Premiering soon at The Blue Room Theatre for Fringe World, The Dirty Cowboy is a tale of greed and revenge ripping a small town apart. Directed by Performing Lines WA core artist Sally Richardson, this new show weaves original music, Country and Western classics and storytelling to tell a good old fashioned story of heartbreak and murder in the bush.
Thom caught up with renowned performer, musician and writer Tim Solly ahead of the show’s debut at Summer Nights.
Thom: The Dirty Cowboy is hitting The Blue Room Theatre real soon. What can we expect?
Tim: A dark and gritty tale about a man searching for redemption. The story will make you question how much you would risk for love. The songs will shake you to your core and break your heart.
Thom: Where did the idea for the show come about? Tim:After watching the Deadwood TV series and listening to a lot of Johnny Cash and Paul Kelly, I sat deep in a Country and Western world and began writing a lot of dark music about revenge, heartbreak, betrayal, guilt, corruption and love. Then I discovered an article from Michael Leunig called Australia on the verge of combusting and it resonated deeply with me. I thought it was important to comment on whether people value their community anymore.
Thom: You’ve worked across music, TV, film and theatre, including in David Milroy’s Waltzing the Wilarra. What drives you to do what you do? Tim: I love the power of storytelling. The fact that after a day of work, people can leave their everyday world and go on the journey with you through a story is such a powerful experience. As an actor you have the power to pose ethical, moral and emotional ideas with the audience and they might just walk out feeling differently about the world.
Thom: What’s up next after Cowboy wraps? Tim: I begin the search for The Dirty Cowboy’s next life. The dream is for this show to travel nationally and internationally. I would love the opportunity for this story to be told to people all over the world. A Cowboy revolution!
— Images by Triggerpoint Photography
The Dirty Cowboy | Presented by The Blue Room Theatre Summer Nights, SteamWorks Arts and Tim Solly
27 – 31 January | 8pm | The Blue Room Theatre, Northbridge
Our first show in development for the year is Sue Peacock’s latest work not together, not alone. Sparked by the idea that we are not alone in the universe, Sue is exploring a new choreographic language that allows for two solos to be presented simultaneously.
Created with Michael Whaites, this second stage of development also featured WA dancers Jessica Lewis and Matthew Tupper and New South Wales-based artist Martin del Amo as provocateur. Sue also brought in the expertise of magician and illusionist Matt Penny. Taking a break from rehearsals for his new Fringe World show Frank the Mind-reading Hotdog, Matt went through techniques for on-stage illusion, distraction and sleight of hand.
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!
Sensorium Theatre have packed up the beach and travelled down to the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre for a public pilot season of Oddysea.
Previously only available to children in Education Support Centres, we’ve opened the beach for children with special needs and their families and hosted our first early years performances, all with the assistance of Australian Government’s NGCS funding.
We’re trialling a new inclusive performance model that allows parents and siblings of children with disabilities to attend the performance as a family, along with a new method for delivering support materials including the soundtrack and story books.
The early years shows have also been a big hit – Crab and Turtle have met a whole new legion of fans!
We’re further refining both public shows and seeking presentation partners from 2015 and beyond.
Check the image gallery below to see some really lovely images from Jessica Wyld Photography.
We are thrilled to announce that we will be touring The Skeletal System’s Great White by Will O’Mahony to four venues in the South West, accompanied by an extensive community engagement program.
Performing Lines WA were successful in the inaugural Boost funding round for regional touring, a joint initiative of the Department for Culture and the Arts and the Department of Regional Development that will see Royalties for Regions money used to take productions from across all performing art forms to regional areas.
Great White, written and directed by Will O’Mahony and featuring Will, Adriane Daff and Mikala Westall, will tour to Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, Arts Margaret River, the Albany Entertainment Centre and Koorliny Arts Centre in October 2015 – keep an eye out for announcements on our Facebook page when tickets go on sale.
We’re also partnering with the venues and Barefaced Stories to deliver an innovative engagement strategy that will allow local communities to tell their stories across different art forms, media and platforms.
Other recipients of the funding are:
Marrugeku Inc, Broome Marrugeku Inc will tour its latest production of Cut the Sky – Five Songs for the Future to the Peel and Kimberley regions from August 16 to September 14, 2015. Eight performances and workshops will be held in Mandurah, Broome, Mowanjum (Kimberley), and Fitzroy Crossing before the company leaves for Europe to perform in Denmark, Belgium and France.
Cut the Sky explores the impact of climate change from an Indigenous point of view through dance, video art and song.
Gina Williams Contemporary musicians Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse will tour Kalyakoorl, Ngalak Warangka (Forever, we sing) to the South-West, Great Southern and Wheatbelt regions from February 24 to April 20, 2015. The workshop component of the tour is being supported by the Department of Education and will result in one of the language songs, Wanjoo, being taught to primary school children before the tour. A total of 25 performances will take place in 24 regional centres.
Kalyakoorl, Ngalak Warangka is Gina and Guy’s debut album. It was released in April 2014 and is sung almost entirely in Noongar language. Kalyakoorl follows Gina’s personal story of love and loss, reconciliation and hope. The tour is described as contemporary songs and heart stories in Noongar language across Noongar Country.
Performing Lines WA delivers the Managing and Producing Services for theatre and dance artists in WA (Maps for Artists), which is a joint initiative of the Australia Council for the Arts, the Australian Government’s art funding and advisory body, and the State of Western Australia through the Department of Culture and the Arts.