Who We Are

Who We Are

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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.

AGELINK

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.

EDUCATION

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.

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

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 Sponsor

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.

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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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We are so delighted and honoured to welcome Dr Carina Hoang to the board of THEATRE 180. Dr Hoang brings an incredible amount of expertise, advocacy and heart to our team and we look forward to working with her!

Special Representative of Australia for UNHCR • Actor • Speaker • Historian • Academic • Business Owner •  Award-winning Author/Publisher 

Carina was 16 when she fled Vietnam on a wooden boat with her two younger siblings and 370 other people. She survived the harrowing journey and the extreme challenges living in a primitive refugee camp. After resettled in the United States she continued her education and had a successful corporate career. She went on to hold management positions in the semiconductor, biotechnology, and healthcare industries in the areas of marketing, human resources, and administrative management. 

She completed a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry, a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Gender and Cultural Studies, a Master of Business Administration, and a Doctor of Philosophy. 

Carina is a leading advocate for the rights of refugees and asylum seekers. In 2007, she moved to Australia and has made an immense impact in raising awareness of refugee issues.
Thanks to CircuitWest we have two of our wonderful teaching artists in Albany this weekend. TrenT Baker and Tegan Mulvany will be conducting some awesome acting/directing/impro workshops at the Albany Light Opera & Theatre Company. Beautiful Albany - we wish we were all there! 
#theatre #Workshops #albany #theatre180 #circuitwest
Due to positive Covid cases among the artistic team we have had to reschedule the two performances of Matters of the Heart to Friday 20th May, 11am and 7pm. All existing ticket holders have been notified by email and your tickets will be automatically valid for the new date and time. Please check your inbox and if you can't make the new date please email info@theatre180.com.au for a refund.
If you haven't yet booked a ticket there are only a few remaining so be sure to get in quick! www.theatre180.com.au
A first get together with the cast, director, costume/set designer and producers of THEATRE 180’s upcoming production of Joe Penhall’s award-winning play Blue/Orange. A very exciting discussion has ensued about characters and costume/set ideas 😊

Don’t miss out on seeing one of the best contemporary plays written in the last two decades! 

Laurence Olivier Award – Best Play 2001
Evening Standard Theatre Award – Best Play 2000
Critics Circle Theatre Award – Best New Play 2000
 
“Blue/Orange explores the connection between ethnicity and  perceptions of mental health…it illuminates the way psychiatry can be strategic - and anatomises the politics of medical care.” – Evening Standard (London)
 
“In the way of great comedy, Blue/Orange touches on great themes: self-advancement at the expense of others and perceptions of sanity.” - The Independent (London)
 
Directed by Stuart Halusz
Featuring Jarryd Dobson, Andrew Lewis, Tinashe Mangwana
Set/Costume Designer - Neil Sheriff
Sound Designer – Noah Ivulich
Lighting Designer – Garry Ferguson
Lower Burt Memorial Hall, 38 St Georges Tce, Perth
August 20 – September 3
Bookings link www.theatre180.com.au
#theatre #mentalhealthawareness
Thank you Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries for providing creative development funding for our next cinestage production based on the stunning series of books by Dianne Wolfer - Author The Lighthouse Girl, The Light Horse Boy, In the Lamplight and the Last Light Horse. 
Titled ‘The Lighthouse Girl Saga’, the script, written by Jenny Davis and Hellie Turner, with AV Design by  Josephine Hayes, AV Production by Sunburnt Films, Sound Design by Ben Collins and directed by Stuart Halusz, this seed funding sets us on our path to seek full production funding for this very special story. Thank you to our readers Michelle Fornasier Brendan Hanson and Nick Maclaine ❤️ #thelighthousegirl #theatre #westernaustralia #DLGSC #artsfunding
So excited to be at the launch of @diannewolfer  latest book The Last Light Horse at the beautiful Albany Town Hall! We are thrilled we have been given creative development funding from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries to turn all of the 4 books into a script for a theatre production, written by Jenny Davis and Hellie Turner ❤️