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We launch our ‘Friends of the Opera’ scheme

become a friendRecently, we offered an opportunity for a lucky subscriber to win free tickets to see ‘…into the Shimmer Heat’ our dazzling new chamber opera in development, premièring in Perth, Western Australia, later this year. Many people subscribed to this blog and we thank you for keeping in touch with our blog posts by email.

We’ve set up a new page called ‘Become a friend’ which describes the many benefits becoming a friend can bring and you can go straight to the page here.

In order to become a friend, you have to send an email. We hope that you do as you will get a lot more than just having our blog posts drop into your in box.

David Pye, Phil Thomson and Lee Buddle

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5 Must-See Shows in Perth in 2011

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…

FEBRUARY: Waltzing the WilarraThu 3 Feb – Sun 6 Mar 2011
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.
MARCH: Tim Minchin vs The West Australian Symphony Orchestra – Fr1 4 Mar 2011  (Sold Out) – Sat 5 Mar 2011
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.
JUNE: Rising Water25th Jun 2011 – 17th Jul 2011
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
Into the Shimmer Heat
OCTOBER: Into the Shimmer Heat – October 8 – 22, 2011
Nova Ensemble
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’

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Nova Ensemble

Nova Ensemble is a contemporary music group based in Fremantle, Western Australia. The group’s music explores aspects of music technology, contemporary instrument design and building, cross-cultural music, collaborative composition and improvisation. The members of the group are all involved in creating repertoire for the group, and each brings a diverse range of skills to our performances.

David Pye

David Pye

David Pye is a composer, percussionist and conductor working principally in the areas of contemporary music and dance. In 1983 he founded Nova to perform the classical music of the twentieth century and has overseen the development of the group into a contemporary music organisation which commissions, writes, performs and records

music, principally by Western Australian composers. As Artistic Director of Nova, he has been responsible for commissioning and performing works by every major composer resident in Perth. David took up composition in 1989 with commissions since for Nova, Chrissie Parrott Dance Company, Festival of Perth, Independent New Choreographers, 2-Dance Plus, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, WA Academy of the Performing Arts School of Dance, Graduate College of Dance, Myth Maker Films, Mostly Baroque and the W.A Mandolin Orchestra.

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