Teacup – One Boy’s Story of Leaving His Homeland


“Once there was a boy who had to leave home …and find another. In his bag he carried a book, a bottle and a blanket. In his teacup he held some earth from where he used to play”

A musical performance adapted from the picture book Teacup written by Rebecca Young and illustrated Matt Ottley, will premiere at the State Library of Western Australia as part of Fringe Festival. 

Accompanied by musicians from Perth chamber music group Chimera Ensemble, Music Book’s Narrator Danielle Joynt and Lark Chamber Opera’s soprano composer Emma Jayakumar, the presentation of Teacup will be a truly ‘multi-modal’ performance, where the music of Matt Ottley will ‘paint’ the colours, scenery and words into life.

Performance Times:

Fri 27 January 2:30pm
Sat 28 January 10:30am, 1pm and 2:30pm
Sun 29 January 10:30am, 1pm and 2:30pm

  • Suitable for all ages.
  • Bookings not required

Matt Ottley’s original paintings from the picture book Teacup from part of the State Library’s Peter Williams collection of original picture book art. The artworks will be displayed in  Teacup – an exhibition in the ground floor gallery between 20 January – 24 March 2017.

Image credit: Cover illustration for Teacup, Matt Ottley, 2015. State Library of Western Australia, PWC/255/01  Reproduced in the book Teacup written by Rebecca Young with illustrations by Matt Ottley. Published by Scholastic, 2015.

This event is supported by the City of Perth 

A Musical for ANZAC Week

Dear Heart stars Stuart Halusz and Rebecca Davis

Dear Heart stars Stuart Halusz and Rebecca Davis

Agelink Theatre Inc is celebrating 20 years of creating theatre from oral histories, entertaining the public and affirming the value of our seniors.
Back by popular demand and proudly supported by The City of Perth and the State Library as part of ANZAC week, Agelink presents the critically acclaimed play DEAR HEART for three only concert style performances from Friday 19 April to Tuesday 23 April 2013 at the State Library of WA in the Perth Cultural Centre.

DEAR HEART, by Jenny Davis, is a true love story, based on her aunt’s WWII letters to her young husband, a prisoner of war in Java. DEAR HEART is a tribute to those who waited at home for news and to the endurance of the young men behind barbed wire. The play has has been published as a novel by Allen & Unwin.
Don’t miss this poignant story of love, hope and courage, featuring live music from WWII.
“Agelink Theatre is theatre of the heart.” Tim Minchin

DEAR HEART by Jenny Davis Starring Rebecca Davis and Stuart Halusz, Musical Director Craig Skelton, Featuring vocals by Alinta Carroll
Venue: State Library of WA, Perth Cultural Centre Dates: three Performances Only Friday 19 April, Saturday 20 April, Tuesday 23 April at 11am Duration: Approx 70 minutes
*Special guest appearance Tuesday 23 April by Opera Australia star, Lisa Harper-Brown
Bookings: http://www.trybooking.com Ticket prices: $20 full, $15 concession

Two FREE Oral History Workshops in association with the Battye Library
Come and share your stories and listen to the stories of others, or simply become inspired to record your own or your family’s recollections for posterity. Each workshop will feature members of the AIF and RAAF from WWII, as well as members of the home front. All reminiscences are welcome.
Why not attend a workshop followed by a performance of Dear Heart? Sat April 20 and Tues 23 April at 9.30-10.45am Great Southern Room, 4th Floor State Library of WA, Perth Cultural Centre
Registrations essential Ph 9384 8158

AMEB Material available

Attention all music teachers, music students, parents, examiners. The bulk of the AMEB syllabus manual lists from Grade 4 upwards are now available on the State Library website. A click on a link will take you through to our own catalogue listing of the piece – you don’t even have to use the catalogue. All the searching has been done for you. All the music is available for generous loan periods. Check it out here http://www.slwa.wa.gov.au/find/music_performing_arts/ameb_music

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More listings of AMEB syllabus material are now available on our website. Here, the tricky catalogue searching has been removed and you can link through to our copies of the pieces with just one click. Recently added are Organ, Cello, Clarinet and Trumpet. Click here for other instrument listings.

New music e-resource on trial

We are currently trialling Music Online, delivering all of the music content you need, from the world’s best record labels and music publishers, together in one place. The trial is available to SLWA members until 31 March. Have a look, have a read, have a listen, have a play and let us know what you think by filling out the short survey.

AMEB Violin Syllabus

Pieces on the AMEB Violin Manual List are now listed on our website with direct links to our catalogue. Save some time as we have taken all the difficult catalogue searching out and done all the navigating for you. We are gradually adding other instruments to our listings which can be found here. Do let us know if you find any broken links.

Preview Elektra for free without leaving your home

Why not use Naxos Music Library to have a listen to Richard Strauss’s powerful opera Elektra ahead of its opening at His Majesty’s Theatre this week? You can hear excerpts from the opera, or you can listen to the voices of many of the cast (Eva Johansson, Orla Boylan, Elizabeth Campbell, Fiona Campbell, Merlyn Quaife and others) singing a variety of other music. You can use Naxos with your free membership to the State Library, and you can listen in the comfort of your home. And you can discover a whole world of music by listening to over 900,000 tracks.

Popular Choral Music for your choir

Have a look at a new web page for Choral Music on the SLWA site. Here you will also find a list of  choral music including popular, rock, jazz, film, show and television music. It is difficult to isolate these works via a traditional catalogue search, so we’ve done the hard work for you. Also check out some of the internet resources for choirs and choral music in WA and make sure your choir is listed. If you have produced a recording, we’d love to have it in our collection.

AMEB Oboe Syllabus

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Pieces on the AMEB Oboe Manual Lists are now listed on our website with direct links to our catalogue. Save some time and spend it making reeds or practising rather than endlessly clicking. We have done all the navigating for you. If you are the young oboist in the photo, a member of Perth’s All-Youth Orchestra in 1945, we would love to hear from you and put a name to the face. Cor anglai-ists (!) have also been catered for. We are gradually adding other instruments to our listings which can be found here.

Concert for Senior’s Week

Come and join us at the State Library for a FREE  concert to be presented on Wednesday 9th November at 10.30 am in our theatre. Soprano Penelope Reynolds and pianist Tommaso Pollio will present songs from the musical and operetta repertoire – light, frothy material that all will enjoy. Bookings are recommended on 9427 3111.