Cicely's love for the performing arts began at an early age, with classical music being a big part of her education as a child, learning instrumental music on the piano and French horn, with vocal and theatre performance making its way into her world as a teenager. Her love of theatre never went away, despite warnings from her parents to have something to "fall back on," so she decided to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Drama from Texas Woman's University. Once settled in Australia, Cicely began performing, directing and designing with local theatre groups. She then began reviewing and writing about Perth theatre for various online and print publications including Australian Stage Online, Aussie Theatre, Perth Culture, X-Press Magazine, The Post Newspaper, and The West Australian. She was Arts Editor for X-Press magazine during the 2017 festival season, and ran her own performing arts website Perth Arts Live from 2013 until 2018. She is on the theatre judging panel for Performing Arts WA.
As Australia counts down the sleeps to its next federal election, there's a growing feeling amongst certain parts of the population that this is a particularly pivotal one, and Black Swan State Theatre Company's current production Water by Jane Bodie is a timely reflection of our current state of political, environmental and immigration affairs. Water addresses the issues surrounding migration to and from Australia, with its stories traversing three time periods, chronicling the treatment of migrants facing deportation, and being processed through detention centres.BWW Review: DEATH THROES at The Blue Room May 5, 2019
Only 90s kids will remember...That's the line, the bait, the hook that reels the audience into Death Throes by Gillies, Croft and Lui at The Blue Room Theatre. Harriet Gillies, Julia Croft and Joe Lui fell in 'artistic love' with one another at The Blue Room some time ago and decided to collaborate on a project together. Their polyamorous collab has borne something strange and unusual, something challenging, unflinching, raw, sweaty and fun.BWW Interview: Jane Bodie of WATER at Black Swan State Theatre Company May 2, 2019
Black Swan State Theatre Artistic Director Clare Watson has commissioned playwright Jane Bodie to write a new play called Waterfor the theatre company's 2019 season. Bodie takes some time to answer a few questions about the play and gives us some insight into her life as a playwright.BWW Feature: PAWA AWARDS at The State Theatre Centre Of Western Australia May 1, 2019
The 2018 Performing Arts WA Awards gala event - the local theatre and dance industry's peak awards - were held on Monday 29 Aprilat the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia.BWW Review: THE DOUBLE at The Blue Room April 30, 2019
Bow & Dagger's tale of a sci-fi identity crisis The Double proves that The Blue Room is where the zeitgeist lives. Writer/director Clare Testoni and her team of intrepid collaborators take us into their fears for our future as they tell the story of a woman who sells her likeness to a tech company for monetary gain and the promise of a career in film.BWW Interview: Clare Testoni of THE DOUBLE at The Blue Room April 20, 2019
Technology has revolutionised our lives and culture, fundamentally changed who we are as humans, overhauled how we consume and produce art and entertainment. Even an art form as ancient as live theatre can't escape the tide, as we witness increased integration of tech and live performance through means such as headsets allowing audience to choose what part of the action they want to listen to, digital projection and puppetry, and live cameras on stage. Clare Testoni, one of the founding creatives behind Bow & Dagger Theatre, is putting these last three tech elements to use in her newest Blue Room Theatre production, The Double.BWW Review: MIMMA: A MUSICAL OF WAR & FRIENDSHIP at Regal Theatre April 17, 2019
Set against the backdrop of World War II, Mimma: A Musical of War & Friendship, tells the story of a young Italian anti-fascist journalist who seeks refuge with her uncle in London and strikes up a friendship with the English jazz singer in residence at his pub. Billed as a world premier, this new musical aims high with its production values, top-notch performers, and ambitious musical score by Ron Siemiginowski. The narrative doesn't quite reach the same heights, however, and this unfortunately lessens the impact of this potentially compelling show.BWW Interview: Georgia King of THE LONELIEST NUMBER Highlights the Ordinary April 4, 2019
Perth performance company Whiskey & Boots are mixing up a fusion of photography, music and theatre this month at ART ON THE MOVE's gallery space in Fremantle with their new work The Loneliest Number. Producer and performer Georgia King walks us through the ins and outs of the collaboration between herself, performer/musician Mark Storen, musician Tom Garvey and songwriter/performer/photographer Holly Garvey, and fills us in on what we can expect on our 'night out' tucked away in a gallery in Freo.