A.B. Facey’s A Fortunate Life. New dates to be announced soon!

A Fortunate Life

A.B. Facey’s A Fortunate Life. New dates to be announced soon!

Adapted for the stage by Jenny Davis & Stuart Halusz. Directed by Stuart Halusz. Featuring Michael Abercromby, Benj D'Addario and Rebecca Davis.
Resilience, fortitude, love…an ordinary man’s extraordinary life in 20th Century Western Australia.

 

A striking collaboration between artists of stage and screen honours the trials and triumphs of extraordinary everyman A.B Facey, whose award-winning Australian classic autobiography, A Fortunate Life, has been adapted for theatrical presentation.

Stuart Halusz, Artistic Director of THEATRE 180, is thrilled to be working with new entertainment platform, CinemaStage, to bring this classic 20th Century tale into a new era of storytelling, with live performances at cinemas throughout Western Australia.

‘A Fortunate Life’ embraces themes that are intrinsic to our history and culture as modern Australians – resilience, fortitude, hope and integrity, bringing the beloved bushland to the big screen and placing humanity centre-stage.

As A.B Facey’s extraordinary story unfolds, audiovisual projections and live actors evoke distinct natural environments, definitive historic events, and the daily grind of farmers, settlers and city dwellers throughout 20th Century Western Australia.

All ages are invited to experience this groundbreaking theatrical production – connect with generations past and present through this incredible true story – gain insight from Facey’s experiences as a bushman, sportsman, railway ganger, a World War 1 soldier and a 20th Century family man. This is a unique opportunity to become immersed in modern history and experience the combined impact of live theatre and cinema.

Image: Stewart Thorpe Photography

A.B. Facey’s A Fortunate Life. New dates to be announced soon!

The Team

Writers

Jenny Davis
Stuart Halusz

Director

Stuart Halusz

Cast

Michael Abercromby
Benj D'Addario
Rebecca Davis

Audio Visual Design / Production

Green Man Media

Sound Designer

Ben Collins

Theme Song Composer

Craig Skelton

Stage Manager

Garry Ferguson

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Evening Standard Theatre Award – Best Play 2000
Critics’ Circle Theatre Award – Best New Play 2000
Laurence Olivier Award – Best New Play 2001
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Set/Costume Design by Neil Sheriff
Sound Design by Noah Ivulich
Lighting Design by Garry Ferguson
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BOOKINGS: www.theatre180.com.au
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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.