Paul MacPhail – producer of into the SHIMMER HEAT writes
Last night I was lucky enough to attend the PIAF Concert of new music by the New York based Bang On A Can All-Stars at the Perth Concert Hall. One of their feature pieces was a composition by Steve Reich – 2 x5.
Paul Tanner from into the SHIMMER HEAT
Bang On A Can All-Stars
Driving rhythms, waves of crashing guitars and a wonderful cacophony of noise. Fantastic! And into the SHIMMER HEAT‘s Paul Tanner was invited onstage for the final piece to showcase his wonderful vibraphone playing – and rightfully took his place for a standing ovation.
Heath Ledger's mother Sally, father Kim and sister Kate attend the opening of the new State Theatre Centre and Heath Ledger Theatre in Perth. Picture: Stewart Allen Source: PerthNow
The state theatre venue where ‘Into the Shimmer Heat’
will stage it’s premiere performances opened to great fanfare on January 28th 2011
Unveiling the world-class Northbridge complex yesterday, Premier Colin Barnett called it a remarkable event to rival the opening of His Majesty’s Theatre in 1904 and the Perth Concert Hall in 1973.
The family of the late Perth-born film star Heath Ledger were in the gold-toned, timber-lined theatre named in his honour for the opening.
Heath Ledger’s father Kim, sister Kate and mother Sally Bell said they were overwhelmed by the construction and design.
“I think Heath would have thought it was magnificent. I have said this before, and we all agree, that he must have been a bird on the shoulder of the architect,” Kim Ledger told reporters at the opening.
Kate Ledger added: “It’s reflective of the way he was as a person. The theatre is eerily reflective”.
Ms Bell said she was humbled by the honouring of Ledger’s memory and the day was a “very mixed emotional time for us, but ultimately we’re very, very proud”.
For a full gallery of images of the theatre and event, visit Perth Now
If you’re into locally created original theatre and live performance, and you live in or visit Perth, Western Australia, here are my top 5 must see shows this year…
Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company (Australia)
By David Milroy
A teaming of two of Australia’s leading Indigenous theatre makers, David Milroy (Windmill Baby) and Wesley Enoch (The Sapphires), Waltzing the Wilarra is an original music theatre work featuring an all-star Indigenous cast.
Comedy rock superstar, Tim Minchin
, is back on the road with his biggest live show ever. This show includes brand new songs as well as those much loved Minchin classics, but this time, as you’ve never heard them before – with the 55 piece West Australian Symphony Orchestra.
Black Swan State Theatre Company
By Tim Winton
Full of the compassion and larrikin humour that are the trademark of Winton’s work, chronicling the lives of outsiders and fringe-dwellers in his unmistakably Western Australian voice
written and directed by Phil Thomson
DECEMBER: EARTH – December 1-11 2011
Resulting from a year-long process with the finest performing talent under 25 years old in Western Australia, EARTH is a performance that will speak with a contemporary and edgy youth voice. EARTH marks the first in the three year trilogy of originally devised youth theatre ‘Earth, Wind and Fire’