Jenny Davis

Jenny Davis

Co-Writer - A Fortunate Life. Writer - SYDNEY II: Lost & Found.
Jenny Davis

Jenny Davis

Co-Writer - A Fortunate Life. Writer - SYDNEY II: Lost & Found.

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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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 ❤️