician Sir Robert Chiltern has it all – money, power and the love of his adoring wife. But he also has a murky secret in his past that, if revealed, will bring down all he stands for and the marriage he cherishes.
Oscar Wilde’s 1889 comedy of manners about hypocritical moralities in high-society London speaks to a modern generation about the gap between political and private morality. Wilde questions power, politics and love in a way that skewers the very notion of ‘an ideal’.
THE WARANA PRIZE
Music – Saturday 7 September
A night of drama and superb musicianship as WAAPA’s three leading instrumentalists join the WAAPA Symphony Orchestra to battle it out in the final of the prestigious 2019 Warana Prize, as each student performs their favourite concerto movement. To round out the program, inspirational conductor Peter Moore leads the orchestra in Mendelssohn’s evocative Hebrides Overture and Elgar’s beloved Enigma Variations. A wonderful evening of orchestral music at its best.
Friday 15 November
WAAPA’s Aboriginal Performance program prepares students in a range of acting and performance disciplines. The one-year course culminates in the public performance of a dramatic work. Join us in a celebration of contemporary Indigenous performance and culture as we demonstrate the achievements of the 2019 ensemble.