ABOUT LAYNE DIXON
‘I’m currently an Arts Management trainee at Perth Festival and a disability advocate. My role involves looking after the behind-the-scenes stuff such as production, ticketing and digital communications. I also collaborate with the Connect Producer, Jenna and Community Engagement Coordinator, Ellie in building the Connect Program. ….it’s pretty exciting to be able to speak on the behalf of people living with a disability!’
DID YOU KNOW
Perth Festival is one of the first organisations in THE WORLD to offer access bookings online! This means, all Auslan interpreted, captioning, audio description, tactile tour, wheelchair and companion card bookings can now be booked online, over the phone, in person or via email. Our friends who live with disabilities have shared overwhelming feedback about how much easier it’s been to plan their summer with us this year!
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Helpful hint: Promo codes When booking an Auslan interpreted & audio description ticket use the below codes; AUSLAN & AUDIO
An extraordinary adventure that takes Cathelijn across the world and deep inside herself, on a journey of self-realisation and self-determination. Part fairy-tale, part mad-cap adventure story, HOUSE is a heart-felt and hilarious tale of loneliness, friendship and flying houses.
Opening caption: Sun 7 Feb, 2pm
Audio described performance: Wed 10 Feb 6.30pm
Tactile tour: Wed 10 Feb 5.30pm
Auslan interpreted performance: Tue 9 Feb 6.30pm
Relaxed performance: Sun 7 Feb 2pm
THE LITTLE MERMAID
A real-life Little Mermaid adapted for children by Freeze Frame Opera. This is a coming-of-age tale about balancing adventure and responsibility as children grow up and leave home. Perth Festival will provide access services including a performance with an AUSLAN interpreter, a pre-show tactile tour, and an audio described show.
Audio described performance: Sun 21 Feb 2pm
Tactile tour: Sun 21 Feb 1pm
Auslan Interpreted performance: Sat 20 Feb 11am
A slow-burning drama about second chances and unconditional love. Nadine returns home to reconnect with her daughter. This evocative new work brings together a multi-facted WA creative team from different backgrounds that identify with and support the trans and queer communities to one stage. Don’t miss out!
Open caption: Thu 25 Feb 7.30pm
Audio described performance: Fri 26 Feb 7.30pm
Tactile tour: Fri 26 Feb 6.30pm
Auslan Interpreted performance: Tue 23 Feb 7.30pm
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A theatrical feast inspired by the experiences of Perth’s African-Australian community. Written and performed by Mararo Wangai, joined live onstage by musician Mahamudo Selimane, two men find their way forward and let go of their past. This soulful and nourishing show celebrates personal resilience and private victories through music and stories.
Audio described performance: Sat 27 Feb 7.30pm
Tactile tour: Sat 27 Feb 6.30pm Auslan
Interpreted performance: Thu 25 Feb 7.30pm
Children of the Sea
Inspired by true stories, Children of the Sea brings together a stellar team of extraordinary young performers from migrant and refugee backgrounds. A chilling, yet playful theatre performance following their journey to Australia by boat performed in English, Urdu, Farsi, Kirundi and Congolese.
Audio described performance: Fri 12 Feb 7.00pm
Tactile tour: Fri 12 Feb 6.00pm
Auslan Interpreted performance: Thu 11 Feb 7.00pm
The Truman Show meets an escape room live on stage – and everyone can be part of the action. Whistleblower is a theatrical role-playing game where one willing audience member becomes the star in a live film while the rest of us help create the action. With every show there are 27 interactive tickets with one allocated to our friends with disability. Tickets are selling fast! Limited time only until Jan.
Audio described performance: Fri 26 Feb 7.00pm
Tactile tour: Fri 26 Feb 6.00pm
Auslan interpreted performance: Sun 21 Feb 5.30pm
Be immersed by music and storytelling as Mama Stitch brings a heartfelt drama of memories and mother’s advice. Pop on a set of headphones and join the show creators and community for a cup of tea and homemade toast with jam while you listen to the script. Then write a letter under the title ‘Dear Mum…’ which will be displayed anonymously in the space.
Tactile tour: Sat 20 Feb 5.30pm
Auslan interpreted performance: Fri 19 Feb 6.30pm
The Other Film Festival
A week-long celebration of disability access and awareness in the arts! Enjoy a series of panel discussions, artist spotlights and films led by people with disabilities, for people with disabilities. This ground-breaking program puts people with disability at the centre of storytelling and the Australian screen industry. Fully accessible, it brings unique stories to film lovers. Depending on the weather for that weekend, the films from DADDA might be aired online.
Open caption: all panels and films will be captioned
Audio described: all panels and films will be audio described
Auslan interpreted: all panels will be Auslan interpreted
The Sum of Us
A relationship between Harry and his son Jeff has been resolved in an all-round warm and heartfelt comedy. A beautiful tale of a strong family bond, ageing, queerness and the dance we all do when searching for love, this is Yirra Yaakin’s first queer work. And still, after 30 years this story is as relevant as it was back then. Stay in your seats for our Q&A session after the show on Wed 24 Feb.
Audio described performance: Thu 25 Feb 7.30pm
Tactile tour: Thu 25 Feb 6.30pm
Auslan interpreted performance: Wed 24 Feb 7.30pm
Literature and Ideas - Various Sessions
Our Literature & Ideas program is back bringing plenty of food for thought! Our events have been spread across Perth City, Fremantle and Joondalup this year, giving emerging and existing writers an opportunity to learn from the best local writer’s right here in Perth. Stay tuned for more book lover announcements!
Open captioning: in the auditorium on Sat 20 & Sun 21 Feb
Auslan interpreted: all sessions in Sat 20 & Sun 21 Feb