Jenny Davis OAM

Jenny Davis OAM

Secretary and Founder of Agelink Theatre
Jenny Davis OAM

Jenny Davis OAM

Secretary and Founder of Agelink Theatre

Awards: Order of Australia Medal, 2017 WA Champion Senior of the Year, Centenary Medal, Equity Guild Award, WA Women’s Hall of Fame, finalist for Australian Senior of the Year 2019

Jenny is a well-known actor, director and writer in WA and in 1993 founded Agelink Theatre Inc, a reminiscence theatre company that creates shows based on oral histories and West Australian history, promoting intergenerational activity and celebrating our seniors. Jenny has both written and directed, as well as produced, many shows for the company. In 2018 Agelink Theatre Inc became THEATRE 180 Inc, with the aim of broadening activities to do more regional touring of main stage productions and also work with schools and drama education.

Jenny’s 40 plus year career as an actor and director in WA has seen her play many leading roles on the stage, most recently in SWITZERLAND, TARTUFFE and THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST for Black Swan Theatre Company and SWAN RIVER SAGA for THEATRE 180, and numerous appearances on ABC radio dramas and TV and short films. She has been a freelance director for many leading theatre companies and was Artistic Director for the WA Youth Theatre for a decade.

As a playwright, Jenny’s latest play for THEATRE 180 is a Cinema/Stage adaptation, together with Stuart Halusz, of the iconic WA autobiography A FORTUNATE LIFE by AB Facey, which is touring Western Australia in 2020-21, performing live in cinemas against a filmed backdrop, and she is writing two new plays for THEATRE 180 in 2021, THE SYDNEY:LOST AND FOUND, about HMAS Sydney II, and GEORGIANA, A FLORAL TRIBUTE, about Georgiana Molloy.

Four of Jenny’s historical plays about WA for THEATRE 180 and originally for the stage, were broadcast in 2019 on Capital Radio: UNCOVERING MAY GIBBS, AND NOW THE GOVERNOR’S WIFE, SARAH OF ENDERSLEA FARM and RED FLOWERING GUMS. She was a writer for ABC Radio National for Schools drama and music programs for 10 years.

Other highlights of her career with Agelink (now THEATRE 180) include two of her plays and productions: DEAR HEART and CIS AND BARBICHE. DEAR HEART (based on her own aunt’s WWII letters and diaries) has toured Australia and twice to the UK during the 1990s and was commissioned as a book by Allen and Unwin and as an audio book by Bolinda publishing. CIS AND BARBICHE (also based on WWII letters and diaries) had a sell-out season in Perth and toured by invitation to the York Theatre Royal, UK in 2014.

Jenny also creates interactive projects for school students and seniors, particularly those seniors with dementia.

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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
Have you booked for our upcoming seasons of SYDNEY II: LOST AND FOUND in Midland, Warwick and Geraldton?

Hurry tickets are selling fast - November 7 at Warwick is already sold out.

Book tickets: www.theatre180.com.au

#theatre180 #theatre #HMASSydney #navy #navalhistory #liveperformance #ticketsonsale #perthisok #perth #westernaustralia #midland #warwick #geraldton
Kalgoorlie:  Not long until we arrive in the Goldfields bringing with us SYDNEY II: Lost and Found. Orana Cinemas Kalgoorlie this weekend - 18 & 19 September 

This unique live theatre performance in a cinema setting is like nothing you've seen before!

So, is it a movie?  No, but it does use the incredible aesthetics of a cinema screen to provide the magnificent backdrops to each scene, for the live cast of 3 actors to perform in front of. It's live theatre in a cinema setting! It's a very unique experience that has received rave reviews and sold out shows.

This compelling and true story of Australia's greatest naval disaster is a story for all generations and coupled with seeing live theatre in a non-traditional theatre venue, is a very special experience.

Book tickets: www.theatre180.com.au

#theatre180 #theatre #cinema #navy #Goldfields #Kalgoorlie #Boulder #history #thingstodoinkalgoorlie
Really enjoying performing the sold-out season of The Blackwood River Gliding By at Enderslea Farm, Chittering. 5 performances down and 3 to go. A stunning location!
Back by popular demand, our much-loved production AB Facey's - A Fortunate Life is NOW ON SALE.

We are thrilled we can bring a return season of this back to Perth.  Returning to Grand Cinemas Joondalup.

November 27 & 28 and December 4 & 5. All performances at 3pm.

Book tickets now: https://www.grandcinemas.com.au/Movie/A-fortunate-Life

#ticketsonsale #theatre #whatsonperth #books #cinema #film #australianhistory #literature #liveperformance.