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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.

Short Film Competition

February 6th, 2017

Agelink acted as ambassadors for positive ageing at the launch for the “Life in Pictures – Short Film Competition” – details below:

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Here are a couple of photos from the launch:

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From left to right, Laurie Mcainsh, Maurie Ogden, Thomas McCracken, Sally Sander, Davilia O’Connor, Jenny Davis with Saskia Haluszkiewicz in front.

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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.

Jenny Davis, WA Senior of the Year

November 11th, 2016

Agelink is very proud to announce that Jenny Davis, our Artistic Director, was named as 2016 Juniper Champion for Seniors at the WA Seniors Awards on 6th November 2016.

Juniper has congratulated Western Australia’s outstanding senior for her work to improve the lives and wellbeing of older people throughout the community.

Presenting the Juniper 2016 WA Seniors Champion Award to Jenny Davis on Monday, Juniper Chief Executive Vaughan Harding said the 67-year-old actor, writer and producer continued to make a significant contribution through Agelink Theatre, a production company she founded nearly 25 years ago.

“Thousands of selfless people give back to the community in many ways and Jenny is a prime example of an individual who is brightening the lives of people across the State,” Mr Harding said.

“Agelink’s aim to honour and affirm the value of older people, through their lives and stories reflects Juniper’s values as we strive to provide a good life for all our people.

“Since 1993 Jenny has brought entertaining and emotionally moving works to the community and in doing so has helped enrich the lives of all involved.”

The Juniper 2016 WA Seniors Champion Award is the premier honour of this year’s WA Seniors Awards, hosted by the Council on the Ageing WA and the Department of Local Government and Communities to acknowledge the rich and rewarding service of our seniors.

Mr Harding said Jenny was a worthy winner and commended her efforts to tackle seniors’ issues such as social isolation and other challenges of ageing while informing younger generations about the lives and times of older people and their contributions to the community.

All of Agelink’s productions involve seniors sharing their stories and memories during workshops and some productions feature seniors onstage with professional actors, either playing a character or being interviewed during the show.

The awards’ judges noted Jenny’s longstanding service and the benefits that interactive shows have on people, particularly those with dementia.

“We are proud to sponsor the Juniper 2016 WA Seniors Champion Award, a fitting tribute to an outstanding individual for their commitment to the Western Australian community,” Mr Harding said.

“The community spirit and compassion displayed by winners and finalists complements Juniper’s activities as a leading provider of accommodation, care and support for older people.”

Jenny came to Australia in 1976 and has been involved in the Perth theatre scene as an actor and director since that time. She has toured as a performer and director nationally and internationally and has worked for major companies staging Shakespeare and classics to drama, comedies and farce.

Mr Harding presented the prestigious Juniper award in Perth with Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AC Governor of Western Australia and Patron of COTA WA.

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Grants from Lotterywest and DCA

April 27th, 2016

Agelink and the Shakespeare 400 committee run by Big Sky Entertainment are proud to announce that they have secured grants from Lotterywest & the Department of Culture and the Arts to run the Shakespeare 400 Festival this year in order to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
Following the grand opening of the Festival at the Shakespeare Revel on April 22nd at St George’s Cathedral, the committee is organising a number of exciting events throughout the year starting with WA Day in June, so watch this space!

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Shakespeare 400

January 18th, 2016

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Agelink Theatre is part of the steering committee for 2016’s SHAKESPEARE 400 – a special West Australian festival to celebrate the 400th centenary of the death of the Bard. William Shakespeare is widely considered to have done more for literature, language and modern theatre than any other writer in history. Translated into almost every language, his works are proof of the universality of the human spirit.

 
Over the next few months a number of events will hit the streets of Perth and create excitement in some unusual venues for all ages. The festival includes workshops for schools and the catch cry is “Education by day: celebration by night”.

 
2016 will be The Year of the Bard worldwide and Agelink Theatre is proud to play its part.