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

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.

Free Friday Lunchtime Concerts

As part of the City of Perth Winter Arts Season, the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) presents a series of lunchtime concerts in that State Library Theatre. These free performances offer something for all music fans, from Latin and funk to big band jazz and classical piano recitals.

Fri 29 July, 1pm
Music Director Jeremy Greig

Fri 5 August, 1pm
Music Director James Sandon

Fri 12 August, 1pm
Music Director Chris Tarr

Friday 19 August, 1pm
Music Directors Jonathan Paget and Tim White

Friday 26 August, 1pm
Music Director David Wickham

Friday 2 September, 1pm
Music Director Matt Styles

You do something to me

Join us in the State Library Theatre on Friday 5th November for an hour of the music of Gershwin, Porter, Lerner & Loewe among others. Sung by well-known Perth baritone Robert Hofmann and accompanied by Tommaso Pollio, this is a free concert to wrap up Senior’s Week events at the library. Bookings are recommended.

Big Funk Band – free concert

WAAPA students are performing at the State Library Theatre this Friday, August 27, 1.00-2.00pm. This week’s feature is Big Funk Band consisting of four vocalists, a brass and a rhythm section keys and bass drums. Musical direction by Ric Eastman.

It’s a big fat sound with doo up girls and guys!