Category Archives: Past Shows

Never Ever Move It

Blak Yak are thrilled to be presenting two one act productions, ‘Move It’ and ‘Never Ever’, as part of their short play season downstairs at Rigby’s. Doors will open at 7pm and food and drink will be available for purchase.

For two nights only, so book early and book often.

September 12th and 13th.

Bookings through

Or try your luck at the door 🙂


Poster for Never Ever
Poster for Never Ever

Picasso’s Women

Blak Yak Theatre is thrilled to announce their production of Brian McAvera’s Picasso’s Women for a strictly limited season at the Chrissie Parrott Arts centre in August.

Picasso’s Women is a series of monologues told by the eight women who lived with, loved, and inspired Pablo Picasso. It is the story of their lives and experiences with the man who was to become the most influential artist of the twentieth century. The production uncovers their buried histories and gives voice to the women who were used, and frequently abused, by Picasso.

So often in theatre (and cinema, and literature) the complaint is heard that there are not enough strong roles for women. Picasso’s Women is a rare beast indeed to showcase eight powerful, fascinating, and engaging female characters. For art lovers, history buffs, or theatre aficionados, Picasso’s Women is meticulously researched and masterfully written. Powerful, confronting, hilarious, and heartbreaking, the show is a tour de force for the actresses.

The monologues can stand alone but, viewed as a whole, they deliver a satisfying synergism. Each piece has been individually rehearsed, with a director and performer collaborating to bring to life each of Picasso’s women.

The eight monologues–on average–are each 30 minutes long, and so are spread over two nights. Each night can be enjoyed on its own or Blak Yak is offering a discount price for both evenings.

Picasso’s Women–Harlequin explores the artist’s early life and features Fernande, Eva, Gaby, and Olga, on August 21, 22, 27, 30.

Picasso’s Women–Minotaur examines Picasso’s later years and features Marie-Therese, Dora, Françoise, and Jacqueline, on August 20, 23, 28, 29.


Picasso’s Women will be presented at Chrissie Parrott Arts, 4 Sussex St, Maylands. All performances commence at 7.30pm sharp. Tickets are $25 Adult, $22 Concession, or $40 for both nights (tickets can be upgraded at any time) at Click to book!


Jacqueline – Sherryl Spencer, directed by Melissa Merchant 
Fernande – Nisha Rivett, directed by Rob Whitehead
Francoise – Anna Head, directed by Jarrod Buttery 
Olga – Chandra Wyatt, directed by Joy Northover 
Dora – Nadia Collins & Sharnya Thomson, directed by Christine Ellis 
Eva – Jacinta Tavelli-Williams, directed by Michael McAllan 
Marie-Therese – Breeahn Jones, directed by Kimberley Shaw 
Gaby – Rose McKenna, directed by Louise C. Carson


Blak Yak Directors Workshop

Blak Yak are proud to present a free Directors Workshop for new, budding and existing talent within the theatre community. This workshop is intended to help refresh existing directors in production management and give fresh faces some basics in putting together a show. It is a way of getting an introduction to broader aspects of stage and offer a deeper understanding of how things work behind the curtains.

We’d like this workshop to be open to the Perth theatre community as a whole and particularly targeting at the one act seasons in September. If you, or someone you know, are interested in taking part or require more information, please let us know. The proposed date is the 8th of August and the venue is currently being finalized. We will post an update in the following days.

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Love is a Noun

Love Is A Noun is a black comedy by award-winning playwright Daniel Jon Kershaw. It is a bittersweet elegy charting different perspectives of love. Underneath the lives of the characters simmers a world completely dominated by expectations of love failed or otherwise.

Daniel Jon Kershaw
Lorna Mackie

Performance Dates: 8pm April 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27 & May 1, 2, 3 & 4 & 2pm April 28.Doors & licensed bar open 30 minutes prior to curtain.Tickets: Adult $18, Concession $16, Members/Children $14.

Bookings: Elaine Gilberthorpe (08) 9378 1990 or

Season 1, 2012 Summer of the Aliens

This is a Blak Yak production in association with KADS. Summer of the aliens is semi-autobiographical written in the 1990s. The play is an often humorous, unsentimental coming-of-age story about a 14 year old boy, Lewis, who is obsessed with flying saucers, UFO abductions and imagines aliens are invading the earth.

It is 1962 and the world is worrying about the Cuban missile crisis. Meanwhile Lewis, a youth on the cusp of manhood living in a Melbourne housing commission, is preoccupied by flying saucers. His best friend Brian is obsessed with losing his virginity and local tomboy Dulcie is confused about approaching womanhood. From the writer of Cosi, Radiance and The Golden Age, Summer of the Aliens is a coming-of-age story that explores the heartbreaking discovery of an imperfect world. This is a vivid, amusing and evocative play.

Venue: Kalamanda Dramatic Society

Performances: 24th, 25th, 26th, 29th Feb, 2nd, 3rd, 7th, 9th, 10th, 14th, 16th, 17th March. Start Time 8pm.

Tickets: Concession $17, Adult $20


Louis Nowra
Sinéad Bevan
Summer of the Aliens

Sherlock Holmes & The First English Gentleman

We follow Sherlock Holmes as he gathers clues from the characters we meet in this adventure mystery. The play begins with the seemingly trivial case of a missing three legged chair. We follow Sherlock Holmes as he gathers clues from the characters we meet in this adventure mystery – a rag and bone merchant (Mrs. Mansfield) who is murdered in a run down Whitechapel shop, an obscure geologist (Professor Skullion) who is killed in a rock slide, the discoverer of the prehistoric Plateau Man (Sir Charles Adamson), his scheming sister (Lady Adamson), and last but not least, a reformed thief (Alfie Trotwood) who ties together the very different worlds of Whitechapel, the British Museum, 221B Baker Street, and the streets of London.

Along the way Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are variously attacked by a venomous snake, a tarantula, a booby trapped spring loaded box, and street ruffians. False alarms and red herrings abound. Will Sherlock Holmes be seduced by the alluring Lady Adamson?

Are the powers of Sherlock Holmes on the wane, his addiction to cocaine taking its toil? Who is planning to steal the famous Star of Delhi housed in the British Museum?

Why is Sherlock imprisoned? Is it of any significance that Alfie Trotwood and Lady Adamson share the same birth date? What is Lady Adamson’s connection to Professor Moriarty, and finally, is Professor Moriarty behind it all? From these clues, I ask you to be the judge whether the game is up, or “the game is afoot!”

Playwright:  Doug Warwick

Director: Tim Edwards

Details: A Blak Yak production in conjunction with KADS.

Tickets on sale April 6

Season Tickets and pre-release group bookings of 10+: Lyn 9291 6266

Start time: 8pm
Bookings Name: O’Hara’s Pharmacy
Bookings Phone Number: 9293 1412
Further Info Email Address:
Further Info Name: Melanie DeCull – TAZ Entertainment
Further Info Phone Number: 9255 3336
Ticket Prices: tba
Address: KADS, Town Square Theatre, Barber St, Kalamunda
Production Dates: May 6, 7, 11, 13, 14, 18, 20, 21, 25, 27, 28

Start Date: 2011-05-06
End Date: 2011-05-28

A Lie Of the Mind

‘A Lie of the Mind’ is a dark drama by Pulitzer-prize winning American playwright Sam Shepard. Told in three acts set in the gritty American west, the story alternates between two families after a severe incident of spousal abuse leaves all their lives altered until the final collision at an isolated cabin. The two families, one composed of Baylor, Meg, Beth, and Mike, the other composed of Lorraine, Sally, Frankie, and Jake are connected by the marriage of Jake and Beth, whose beating and subsequent hospitalization at the hands of Jake initiates the beginning of the play. Exploring family dysfunction and the nature of love, the play follows Jake as he searches for meaning after Beth, and her family, as they struggle with Beth’s brain damage.

The season will run at the Midland Junction Arts Centre on June 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30 and July 1st and 2nd. There is a chance of an extended season at an alternate venue for the follow week.
Start Date: 2011-06-22
End Date: 2011-07-02

Funny Business the Musical

This fast-paced, comedic romp through office culture features a catchy, original pop-musical score, and five unforgettable characters that you’re bound to recognise from around the water cooler. An exciting and fun new musical, Funny Business is the perfect production for cubicle dwellers and blue collars alike.

Book: Rachel Brittain and Daniel Falk, Music and lyrics: Daniel Abrahamson

Director: Lorna Mackie
Musical Director: Matt Austin
This quirky and cute modern musical is brought to you from Chime Communications Canada, where five ordinary office workers must mount a team-building talent show to save their jobs. Meet Stuart, the lovable yet inappropriate office manager; Marcus, the smooth talking sales rep; Diane, the tough as nails marketing manager; Brie, the perky and scheming receptionist; and Jack, the awkward guitar-playing intern. Together, they must use their hidden talents to sing, dance and manipulate their way through the talent show, which ultimately degenerates into an every-man-for-himself battle of office skills, where only one will walk away without a pink slip. Featuring a sales versus marketing salsa, a foul-mouthed printer puppet, and more office backstabbing than HR can handle, the team must learn to keep it together without tearing each other apart.

“A Runaway hit” – Classical 96FM (Toronto)

“Fresh, tuneful, and full of talent…a guaranteed good time!” – Toronto Star
“Brilliant musical comedy!” – NOW Magazine
“Four stars! A breakout success!” – EYE Weekly


The production will be staged in the studio space at the Subiaco Arts Centre. Dates are July 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16.
Ticket Prices are $26.00 standard and $18.50 concession. Bookings through BOCS Ticketing, (08) 9484 1133

Start Date: 2011-07-06
End Date: 2011-07-16

2011 One Act Season


The Shoemaker’s Daughter

Written and starring Jess Messenger, Directed by Esther Longhurst.

A wacky fairy tale with a mind of it’s own. When two actors set out to tell a fairly straightforward story, havoc ensues as the characters rebel and everything becomes a little too real.

‘Follicle Farm’

Written and directed by Stephan De Jonghe

From the writer who brought you ‘A Lovely Lobster Tale’ and ‘Free Coffee for the Driver’ comes an imaginative and hilarious journey into the secret world of hair growth.

Miss Perth 23

Devised by Phil Barnett, Katie Cameron and Daniel Kershaw, Directed by Daniel Kershaw

What if you could taste words? When a young woman, suffering from a condition known as synaesthesia, meets an older man over a dating website, she quickly becomes obsessed with him–because his words taste delicious.

With special guests: *Fine Edge Theatre Company


‘Sticks and Stones’

(Not appearing Friday night)

Co-written by Jess Messenger and Esther Longhurst, and directed by Jess Messenger. ‘Sticks and Stones’ explores gossip and sexual bullying in the context of internet and social networking sites.

*Fine Edge Theatre Company is a professional TIE project, that has been touring to Western Australian high schools since 1998, operating out of Scripture Union Western Australia. Fine Edge explores the relationship between life and faith utilizing story telling to explore the Values Curriculum Framework.

Start Date: Wednesday 31st August

End Date: Saturday 4th September

Reefer Madness – Phoenix Theatre

Title: Reefer Madness – Phoenix Theatre
Location: Hamilton Hill Memorial Hall, Hamilton Hill
Link out: Click here
Start Date: 2010-10-21
End Date: 2010-10-30

Reefer Madness the musical – Inspired by the original 1936 film of the same name, this raucous musical comedy takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the hysteria caused when clean-cut kids fall prey to marijuana, leading them on a hysterical downward spiral filled with evil jazz music, sex and violence. You won’t be able to resist the spoofy fun of Reefer Madness. The addictive and clever musical numbers range from big Broadway-style showstoppers to swing tunes like “Down at the Ol’ Five and Dime” and the Vegas-style “Listen to Jesus, Jimmy,” featuring J.C. Himself leading a chorus of showgirl angels. This dynamic show will go straight to your head!

Warning: adult content and themes.

Cast List:
Phoebe Jackson, Louisa Fitzhardinge, Matt Lister, Morgan Phillips, Kirilee Lennerts, Daniel Kershaw, Martin Lindsay, Angela Sullen, Chris Southall, Charlotte Kenyon, Roisin Bevan, Mikey Keith, Natalya Moosa, Malcolm Fretz, Lexi Rollins, Andy Gould, Iskandar Sharazuddin

Production Team:
Director – Lorna Mackie
Chore – Joanne Neesham
MD – Matt Austin
Stage Mgr – Bec Alosi