About Us

About Us

THEATRE 180, with a mandate of GREAT STORIES, WELL TOLD, produces works which are exciting, moving, innovative and entertaining. THEATRE 180 draws its name from the stories of our lives across a 180-degree perspective, from our buoyant youth to the wisdom of age. Proudly Western Australian, OUR TEAM strives to present a range of stories through award-winning plays from Australia, the UK, Europe and America, together with new plays from WA playwrights.

Our Agelink pillar has been working in the oral and recorded history space for the last 28 years, collecting stories from seniors and presenting them as theatre. From small-scale, bespoke works commissioned by local councils and played in libraries and community centres to large-scale works in theatres, here in Australia and in the UK, we have produced well over 70 works – many of which have been world premieres of new West Australian writing.

Alongside our AGELINK pillar we also produce MAINSTAGE works in a variety of venues, and offer EDUCATION programs which run across every aspect of what we do.

With innovations like presenting live theatre in cinemas through our ground-breaking production of A.B. Facey’s A Fortunate Life and Sydney II: Lost and Found, we are proud to continue finding new ways to engage with audiences near and far, and share the stories that make us WHO WE ARE.

THANK YOU TO THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF OUR DONORS AND FRIENDS:

Sam & Leanne Walsh                                     Susan Fleming

Heather Zampatti                                           Janet Holmes a Court AC

Wendy Court                                                    Beverley Shelbourne

Stephen Ford & Shiva Amir Ansari               Jenny Davis

Chris & Liz Greenwood                                  Peter Kift

Clare Watson                                                   Fred Sim

Michelle Fowler                                               Julie Hobbs

Robin & Sally Tunnicliffe                                Sandra Frid

Julie Hobbs                                                    Allan Blagaich

Brigida & Nigel Desebrok

Theatre 180 announced as a finalist for the 2021 Western Australian Heritage Award.

We are thrilled to announce that we are a finalist for the 2021 Western Australian Heritage Award in the category of Community-based organisation!

It is an honour to be considered for this award alongside organisations doing such incredible work, including the Ferry Tram Project, Friends of Anzac Cottage Inc., Ganalili Centre, Heritage Skills Association WA Inc., and Littlewell Working Group.

“This year, 31 finalists were chosen across seven diverse categories for the 2021 Western Australian Heritage Awards. The high standard of the finalists chosen highlights the world-class work being undertaken in Western Australia in the areas of conservation and adaptive reuse, as well as the innovative work being undertaken in interpretation and heritage tourism.
The awards shine a light on the exemplary work being done within the heritage sector by volunteers, heritage professionals, local governments, community-based organisations and public and private organisations. The 2021 finalists include both Aboriginal and historic heritage, and span both the metropolitan and regional areas.”

Click here for more information about the Western Australian Heritage Award

Click here to read the Minister for Heritage’s media statement

A MESSAGE FROM THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, STUART HALUSZ

When theatre provokes behavioural change or action in response to social issues, our artistic influence goes well beyond the audience and out into the wider community. Storytellers are agents for change, agents for enlightenment and an integral part of the fabric in a multicultural tapestry.

We have to think of the arts as operating with a social conscience that feeds not just into education, tourism, entertainment and other economic drivers, but is also considered the vital thread in the fabric of our society – because without the arts, we unravel. 

I believe passionately in the power of culture and the arts to transform, educate and enlighten. The creative industries are the best way we can hope to encourage and promote an understanding of the cultural differences and similarities of our fellow human beings, to elicit empathy, acceptance and celebration of others in our community. I believe our work in theatre is the key to moving forward on reconciliation; to understand the stories of our history in order to write those of our future.

Join us as we present GREAT STORIES, WELL TOLD.

Theatre 180

Theatre with heart

Theatre with a difference

THEATRE 180

 

 

Agelink

For 27 years THEATRE 180 has been the national leader in bespoke plays based on oral and recorded histories, mainly through interviews and reminiscence workshops with seniors.

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Mainstage

THEATRE 180 seeks out the best of writing from Australia and around the world to present for audiences in our hometown Perth, and on tour around regional WA, interstate and internationally.

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Education

Arts and Culture play a vital role in the fabric of a functioning, healthy, robust and enlightened society – THEATRE 180 is committed to both presenting works for and about, and creating educational opportunities for young people and students.

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Get In Touch

Whether as an audience member, sponsor or philanthropic donor, we would love to hear from you!

Our Partners

Proudly partnering with the following organisations

Government Partners

Production Partners

Venue Partners

Media Partners

Support Us

Some of the ways you can support us

As an independent, not-for-profit theatre company, we welcome any form of support, be it as a Patron, Philanthropic Donor or Corporate Sponsor. Donations of $2.00 or more are tax-deductible.

The THEATRE 180 Public Fund (ABN: 33 042 434 145) is a tax deductible fund listed on the Australian Government’s Register of Cultural Organisations maintained under Subdivision 30-F of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

ALL DONATIONS ARE MAINTAINED IN A SPECIAL PUBLIC FUND ADMINISTRATED BY THEATRE 180 AND THESE FUNDS WILL ONLY BE USED FOR THE PRINCIPAL PURPOSE OF THE ORGANISATION.

THEATRE 180 Public Fund

Chair: Robin Tunnicliffe FCPA CPM

Jenny Davis OAM

Stuart Halusz


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Make A Donation

Make A Donation

Whether large or small, your donation will help THEATRE 180 in a variety of ways - by providing much-needed resources to support our administration or cover insurances and professional fees, or to help fund a particular area of our work such as set/props construction, wardrobe, Emerging WA Artist mentoring or script development.

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Become A Corporate Sponsor

Become A Corporate Sponsor

THEATRE 180 works with a number of organisations and individuals in a variety of ways to achieve different outcomes. Some of the ways you can partner with us include: Centre Stage Corporate 3-year package G Row Sponsor Green Room Sponsor Grand Circle Sponsor Founding Friends

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Leave A Legacy

Leave A Legacy

A bequest to THEATRE 180 will help to ensure that many more audiences will continue to benefit from the stories we tell, for many years to come.

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A wonderful morning spent by Jenny Davis, Stuart Halusz and Rebecca Davis with fabulous workshop participants exploring the craft of writing plays from oral and recorded histories. Lots of great ideas and conversation, prompted by the very many special stories within the walls of WA Museum Boola Bardip. Thank you Neil Sheriff for organising this lovely event and for your informative tour!

Participant Sharyn McCaskey gave some lovely feedback: What a brilliant workshop. The tidbits of information I took away will keep me educated and moving forward with my projects for quite some considerable time. A few hours very well spent.
We are back! 4 performances only!
The team is so excited to perform A.B Facey’s A Fortunate Life at Grand Cinema Joondalup tomorrow and Sunday as well as next weekend. All performances 3pm.
Sat 27 & Sun 28 Nov
Sat 4 & 5 Dec
Bookings: www.afortunatelife.com.au 
#afortunatelife #theatre180 #storytelling #joondalup #cinema
Following a commemorative, and 53rd performance of SYDNEY II: Lost and Found, the THEATRE 180 cast, crew, production team and board are at the Sydney II Memorial for the sunset service to mark the 80th Anniversary of the loss of Sydney II in the waters just behind us. 

#hmassydney #geraldton #sydneyii #memorial
Warwick:  We open SYDNEY II: Lost and Found  at Grand Cinemas Warwick tomorrow and have already sold out a number of shows!

Tickets still available for the following performances:

Tuesday 9 November 11am & 6.15pm
Wednesday 10 November 11am & 6.15pm

Tickets: www.theatre180.com.au

#theatre180 #theatre #perthhistory #navy #hmassydney #perthwhatson #perthisok #perthevents
Have you ever wondered how writers and theatre makers craft oral histories into wonderful theatrical pieces?

WA Museum Boola Bardip and Theatre 180 have partnered to present “Voice From the Past: Creating Oral History Projects” on Sunday 28 November.

Join Founding and Current Artistic Directors Jenny Davis OAM and Stuart Halusz, with special guest, Stage Designer Neil Sheriff, as they work with you to explore aspects of the extensive collection at WA Museum Boola Bardip for inspiration, and provide you with an accessible toolkit to delve into your own creativity and imagination to bring the stories from your own past to life.

This informative, interactive and practical workshop is ideal for:
• Theatre Makers
• Drama Teachers
• People interested in their own family history
• People interested in Western Australian history and exploring the many stories contained in the WA Museum Boola Bardip Collection

Your ticket includes:
• All materials
• A ‘Page-to-Stage’ insight into THEATRE 180’s hit productions of AB Facey's - A Fortunate Life and SYDNEY II: Lost and Found, and the creation of our new genre CinemaStage
• Practical toolkit for researching and recording Oral Histories for theatre
• Q&A with THEATRE 180 Creatives, Producers and Actors
• Tea & coffee

*Participants would benefit from bringing a smartphone or laptop to assist in capturing research information and writing script notes

Sunday 28 November 
10am to 3pm
Cost $80
Location: Woodside Learning Studios, WA Museum Boola Bardip, Perth Cultural Centre.

Book: theatre180.com.au

#theatre #theatrewriting #writing #oralhistory #history #drama #dramaturgy #familyhistory #WAhistory #whatsonperth #perthevents #perthisok 

📸 image - Jenny Davis and Christine Harling (grand-daughter of Albert Facey) sharing the many stories of Facey's life.
We are thrilled and very honoured to announce that THEATRE 180 has been named as a FINALIST in the "2021 Western Australian Heritage Awards for Contribution by a Community-based Organisation".

It is so important to us to tell stories about Western Australians to Western Australians. Thank you for your continued support, from wherever you have seen us, and for allowing us to bring those stories to you.

Cross your fingers - winner is announced on 19 November. 

#theatre #liveperformance #livetheatre #stories #storytelling #westernaustralia #waisok #perthisok #perthhappenings 

You can read more about the awards here:
https://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/McGowan/2021/10/Heritage-Awards-finalists-compete-for-coveted-industry-recognition.aspx
Looking forward to our next Mornings on the Terrace show CRAZY DAYS AND LAZY DAYS by Jenny Davis on Thursday 28th Oct at Burt Hall, 38 St Georges Tce, Perth! 

In spring the sap rises and the world comes out to play. A young cast of musical theatre graduates bring us songs to stir the blood and make mayhem, together with songs to dream away a sunny afternoon. Lucy Fraser and Marcus Gadd delight us with old favourites and modern greats. Together with the piano maestro, Craig Skelton, they bring us dramatic, comic and tender songs from recent musicals as well as plenty of classic numbers.

THEATRE 180 celebrates a vibrant young cast, both inspired by the greats of the past and excited about new musicals from around the world. What turns the head of a young person in spring? Why love, of course, together with all its hopes, dramas, sorrows and joys.

THEATRE 180 invites you to come with us and catch a little Spring Fever, as Lucy and Marcus dance their way through CRAZY DAYS and LAZY DAYS!

BOOKINGS: https://theatre180.com.au/show/crazy-days-and-lazy-days/

#theatre #spring #theatre180 #waapa