Past Shows

  • Antigone by Geelong Edge

    Will Antigone choose freedom and betray her own family?

    We’re in Thebes, a modern state. When Polynices, a young African activist, is shot dead by police, President Creon and his unscrupulous media adviser Tiresius, turn to racial vilification to win votes. Antigone, Polynices’ sister, is now left to stand alone against the forces of the state.

    This original, interactive theatre performance re-invents Sophocles’ classic as a story of immediate relevance for our times. Written and devised by culturally diverse emerging artists from Geelong, the play tackles Australia’s political climate and carefully dissects today’s issues surrounding race and culture.

    Be immersed in song, dance and poetic text, and get the opportunity to interact with characters and together, explore the complexity of the play’s themes.

    Cast: Irene Bakulikira, Eto Masoka, Sila Toprak, Craig Gunguta, Kiril Stamenkov and Finn Lloyd with live music by Callum Watson.

    Date: Friday, 26 October

    Time: 8.00pm – 9.00pm

    Location: Courthouse Youth Arts, 60 Little Malop St, Geelong

    Tickets: Free, available here

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  • ‘Tig by Wyndham Edge

    Performed by the Wyndham Edge ensemble, ‘Tig will be the highlight performance at Night Waves at Wyndham Cultural Centre.

    The play takes the Greek tragedy Antigone and reinvents it in a world where people of colour have power and privilege and white people are the victims of racism. The play draws inspiration from political satire TV series, ‘Veep’, to show the way politicians and the media use racism to maintain popularity.

    Featuring film, hip hop and live theatre, the play is a searing satirical comedic adaptation that directly addresses the current world of ‘fake news’ and culture wars.

    Night Waves will kick off with atmospheric sounds from Josh Ephraum’s work Avalanche, followed by the performance of ‘Tig at 7pm. After the show discover local dancers, and hip-hop artists from Benchmark who will invite you to explore Wyndham Art Gallery and, the current exhibition – LOCAL by photographer, Robert Young, and sculptor, Jonathan Mendez Baute.

    Date: Friday, 5 October

    Time: 6.30pm – 9.30pm

    Location: Wyndham Cultural Centre, 177 Watton St, Werribee

    Price: Free, register here

    Night Waves is presented by Wyndham City Council and Western Edge Youth Arts, with the support of the Wyndham Cultural Foundation.



  • Lear: The Youth Will Prevail

    Presented by Victoria University Secondary College and Western Edge Youth Arts

    This adaptation of Lear will see a newly created utopian world; one which has been created for peace, prosperity and equality. Run by teenagers who desperately seek to live in a society more just and tolerant than the ones they have grown up in. When Lear decides it’s time for her to step down as leader, she halves her empire  between two new leaders and for the first time, the community is divided. Under new reign, Utopia is suddenly under threat. Will the youth prevail, or is Utopia doomed to be just like the outside world?

    Date: 13 September and 14 September

    Time: 7.00pm

    Location: Victoria University Secondary College, 5A Jamieson Street, St Albans

    Price: $2, available for purchase at VUSC General Office.


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  • Macbeth

    Presented by Manor Lakes P-12 College and Western Edge Youth Arts

    Macbeth like you’ve never seen it. An original re-imagining of Shakespeare’s timeless classic set in a dystopian world. Macbeth works for the Warlord Duncan, keeping the peasants in line and munching on rat burgers. The witches say he can be King, but does he have the courage to seize his chance?

    Date: 19 September and 20 September

    Time: 7.00pm

    Location: Amadeus Hall, Manor Lakes College, 2-50 Minindee Rd, Wyndham Vale

    Price: $5 Students/ Concession, $10 Adults               
    Available for purchase at Manor Lakes College Office.

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  • Tales From Many Lands

    Presented by Whittington Primary School and Western Edge Youth Arts.

    All students, from Prep to Grade 6 from Whittington Primary School, will perform amazing folk stories from many different lands. Expect tales full of heroes, monsters, fools and fairies.

    8 August – Grades Prep, 1/2 and 2/3   
    10 August – Grades 3/4 and 5/6
    Location: Newcomb Library, Bellarine Hwy, Cnr Wilsons Rd      
    Price: Free

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  • Caliban on Tour


    Alright, so here’s what I know.
 My island.
    My space, my peace.
    Knew this place like the back of my eyelids,
    Could read it like a book, cover to cover, leaf to root to paw print to coloured flower and fruit.

    Caliban’s island is sinking. Ariel is an artificial intelligence system with the power to save the world. But as she learns more about the people she was built to protect, she is forced to make a choice that could destroy them.

    Exploring the battle ground of global climate politics through the eyes of those on the front lines, this brand new Australian work reclaims Shakespeare’s iconic character of Caliban and gives him his own voice in a world where only the richest survive.

    Floating stories from Sudan, Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Noongar country in Western Australia, Caliban is a dynamic and energised performance that draws from the past to question how we’re living in the present. Crashing between Shakespeare and rap, nature and technology, physical theatre and audio visual projection, this electric performance allows young people to grapple with Australia’s most urgent question: how do we save the planet if we’re the ones to blame?


    Created and performed by the Edge Ensemble: Natalie Lucic, Ror Akot, Piper Huynh, Ebony Maguire, Amarachi Okorom, Craig Gunguta
    Director: Penny Harpham
    Writer: Georgia Symons
    Set and Costume: Owen Phillips
    Sound Composition and AV: Daniel Nixon
    Stage Management: Jessica Hutton
    Production Management: Sally Farr

    Caliban premiered at the Coopers Malthouse 24-26 November 2016 with the 2016 Edge Ensemble. Original script by Georgia Symons, Achai Deng, Abraham Herasan, Piper Huynh, Natalie Lucic, Rexson Pelman, Oti Willoughby and Dave Kelman.


    “an adaptation that wreaks perfect havoc on its source text, layering the urgency of climate change into its plot and characters.” – ★ ★ ★ ★ Theatrepeople

    “Western Edge Youth Arts have done and continue to do remarkable work but the real accolades go to the Edge Ensemble for a clever thought-evoking message.” – ★ ★ ★ ★ ArtsHub

    “spirited, vibrant and painfully accurate” – Theatre Press

    Caliban is pertinent worthwhile theatre… Go Western Edge!” – Stage Whispers


    14 May, 11am – Potato Shed (Drysdale)
    16 May, 10.30am – Riverlinks (Shepparton)
    17 May, 8pm – Wyndham Cultural Centre (Wyndham)
    18 May, 11am – The Bowery (St Albans)
    22 May, 6pm – Bunjil Place (Narre Warren)
    23 May, 10am – Bunjil Place (Narre Warren)
    23 May, 12.30pm – Bunjil Place (Narre Warren)
    25 May, 1.30pm – The Wedge (Sale)
    31 May, 7.30pm – Mildura Arts Centre (Mildura)


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    Education Material

  • Quarter Acre Block Showing

    In a creative collaboration, emerging artists from WEYA and Westside Circus, will present a work in progress showing of their new experimental project Quarter Acre Block. The work explores ideas about home, land and boarders. You are invited to attend the showing.

    Date:   Friday 8 December

    Time:   6pm

    Venue:  Kindred Studios, 3 Harris St, Yarraville

    Cost:   FREE

    Special thanks to Australia Council for the Arts and Helen Macpherson Smith Trust for their support of this project.

    For more information on this project, read our previous interview with participating WEYA emerging artist, Simone Liew.

  • Ensemble ’17!

     Performance, Workshop, Dialogue.

    Community youth theatre ensembles from Footscray, Hoppers Crossing, Geelong and St Albans will come together for an end of year event to share their work and discuss big questions like ‘why do we make theatre?’ And, ‘how can theatre address the times we are living in?’

    WEYA’s community of friends, family, staff and supporters are warmly invited to join us from 6.00pm to 8.30pm for a showcase of short performances from each of the ensembles, followed by a young artist’s forum.

    Date:   Sat 25 November

    Times:  Start 3pm, Workshop for all WEYA participants

    6.00pm to 8.30pm, Performance and Forum, open to community

    Venue:  Kindred Studios, 3 Harris St, Yarraville

    Cost:   FREE

    Thanks to Creative Victoria, Brimbank City Council, Maribyrnong City Council, Wyndham City and Newsboys Foundation for their ongoing support.

  • Six Hours in Geelong

    Six Hours in Geelong builds on a three-year commitment Western Edge Youth Arts has made to the new migrant and refugee communities of North Geelong. It is a deliberate attempt to build the diversity of the Geelong arts scene so that it more accurately represents the dynamic, changing face of our city. We believe that a more inclusive society needs to be created through a better understanding of cultural complexity and an active embracing of cultural differences.

    The play is a series of encounters that take place amongst a group of friends from diverse cultural backgrounds on one night out in Geelong, during which they negotiate their culture, friendship, love affairs and values – as well as searching for a good time! Most of the material of the show is based on actual events that have happened to cast members or friends and all of it was devised and written by the ensemble. This complex process has taken place over nine months and the work represents an authentic community voice.

    Created and performed by the Geelong Edge Ensemble, a company of emerging artists from Middle Eastern, Pacifika and African backgrounds, who represent a contemporary voice for theatre in Geelong.

    Date: Friday 27 October

    Time: 1.00pm & 7.00pm

    Venue: Geelong Performing Arts Centre, 50 Little Malop St, Geelong

    Prices: $5.50 concession, $10 full

    Bookings: or call Box Office on 03 5225 1200

    Creative team:

    Performed: by the Geelong Edge Ensemble: Craig Gunguta, Obi Jamshadi, Sila Toprak, Shinaya Tuari, Eto Masoka Claudine, Irene Bakulikira, Alain Bakulikira, Alphonse Mulashe, Abraham Herasan, Natalie Lucic and Rexon Semisi Pelman

    Devised and written: by the Geelong Edge Ensemble, with Dave Kelman, Reuben Zalme and Dave Cuong Nguyen

    Music and composition: Callum Watson

    Video content: Hoang Tran Nguyen

    Read feature articles on Geelong Edge ensemble members Sila Toprak and Craig Gunguta.


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  • Macbeth by VUSC

    Victoria University Secondary College and Western Edge Youth Arts present Macbeth

    A boy. A girl. A dark prophesy.

    Shakespeare’s tragic tale of unchecked ambition unfolds in the school yard.

    ‘Maybe it was fate. Maybe I just got caught up in a game I knew I couldn’t win but wanted to play anyway. Maybe what I did was wrong. Maybe there was no other way.’

    Victoria University Secondary College students perform their original reimagining of the classic.

    Dates: 13 and 14 September

    Time: 7.00pm

    Venue: VUSC Senior Campus Drama Centre,

    Address: 5A Jamieson Street, St. Albans

    Price: $2 Children, $5 Adults

    Bookings: VUSC Senior Campus 03 8312 0200 or VUSC Junior Campus 03 9363 1155

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