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

Storage Partner

Support Us

you can support us

As an independent, not-for-profit theatre company, we welcome any form of support. 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

Robin Tunnicliffe FCPA CPM, Jenny Davis OAM, Stuart Halusz


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Make A Donation

Whether large or small, any donation will help THEATRE 180 in a variety of ways – by providing much-needed resources to support our administration costs, 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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Partner with THEATRE 180

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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Don't miss this amazing cast shine in Joe Penhall's Blue/Orange! 

Feisty, intense, funny, evocative, insightful, manipulative and gripping are just a few words that come to mind after seeing a run at rehearsal today 😊

“Joe Penhall has the rare gift of engaging both emotion and intellect and making you care desperately about the outcome” The Guardian

“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 great way of comedy, Blue/Orange touches on great themes: self-advancement at the expense of others and perceptions of sanity.” The Independent (London)

Evening Standard Theatre Award – Best Play 2000
Critics’ Circle Theatre Award – Best New Play 2000
Laurence Olivier Award – Best New Play 2001

Limited Season Aug 20 - Sept 3
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Join us for a post-show Q&A with the Blue/Orange cast and creatives on Tuesday 23rd August! Meet the team and hear about their creative process behind the production 🍊
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Blue/Orange cast member Tinashe Mangwana in the studio recording the curtain call song for Joe Penhall’s Blue/Orange 😊 Don’t miss out on seeing this incredible play - limited season! 
Aug 20 - Sept 3rd
Lower Burt Memorial Hall, Perth
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BLUE/ORANGE by Joe Penhall
Delighted to welcome some of our THEATRE 180 Donors Circle and Board Members into the rehearsal room to share our creative process from Artistic Director @stuarthalusz , Set/Costume Designer Neil Sheriff, Sound Designer @nivulich and cast members Andrew Lewis, @jazza_dobson and Tinashe Mangwana. Thanks also to Production Manager/Lighting Designer Garry Ferguson, Stage Manager Rachael Canning and Assistant Stage Manager Finlay Pedler.
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Aug 20-Sept 3
Lower Burt Memorial Hall

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