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A Classic Re-Imagined
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Western Australian theatre company THEATRE 180 and new entertainment platform CinemaStage are excited to resume their West Australian tour of their unique account of the beloved West Australian true story A Fortunate Life by AB Facey, beginning with an additional Perth season at ACE Cinemas Rockingham, 28 August to 13 September. Tickets are now on sale.

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Using theatre performed live in cinemas, the tour was abruptly cut short in March when COVID-19 forced the production to cease immediately. At the time, it had already toured to Midland, Albany and Busselton with many sold-out shows, and was due to reach Geraldton cinemas. The Geraldton season will now play 17 - 19 October.

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Stuart Halusz, Artistic Director THEATRE 180, says, that in a world that is undergoing such universal challenges, where people are questioning what really matters in their lives, now is a perfect time to remount this story. "We can learn so much from Bert Facey's resilience, hope, courage and humility; qualities which epitomise the fortitude and ingenuity of our early pioneers and those generations who lived through two world wars."

"Theatres have endured shutdowns many times throughout history, but storytelling and live performance has always survived and will continue to thrive as a basic and fundamental human need. We are proud to be one of the first theatre companies to bring back live theatre to audiences in WA," Halusz said.

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A documentation of AB Facey's extraordinary life of hardship, loss, friendship and love, A Fortunate Life was adapted and written for the stage by Jenny Davis and Stuart Halusz. Using the large screens in cinemas as the backdrop to re-create significant landscape scenes filmed by Green Man Media, the live performance from THEATRE 180 takes place within the cinema as a cast of three bring AB Facey's much-loved and award-winning story to life.

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A Fortunate Life is an autobiography by Albert Facey. Published in 1981, nine months before his death, it chronicles his early life in Western Australia, his experiences as a private during the Gallipoli campaign of World War I and his return to civilian life after the war.

The autobiography remains a favourite amongst readers from all over the world and continues to be studied within the school syllabus.

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This landmark theatrical tour is breaking new ground for cinema owner and composer Ron Siemiginowski of Orana Productions, who together with long-time collaborators Adrian and Josephine of Albany-based audiovisual storytellers Green Man Media, has established a new platform for live exhibition CinemaStage.

As the financial backer for A Fortunate Life, Ron brings a passion for quality live entertainment and shares the vision of THEATRE 180's Artistic Director, Stuart Halusz, who is focused on bringing great stories, well told, to life. "Theatre also lives outside of theatre venues and I've always been passionate about site-specific works which extend the possibilities of audio-visual creativity as well as the talent of WA writers, actors, set and costume, lighting and sound designers. This exciting, new project marries the immediacy of theatre with the visual impact of cinema," Stuart Halusz, Artistic Director THEATRE 180 said.

Said Halusz, "A Fortunate Life is a perfect project for the evolution of the company addressing our vision for all three pillars and bringing the work of an entirely Western Australian project to a potentially greater audience in WA. It brings together our 25-year history of creating theatre from oral and written histories, our passion for narrative storytelling and deeply held belief in the power of theatre for audiences of all ages to connect with each other on a human level. Storytelling, through theatre and cinema is the best possible way to learn from our past, reflect on our present and imagine a better future."

Don't miss this strictly limited season of A Fortunate Life, which includes West Australian cast favourites Rebecca Davis, Benj D'Addario and Michael Abbercromby.

Tickets are now on sale: choose from the following performances:

  • Friday 28th August, 11am or 6:15pm

  • Saturday 29 August, 3pm or 6:15pm

  • Sunday 30 August, 3pm

  • Tuesday 1 September, 6:15pm

  • Friday 4 September, 11am or 6:15pm

  • Saturday 5 September, 3pm or 6:15pm

  • Sunday 6 September, 3pm

  • Tuesday 8 September, 11am or 6:15pm

  • Friday 11 September, 11am or 6:15pm

  • Saturday 12 September, 3pm or 6:15pm

  • Sunday 13 September, 3pm

    Secure your tickets today at afortunatelife.com.au. Early bookings are advised.

    For more information on the cast and crew, please see afortunatelife.com.au

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    When: 28 August to 13 September
    Where: ACE Cinemas Rockingham, 1 Syren St, Rockingham WA 6168
    Cost: $36.50 - $41.50
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