From the creative team behind the success of ‘AB Facey’s A Fortunate Life’ live theatre in a cinema setting tour, comes the next production in a series of Great Stories, Well Told.
In the 80th anniversary year of the sinking of HMAS Sydney off the coast of Geraldton, THEATRE 180 presents this 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 true story of the dramatic loss of the pride of the Royal Australian Navy, off the coast of Geraldton.
This epic story 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 Daughters, Home and Away, Sea 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.
A story of great courage and heart. A story for all Australians.
Written by Jenny Davis. Directed by Stuart Halusz. Featuring Myles Pollard, Morgan Dukes, Nick Paranamos.
Duration: 105min (no interval)
Content warning: Explosions, war scenes