A performance production company, committed to the artists, right in the heart of Freo.
by Max Barton & Second Body
March 8 - 23
FTC is very excited to welcome Second Body to Freo, presenting their first show with us after many accolades around the world - this is a tender & insightful exploration of life, with incredible music and great artistry, to be enjoyed by all.
OOL (origin of life) is the world premiere of multi award-winning UK company Second Body’s brand-new solo show, in which founding company member Max Barton will use live looped music, metaphysics and one very big bang in order to explore where life truly begins.
In a world that feels increasingly terrifying every year, and in light of a recent great loss in Max’s life, OOL playfully, cerebrally and emotionally explores what it means to act now and to respect the present moment as the only one available to us.
Following two hugely successful runs of their debut show STYX in Perth (2019 and 2020), this new show represents another chance for WA audiences to witness the company’s unique and celebrated blend of live music, science and cutting-edge form-bending theatre.
Praise for Second Body:
“A gorgeously atmospheric, exquisitely lit, ear-tingling journey into the past and memory itself” - Lyn Gardner
“Tremendously well written... entrancing... this was basically made for me” - Three Weeks
“Enthralling... Barton’s performance is captivating... I left with a great sense that we should spend less time here concentrating on doing, and more time feeling.” - Everything Theatre
The Dog / The Cat
by Brendan Cowell & Lally Katz
April 3 - 20
FTC is very excited to welcome back Michael Abercromby (Steve in Last Train To Freo) as a Director of this incredible pair of comedic plays, with JACK RABBIT PRODUCTION presenting their first show with us in Freo.
Sharing man’s best friend with your ex-best friend is hard.
Being in the doghouse with your own cat is harder.
THE DOG / THE CAT by Brendan Cowell & Lally Katz is a purr-fect rom-com double bill about breakups, makeups and the pets caught in the middle of their human’s drama. Whether its negotiating park etiquette, or organising shared custody of a fussy feline, this WA premiere has something for both dog and cat people alike.
And the cast are a ridiculously over-talented bunch ready to knock your little socks, and toe-beans, right off!
Jack Rabbit Productions work between Perth + Sydney, producing high-impact, high-energy shows, that test the boudnaries of our 'polite' theatre framework - in just the way that FTC enjoys.
Praise for Jack Rabbit:
“Let’s hope...JackRabbit Theatre keep producing this special kind
of magical work” - Lisa Thatcher
“JackRabbit are definitely living up to their mission of keeping it loud,
fast and entertaining” — The Buzz From Sydney
Performing Arts WA Awards.
Congratulations to the many artists nominated for their work on Mary Stuart and thank you PAWA for these nomination
FTC came away with an outstanding EIGHT nomination in total across two shows - Mary Stuart and Last Train To Fremantle. The nominations include recognition for:
BEST MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION
Performing Lines in association with Fremantle Theatre Company for the Perth Festival, Mary Stuart
OUTSTANDING PERFORMER IN A LEADING ROLE
Kate Walsh, Mary Stuart
Michael Abercromby, Last Train To Fremantle
OUTSTANDING PERFORMER IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Kazimir Sas, Last Train To Fremantle
OUTSTANDING COMPOSITION OR ARRANGING
Rachael Dease, Mary Stuart
OUTSTANDING STAGE DESIGN
Bruce McKinven & Amalia Lambert, Mary Stuart
OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN
Bruce McKinven & Amalia Lambert, Mary Stuart
OUTSTANDING DIRECTION OF A MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION
Mel Cantwell, Mary Stuart
An incredible effort from all involved in these wonderful shows - which together show FTC's commitment to delivering in the simplest and the grandest venues, alike. At all times, determined to produce for all West Australian audiences, whoever and wherever you might be.
A massive thank you to Iain Grandage and team at the Perth Festival, for his deft touch and their invitation to share in such a grand vision for the Festival and WA.
And a loud applause to Jeremy Smith and his superb team at Performing Lines for delivering the exact brand of excellence in production that you expect from this WA group within the National outfit of absolute guns! Wonderful to work with you and see this many local artists storm the biggest stage in the State - what a result!
Lastly, thank you to our incredible Board and to all of you - our divine audience! - who make it all worthwhile, and for whom all of this toil is devoted. Your coming to see shows, and supporting us with your actions, is literally the only thing that makes real art possible in the country. We are always grateful.
Fremantle Theatre Company is now at home in Freo's own Victoria Hall on High Street . We can now open our doors to our new audience and begin to offer professional arts training from the city centre, for all.
Each of our courses are truly invigorated by the old bones and inviting space of this grand theatre.
The continued residency will allow the company to properly support the development of works with new voices along side the work of more established artists.
The space will make exploration into dance, theatre, music and film far more readily available to the local community and offer a truly sustainable practice for artist keen to work from their own shores, here in WA.
Boasting a newly outfitted Education Space and Rehearsal Room, our Downstairs Ready Room, the Victoria Stage and Hall, as well as company office spaces, the venue will act as an incubator to all of the works that we hope to bring to Fremantle.
Fremantle Theatre Company is pleased to announce that the company won the Excellence in Creative Industries section of the Fremantle Business Awards 2022 presented by the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce on the 15th of September.
The Board would like to thank all our supporters, our audience, our fabulous casts, and crews for their contribution to this success. And a big thank you to the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce for this acknowledgment.
We look forward to bringing you more excellent work in the coming years, starting with Shakespeare in the Park, and Twelfth Night in December/January.