SYDNEY II: Lost and Found

SYDNEY II:
Lost and Found

SYDNEY II: Lost and Found

TICKETS NOW ON SALE! Written by Jenny Davis. Directed by Stuart Halusz. Featuring Myles Pollard, Morgan Dukes, Tom O'Sullivan.
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.

 

 

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.

In commemoration of its 80th anniversary in 2021, SYDNEY II: Lost and Found will tell 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 DaughtersHome and AwaySea 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

SEASON DATES  Aug 18 – Nov 21

This production is 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

The Team

Writer

Jenny Davis

Director

Stuart Halusz

Cast

Myles Pollard
Morgan Dukes
Tom O'Sullivan
Janet Pettigrew

Sound Designer

Ben Collins

Composer

Ron Siemiginowski

Audio Visual Designer

Michael Paget

Audio Visual Production

Sunburnt Films

Stage Manager

Aaron Stirk

Assistant Stage Manager

Finlay Pedler

Assistant to the Director

Kate Manson

Wardrobe Manager

Elvie Haluszkiewicz

Costume Intern

Chandre Clark

Costume Intern

Christina Piasecka

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We are so excited to announce we will be taking SYDNEY II: Lost and Found back on tour throughout regional WA in March! Thanks to funding through Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries & Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, THEATRE 180 will be to continue to share this very special West Australian story in Wickepin, Merredin, Margaret River, Harvey, Boddington, Kojonup and Corrigin. 
Bookings will open soon 😀

Photography: Stewart Thorpe
Actors: Tom O’Sullivan & Morgan Dukes
We are thrilled to be taking A Fortunate Life back to @acecinemas Midland where we started! Whilst there we will be celebrating our 100th performance of this very special show. The cinema also stands next to where Albert and Evelyn Facey’s last house was. We are equally as excited to then take the show to @grand_cinemaswa Bunbury! Evelyn Facey grew up there and Albert and Evelyn were married in St David’s Church Bunbury. Bookings are open at www.afortunatelife.com.au 
February 2022. Don’t miss it! 
#afortunatelife #bunbury #midland #theatre #theatre180
Final performance of the year for THEATRE 180 - A Fortunate Life at Joondalup @grand_cinemaswa 
❤️❤️
A wonderful morning spent by Jenny Davis, Stuart Halusz and Rebecca Davis with fabulous workshop participants exploring the craft of writing plays from oral and recorded histories. Lots of great ideas and conversation, prompted by the very many special stories within the walls of WA Museum Boola Bardip. Thank you Neil Sheriff for organising this lovely event and for your informative tour!

Participant Sharyn McCaskey gave some lovely feedback: What a brilliant workshop. The tidbits of information I took away will keep me educated and moving forward with my projects for quite some considerable time. A few hours very well spent.
We are back! 4 performances only!
The team is so excited to perform A.B Facey’s A Fortunate Life at Grand Cinema Joondalup tomorrow and Sunday as well as next weekend. All performances 3pm.
Sat 27 & Sun 28 Nov
Sat 4 & 5 Dec
Bookings: www.afortunatelife.com.au 
#afortunatelife #theatre180 #storytelling #joondalup #cinema
Following a commemorative, and 53rd performance of SYDNEY II: Lost and Found, the THEATRE 180 cast, crew, production team and board are at the Sydney II Memorial for the sunset service to mark the 80th Anniversary of the loss of Sydney II in the waters just behind us. 

#hmassydney #geraldton #sydneyii #memorial
Warwick:  We open SYDNEY II: Lost and Found  at Grand Cinemas Warwick tomorrow and have already sold out a number of shows!

Tickets still available for the following performances:

Tuesday 9 November 11am & 6.15pm
Wednesday 10 November 11am & 6.15pm

Tickets: www.theatre180.com.au

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