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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.

Recapture The Moment

September 10th, 2015

 

Recapture The Moment

 

Thanks to The Funding Network we are now into rehearsals for Recapture The Moment – our trial of interactive performance with residents in dementia units.

The program involves a reminiscence box containing items to spark interest and recall and the format will revolve around show tunes from The Sound of Music and My Fair Lady, which research has shown us contain the most well known showtime songs among current seniors.

Throughout October/November our two accomplished performers, Alinta Carroll and Caitlin Beresford-Ord, will be visiting residential facilities throughout the metropolitan region and beyond from the northern suburbs down to Bunbury courtesy of both Bethanie and Baptistcare support services.

We will be conducting an evaluation process in order to refine the program for intended wider distribution in 2016.

New book of Agelink plays!

May 17th, 2015

 NEW book of Agelink plays:

A new book has just been published of three Agelink plays connected with Enderslea Farm and WA heritage: Sarah of Enderslea Farm, Red Flowering Gums and River Dreaming

For information regarding purchase of the book : email Agelink Theatre at admin@agelink.com.au  or   Diane Pope at  pope2@gmail.com

For information regarding copyright for performance of any plays by Agelink Theatre or Jenny Davis: email admin@agelink.com.au

 

The Funding Network and Agelink Theatre

May 17th, 2015

Agelink is delighted to announce that they have been successful in receiving sponsorship from The Funding Network to advance two new projects. The Living Histories project The Time of Your Life is the culmination of 2 years of reminiscence workshops with a group of seniors about the 1950’s. Performances will take place in October during Heritage Perth week. Agelink is also creating a travelling performance program aimed at people with dementia in order to stimulate memories and enhance well being.

Thanks to The Funding Network for this great opportunity!

Agelink’s involvement in the Tour de France!

August 17th, 2014

West Australia’s Agelink Theatre Inc was invited to perform their WWII play, CIS AND BARBICHE, in York UK at the York Theatre Royal as part of the celebrations surrounding the Grand Depart of the Tour de France. The cast included the delightful piano accordionist, Nikki Dagostino, who was quickly co-opted to play as the race passed the theatre in her most fetching French outfit. Here seen on the streets of York on July 5th entertaining the crowds with her French chansons with the famous York Minster in the background.

 

Living Histories Project

August 3rd, 2014

Agelink is working with an enthusiastic group of seniors interested in oral histories in their new “Living Histories” project. We are in the writing process now and working towards a number of community performances of “The Time of Our Lives” in 2015.

Agelink board member news!

August 3rd, 2014

Agelink board member Stuart Halusz has been made an Associate Director of Black Swan State Theatre and has recently finished a very successful directing debut with the company for Aiden Fennessey’s “House on the Lake”

Agelink board member Rebecca Davis is currently rehearsing Black Swan State Theatre Company’s production of “The Seagull” starring Greta Scacchi. The production opens Aug 13th.

Agelink board member Alinta Carroll is appearing with the WASO chorus in the challenging Beethovens’s 9th Symphony in August.

We welcome new board member Caitlin Beresford-Ord! Caitlin brings a wealth of professional theatre, directing and teaching experience to the company and we look forward to working with her.

UK News!

February 23rd, 2014

In June /July Jenny Davis and members of the cast of Cis and Barbiche will be liaising while in the UK with British companies also working in the area of oral histories. A visit to Age Exchange in London, the oldest and most experienced company doing reminiscence work in the UK, is expected to fire the team up with new ideas and techniques for interviewing and gathering information. One For All Productions in Yorkshire will meet with Agelink to discuss processes and experiences.

Agelink Theatre is, we believe, unique in Australia and these connections with international companies are very important to us in order to keep our work vibrant.