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Joseph Kesselring

Róisín and Sinéad Bevan

Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring is the story of two delightful, elderly Brooklyn sisters whose acts of kindness include the poisoning of lonely old men who answer their ad for a room to rent. With a clear conscience, they congratulate themselves on having saved yet another soul from loneliness by dispatching them to their heavenly destiny. Their nephew Mortimer, a theatre critic, has fallen in love with the girl who lives next door to his aunts, Elaine Harper, and has taken to visiting frequently. The drama takes place when Mortimer discovers the extent of his aunts’ charity work, and in a frantic effort to contain the situation, endeavours to have his brother Teddy, who is quite openly mad, held responsible and committed to Happy Dale Sanitorium. Life is never that straightforward, however, and it is on this very eve that the malicious, long lost brother Jonathan reappears looking for shelter in the home of his aunts. He brings with him his accomplice Dr Einstein and some baggage of his own he needs to dispose of in a hurry…

(This is a black comedy/farce, suitable for general audiences)
Blak Yak Theatre Inc.* presents to you Arsenic and Old Lace at the Midland Junction Arts Centre, corner of Cale Street and Great Eastern Highway, Midland on June 17th, 18th, 19th, 24th, 25th, 26that 8:00pm and June 20th and 27th at 2:00pm.

Cicely Binford as Abby Brewster
Marilyn Flynne as Martha Brewster
Tristan Pearcy as Mortimer Brewster
Alan Malcolm as Jonathan Brewster
Rory Innes as Teddy Brewster
John Bevan as Dr Einstein
Róisín Bevan as Elaine Harper
Kallum Mansfield as Officer O’Hara
Brad Green as Officer Brophy
Peter King as Officer Klein
Ray Rummer as Dr Reverend Harper and Lieutenant Rooney
Steve Osborne as Mr Witherspoon and Mr Gibbs

For further information, please email arsenic_and_old_lace@hotmail.com
*By arrangement with Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd, on behalf of Dramatists Play Service, Inc. New York.

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Midland Junction Arts Centre, cnr Cale St & Great Eastern Hwy, Midland

Title: Reefer Madness – MJAC
Location: Midland Junction Arts Centre
Buy Tickets: Click here
Start Date: 2010-10-07
End Date: 2010-10-16

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 – Megan Blackman – Heath, Matt Austin
Stage Mgr – Bec Alosi

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

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

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


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 www.bocsticketing.com.au


David Harrower

Dean Schulze

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

Performing at Subiaco Art Centre

Kenneth Lonergan


Scott Northover

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.


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


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


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

Theo Maske is definitely a man who is going places, he’s a Junior Clerk with the Government, he has a pretty young wife and, once he finds a boarder for his spare room, he’ll have some extra cash to start a family. But all is not well for Theo; see, his wife’s underpants just won’t stay up. Louise Maske, Theo’s wife, finds her underpants have fallen to her ankles during a parade for the King. Was it an accident, or was Louise looking for her 15 minutes of fame? Add two young potential boarders who are vying for Theo’s room – or should that be his wife – as well as a nosy upstairs neighbour, and you’ve got a very funny look at the confusion and uproar caused by a simple flash of a lady’s underpants.

Adapted by comic genius Steve Martin from a 1910 German farce, The Underpants is an hilariously politically incorrect commentary on feminism, politics, sexism, and the human race’s fascination with fame.

“We live in a world where Big Brother and other reality TV programs are phenomenally popular and we are constantly being inundated by these minor celebrities. The Underpants deals with the idea of fame and its transient nature,” says director Tim Edwards.

The Underpants is a change of direction for Blak Yak Theatre, perhaps best known for their original stage adaptations of well known movies, such as The Last Supper and Dead Poets Society, as well as popular television shows like Red Dwarf, Frontline and Men Behaving Badly. However, this innovative company is pleased to have the opportunity to be the first to present this very funny, very clever play.

Performing at the Drama Workshop, Murdoch University


Steve Martin

Tim Edwards

Blak Yak Theatre presents

The Underpants
By Steve Martin



Long Before J. K. Rowling, Terry Pratchett was writing books about wizards and witches. Since 1983, Pratchett has written over 30 books set on the Discworld, a flat medieval world where magic rules supreme. Not only are his books insightful, commenting on and often parodying modern situations, they are extremely funny. And with 27 million books sold, they’re also extremely popular.

In 1997 Blak Yak Theatre mounted the first Australian production of a Terry Pratchett stageplay. Mort was an enormous success and, over the years, was followed by Guards! Guards!, Wyrd Sisters, Maskerade, Sourcery and Hogfather. Now, Blak Yak is proud to present the latest in its popular series of Pratchett plays: The Truth.

William de Worde is the accidental editor of the Discworld’s first newspaper. Now he must cope with the traditional perils of a journalist’s life – people who want him dead, a reformed vampire with a suicidal fascination for flash photography, some more people who want him dead in different ways and, worst of all, a man who keeps begging him to publish photographs of his amusingly-shaped vegetables.

Complicating matters are two Pulp Fictionesque hit men stalking the city’s Machiavellian Patrician, a talking dog, a zombie who writes the obituaries – including what people have been up to since they died, an up-front female reporter, dwarfs, trolls, werewolves, Foul Ol’ Ron, and a cast of thousands . . . alright, hundreds . . . ok 49.


Performing at KADS

Terry Pratchett

Melissa Merchant & Tim Edwards

Blak Yak Theatre returns to the Maylands Sun Room for a short season of one-act plays. After the success of “Picasso at the Lapin Agile”, we’re intending to make available to our audience a bar and cabaret-style seating. Please feel free to join in the fun and bring your favourite gourmet victuals or greasy grub (no byo drinks, sorry).

The evening’s entertainment shall consist of “Man Woman Flower”, a comedy written by Dan LaRocque and directed by Tim Edwards. Starring Nick Donald, Anna Krakowski, Melissa Merchant, Peter Niblett and Megan Riley as art gallery patrons whose discussions of the works on display soon turn into discussions of… other matters.

After intermission (where the aforementioned bar shall be prominently patronised) we have “Never Ever”, a comedy written and directed by Melissa Merchant. Starring Erin Gray, Lisa Pope, Megan Riley, Sherryl Spencer, Alexa Taylor, and Kim Wallace, six women partake of a drinking game with secrets revealed and friendships put to the test.

These two one-act plays will be performed for Two Nights Only! Friday & Saturday, August 26 & 27, starting at 8pm. All tickets are a flat $10 and you don’t need me to tell you that everyone involved would heartily appreciate as much support as you can give. Bookings can be made on 0500 52 52 59 (as always) but tickets will be available at the door. That’s at The Sun Room, corner of Sixth Ave & Whatley Cres, Maylands. See you there.




From the people who brought you Red Dwarf.

“This is an SOS distress call from the mining ship Red Dwarf. The crew are dead, killed by a radiation leak. The only survivors were Dave Lister, who was in suspended animation during the disaster, and his pregnant cat who was safely sealed in the hold. Revived three million years later, Lister’s only companions are a life form who evolved from his cat, and Arnold Rimmer, a hologram simulation of his dead bunk mate.

“On our journey back to Earth, we have encountered many strange and bizarre things. Only last month we came across a moon which was shaped exactly like Felicity Kendall’s bottom. We flew around that one a couple of times.”

The boys from the Dwarf are back and this time, they’ve brought a friend . . . .

Performed at KADS



Doug Naylor & Rob Grant

Tim Edwards

The company who brought you Amadeus, Red Dwarf, The Last Supper, and the humour, poetry, beauty and heartbreak of Dead Poets Society, proudly present their latest production, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST is an intense and emotional play based on the classic American novel written by Ken Kesey. The story is set in a Mental Hospital and explores the complex issues of institutionalised mental health treatment and the delicate nature of the human psyche. Through the alternately humorous and heart-wrenching tale of one rebellious patient’s life-or-death power struggle with the ward’s domineering head nurse, the powerful and dramatic script faithfully brings to life the colourful characters from the popular novel.

Based on Ken Kesey’s novel, Dale Wasserman’s script inspired the popular 1975 movie, starring Jack Nicholson, of which many people are familiar. Despite winning five Academy Awards (including Best Picture), the film is often considered to fall second to the humour, emotion and power of the original stageplay. You’ll just have to come and judge for yourself….

Starring Jason Bouwhuis, Angela Clegg, Kurtis Crisafulli, Olivia Darby, Nick Donald, Sean Haining, Troy Hall, Emma Herriman, Cary Hudson, Kenney Jordan, David McGarr, Peter Niblett, Sally Sainsbury, Eddie Stowers, Andrew Watson, & Stephen Whiley. Performed at Subiaco Art Centre


Dale Wasserman

Jemma Gurney


Summer, 1962. Malibu Beach. Sun, surf, sand, and ‘Chicklet’ Forrest wants nothing more than to learn to ‘shoot the curl’. Ride the waves. And who better to study under than the Great Kanaka? The macho king of the surfers, who rode the killer wave off the coast of Bali… handcuffed.

But something isn’t right…

People are turning up shaved from head to toe by a mysterious assailant. The star of “Sex-Kittens Go To Outer Space” has disappeared from the set of her latest film. Surfers are coming out of the closet. And who, exactly, is Ann Bowman, the dominatrix who has risen to claim her birthright: World Domination?

The big luau is only days away. Will our heroes thwart her evil scheme in time? Will Chicklet learn to surf? Will they still have time to prepare the finger foods? Will any of these questions be answered?

Blak Yak is proud to present this bizarre hybrid of the best the Sixties had to offer: beach movies, bikinis, psychological melodramas, bikinis, surf guitar, bikinis, laughter, and… surfing. Not to mention the bikinis!


Charles Busch

Nick Donald

Blak Yak Theatre and the Kalamunda Dramatic Society have combined their resources and talent for a season of one-act plays.

Performance dates are Friday and Saturday, August 29 & 30, and September 5 & 6, at 8pm at KADS Theatre (Town Square, Kalamunda, just off Barber St).

As with all productions at KADS, tickets are strictly limited, and can be booked by phoning Nightingales Pharmacy (Kalamunda) on 9293 2621. All tickets are $18 (which includes Kalamunda’s famous fish & chip dinner) giving you:


A comedy by Ed Monk, directed by Tim Edwards

After a romantic dinner, Brad and Carol start to argue about where their illicit affair is going. Then things start to get weird….

Starring Troy Hall and Kim Wallace (plus a surprise special guest or two).


A half hour period, during which the audience will be served with Kalamunda’s very finest fish & chips (cost included in the price of your ticket).

“Two Women and a Chair”

Drama by Michael Olsen, directed by Michael McAllan.

Jessie and Martine arrive at an audition to discover only an empty room with a mysterious chair. It soon becomes clear that this is no ordinary audition – or is it an audition at all?

Starring Julia Dalby & Jenny McCann

“Men Behaving Badly”

A comedy by Simon Nye, adapted from the TV show and directed by Jarrod Buttery.

(Two men and a television?) Tony and Gary have to make a choice between going out with their girlfriends, or, sitting at home, drinking beer, and watching Star Trek. Not much of a choice at all….

Starring Alex Jones, Nick Donald, Jemma Gurney & Nisha Rivett





This production is the World Premiere of the stage version of the independent cult film hit of 1999. Human Traffic follows the lives of five main characters – friends trapped in dead-end jobs in today’s Britain.

As depressing as they find their workdays, they are upbeat about their friendship and their shared ritual of weekend partying. Their lives revolve around the expectation toward, and enjoyment of, the Friday night rave. It’s an hilarious comedy, and commentary, about today’s hypocritical standards and social situations, underpinned throughout by modern music.

Human Traffic will be staged at the brand new venue: The Powerbox, in the Bakery Artrage Complex, 233 James St, Northbridge, on November 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29, Dec 3, 4, 5.


Justin Kerrigan

Alex Jones

On board the spaceship Red Dwarf, crewman Dave Lister is sentenced to suspended animation for jeopardising strict quarantine regulations by smuggling his pet cat on board. Three million years later, Dave is awakened to find that a radiation leak has killed the entire crew and that Red Dwarf never returned to Earth. Accompanied only by a vindictive sentient hologram, a humanoid cat descended and evolved from his original pet, and the ship’s sarcastic computer, Dave starts the long journey home….

An hilarious sci-fi comedy adapted from the cult TV series and directed by Tim Edwards (director of Picasso at the Lapin Agile), Red Dwarf stars Nick Donald as Dave Lister, Alex Jones as Arnold J. Rimmer, Chris Thomas as Cat, and Jarrod Buttery as Holly, with guest appearance by Rayann Condy as Kristine Kochanski. Also featuring Scott Northover, Sean Haining, Jemma Gurney and Julia Dalby.



Doug Naylor & Rob Grant

Tim Edwards


by special arrangement with Grant Naylor Productions:

Red Dwarf

From the original scripts by Rob Grant & Doug Naylor

Adapted by Nick Donald & Tim Edwards

Directed by Tim Edwards, performed at KADS

In seedy late 1950s Soho, Silver Johnny is the rising star of Ezra’s club. He is fast becoming a hot commodity and Ezra’s club turns into the battleground.

Carefully guarded by the club’s owner and his gang of henchmen and hangers-on, they struggle for the big time.

Loyalties are betrayed as deals get made – all with the most fatal consequences.

Mojo takes us on a brutally funny journey through violent backrooms of the fledgling British Rock’n’Roll business.

Eight performances at the atmospheric “nightclub-like” Mechanics Institute in Guildford, followed by an additional 4 performances in the very appropriate Brass Monkey Hotel (bar available!!!!!)


Jez Butterworth

Michael McAllan


Most people will remember the popular 1989 movie, Dead Poets Society, starring Robin Williams as a teacher in an exclusive boys’ school, who inspires his students to think outside their normal boundaries. Screenwriter Tom Schulman won a well-deserved Academy Award for his original script, and the film was also nominated for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor (Robin Williams).

When Blak Yak Theatre approached Mr Schulman with a request to mount a stage adaptation, he was flattered, gracious and happy to assist. His only request being that we donate all royalties to a September 11 disaster relief charity of his choice.

Unfortunately, Disney, who released the movie, have forbidden us to use the title. So….

The company who brought you Amadeus and The Last Supper, and the screenwriter who brought you the award winning film Dead Poets Society, bring you all the humour, poetry, beauty and heartbreak of the stage version; CARPE DIEM.

In an exclusive private boys’ school in 1950s America, six best friends live their lives by the schools’ motto: tradition, honour, discipline. Until one unique teacher (played in the film by Robin Williams) encourages them to look inside themselves for something more. Under his guidance, and through the words of a hundred dead poets, they form a new creed: truth, beauty, love.

But the world they live in is a confined one. As their newfound freedom grows, a shadow looms which will make them question everything they have been taught and everything they hold dear; their friendships, their futures, and even their lives…….

Starring Nick Christo, John Carlstein, Jemma Craig, Nick Donald, Troy Hall, Anthony Harwood, Adam McGurk, Mel Merchant, Scott Northover and Dean Schulze, and with the kind cooperation of Playlovers Inc, Blak Yak Theatre present eight performances of CARPE DIEM. We hope you can be our guests.


Tom Schulman

Rayann Condy

Set in Vienna of the 18th Century, Antonio Salieri (Court Composer to Emperor Joseph II) recounts the events leading to the untimely death of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – a tale that involves gluttony, jealousy, adultery, murder and suicide, and some of the most exquisite music the world has ever heard. KADS.

Peter Shaffer

Louise C. Carson


adapted from Terry Pratchetts novel by Nick Donald

Nick Donald

Blak Yak Theatre Inc. Presents

Terry Pratchett’s


Be good…. For goodness’ sake….

Nexus Theatre, Murdoch University

Reservations on 0500 52 52 59 (local call cost)

Royalties paid to Perth Zoo’s Orang-Utan progamme

Nexus Theatre, Murdoch University

Yes, it’s Spring, and the time of year when all young thespians find their minds turning to… One-Act Plays.

For two nights only at the (under new management) Don Russell Performing Arts Centre in Thornlie, Blak Yak Theatre presents 3 beauties (plays, that is):

A certainty for weirdest title, “The Education of Skinny Spew”, by Howard Brenton, tells the story of our titular protagonist a’la “The World According to Garp” (but only in about 25 minutes).




Yes, it’s Spring, and the time of year when all young thespians find their minds turning to… One-Act Plays.

For two nights only at the (under new management) Don Russell Performing Arts Centre in Thornlie, Blak Yak Theatre presents 3 beauties (plays, that is):

A certainty for weirdest title, “The Education of Skinny Spew”, by Howard Brenton, tells the story of our titular protagonist a’la “The World According to Garp” (but only in about 25 minutes).

Blak Yak has also enticed the services of two Guest Productions to round out the evening:

“They’re Playing Our Song”, recently staged at Melville Theatre, presents four hilarious stories about the sex lives of four married couples and their lack of… um, …what was the word?… er,… communication!

Whereas “Disposal”, by Michael O’Brien, (recently playing to a sell-out season at KADS) presents a murder mystery worthy of the Twilight Zone.

Two nights only, from the club that brought you “Amadeus” (we’re gonna milk that reputation as much as we can…)

Don Russel Performing Arts

Have you ever met a racist? A chauvinist? A homophobe? Couldn’t you just KILL them!
Blak Yak Theatre is proud to present the Australian Premiere of THE LAST SUPPER. Adapted from the 1995 cult movie written by Dan Rosen, the play follows five house-sharing university students who invite a different guest for dinner and discussion every week. After arguing with, and accidentally killing a violent, racist guest, the students decide that this may just be the way to rid the world of undesirable people…
A black comedy containing adult themes, strong language and dinner guests you’d happily throttle.


Dan Rosen

Leah Maher

Preview Night: Wednesday 23 Feb (all tickets $8).

Black Tie and Complimentary Champagne Opening: Friday 25 Feb.

Kwinana Arts Centre

Director David Ryding and talented cast challenge the common beliefs of this Oscar Wilde classic and turn them on their head (as we’re sure Wilde himself would have loved). A must for Wilde-fans, and highly recommended for anyone with an interest in playing with audiences‘ expectations. As usual, our first Friday performance (May 12) will be our gala champagne evening. Performed at Don Russel Performing Arts Centre


Oscar Wilde

David Ryding

In 1954 against the hype and excitement of the Queen’s Australian tour, a group of pregnant girls wait out their confinements while working in the laundry of a Catholic home for unwed mothers.

A funny play that deals with social issues including adoption, incest and racial and religious tolerance. 1950s music features throughout the production.


Sue Rider

Kimberley Shaw

Performed at Kwinana Community Arts Centre

One Big Family. “Ratings are down and the heads must roll at the Frontline office, but nothing gets in the way of the new Network promo…” Adapted from the hit TV comedy written by Rob Sitch, Tom Gleisner, Jane Kennedy & Santo Cilauro, directed by Amy Leeder and starring acast of thousands.

Can You Hear You The Music? “Everyone has their dreams; whether it be applause from anaudience, long iced drinks, safety from the world, or a life amongst the titled rich. This is no exception for the six mice living in the loft…” Written by David Campton, directed by Geraldine LeCouteur, and starring Geoff Leeder, Lyn Colson, Ray Condy, Sam Bailey, Michael Lee and Rebecca Trigwell.

The Interview. “A man sits alone in a bar, relaxing after work, when he is approached by a mysterious businessman who informs him that he has come to “interview” him for a position at an unnamed company. What follows is a shrewd cat-and-mouse game that leaves the first man fighting for his very life.” Written by G. Riley Mills, directed by Michael McAllan and starring Neil McDonald alongside Nick Donald.

Performed at Don Russel Performing Arts Centre


Blak Yak has been running productions for years, so check out our current season below, or take a walk down memory lane with our past productions.

If you are interested in being involved next year, check out the submission page for next season.

Current Season

    Forthcoming Seasons


      Past Seasons:














      • La Ronde (Director: Paul Treasure)
      • Love’s Labours Lost (Director: Grant Malcolm)
      • Deus Ex Quanta (Director: Nick Donald)
      • Wyrd Sisters (Director: Daniel Sloan)


      • Mort (Director: Jarrod Buttery)
      • Miss Bosnia (Director: Kimberley Shaw)
      • Guards! Guards! (Director: Nick Donald)


      • Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead (Director: Nick Donald)
      • Daisy Pulls it Off (Director: Kimberley Shaw)


      • The Creature Creeps (Director: Suzie Maher)
      • The Taming of the Shrew (Director: Tim Schokker)
      • Bumpy Angels (Director: Kimberley Shaw)

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