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Friday 12 August 7.00pm

Words Can Change the World breaks open the music industry, and explores its darker impacts on independent musicians.

21st Century Dingo Productions presents Words Can Change the World, a live reading and interactive early work exploration.

The creative team behind five sell-out seasons of A Saucy Little Secret are back, and working on a new, collaborative multi-arts theatre work, with a powerful arts collective of local theatre-makers, musicians, artists and writers.

This performance is created as a teaser for a full theatre work, a character driven piece about the life of musicians in our time, using the original music of Mama Red & the Dark Blues as its frame.

The co-created production follows the semi-fictionalised experiences of five independent musicians in the 21st century, exploring some of the pervasive pain points in the music industry, from financial stress, sexual harassment, ageism, sexism and political invisibility, to depression and creative frustration, and drawing on the lived experience of the contributing artists and their creative communities.

While it follows some stark emotional ebbs and flows, the show’s ultimate resolution is powerful and uplifting, reminding audiences of the power of the creative arts to not only entertain, but to have lasting impacts on the social fabric of our time.

This unique community co-creation approach to theatre-making is an opportunity for early audiences to contribute to the development of the full production, which will be fully realised for an early 2023 launch. The live reading and musical performances are performed by some of Perth’s best emerging and established performers, and invites the audience to provide feedback and ideas to the creative team.

Punctuated by original music from Mama Red & the Dark Blues, with stellar string arrangements by Charles Hoernemann, this unique performance experience comes to The Ellington Jazz Club for one night only, Friday August 12, 2022.


Actors: Jamie Mercanti; Therese Cruise; Taylor Westland; Dan Millgate; Harry Deluxe

Playwrights: Melanie Bainbridge (and co-creators as above)

Director: Harry Deluxe (and co-creators as above)

Composers: Melanie Bainbridge / Mama Red & the Dark Blues / Charles Hoernemann

Musicians: Harry Deluxe; Melanie Bainbridge; Therese Cruise; Al Field; Holly Norman; Leah Van Der Meulen; Sanshi; Charles Hoernemann; Gillian Catlow; Daemon Clark; Noeleen Wright; Julia Watson.

The Company

21st Century Dingo Productions operates as an artist-led cooperative, co-creating theatre, music and multi-disciplinary works. We create high quality, socially responsible and captivating original work. Created on Whadjuk Noongar Boodjar (Perth, Western Australia), our work reflects an eclectic variety of forms, styles and experiences, and specialises in small-scale works with large scale impacts. We especially enjoy the creative integration of digital and analogue art forms to enable flexibility and adaptability to places, spaces and audiences.


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Table restricted view refers to a few table places which have sight line issues across the grand piano, but allow seated table entry.

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