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Welcome
to our 2024
season

A brand new season from Breaksea with 5 meaningful projects, exploring relationships between generations in the community, telling true stories of connection and finding purpose, and spreading joy and messages of kindness and culture. A full year of community and youth engagement, touring in the regions with performances in Perth and Albany. 
 
Come together with Beacon ~ City of Joondalup Community Choral Project, find your way back with Caretaker, be transported by Thunderstorm (Malkar), be enchanted by our touring show Seadragon, and celebrate the joy of culture with a Nyittiny creation story in our school series, Aliwah Bardinar!
 
An ode to connection and togetherness.
Together. Connected. United.
Breaksea, side by side.

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Beacon

COMMUNITY SERIES

2024 City of Joondalup Festival ~ Community Choral Project

 

Open Workshops | Thursdays

6:45-8:45pm

1, 8, 15, 22, 29 February & 7, 14 March

St. Stephen’s School, Duncraig 

Dress Rehearsal 15 March 

Duncraig Community Centre

 

Free Public Performances | Sunday 17 March 5:30pm & 6:30pm

Hillary’s Boat Harbour | Electric Kingdom Installation

 

Beacon, this year’s City of Joondalup Community Choral Project was an exciting community activity bringing together singers of all ages and abilities from all over Perth. A great opportunity, open to all West Australians, to be together, have fun and learn something new!

 

Over 7 weeks with Music Director Pia Harris, the choir met weekly to participate in engaging and fun-filled sessions learning songs with interesting processes and vocal parts.

 

The theme for 2024 was Beacon. In being a beacon of hope and light to others, we have the opportunity to lead and encourage other people through dark passages of life into the light. Intergenerational participation was encouraged in this project, the families that we are born into and the ones that we create as our own. Making time with and for the people in our lives, we connected through our weekly commitment and shared the experience of the power of singing and music making together. We will be exploring knowledge sharing between generations, history and culture, with a strong emphasis on building and maintaining community. 

 

With uplifting, inspiring music from Florence & The Machine, Jackie Wilson to Breaksea original pieces, the sessions culminated in free outdoor performances, Sunday 17 March 7pm & 8pm, Hillary’s Boat Harbour amongst the captivating Electric Kingdom installation.

Please see a short video of Beacon at the link below!

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Seadragon

BREAKSEA ON TOUR

Port Hedland Tour 

31 October - 2 November 2024

Matt Dunn Theatre | Port Hedland

 

The Magical Weedy Seadragon is a magical transformative adventure from ocean to shore, following a young child who has forgotten how to be kind. 

 

When the child finds a Magical Weedy Seadragon washed up on shore and chooses to take it home, they find themselves magically transformed into a fish! Facing raging oceanic currents, sea creatures and a dazzling aquatic talent quest, the child must learn the most important lesson of all - kindness. 

 

This interactive, musical production is brought to life by 3 exceptional performers, extravagant costumes, cute puppets and incredible new music. Children will be swept up in the magic of theatre with opportunities to interact with characters and contribute to the performance. 

 

Developed over a 4-month period with primary school children from across the Great Southern, the performance features live music, quirky characters and a sprinkling of magic. 

 

Featuring Breaksea artists, Pia Harris,  Stuart Laing & Ron Dick directed by Matt Ward, with music by Jonathan Brain.

 

Breaksea have recently completed a succesful seasons of Seadragon at AQWA & CircuitWest "Shows on the Go" Tour!

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Thunderstorm (Malkar)

SPECIAL EVENT | ALBANY

Friday 12 July 4pm & 7:30pm

Albany Entertainment Centre

 

Experience crafted storytelling through singing, acting and dancing interwoven with live music and beautifully created projections.

 

Showcasing Breaksea youth artists, Jarrad Inman, Sabrina Ives, Bonnie Staude and Gus Moir, together with Let’s Shine All Abilities Performance Group.

 

Thunderstorm features a newly formed choir, meeting over 10 weeks, bringing together youth and adults in the community.

 

Celebrating side by side partnerships with incredible Noongar artists Jarrad Inman and Rachael Colmer, Thunderstorm is part of the Albany Entertainment Centre's NAIDOC Week program.

 

Thunderstorm explores the universal themes of home, family and country, following a young father's journey through conflict. What happens when Harry is lost, far from home with only memories of family to sustain him? Directed by Matt Ward, conducted by Pia Harris with brand new music by Jonathan Brain and Sabrina Ives.

Join us on a powerful odyssey of reconnection.

 

To participate in the project, please register your interest as soon as possible. Follow the links below for more information.  

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Caretaker

SPECIAL EVENT | PERTH 

Saturday 24 August 4pm & 7:30pm

Fridays Studio, West Perth

 

Contemporary music theatre by Breaksea in collaboration with UWA Conservatorium of Music 

 

"Emotionally transformative" - Albany Advertiser
 

 

With the dawn comes the warmth of sunlight, the coming of the wind and with it comes the Caretaker. Following people of all kinds, she collects the lost selves that people discard, simply forget or unknowingly lose. No self is ever truly lost, it just comes to her for a time. She guards the self, keeping it safe in the pockets of her magical cloak. You cannot recognise her in a crowd and you will not know what she looks like until you see your lost self cradled in her hand. 

 

Following the true Great Southern stories of family, connection and purpose, Caretaker will take you on a journey of self discovery, understanding and hope for the future. 

 

After its successful premiere in the Albany Entertainment Centre in 2021, Caretaker returns to the stage in collaboration with UWA Broadway Choir & Aquinas College Schola Cantorum, featuring Sabrina Ives, Rachael Colmer, Bonnie Staude, Maree Cole & Stuart Laing. Directed by Matt Reuben James Ward, conducted by Pia Harris with music by Jonathan Brain & Sabrina Ives.

 

This is a Breaksea Youth Mentorship Project supported by the Department of Local Government, Sport & Culture.

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Aliwar Bardinar!
by Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse

SCHOOL SERIES

Hilton Primary School Residency 

July-September 2024


 

In the Nyittiny, our creation time, the animals were getting ready to go celebrate the arrival of karla, the fire. Maarli, the Swan had received fire from Kower the Lorikeet and Watti the pigeon, who’d taken it from the tail of Mika the moon. All the animals were happy, excited, were painting up with ochre and practising all their moorditj dance moves.

 

Sitting up in the tree, little Bardinar was watching it all happen but he was in no hurry to get ready.

 

Bardinar is visited by the animals, each in turn they ask him what he is going to wear to the Campfire. After each interaction, the animals leave some ochre on the ground. When Koolbardi comes to ask what Bardinar is going to wear to the Campfire, Bardinar says “I don’t have best friends who’d carry fire, or water, I don’t change in my sleep, I don’t swim and I can’t do deadly middar like Djidi Djidi.” What happens when Bardinar realises he has left it too late to get ready? What will the Bardinar discover about himself and his community?

 

Telling the story of how the Bardinar (Western Rosella) got its colours, this joyful new children’s show written by Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse, begins its journey as a residency at Hilton Primary School with workshops over several weeks and a final production performed at the school. Breaksea has hopes to tour Aliwah Bardinar! in the future.

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