WA Decides – Top Picks of 2014

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

The House Where Winter LivesPunchdrunk
Proximity Festival
King HitYirra Yaakin Theatre Company

Watch out for: Adam Booth – amazing versatile actor who surprises every time.


Jeffrey Jay Fowler | Black Swan Theatre Company & The Last Great Hunt

Eight Gigabytes of Hardcore PornographyPerth Theatre Company & Griffin Theatre Company
Blue Smoke Tour – Dolly Parton
Barefaced Stories – No specific edition, just their entire presence

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

Jasper JonesBarking Gecko Theatre Company
Great WhiteThe Skeletal System
FarmSpare Parts Puppet Theatre

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

Giving Up the Ghosts – Owl Productions
Keep Everything – Chunky Move & Performing Lines
Eight Gigabytes Of Hardcore PornographyPerth Theatre Company & Griffin Theatre Company

Watch out for: Will O’Mahony


Tim Carter | Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts

Keep EverythingChunky MovePerforming Lines
Perth Theatre Company‘s entire year – everything was brilliant, though I did particularly enjoy the enigma of White Rabbit, Red Rabbit
PrecipiceRachel 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.


Paul Selwyn Norton | Strut Dance
Decadance – Batsheva Dance Company
Keep Everything – Chunky Move & Performing Lines
Onefivezeroseven – Barking Gecko Theatre Company

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

Eight Gigabytes of Hardcore PornographyPerth Theatre Company & Griffin Theatre Company
Decadance – Batsheva Dance Company
Situation RoomsRimini Protokoll

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.

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Henry Boston | Chamber of Arts and Culture WA

Keep Everything – Chunky Move & Performing Lines
Wish Perth Theatre Company & Night Train Productions
PUBLIC: Art in the CityFORM

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

Eight Gigabytes of Hardcore PornographyPerth Theatre Company & Griffin Theatre Company
F*ck DecafThe Cutting Room Floor
2 One AnotherSydney Dance Company

Watch out for: Perth Theatre Company OF COURSE!! But other than us, The Cutting Room Floor.


Nerida Dickinson | RealTime & ArtsHub

Proximity Festival
Hipbone Sticking OutBig hArt
What I See When I Look At SoundPerth Institute of Contemporary Art
Honourable mention: Uncle Jack – Ross Lonnie

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 HitYirra 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.


CHUNKY-MOVE-Keep-Everything_341-580x386Michael Barlow | Spare Parts Puppet Theatre

Hipbone Sticking OutBig hArt
Entanglement – Jacob Lehrer & David Corbet
Keep Everything – Chunky Move & Performing Lines

Watch out for: Joe Lui and Unkempt Dance


Mary Wolfla | Buzz Dance Theatre

The House Where Winter LivesPunchdrunk 
Proximity Festival
Keep EverythingChunky Move & Performing Lines

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.



Danielle Micich announced as new AD of Force Majeure

Posted by Thom Smyth, December 11th, 2014

Performing Lines WA is sending a massive congratulations to our core artist Danielle Micich on the announcement of her appointment as the new Artistic Director and CEO of Sydney-based dance theatre company Force Majeure.

We’ve worked with Danielle over the last few years, producing a number of works including Shiver and the recent premiere season of Overexposed.

Danielle takes over from outgoing Artistic Director and company founder Kate Champion. We wish Danielle all the best in her new role…we’re so excited!

For more information, click here.

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