THEATRE 180’s motto of GREAT STORIES, WELL TOLD sees us seeking out the best of writing from Australia and around the world to present for audiences in our home town Perth, and on tour around regional WA, interstate and internationally.
We also create opportunities for local, Western Australian writers to research and develop new plays and take them into full production. Often, this work will spring from our Agelink Pillar and is the result of a commission to write a play based on a specific person, organisation or local area community. As such we have become industry leaders in staging works based on historical figures and moments of historical importance.
Our productions are staged in venues as diverse as theatres, site-specific locations, cathedrals, libraries and community halls, as well as outdoor venues and as part of Festival programming. Whether presented with full production values or as Readers’ Theatre, THEATRE 180 can work within any budget and timeframe to create theatre which moves, entertains and brings about social change through the fundamentally human act of storytelling.
THEATRE 180 evolved from Agelink Theatre, which was founded in 1993 by Jenny Davis OAM who was later joined by Sally Tunnicliffe under the motto MEMORIES NOURISH THE SOUL. For 28 years Agelink has been the national leader in bespoke plays based on oral and recorded histories, mainly through interviews and reminiscence workshops with seniors. This work continues today with THEATRE 180’s Agelink Pillar.
Also working in the intergenerational space, we excel in delivering programs which connect seniors centres or nursing homes with students from primary and senior schools. Enriching, nourishing and incredibly empowering, these programs serve to acknowledge and validate the contribution of seniors in our society.
Our enduring partnership with Capital Radio 101.7fm means that we are able to connect with their listeners and take our programs to a wider audience, with many of our shows being live broadcast and deliverable as podcasts.
Our partners and commissions have included organisations such as Legacy WA, Amana Living, Bethanie Health Care, Veterans Affairs, heritage venues, the National Trust, community organisations, and local councils and shires, and our productions have been seen by audiences throughout Perth, regional Western Australia and on tour around Australia and Internationally.
In 2016 Agelink was a Finalist in the Seniors Awards, and Runner Up 5th Asia Pacific Awards, for our work with people with dementia, and in 2017 Founding Artistic Director Jenny Davis was awarded an OAM for her services to the performing arts industry. In 2016, she was announced as the Juniper Champion for Seniors at the WA Seniors Awards.
THEATRE 180’s name stems from the stories of our lives across a 180-degree perspective, from our buoyant youth to the wisdom of age. Recognising that Arts and Culture play a vital role in the fabric of a functioning, healthy, robust and enlightened society, we are committed to both presenting works for and about, and creating educational opportunities for young people and students.
Every production we stage will include opportunities for students and their teachers to engage with us on an educational level, whether through post and pre-show Q&A’s, educational packs and accessibility through reduced ticket prices for schools’ bookings.
Artist talks and workshops led by our current cast and creatives or Artistic Director Stuart Halusz are part of our ongoing commitment to engagement with the sector. We also strive to program works which resonate with the schools’ syllabus and include performance times which are accessible for schools to attend, and have reached out to Drama Teachers throughout WA across the Public, Private and Catholic systems to gain insight into how best to cater to their needs as educators.
Additionally, we have instigated mentorship programs which connect with students wanting to learn more about a career in the arts, and welcome interns and student observers who want to gain experience from witnessing a professional theatre company in action.
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
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.
Become a Sponsor
THEATRE 180 works with a number of organisations and individuals in a variety of ways to achieve different outcomes. Please contact us to find out more.
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.