BEAM ME UP KATE
It's the year 2020. In the aftermath of a global pandemic, 10 Gen Zs gather in the middle of a field of wildflowers, gazing with hope toward interstellar space.
10 beautiful misfits, whose hearts need mending.
Meanwhile, in a galaxy far, far away the Golden Record sent into space aboard 1977s Voyager Mission has landed in the expert hands of H.O.P.E Inc. of the planet Makemake.
Through a series of incredibly unreal events, Kate and her friends discover the strength they each have within their own hearts, and with a little help from another galaxy, start rebuilding and beginning again.
Kate loves Kenny.
Kate leaves Kenny.
Carl loves Kate.
…and we all love Carl.
SLIDE Youth Dance Theatre present this uplifting work of hope and humour.
Created during the COVID-19 lockdown via Zoom, the production involved 50 young artists and mentors including SLIDE graduates Millie Hunt, Jordan Bretherton and nationally acclaimed choreographers Natalie Allen (Punchdrunk International, Sydney Dance Company) and Olivia Hendry (emerging WA choreographer), as well as mentors Arthur Lariosa, Cass Tattersall and Conor Neylon.
A local production team and 40 artists will transform The Playhouse stage into a magical world of movement, science, romance and humour across fields of flowers and outerspace factories.
Beam Me Up, Kate is a story for the young and old, alike.
Credit: Supported through Darwin High School's Sarah Calver and the WAAPA Mentorship/Secondment partnership and City of Darwin.
WA Guest Choreographers
Natalie Allen is an Australian award-winning dancer with an extensive professional dance career, she has collaborated and performed work from leading choreographers from Australia & around the world; Leigh Warren, Rafael Bonachela, Adam Linder, Emanuel Gat, Jacopo Godani, Larrisa McGowan, Alexander Ekman, Gary Stewart, Natalie Weir, Alexander Whitley, Gwyn Emberton, William Forysthe, Samantha Chester, Sally Richardson and Richard Cilli.
Allen has created her own work since 2013 which has been presented locally, Nationally and Internationally. In recent years, Allen and collaborator Samuel Harnett-Welk were the successful recipients of the 2019 International Strut SEED Residency at Komunitas Salihara, Jakarta, creating a new duet titled ‘Arca’. ‘Climacteric’ a solo work that originated as a site-specific work for In Situ 2017 in the St George’s Cathedral, Perth, was redesigned in 2018 for Micromove at the Blue Room Theatre and then was selected to be presented at the 2019 Contact M1 Festival, Singapore. ‘A Night Out!’ a community driven show reinventing the social dance, which was created in 2017, toured to regional Western Australia in 2019. Allen’s highlight of 2019 was both performing in Maxine Doyle’s new work ‘Sunset’ for Perth Festival and joining the cast of Punchdrunk International, Sleep No More, Shanghai.
Olivia Hendry is a recent WAAPA graduate, having completed her BAC in Dance in 2018. She began her dance training at Kim Harvey School of Dance in Canberra, before moving to Perth in 2015. Here she majored in ballet for three years before changing her major to contemporary in her graduating year. At WAAPA she created her first work ‘pity party’ as part of UNLEASH: Student Works Season, 2017. In that same year she became a founding member of SYNDICATE Performance and has been involved in both of their dual nominated Perth Fringe Festival works, in 2018 and 2019, and their MOORINGS residency at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.
She is also a co-founder of Not Sold Separately, an emerging theatre collective, through which she recently created a dance theatre work entitled ‘No Mandarin’s An Island’. This debuted in April as part of the season ‘Drug Aware presents: ceilings. by Not Sold Separately’. Olivia has a keen interest in the hybridisation of dance and theatre, and recently performed an entirely improvised dance theatre solo at the State Theatre Centre’s Studio Underground as apart of KickstART Festival’s Hidden Movements mentorship program. She has worked with STRUT Dance, The Stephanie Lake company, The Blue Room Theatre and independently.