Perth actor Ivan King to read Ode at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre birthday celebrations

Ivan King will read Ode, a poem by Falcon resident Dave Bowen, at the MPAC's birthday celebrations this month.
Ivan King will read Ode, a poem by Falcon resident Dave Bowen, at the MPAC's birthday celebrations this month.

ONE of the special guests at the birthday celebrations concert on August 12 will be Perth actor and archivist Ivan King (pictured).

King will read the Ode, written by Falcon poet Dave Bowen, at the official opening

TWO centuries now our hist’ry has been written on every page

And acted out in word and deed upon a world-wide stage

Australians have trod the boards from ships to shearing sheds

Thespians, musicians all, from Perth to Sydney heads.

From the Alice in the Outback to Mandurah by the sea

We’ve entertained with song and dance, with drama, comedy

The spirit of our country’s grown from international roots

Our heritage, our culture then is what this night salutes.

In Perth, 100 years ago, The Theatre Royal rose

And brought here to the Golden West the best Australian shows

Now right upon our foreshore we’ll continue that tradition

Of entertaining all who come in joyful expedition.

For we celebrate the opening of the Boardwalk Theatre here

Now that Mandurah’s come of age in this centennial year

The building’s bold and beautiful, in a setting that’s unique

As befits the best conventions of performing arts mystique.

Let players come from near and far to entertain us all

May we find joy and great delight in every curtain call.

And tell the world in word and deed, in all our daily talk

That the future now in theatre is the Man-du-rah Boardwalk.

King is curator of the Museum of Performing Arts at His Majesty’s Theatre and organised more than 50 exhibitions at the Maj.

He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in the general division last year for services to the performing arts.