- Western Australian story, from Albany-based author Dianne Wolfer, to tour regional WA
- The Lighthouse Girl was developed as part of the Anzac Centenary commemorations (2014-18)
With Anzac Day fast approaching, audiences across regional Western Australia will get the opportunity to enjoy the acclaimed Lighthouse Girl production.
Black Swan State Theatre Company has been funded $197,147 through the Regional and Remote Touring Fund to tour The Lighthouse Girl to seven regional venues across WA.
The Lighthouse Girl is a Western Australian story set in Albany, adapted by WA writer Hellie Turner. It is based on the award-winning novels from Albany-based author Dianne Wolfer, published by Fremantle Press. The show enjoyed sell-out world premiere seasons in both Albany and Perth in 2017.
The production was developed as part of the Anzac Centenary commemorations (2014-18), with support from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and the Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund. This marks 100 years since Australia's involvement in the First World War ended.
The production will tour from April 17-May 5, 2018 to (in order of date):
- Esperance Civic Centre;
- Albany Entertainment Centre;
- Mandurah Performing Arts Centre;
- Cummins Theatre, Merredin;
- Matt Dann Theatre & Cinema, Port Hedland;
- Red Earth Arts Precinct, Karratha; and
- Broome Civic Centre.
The Regional and Remote Touring Fund is a scheme of the Creative Regions program. It is designed to increase the number and variety of performances touring to regional WA, providing opportunities for those communities to attend performances produced by small-to-medium and major performing arts companies.
Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman:
"The McGowan Government supports opportunities for regional and remote communities to access performing arts that tell their own stories in their own towns and communities.
"A unique opportunity for Albany audiences to see a story written by a local author, brought to life on their local stage and shared on other stages throughout regional WA.
"This is a uniquely Western Australian story, written by a wonderful Western Australian writer that is shared at a very special time of the year, where we remember and commemorate the Anzac story."
Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
"The Creative Regions program is delivering real and measurable results with significant increases in regional audience attendance, bringing more creative energy to the regions.
"The McGowan Government understands the value in regional and remote communities making their own decisions on their performing arts' needs."
Culture and the Arts Minister's office - 6552 5400
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200