The Children 8-29 May

The Children

The Children 8-29 May

Written by Lucy Kirkwood. Directed by Stuart Halusz. Featuring Jenny Davis, Vivienne Garrett, Andrew Lewis.
A star cast examines with humour, hope and courage, what it means to take responsibility for your past and do something big for the future.

Retired nuclear physicists Hazel (Jenny Davis) and Robin (Andrew Lewis) are living a quiet life in their British seaside cottage. Apart from the electricity rationing, daily radiation warnings and coastal erosion, everything with them is fine. Around them however, the world is in chaos, with the fallout of a nuclear power plant meltdown threatening their very existence. When old friend and colleague Rose (Vivienne Garrett) arrives unexpectedly, their future and past lives collide as they debate the present and the challenges they face.

Featuring a diamond cast of West Australian favourites in an award-winning play by “the most rewarding dramatist of her generation” (The Independent, UK), this provocative and powerful story skilfully addresses the importance of legacy, generational responsibilities and the environmental impact on the planet of human activity.

Prompted by the Fukoshima disaster in 2011, Lucy Kirwood has delivered the world a powerful and taut three-hander which brims with wit and is a perfect play for our times.

WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING:

“This is a top-notch production…”
“Outstanding acting performances from this trio, who create complex, believable relationships…”
“Excellent theatre and a great examination of humanity. While we should make this show compulsory viewing for young theatre makers, as a great lesson in the craft, this is for everyone else, just a great show that will be enjoyed by anyone who loves thought-provoking theatre.”
Kimberley Shaw, STAGE WHISPERS

“…The Children and I and You are a godsend for five actors at different points in their careers. There are no supernumerary parts here – each is a starring role, and all five take to the rare opportunity with fabulous energy and skill.”
David Zampatti, SEESAW MAGAZINE

“…THEATRE 180 delivers two lively, provocative and carefully crafted plays, with five fabulous performers. It is a joy to see great theatre again.”
Sarah McNeill, POST NEWSPAPERS

“It’s topical, it’s entertaining, it is storytelling at its best – THEATRE 180 packs a punch with its latest performance of The Children.”
Nita Teoh, PERTH WALKABOUT

Duration 90min (no interval)

SEASON DATES  8 – 29 May

This show is part of THEATRE 180’s ‘One Act x 2’ program (The Children & I and You). To purchase the two show package you will need to purchase tickets for each show separately (via each show’s booking link) and when you get to the checkout page for each booking enter the promo code T180-DOUBLEBILL. This will apply the discount.

This production is made possible through project funding from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

The Children was developed with the kind support of the Berwin Lee Foundation and first performed at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre, Downstairs, Sloane Square, on Thursday 17th November 2016.

Image: Stewart Thorpe Photography

The Team

Writer

Lucy Kirkwood

Director

Stuart Halusz

Cast

Jenny Davis
Vivienne Garrett
Andrew Lewis

Set/Costume Designer

Matthew Raven

Sound Designer

Noah Ivulich

Lighting Designer

Garry Ferguson

Production Manager

Garry Ferguson

Stage Manager

Hugo Aguilar Lopez

Assistant Stage Manager

Rachael Canning

Accent Coach

Luzita Fereday

Movement Coach and Choreographer

Claudia Alessi

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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.

Book: theatre180.com.au

#theatre #theatrewriting #writing #oralhistory #history #drama #dramaturgy #familyhistory #WAhistory #whatsonperth #perthevents #perthisok 

📸 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. 

#theatre #liveperformance #livetheatre #stories #storytelling #westernaustralia #waisok #perthisok #perthhappenings 

You can read more about the awards here:
https://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/McGowan/2021/10/Heritage-Awards-finalists-compete-for-coveted-industry-recognition.aspx
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!

BOOKINGS: https://theatre180.com.au/show/crazy-days-and-lazy-days/

#theatre #spring #theatre180 #waapa
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: www.theatre180.com.au

#theatre180 #theatre #HMASSydney #navy #navalhistory #liveperformance #ticketsonsale #perthisok #perth #westernaustralia #midland #warwick #geraldton
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: www.theatre180.com.au

#theatre180 #theatre #cinema #navy #Goldfields #Kalgoorlie #Boulder #history #thingstodoinkalgoorlie
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: https://www.grandcinemas.com.au/Movie/A-fortunate-Life

#ticketsonsale #theatre #whatsonperth #books #cinema #film #australianhistory #literature #liveperformance.