Agelink Theatre founder ‘proud to be a senior’, nominated for award

WA Senior of the Year 2016 & recipient of the Order of Australia Medal Jenny Davis. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
WA Senior of the Year 2016 & recipient of the Order of Australia Medal Jenny Davis. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

JENNY Davis (67) is proud to be a senior.

The Mt Hawthorn resident and Agelink Theatre founder is a finalist in the arts and culture category of the WA Seniors Awards.

Her company, which produces theatrical shows based on seniors’ memories garnered in interviews and reminiscence workshops, was also announced a finalist in the group or organisation award.

“It is wonderful to be a finalist; I work with so many young people and people from all generations, that I forget that I am a senior sometimes,” she said.

“It has been an honour to work with the people I have worked with.

“I am proud to be a senior.”

Ms Davis said she launched the company in 1993 after her father died.

“I always intended to collect stories from my father about London and World War I, but it was too late when I went back there, he was sick,” she said.

“Theatre has always been my raison d’etre so when I came back, I began collecting stories.

“(The shows) make history accessible and allow people to pass on wisdom.”

Ms Davis spoke to the Guardian Express during a break in rehearsals for Tartuffe – The Hypocrite, one of five shows she is involved in this year, which opens at the Heath Ledger Theatre October 22.

“It has been a busy year, but it is nice to be an actor,” she said.

“I will definitely keep going, but I think I will need to take a break soon, though as soon as I do I know I will itch to get back into it.”

Winners will be announced on November 6 during WA Seniors Week.