By Other Eyes


By Other Eyes was a community arts project and performance commemorating the Centenary of Armistice, the end of the First World War.  Join the cast of professional and community performers from across theGreat Southern as they perform this new work of choral-theatre broadcast live from inside the Field of Light: Avenue of Honour.

Set against the backdrop of the First World War, this work offered a contemporary perspective on what it means to truly remember. Created in partnership with local Noongar elders and the people of the Great Southern, By Other Eyes provided a visceral insight into our human experience in 2018.

Featuring the recorded voices of over 1000 children from across the Great Southern, a live ensemble, singers from the West Australian Opera, local soloists and a mass choir, By Other Eyes was staged in the immersive surrounds of Bruce Munro’s Field of Light: Avenue of Honour installation on Mt Clarence, Albany.

By Other Eyes was produced by the City of Albany's Vancouver Arts Centre in conjunction with Matt Reuben James Ward and the Vocal Performance Initiative, supported by West Australian Opera. This project has been made possible with generous support from Lotterywest, Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (Culture and Arts), and Albany Community Radio.

Listen to the full project here




Creative Team

Created & Directed by: Matt Reuben James Ward

Music by: Jonathan Brain

Sound Art by: Jean-Michel Maujean

Production Team

Conducted by: Chris van Tuinen

Local Music Director: Matthew Quicke

Production Manager: Toby Painter

Stage Manager: Karen Farmer courtesy of West Australian Opera

Sound: Jon Dodd

Lighting: Kevin Blyth

Radio Broadcasting: Albany Community Radio 100.9 FM

Advising Noongar Elders: Averil Dean, Eliza Woods, Lester Coyne

Noongar Engagement Coordinator: Briony Arnold

History Consultants: Sue Lefroy (Albany History Collection Coordinator) and Dave Theodore (Curator – Princess Royal Fortress)

Digital Artwork: Hedworx Digital

Filmmaker: Rob Castiglioni

Graphic Design: Icon Illustrations

Vancouver Arts Centre Team

Amber Cordon

Indra Geidans

Emma Davis

Steven Finch

Eve Young

Katie Nadilo

Vashti Innes-Brown


Soloists from West Australian Opera

Soprano: Pia Harris

Mezzo Soprano: Caitlin Cassidy

Tenor: Rob Littlewood

Baritone: Thomas Friberg

Additional Soloists:

Maggie Staude

Shayann Tidswell

Shantay Tidswell

Jarrad Inman

Willie Staude

Voice of Harry: Jarrad Inman

Voice of Arthur: Tom Croucher

Voice of Tommy: Willie Staude

Voice of Sister Greaves: Rachael Colmer

Featuring the people of the Great Southern and singers from:

Kojonup Southern Singers

Eklektika (Denmark)

Bird on a Wire (Albany)

Albany Choral Society

Albany Light Opera & Theatre Co

About FACE Youth Choir (Albany)

Lowlands Beach Community Choir (West Cape Howe)

With over 1000 recorded voices of children from:

Braeside Primary School (Katanning)

Kojonup District High School

Mount Barker Community College

Gnowangerup District High School

Woodbury Boston (Cosy Corner)

Mount Lockyer Primary School (Albany)

Spencer Park Primary School (Albany)

Bethel Christian School (Albany)

Parklands Primary School (Albany)

We would also like to acknowledge the support of all staff working behind the scenes at the City of Albany and FORM WA and thank Bruce Munro for allowing us the opportunity to present this performance within his Field of Light: Avenue of Honour installation.


The National Anzac Centre, Forts Store and other public buildings within Princess Royal Fortress are closed to the public until further notice due to the current COVID-19 health emergency.

The City of Albany regrets these closures, however it is in the interest of the health and safety of the community and our staff.

All online tickets, vouchers and gift certificates will be honoured when we reopen.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are advised that this exhibition may include names, images, and references to people who have since passed away.