SYDNEY II: Lost and Found
WINDSOR LUNA PALACE CINEMA, NEDLANDS AUGUST 11TH - 13TH
A true story of romance, danger, courage and fateful decisions. From the dark days of WWII and a race against time over sixty years later, comes a story of love, loss and hope.
Written by Jenny Davis. Directed by Stuart Halusz. Featuring Myles Pollard, Morgan Dukes, Tom O’Sullivan.
When HMAS Sydney II was sunk by the disguised German Raider HSK Kormoran in November 1941, it took with it, along with her entire crew of 645 men, the hopes and dreams of a nation as the war arrived on our doorstep. Among the Sydney’s crew was a young Western Australian Able Seaman, Allan Rowe. Recently wed, Allan had only just learned that he was to be a father. For 66 years Allan’s wife, Jessie, and their daughter, Ellen, hoped that one day the wreck of The Sydney would be located.
In 2008, due to the persistence of the volunteer Directors of the Finding Sydney Foundation, that dream became true.
Written to commemorate the 80th anniversary in 2021, SYDNEY II: Lost and Found tells the real life story of the dramatic loss of the pride of the Royal Australian Navy, off the coast of Geraldton. This epic story of love and loss, fear and courage, and the resolution of a mystery for those who persisted and never gave up hope, will be brought to life using the immediacy of theatre with the visual impact of cinema, continuing the ground-breaking format discovered with A.B. Facey’s A Fortunate Life. Acclaimed actor Myles Pollard (McLeod’s Daughters, Home and Away, Sea Patrol) leads a West Australian cast including Morgan Dukes and Tom O’Sullivan, across oceans and eras as we chart the loss and discovery of Australia’s famous warship and her valiant crew.
Stuart Halusz, Artistic Director THEATRE 180, says, “In a world that is facing great challenges now, and in the future, we gain so much insight from reflecting on the dangers faced by Australians in the past and the qualities of courage, humour, endurance, love and tenacity that brought us through.”
A story of great courage and heart. A story for all Australians.
Duration 105min (no interval)
Content warning Explosions, war scenes
WA REGIONAL TOUR DATES
Our 2023 WA regional tour from 18th – 28th July is being made possible through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Primary Industries and regional Development Playing WA program.
July 18 Beverley Town Hall
July 20 Donnybrook Memorial Hall
July 22 Albany Entertainment Centre
July 26 Ravensthorpe Town Hall
July 28 Esperance Civic Centre
August 4/5 Kwinana (Koorliny Arts Centre)
August 10 Gosnells (Don Russell Performing Arts Centre)
*Regional Tour Bookings: Please contact the local shires or venues direct
The initial production was made possible through the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative
Produced with the assistance of the Western Australian Museum
Image: Stewart Thorpe Photography
Three outstanding actors on stage, and another lovely performance on film, are seamlessly blended with photographs and original film, including the beautiful and haunting underwater film of the Kormoran and Sydney wrecks, as well as gorgeous imagery of Western Australia, both on land at sea. This is a production that is information-heavy but is beautiful storytelling, aided by wonderful sound (sound design by Ben Collins and composition by Ron Siemiginowski) and beautifully composed imagery from Visual Designer Michael Paget and Sunburnt Films. Sydney II: Lost and Found is a show that is very different, intellectually fulfilling and visually splendid. Showing in a number of suburban and regional theatres means that it should be readily accessible, and is well worth a look.
- Stage Whispers
Theatre 180 has developed and refined its technical capabilities in their second outing in this self-described genre, and the live and filmed action work extremely well on both a narrative and emotional level. Its production team led by designers Ben Collins (sound), and Michael Paget (visuals) use Ace Cinema’s huge screen to great effect and it dovetails exactly with the live action. The cast – Myles Pollard, Morgan Dukes and Tom O’Sullivan (Janet Pettigrew is Ellen Rowe in filmed segments) – take 20 different characters everywhere from Jessie’s family farm in Manjimup to the bridges of the Kormoran and the Sydney, and from the 1940s to the 2000s, with impressive skill.
- Seesaw Magazine
Thoroughly enjoyed the premiere of “Sydney II: lost and found”. This is a must-see production - movie, music, and live theatre together telling a very important Australian story set in WA. The two intertwined personal stories are both moving and illuminating. Congratulations Theatre 180 and thank you! This work helps fill the 645 empty spaces in Australian families. Take a huge bow Jenny Davis for your well-researched and very human script!!
- Libby Stone
WOW, hats off to you all, what a wonderful production - just everything was wow. Thank you for producing this. I bought my brother along (I was a bit hesitant to know if he would like it) he couldn’t stop talking about it on the way home and he’s even thinking of driving to Geraldton for the 80th anniversary and see your production again in the place which has so much history. Wow.
- Carlz Sol
I was absolutely blown away by the quality of the production and performance. I was impressed by the novel integration of contemporary cinema technology with live performance. After the first 30 minutes of adjusting to the medium, I felt myself fall deeply immersed into the story. The narrative was beautifully successful in weaving together historical nostalgia with a contemporary scientific adventure. The skillfulness of the performance connected me to the solemn sadness underpinning a very personal story.
- Ran Commander, Jye Flood
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