THEATRE 180, CinemaStage and The Margaret River HEART present the award-winning Australian classic A. B Facey’s A Fortunate Life.
Resilience, fortitude, love…an ordinary man’s extraordinary life in 20th century Western Australia.
In 2020, 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 and 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.
The live production will be followed by a 30 minute audience Q&A with Director Stuart Halusz and cast members Rebecca Davis, Benj D’addario and Michael Abercromby.
Q&A: 8:45pm – 9.15pm
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"...a moving and beautiful storytelling of a fascinating Australian story, and this unique approach makes for a captivating experience. A must see for those seeking new theatrical adventure, lovers of Australian history, those who love biography and anyone who appreciates a well performed story."Stage Whispers
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“…a moving and beautiful storytelling of a fascinating Australian story, and this unique approach makes for a captivating experience. A must see for those seeking new theatrical adventure, lovers of Australian history, those who love biography and anyone who appreciates a well performed story” – Stage Whispers.
“It was absolutely faultless – amazing smooth changing of costumes and characters. The timing with films, sound effects, and moving items on stage was perfect, and the story of Albert Facey’s life was very well portrayed. Many thanks for a most enjoyable evening” – Brian & Penny Burnett.
“My friends and I were blown away by your wonderful cinema stage production of ‘A Fortunate Life’, performed tonight at the Ace cinema in Midland. Everything was first class – the performances, the video on screen, the music, the balance of moods in the telling of the story, the dark times lifted with humour, the inclusion of real life photos and more… The story is as uplifting as it was when first read and this brilliant production is a fitting tribute to a true West Australian hero” – Frances Docherty.