By Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy. WAAPA Final Year Music Theatre Students. Directed by Andrew Lewis. Geoff Gibbs Theatre, WAAAPA, Edith Cowan University, Mt Lawley, WA. 18-25 March, 2017
The Western Australian premiere of Heathers is playing to packed houses at WAAPA. This year’s Final Year Music Theatre students are outstanding in this very black musical based on the 1980s cult film.
Set on a bright and breezy gymnasium set by Kelly Freegon, colourfully lit by Kristie Smith and featuring powerfully 80s costumes in bright hues, designed by Kaitlin Brindley, the look of the show is strikingly juxtaposed with the dark themes of bullying, teen suicide and high school massacres, incidents of date rape, substance abuse and depression.