Unsung Heroes: A Digital Festival of Western Australian Stories

Black Swan State Theatre Company

Unsung Heroes is a collection of tour-de-force solo performances featuring 5 untold stories about 5 extraordinary Western Australians.

In a world premiere season directed by Emily McLean and Joe Paradise Lui, the production is a timely reminder of our shared humanity and our uniquely Western Australian identity, telling stories of courage, adventure, new beginnings, dignity - and life’s music.

Official Clip | Momed Goes To A Wedding | Song in the Key of Trust - U

Black Swan State Theatre Company

Momed's career in football in Moputo seems certain until a chance encounter at a wedding inspires him in another direction.

Song in the Key of Trust shares the story of a renowned musician from Mozambique who follows his passion for song to Fremantle, Western Australia, far from the land of his birth.

Adapting for the Digital Stage

Black Swan State Theatre Company

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Black Swan made the commitment to bring Unsung Heroes to its audience even though they couldn't gather in the theatre.

This interview explores the experience the directors and actors had adapting their monologues in Unsung Heroes for a digital rather than live performance.

Stories Behind The Stories - Song in the Key of Trust

Black Swan State Theatre Company

A renowned musician follows his passion for song to a country far from the land of his birth.

In the first Stories Behind The Stories interview, hear from Unsung Heroes' Mararo Wangai, writer and performer of Song in the Key of Trust, speak about musician Momed Saluman’s inspiring journey from Mozambique to Fremantle, Western Australia.

Stories Behind The Stories - The Perfect Boy

Black Swan State Theatre Company

From the stages of Subiaco to international acclaim, The Perfect Boy is the story of Effie Fellows who became a world-famous male impersonator in the early 1900's. She was known as A Merry Masquerader, EFFIE the Nifty Entertainer, the Merry Madcap!, the Laughter specialist, the Whistler dancer, singer, and humourist. Along her adventurous way she married a clown and had a long affair with a boxer.

Gita Bezard talks about why Effie was a natural Unsung Hero.

Stories Behind The Stories - Lesson in the Art of Butterfly

Black Swan State Theatre Company

Lesson in the Art of Butterfly chronicles the life of voluntary assisted dying advocate Dr Alida Lancee who's actions galvanised the public debate and caused laws to be put in place.

Hear from writer Hellie Turner about exactly why Dr Lancee is an Unsung Hero.

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Black Swan State Theatre Company

Own Way reveals the incredible story of domestic violence survivor and advocate Georgia Prideaux.

Learn more from writer Barbara Hostalek about how Georgia's story inspired her monologue.

Stories Behind The Stories-The Unremarkable and Ordinary Life of...

Black Swan State Theatre Company

Carmela Caterina Tassone is a woman that places aren't named after. Her name never made newspaper headlines. You will never have heard of her. This is the story of her nondescript existence.

In this interview, writer and performer of The Unremarkable and Ordinary Life of Carmela Caterina Tassone (Née Panaia) Chris Isaacs speaks about how the simple story of his grandmother's life inspired him to tell it in his moving and entertaining performance.

Official Clip | Lesson in the Art of Butterfly | Unsung Heroes

Black Swan State Theatre Company

Lesson in the Art of Butterfly is the true story of voluntary assisted dying advocate Dr Alida Lancee who's actions galvanised the public debate around euthanasia in Australia. This Perth doctor came to the public’s attention after admitting that, when a terminal and suffering patient had requested assistance to die, she had (after palliative treatments failed to help), eventually agreed.

No Curtain. No Scenery. Interview with Wardrobe Manager Lynn Ferguson.

Black Swan State Theatre Company

Costume design in theatre is one of the most important process behind the scenes but not much is known about how decisions around what actors are wearing are explained.

In this video, Lynn Ferguson, Black Swan's Wardrobe Manager of the last 11 years, discusses the challenges in sourcing both contemporary and period costume for the solo performances of "Unsung Heroes".

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