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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Agelink acted as ambassadors for positive ageing at the launch for the “Life in Pictures – Short Film Competition” – details below:
Here are a couple of photos from the launch:
From left to right, Laurie Mcainsh, Maurie Ogden, Thomas McCracken, Sally Sander, Davilia O’Connor, Jenny Davis with Saskia Haluszkiewicz in front.
Standing next to Jenny Davis is the Minister for Local Affairs, Seniors, Youth & Volunteers, Paul Miles, together with members of his Department and Screen West.