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Rio Tinto & Black Swan $20 Tickets

Rio Tinto & Black Swan $20 Tickets

Rio Tinto and Black Swan State Theatre Company launch unique low cost ticketing initiative in Western Australia.

Long-term partners Rio Tinto and Black Swan are thrilled to launch Rio Tinto $20 Tickets - a new low cost ticketing scheme available to all Western Australians.

This is the first time the scheme has been offered in Western Australia and is designed to assist Black Swan to meet its audience development goals to attract new and younger theatre audiences by breaking down the price barrier.

Through the scheme, an allocation of $20 tickets will be offered throughout the year for every main stage Black Swan show in 2015 (excluding opening nights). The subsidy for each ticket equates to at least 70% and will provide access to a wide range of seats in the Heath Ledger Theatre.

The 2015 season promises to be a year of great theatre full of drama, comedy and music, and through this new ticket scheme more Western Australians will be able to experience the joys of live performance.

Rio Tinto and Black Swan have been working together for 17 years. In November 2014, Rio Tinto renewed its ‘Principal Partner’ status by committing a further three years of support for Black Swan’s core theatre programme. A significant milestone will be reached in 2017 – 20 years of partnership which has seen more than $3.2 million invested.

Andrew Harding, Chief Executive – Iron Ore, said, ‘Rio Tinto’s very long and successful partnership with Black Swan provided the foundations for developing Rio Tinto $20 Tickets. It is the first of its kind here in Western Australia and we are excited to subsidise tickets so that more people can experience the wonderful world of theatre presented by the State’s flagship theatre company.

Mark Barnaba AM, Chair – Black Swan State Theatre Company said, ‘Further to the success the Company has had in the areas of education and regional touring we feel this initiative is another way we can reach out to more Western Australians.

The development of new and young audiences is crucial for our future sustainability and this initiative with Rio Tinto serves to overcome the price barrier, which has been repeatedly identified as the key factor many have to experiencing live theatre.

The first round of Rio Tinto $20 tickets for Dinner by Moira Buffini will be available online through Eventopia on Wednesday 4 March at 9am for all performances in that season except opening night. Refer to supporting page of FAQ’s and for more information visit

This ticketing initiative is supported by the Perth Theatre Trust and Black Swan State Theatre Company partners Red Tiki and Dessein.


What is the Rio Tinto $20 ticket? The Rio Tinto $20 Ticket is a Black Swan State Theatre Company initiative developed with Principal Partner, Rio Tinto. The purpose of the ticket is to provide access to the theatre to those that, for whatever reason, find a theatre experience prohibitive. Not only financially – but also those who may like to come to the theatre but find it a bit daunting. For many this will be their first theatre experience and we want to make it accessible and enjoyable.

How do I access a Rio Tinto $20 ticket? You can only purchase these tickets online through Eventopia, go to

When do tickets go on sale and how far in advance can they be purchased?  Tickets go on sale two weeks before the opening of each of Black Swan’s productions presented in the Heath Ledger Theatre in 2015. The first Rio Tinto $20 tickets will go on sale for the production of Dinner by Moira Buffini through Eventopia at 9am on Wednesday 4 March. Tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis. Register your interest at

How many tickets can I buy? There is a limit of 2 tickets per person per production.

Are there are additional costs or booking fees to pay? No, there are no additional transaction or credit cards fees.

What plays can I see? Any of the 5 main stage productions presented by Black Swan State Theatre Company in the Heath Ledger Theatre in 2015 which include: Dinner, Glengarry Glen Ross, Blithe Spirit, Extinction and Next to Normal (excluding opening nights).

What nights of the week can I go? Every night there is a performance, including Matinees and Previews (but excluding Opening Nights).

Who is eligible? Everyone. There is a limit of two tickets per show, but no restriction on the number of times people purchase these throughout the year.

Are they good seats? Yes, don’t worry, there will be no restrictions to your theatre viewing experience.

At what venue are the productions presented? All plays are presented at the State Theatre Centre of WA in the Heath Ledger Theatre.

Have another question? Call 6212 9300 or email

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