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Director Stuart Halusz, Theatre180 chair Susan Fleming and composer Ron Siemiginowski ready to celebrate the 100th performance of A Fortunate Life at ACE Cinema Midland

A Fortunate Life celebrates 100th

THE life of World War II veteran and Midland local A.B Facey will once again come alive when A Fortunate Life returns to ACE Cinemas Midland this Saturday for its 100th performance.

The mixed live performance and cinema production, which opened in Midland in 2020, has toured extensively throughout the metropolitan area and regional centres.

Theatre 180 artistic director Stuart Halusz said it was only fitting the show returned to Midland for its milestone celebration.

“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,” Halusz said.

Albert Facey’s autobiography A Fortunate Life 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.

It was published in 1981, nine months before he died in Midland, aged 88, in 1982.

Adapted and written for the stage by Halusz  and Jenny Davis, a cast of three bring Albert Facey’s story to life using large cinema screens to re-create significant landscape scenes.

“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,” Halusz said.

“This exciting, new project marries the immediacy of theatre with the visual impact of cinema.”

A Fortunate Life includes West Australian cast favourites; Rebecca Davis, Benj D’Addario and Michael Abbercromby.

Touring at ACE Cinemas Midland, February 5 at 6.15pm and February 6, 12 and 13 at 3pm.

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