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Black Books

Tickets are now on sale for Blak Yak Theatre’s first production of 2007. We are proud to present the World Premiere of the stage adaptation of Black Books.

Bernard Black would have the perfect life – running his own book shop, “Black Books” – were it not for the nuisance of customers. Continually interrupting his valuable wine-drinking time, Bernard prefers to abuse his customers rather than serve them. Helped (or rather, hindered) by employee Manny and next-door-neighbour Fran, Bernard does his best to avoid the twin evils of sobriety and customer service.

Adapted from the award-winning British sitcom, Black Books will be presented at the Town Square Theatre, Barber St, Kalamunda – in association with KADS. (Please note, this is not the Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre, where Blak Yak has previously held shows.) Performances will be held on April 27, 28, May 2, 4, 5, 9, 11, 12, 16, 18, 19. Fish & Chips are included every Saturday night, where all tickets are $20. On Wednesday and Friday nights, tickets are $15 and $13 concession.

The Town Square Theatre has limited seating and we highly recommend that you book early for what promises to be a very popular production. Ticket bookings are through Nightingales Pharmacy (Kalamunda) on 9293-2621.

We thank our good friends at KADS for assisting us in our first show of the year.

Performing at KADS


Dylan Moran, Graham Lineham, Kevin Cecil & Andy Riley

Nick Donald

Picasso’s Women

The art of theatre and the theatre of art.

Blak Yak Theatre Inc, having just completed a highly successful season of Dylan Moran’s Black Books, have decided to go in a completely different direction for their next production.

Picasso’s Women, written by Brian McAvera, is not a play in the traditional sense, rather it is a series of monologues from the point of view of the women who loved, and were loved by, Pablo Picasso.

This unique production traces the life of one of the twentieth century’s most revered and influential artists. Beautifully written, Picasso’s Women examines the man though the women. But more importantly, it tells the story of four women who were so very important to Picasso and his work and yet have been largely ignored by history.

These women were Fernande Olivier – played by Melissa Merchant, Eva Gouel – played by Gemma Northover, Marie-Therese Walter – played by Kristen Berry and Dora Maar – played by Sherryl Spencer.

The four monologues will be played out over two nights, Fernande Olivier and Eva Gouel on Friday the 8th and Friday the 15th of June, and Marie-Therese Walter and Dora Maar will be on Saturday the 9th and Saturday the 16th of June. The monologues contain adult themes and some will also include nudity.

Picasso’s Women will be presented at the Studio, in the Subiaco Theatre Centre, Hamersley Rd Subiaco. Tickets are $12.95 concession and $14.95 adults, however as the show is being performed over two nights we are pleased to offer a discount for those who wish to come along to both evenings. $20 is all you will pay for two nights of entertainment. The shows start at 8pm each night and bookings can be made through BOCS on 9484 1133.

Blak Yak is proud to have the chance to present this masterful, yet poetic piece of work to the public. Picasso’s Women is a theatrical event designed to
entertain, enlighten, invigorate and excite. It will hopefully leave audiences talking long after the lights have dimmed.


Brian McAvera

Nick Donald & Melissa Merchant


Original Virgins

Blak Yak Theatre Inc is very proud to announce its upcoming season of one act plays, entitled Original Virgins, which will feature three locally written productions. Having previously won awards for their original plays Blak Yak is looking forward to presenting the works of this new batch of authors to what will surely be appreciative audiences.

Enmity by Scott North over is a highly charged political thriller which will resonate with audiences in this election year. Enmity is a play about Australian politics, and the short-comings of our democratic system. “I was motivated to write it because of my own passion for politics” says writer Scott North over “ and really just to see if I COULD write a play. What is amazing is the huge amount of support I have received from my peers (and betters) in community theatre.”

Prod and Prejudice is a very adult comedy, written and directed by Stuart Porter. The play focuses on a production company who are making an adult version of Pride and Prejudice when the Jane Austen Historical Society decide to pay a visit. “If you ever want to drive yourself insane write and direct a play. I spent about four hours staring at four lines, trying to figure out how to make them funny and ended up with an Inspector Gadget reference” says Stuart “It‘s interesting when the director in you decides that the writer in you has written something that simply doesn‘t work and you begin to think that the writer is an idiot. You also begin to wonder if you‘ve ever actually been funny in your life.”

Joining Blak Yak in this season is A Lad Insane, performing No Strings Attached, written and directed by company founder Johnny Grim. The play considers the idea of what it would be like to have a long career in a chosen field (or not chosen as the case may be), only to discover that as your career reaches the twilight years, the world has changed and moved on, seemingly without you. No Strings Attached takes us inside the lives of two wooden puppets. ‘Flip’ the older of the two, has enjoyed a long and successful career as a fairground entertainer, his sidekick ‘Scratch,’ has only been part of the show for a few years. We join them as they finish one show, and await the next. When asked “where the idea comes from” he replies “I can’t be specific, but I guess it comes from the fact that I have worked for the one organization for many years, and I sometimes, (more frequently as time passes) have the dreaded nightmare of the customary retirement party, and gold watch. Yeek! It scares the hell out of me”.


Scott Northover, Stuart Porter & Johnny Grim

Scott Northover, Stuart Porter & Johnny Grim


Deux Ex Quanta

E. F. doucette

Nick Donald

Quantum Physics . . . Religion . . . Homicide . . . and cats . . . You figure it out.

Starring Kristen Berry, Alex Jones and Scott Northover.

Two homicide detectives in a locked room do their best to solve a murder.
Their only suspects are themselves, and a live version of the victim.

“Deus Ex Quanta is an intelligent well-written play that deserves a good audience. Mr. Doucette’s passion for exploring new ideas drives the play to a hilarious and totally unexpected conclusion. His intelligence and quirky sense of humour are pervasive.” Billy Houck of New Times.


This is our youth

Performing at Subiaco Art Centre

Kenneth Lonergan


Scott Northover

Men Behaving Badly

Simon Nye

A stage adaptation of the hilarious 1990’s British TV comedy series. Includes the episodes “Watching TV” and “In Bed With Dorothy”

Nick Donald – Gary
Bryn Coldrick – Tony
Sarah Sambridge – Dorothy
Yvette Gray – Deborah

By kind permission of Hartswood Films

This production is in association with KADS Theatre


Blackbird is a 2005 one-act (90 minute) play by Scottish playwright David Harrower. It depicts the meeting between a young woman and a middle-aged man with whom, fifteen years earlier, at the age of 12, she had had a sexual relationship.

He has managed to establish a reasonably successful new life under another name, but Una recognized him in a photograph and tracked him down. But why has she suddenly appeared after all this time? What does she want from him?

**PLEASE NOTE** Contains strong adult themes that may offend.

“Blackbird” will be performed at the Subiaco Arts Centre Studio November 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and December 3, 4 and 5. $19.00 full, $15.00 concession. Bookings through BOCS 9484 1133 or


David Harrower

Dean Schulze


Choose life, choose a job, choose Trainspotting on stage this spring

MOST people would be familiar with the 1996 film Trainspotting  – and Blak Yak Theatre is bringing the stage version to Subiaco this September.

Both based on the novel by Irvine Welsh, it’s a broody yet humorous tale of a group of heroin addicts in Edinburgh and how the drug culture takes over their lives.

Director Dannielle Ashton said she chose to bring Trainspotting to life as a piece of theatre because of the many issues it deals with, not normally experienced by people in everyday life.

“The play is a mix of hilarious and tender moments,” she said. “The script is cleverly written to take the audience on a journey of laughs, as well as tears.

“The cast are extremely talented and portray several characters of diversity, which will leave the audience hating and loving them at the same time.”

Ashton has been involved in theatre for the past 20 years, most recently directing A Streetcar Named Desire at the Old Mill Theatre, after scoring the 2008 DramaFest Best Overall Production Award for The Return and Best Production Award for co-directing A One Night Stand-Off with Martin Lindsay at the 2008 South West Drama Festival.

Her production of The Sum of Us at the Old Mill Theatre earned her a best director nomination at the 2008 Finley Awards and was also named runner-up best play of the year.

Trainspotting plays at.8pm on September 10, 11 and 12 at the Subiaco Arts Centre’s Studio. Tickets are $15 – book throughBOCS on 9484 1133.

Also joining Trainspotting on the 10, 11 September will be Arena Arts Entertainment’s Unattainable, written and directed by Jess Messenger.

Irvine Welsh Adapted By Harry Gibson

Dannielle Ashton


Brown Acid

When band’s post audition notices, there is generally a note saying “No Time Wasters”, so what would happen if those time wasters were to start a band of their own?

A world premiere by local ITA award-winning playwright Martin Lindsay (For his One Act play “One Night Stand-Off”)

Martin Lindsay (with Bradley Chester), performed at Subiaco Art Centre