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A FORTUNATE LIFE NOW SHOWING

February 24th, 2020

A FORTUNATE LIFE OPENED LAST WEEK TO GREAT ACCLAIM

ON NOW

ACE Cinema Midland 20 Feb – March 4
Orana Cinema Albany 6 – 11 March
Orana Cinema Busselton 13 – 18 March
Orana Cinema Geraldton 20 – 23 March

Here are some (of the many congratulatory) comments from our patrons:

Congratulations to everyone on a wonderful opening night’s performance.  The acting was truly superlative and it was hard to remember that there were only three of you on stage, using such a simple set and effective cinema backdrop to entrance every audience member with imagination and emotion. You revealed a truly gorgeous love story as well, Stuart and Jenny, which I’d never considered as central to AFL before, but of course it is!  Jane Fraser, CEO, Fremantle Press

 

Thank you Jenny, for these comments (above).  Jane’s comments are spot on.  It was an incredible performance.  Thank you all, for the great justice you have given to Nanna & Granddad’s story.  I have been reliving the performance throughout the day. Reflecting on the hard work you have all contributed & continue to do.  Thank you for the back drop of Nanna’s crocket blanket,that did give me goose bumps.  Thank You.  Christine Harling (Grandchild of A B Facey)

 

Congratulations to everyone involved with “A Fortunate Life” at ACE Cinema, Midland last night.  It was a wonderful production, the 3 actors were absolutely superb with their diction, movement and presentation.  It was absolutely faultless – amazing smooth changing of costumes and characters.  The timing with films, sound effects, and moving items on stage was perfect, and the story of Albert Facey’s life was very well portrayed.  Brian and Penny Burnett

 

I have not long arrived home from the AMAZING production of “A Fortunate Life”  ……   I am struggling to find the words to describe how I feel, and would like to pass on my… Thanks , Appreciation, Gratitude, and give credit to the incredible performers, support crew, technology gurus,  and of course the writer of this true Australian part of history.

The visual screen bought the audience back to a time and place , and put one right in the moment  – it was great to see the old Perth, and can appreciate the research in finding these old photos.

The story of Albert Facey gave us an appreciation of how labor intense life was , and of course our precious service men who suffered greatly , to give us the life we have now.  And made the Australian character we have a reputation for to this day.

And of course the performers – wow ! What a challenging script to be responsible for !   To change the character  (and the era) so frequently ,  – they didn’t miss a beat.  I cant believe how many times they changed character and costume . You must be SO proud ! .

The venue was perfect  – and wish you well for the country shows , and a safe and successful journey. Sue Benthien 

 

Book your tickets now.  https://afortunatelife.com.au/

View the cinema trailer here:  https://vimeo.com/380659479/12dca81672

MIMMA

November 24th, 2018

AGELINK TRAVEL TO HARVEY

November 23rd, 2018

Here is the Agelink crew setting off for a day’s trip to Harvey on 17 November to perform “Understanding May Gibbs” to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie.

Pictured from left to right are Saskia Halusz, Michelle Fornasier, Claire Moore, Rebecca Davis, Craig Skelton, Aaron Stirk and Jenny and Bernie Davis.

In the picture below, you can see the crew at Stirling Cottage where May Gibbs lived as a child.

RIVERSEA SPRING FESTIVAL

November 15th, 2018

On Saturday, 27th October, from 9 am – 12 pm, the Riversea Spring Festival was held in Mosman Park. This was an event for all the family with music performances, theatre, the Spirit of the Streets Choir and bush poetry. Entry was free and food and beverages were provided. More details on the schedule of events below.

All agreed that the Festival was a resounding success and the most enduring memory for many will be the beaming smiles of those who attended. Congratulations to all.

2018 looks like being an interesting year for Agelink

January 21st, 2018

SARAH OF ENDERSLEA FARM

From 18 – 20 May, we will be recreating our play about the Morley family who arrived in Perth in 1830. Sarah of Enderslea Farm, about Sarah Morley, her family and her convict son-in-law, will be staged in the old convict-built stone barn at Enderslea Farm in Chittering. This event will be accompanied by a splendid afternoon tea, courtesy of the Country Women’s Association.

Bookings open: Diane Pope at popetwo@gmail.com or phone 9386 5575

BETWEEN WIND AND WATER

Our first brand new show for 2018, Between Wind and Water, is a play based on interviews with 40 seniors, long-time residents of Fremantle. The show will feature seniors’ stories of Freo as far back as World War II and up to the America’s Cup, with extra historical anecdotes of the past thrown in for good measure! With music, choir and a large cast of professional and local community performers, we will be out to entertain you in style with four performances at Fremantle Town Hall from 1-3 June.

Bookings open in March at the City of Fremantle.

And there will be other interesting 2018 Agelink events yet to be launched – with Perth Undergraduates Choir, with Adoption Jigsaw WA, with Bethanie dementia residents, with GLBTI Rights in Ageing Inc, our musical theatre shows and more.

Arts Improves Lives campaign

February 25th, 2017

The Chamber of Arts and Culture WA six-week Arts Improves Lives campaign is designed to address years of diminishing state government investment in the arts and to highlight the value of the sector and its contribution to health, education, tourism, community engagement and the economy.

This is a submission from Stuart Halusz, a Board Member of Agelink Theatre Inc.

Some years ago I was questioning my very role in society as an actor – what was the point? Why am I doing this? Surely I could be doing something better to enhance the society in which I live? I should train in the Emergency Services, become a teacher, do something useful.

Struggling to sustain a career and maintain a mortgage and my contribution to the family, I was considering pulling out and finding a more steady, better paid job. On a metro tour of DEAR HEART with Agelink Theatre, a play based on letters from a young wife to her POW husband during WWII, by a company committed to producing plays based on oral or recorded histories, we were performing at a local seniors’ day care centre. The first of two shows that day, we had finished and were in the process of bumping out to head off for the second show, when an elderly man came shuffling up to me with a determination that couldn’t be avoided.

Having just been on stage imagining myself to have Beri Beri, Malaria, malnutrition and having suffered unspeakable privations and torture as a POW of the Japanese, I was thinking myself a charlatan, a pretender in make up and torn costume somehow profiting on the dreadful experience of others. How was I to know what it was like to watch my mates be tortured to death, to be starved and beaten, to have no hope or belief in humanity…I was in a rush, despondent and in no mood to speak to anyone let alone get engaged in a conversation with a stranger that might go on for who knows how long.

Instead this brave old soul grasped my arm and said to me three words, all he could manage and all he need say, before shuffling his way off again. Three words I’ll never forget and which even today give me the drive and purpose to continue in an industry that is challenging and often brutal, he said: “I was there”.

I was there. Those three words said so much, they let me know that what I was doing was valid, that it gave his experiences a meaning beyond pure survival, that his suffering and that of the many thousands others was not in vain as we in theatre seek to learn and understand who we are and where we’ve come from. Theatre gives us the strength and conviction not to repeat the mistakes of others, it demands us to question our own morality and social conscience, and to strive towards an empathetic understanding of the people with whom we share this planet.

Three words, and a lifetime of purpose.

Some Enchanted Evening

February 21st, 2017

Here is an edited video of some of the highlights from another very popular music Agelink Show performed in August 2016.

Some Enchanted Evening was written by Sally Tunnicliffe and featured Craig Skelton, Nick Maclaine and Alinta Carroll.

Agelink’s Dementia Project (2)

February 21st, 2017

This was the result of 5 weeks of workshops with the Bethanie residents that culminated in a show at the Subiaco Theatre in September 2016. The video below featured residents and volunteers at the Bethanie Riversea facility, the cast, and Jenny Davis, Artistic Director of Agelink Theatre Inc.

Agelink’s Dementia Project

February 21st, 2017

Agelink is delighted to announce that our project with dementia patients at Bethanie Riversea in 2016 has been put forward as a finalist in the 5th Asia Pacific Eldercare Innovation Awards 2017.

Read all about it below. Just click on image to make it bigger.

Jenny Davis, OAM

February 7th, 2017

Agelink Theatre Inc is delighted to announce that Jenny Davis, our Artistic Director, received an OAM for her service to the performing arts industry in the Australia Day 2017 Honours’ List. This is in addition to her award in November, when she became the 2016 Juniper Champion for Seniors at the WA Seniors Awards. Agelink congratulates Jenny for her tireless work with seniors – a very well deserved accolade for her tremendous contribution over the years.