Posted by Thom Smyth, December 11th, 2014
Here are the results of our annual wrap-up of what people around town thought was amazing, exciting and generally a winner in 2014. As is tradition, we’ve also asked for a company or artist to look out for in 2015.
We had a diverse range of responses from across the sector, with Chunky Move’s Keep Everything, choreographed by Antony Hamilton and toured by Performing Lines for Mobile States, the most talked about show of 2014. Eight Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography, written by Declan Greene and produced by Perth Theatre Company and Griffin Theatre Company came in a close second, with Proximity Festival and Punchdrunk’s The House Where Winter Lives very honourable mentions as well.
Who to look out for in 2015? The Cutting Room Floor are getting some serious attention following their breakout hit F*@k Decaf, and Will O’Mahony, The Last Great Hunt and Joe Lui are again on the radar.
Thanks for everyone who gave us their picks. What were your favourites of 2014?
Anna Kosky | Perth Festival
Watch out for: Adam Booth – amazing versatile actor who surprises every time.
Jeffrey Jay Fowler | Black Swan Theatre Company & The Last Great Hunt
Watch out for: The Cutting Room Floor – They’re activating spaces in new ways and giving new writers a chance to see their work on stage.
Ryan Taaffe | Koorliny Arts Centre & CircuitWest Executive Officer
Watch out for: The Last Great Hunt – the combination of creatives means that there should be some more wonderful pieces coming from that stable.
Danielle Micich | Performing Lines WA Core Artist
Watch out for: Will O’Mahony
Tim Carter | Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
Keep Everything – Chunky Move & Performing Lines
Perth Theatre Company‘s entire year – everything was brilliant, though I did particularly enjoy the enigma of White Rabbit, Red Rabbit
Precipice – Rachel Arianne Ogle
To watch: Bianca Martin with her new work From Afar on a Hill, which was developed at PICA earlier this year. I’m excited to see how Bianca will provoke audiences through a series of interactive propositions to earn their way into the theatre, whilst examining the hot topic of immigration policy in Australia.
Watch out for: Antony Hamilton a bold, fearless Artist who will be working with STRUT in 2015 on Fringe World Co_Pro Mi Casa es Su Casa
Stephen Bevis | The West Australian
Watch out for: The Cutting Room Floor – led by Artistic Directors Scott Corbett and Zoe Hollyoak, this independent theatre collective created the fantastic pop-up café comedy F*@k Decaf earlier this year and will dive into 2015 with some promising work at Fringe World.
Henry Boston | Chamber of Arts and Culture WA
Watch out for: I’m really looking forward to Tim Solly’s one man show at Fringe World The Dirty Cowboy (directed by Sally Richardson). Could be a winner…
Georgia Malone | Perth Theatre Company
Watch out for: Perth Theatre Company OF COURSE!! But other than us, The Cutting Room Floor.
Nerida Dickinson | RealTime & ArtsHub
Watch out for: Emma Fishwick
Sally Richardson | Performing Lines WA Core Artist
Eight Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography – Perth Theatre Company & Griffin Theatre Company
Fringe World (loads including Second Coming – Briefs)
King Hit – Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company (and yep, I work for the company)
Watch out for: There are sooo many. The Young Guns – a tie between: The Last Great Hunt, Will O’Mahony/The Skeletal System, and Joe Lui/Renegade Productions; and Danielle Micich/Night Train Productions.
Michael Barlow | Spare Parts Puppet Theatre
Mary Wolfla | Buzz Dance Theatre
Watch out for: Tarryn Runkel – she’s doing really interesting cross artform work around immigration, and I can’t wait to see what she does next.