Museum of Performing Arts - His Majesty's Theatre

His Majesty's Theatre officially opened the state's first dedicated Museum of Performing Arts in February 2001, acknowledging the importance of preserving Western Australia's rich and colourful entertainment history. Situated adjacent to DownStairs at the Maj, the Museum of Performing Arts houses an extensive collection including photographs, programs, posters, press clippings, scrapbooks, scripts, sheet music, sound tapes, designs and an array of magnificent costumes. ANZAC COVES: The latest exhibition at the Museum of Performing Arts displays some of the fascinating and poignant memorabilia from World War I (1914-1918) particularly sheet music that shows the shift of mood from patriotism to desperation in cajoling then entreating men to join up and fight, through song. Some of the items in the exhibition include: *Red Cross Nurses, the Roses in No Man's Land, who fought to save lives in dreadful conditions and those who stayed home to knit and worry. *Anzac Coves were not always beach inlets where valiant soldiers made footfall, there was a group of men who called themselves the Anzac Coves and dressed in Pierrot costumes. These soldiers took temporary leave to perform sentimental songs to soldiers, then went back to the trenches. Some were killed between shows. *Back in Australia concert parties staged shows to raise funds for the Red Cross. *Those men who did come back faced wide unemployment for their efforts and this, too, was reflected in song.