Great White Q&A | Will O’Mahony & Adriane Daff

Posted by Thom Smyth, October 27th, 2015


The Great White tour is currently on the road and the cast and crew look like they are having a pretty great time! Will and Adriane had a chat with Rachel about the tour.

RA | What was your first theatrical experience?
WO | Dancing to Grease Lightning as a 5 year old to an audience made up of my family, I played Kenickie
AD | I was a total childhood suburban dance school tragic. I’ve been step ball-changing my way across the boards since I can remember.

RA | What are you most excited about for this tour?
WO | Developing a keen new love for country music with Joe Lui
AD |  The travel. The show. The pals.

RA | What cant you live without on tour?
WO | My warchest of smalls
AD | My phone. It’s the new iphone 6s plus. It’s amazing.



RA | Have you performed in any of these venues before? Could you tell us a bit about it?
AD | Mandurah! I have spent nearly every summer of my life in Falcon, which is nearby so I feel pretty close to MPAC. I was there earlier in the year with The Last Great Hunt’s ‘Elephents’

RA | Are there any local highlights you are keen to visit along the way?
WO | I want to climb Bluff Knoll
AD | Any op shop that will have me. They are pretty special out that way.

Interview | Mikala Westall | Great White

Posted by Thom Smyth, October 8th, 2015

Great White hits the road soon! We caught up with Mikala Westall before she heads out to the south west. Keep an eye out for our interviews with the rest of the cast coming up soon.

RA | What was your first theatrical experience?
MW | When I was in primary school I played Jesus in a recreation of the stages of the cross. It was one of those performances made up of a series of tableaux and the audience had to close their eyes when the bell rang so we could change places. However, my Grandad was filming the whole thing throughout, including the changes. It makes for some very contemporary theatre.
It occurs to me now how morbid it is for a seven year old to emulate being crucified. I took it very seriously at the time.

RA | What are you most excited about for this tour?
MW | Well, firstly, getting the old team back together. The beauty of the script is that it gets better every time. Will is so open to developing the script with everyone and over the years I feel like it has changed slightly every time to reflect our own personalities and strengths as performers.
Plus, I’m super excited for all the mixed Cd’s I’ve made for the drive. I hope everyone likes disco….

RA | What can’t you live without on tour?
MW | I think for this tour in particular the most important items would be a pair of bathers (keeping my fingers crossed for good weather) and a copy of Settlers of Catan (great board game, I’m going to wipe the floor with everyone else).


RA | Have you performed in any of these Venues before?
MW | I’ve never performed regionally before and I’m sorry to say I’ve never seen any theatre in any of the towns we’re visiting! I’m incredibly excited to see all the venues and hopefully have a chat to some of the audience members after the show.

RA | Any local highlights you are keen to visit?
MW | Pretty much any op shop we pass. You can never have too many Kamal vinyls and old lady jumpers.

Interview : Sarah Nelson | Mobile Moments

Posted by Thom Smyth, October 8th, 2015

Sarah Nelson’s Mobile Moments is taking to the road in WA’s South West (along with Barefaced Stories!) to accompany the tour of The Skeletal System’s Great White by Will O’Mahony.  These projects will all feature local community members and explore the themes raised the show. Performing Lines WA’s Rachel Audino had a chat with Sarah about the upcoming tour and the origins of show.

RA | Can you tell us a bit about the show and where it all began?
SN | Mobile Moments is a film portraiture project on a bike that was conceived and developed in 2011 for an Artist Residency with DADAA Ltd. in Derby, Kimberley WA. DADAA where so generous in supporting in the concept, investing in the bike and allowing me the freedom to experiment with the idea and explore a place and meet the people for a whole month! The outcome resulted in series of films projected onto the bike as a part of MarshArt Festival. Since then the project has been programmed as a part of Proximity Festival and The Blue Room Theatre Summer Nights program.

RA| What do you have planned for the tour and how does it tie in with Great White?
SN | I will be exploring the south west travelling to Mandurah, Albany and Margaret River a week before the Great White performances. So I will be shooting and making the short films in time for screening in the foyers of each venue the show will be performing at.
The experience on the bike has always included the same series of short questions I ask every participant. I will be adding to my wee conversational repertoire to include questions that relate to themes in the show. The short films are a series of shots cut to music and do not include people’s verbal responses, but rather their expressions, reactions and thoughts to these questions and their experience on the bike.

RA | What can’t you live without on tour?
SN | Toothbrush, books, camera, music, and for long tours….movies or the latest TV series addiction!

RA | What location are you most looking forward to visiting? Do you have any other plans whilst on tour?
SN | Them all! I love travelling the south west but I’m particularly looking forward to Albany and the drive to Margaret River.

Check out some more Mobile Moments!



Mandurah | 11 October 2015
| 19 October 2015
Margaret River | 23 – 24 October 2015

Check Facebook or for exact times and locations!

Great White to tour South West in 2015!

Posted by Thom Smyth, November 6th, 2014

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.

See the Department of Culture and the Arts’ media release for more info.

Interview: Will O’Mahony | The Skeletal System

Posted by Thom Smyth, February 13th, 2014

Will O’Mahony had a breakthrough year in 2013, with two sellout productions at The Blue Room Theatre with his company The Skeletal System – The Improved (as part of Fringe World 2013) and Great White – and a swag of award wins and nominations, including five Equity Award nominations for Best Production, Best Director and Best Actor. Thom Smyth (TS) caught up with him as Great White returns to Perth stages at PICA Performance Space for The Blue Room Theatre Summer Nights at Fringe World. Great White runs until Saturday 15 February.

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TS | Great White is resurfacing for Fringe World 2014 at PICA. How has it changed since its original  season at The Blue Room Theatre?

WO’M | I’ve just tweaked the given circumstances so that every character shares a relationship with the play’s central question: Is it ever ok to take the life of another? There are of course minor changes throughout the script and design, but I think Great White is now the play it was always trying to be.

TS | Young love vs a fin. Does it stay strong when a hungry fish approaches?

WO’M | I think we take terms like love for granted. Maybe we need more hungry fish to test love, and our definitions of it. Maybe love should be as scary as a fin – if you’re doing it right.

TS | What is ‘greatness’ to you? Does this idea play a lot on your mind?

WO’M | There’s this quote that I can’t quite get out of my head and it goes something like this: Don’t be surprised when the kindest act toward you in your life comes from an outsider not interested in reciprocation. I’ve been wondering for a long time whether greatness can be as simple as acknowledging that that person over there is just as real as you.

TS | Sharks are a hot topic at the moment. How do you navigate the hype surrounding this politically-charged subject?

WO’M | The play was written well before the shark culling controversy surfaced so I feel it remains artistic rather than intellectualised or deliberately political. I want art that tilts, that offers a different perspective. If Great White prompts audiences to reconsider their position on this issue then it has done one of its jobs.

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TS | Creating an entirely aquatic environment within the confines of a very landlocked theatre venue is no mean feat. How did you approach this unique design challenge?

WO’M | I’m a firm believer in using the theatre to awaken and empower the imaginations of the audience. We needed something that looked like water, moved like water, sounded like water, but wasn’t water. When designer Alicia Clements presented me with a bag of blue balloons I knew she’d found our set.

TS | You’ve been named as someone to watch in 2014. Is that a big burden of expectation or a door-opening blessing?

WO’M | I think I’m now old enough to appreciate that the doors you speak of never open easy. You’ve still got to boot them hard and hope you won’t break your foot. But it’s nice to know that there are people who believe in my work and development and if anything I don’t want to embarrass them by taking any of this for granted.


Great White runs until Saturday 15 February at PICA Performance Space.