Vivienne Garrett

Vivienne Garrett

Cast - The Children
Vivienne Garrett

Vivienne Garrett

Cast - The Children

Vivienne attended the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), and in 1970 graduated along with Robyn Gurney and Wendy Hughes, and appeared with them in the Old Tote Theatre productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Blood Wedding. Her first professional production after NIDA was in The Crucible, with Robyn Nevin for The Old Tote and the subsequent New South Wales tour. This was followed by Hamlet at The Playbox Theatre, Sydney, with Paul Weingott and John Trenaman and episodes of Homicide and Matlock Police (1971).

The following year she was to become one of the original cast members of the ground-breaking Cash-Harmon production Number 96. Her character Rose was the daughter and only child of deli owner Aldo Godolfus (Johnny Lockwood).

After leaving Number 96, she appeared in a number of theatre productions: Dear Janet Rosenberg. Dr Mr Kooing,Butterflies are Free, with Lynne Murphy (both in 1972), between 1972-3 appeared in several productions for the South Australian Theatre Company: A Certified Marriage, All of Us or None, Games After Liverpool, The People Show and Measure for Measure.

Returning to Sydney Vivienne joined Rex Cramphorn’s celebrated theatre company ‘Performance Syndicate,’ appearing in The Tempest as both Miranda and Ariel. This was followed by Shakuntala, Muriel, My Shadow and Me, with Michael Ferguson (both in 1974), Mariner, Interplay, Berenice, Scapin (all in 1975) and Loves Labour Lost(1976). Then a national tour with Dusa, Fish, Stas and Vi, with Nancye Hayes, Carol Burns and Pat Bishop, As You Like It (both in 1978), The Lady of the Camellias, On Our Selection and Waiting for Godot, both with Mel Gibson and Geoffrey Rush at the Jane Street Theatre (all in 1979), The House of the Deaf Man, with Joseph Furst, and The Dybbuk (both in 1980), Variations (1982-3), Top Girls, with Carmen Duncan at the Nimrod Theatre and West Australia Theatre Company (1983), The Servant of Two Masters, Extremities (both in 1984), Cheapside (1985) and Top Girlsagain (1986), all at the Nimrod Theatre.  

On the small screen Vivienne appeared in episodes of: Division 4 (1973), another of Matlock Police (1974), Cop Shop(1978), the mini-series Bodyline and Mother and Son (both in 1984). In 1975 she appeared on The Norman GunstonShow in a weekly sketch, The Checkout Chicks, appearing with former 96 co-stars Philippa Baker and Abigail. In 1976, she had a small role in the feature film Caddie, with Helen Morse, Ron Blanchard and Lynette Curran.

Since 1988 Vivienne has worked almost exclusively in Western Australia theatre: Bedroom Farce, Europe, Rough Crossing, A Chorus of Disapproval and The Death of Minnie (all in 1988), Whore in a Madhouse and Fundamentals (both in 1989), Death of Minnie, her one woman show (The Studio Theatre, Subiaco – 1990), The Popular Mechanics(1991), Emma (1991,92 & 93), Blood Moon (1993), Witchplay, her one woman show (Perth Institute of Arts – 1993),Brilliant Lies (1994), Dead Funny (winner Swan Gold Best Actress Award), Running for Mr Whippy and Darling Oscar(both in 1995), Burning Time, Blackrock (both in 1996), The Bread Trap and The Vagina Monologues (2001) (also Footbridge Theatre, Syd. 2004), Necessary Targets (Syd 2003 & Vic 2005), Live on Stage (2004), Life x 3 (2007), The Lonely-Hearts Club, Checklist for an Armed Robbery and Equus (all in 2009), The Clean House (also Brisbane 2010), When the Rain Stops Falling (2011), Biddies (Capital and Regional Australian tour-2012), Other Desert Cities (also Brisbane 2013- winner of Best Supporting Actress PAWA-Performing Arts Western Australia) , Red Flowering Gums(2015) and Summer of the Seventeenth Doll (2018).

Other television credits include: Seen and Not Heard (Australian Children’s Television), Maths Break (ABC Television), Only Human (Channel 7), Haydaze (1990), Ship to Shore (1993), Sweat (1996), Minty (1998), The Shark Net (2003) and Street Smartz (series 1 & 2). Other feature movie credits are: Boundaries of the Heart, with Wendy Hughes(1988), Let’s Get Skase, with Lachy Hulme (2001) and the supernatural horror film, Needle, with Jessica Marais (2010). Short film credits: P’Arlami D’Amour, Seclusion, Cross Purposes, A Good Time Tonight and Dancing.

Vivienne’s directing credits include Breast Stroke, Ursula Ecstasy, The Spook and Tarfuffe. She has also taught acting at WAAPA (Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts), voice at ECU (Edith Cowan University) and studied post graduate in voice at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada (1998).

In 2018 Vivienne completed a 24-minute seven-part romantic web comedy for Madkids Films, titled simply Lift, filmed entirely in a lift.

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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.


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📸 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. 

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You can read more about the awards here:
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!


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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:

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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:

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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:

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