This summer, visitors to the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) will discover more than 400 artworks by over 80 individuals, collectives and groups with ‘The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT9) open from tomorrow.

QAGOMA Director Chris Saines said APT9 was an expansive free exhibition that captured the energy of new art being created in Asia, the Pacific and Australia.

‘Developed by our specialist team of QAGOMA curators, APT9 presents some of the most exciting and important contemporary art being created in the region, including major new commissions designed for the Gallery’s signature spaces,’ Mr Saines said.

‘Following three years of curatorial travel and extensive research, the ninth edition of our flagship exhibition series offers an accessible contemporary art experience across the entire Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), including the Children’s Art Centre and the Australian Cinémathèque, and key spaces at the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) until 28 April 2019.

Arts Minister Leeanne Enoch said APT had bolstered Queensland as a must-see destination since 1993.

“Each APT enriches our understanding of the social and cultural fabric of the Asia Pacific, and engages us with the ideas and experiences of life in Asia, the Pacific and Australia as expressed by contemporary artists,” Minister Enoch said.

“APT has attracted more than 3 million visitors over its 25-year history. Most recently in 2015, APT8 attracted an audience of more than 600,000 visitors, delivering an estimated $21.83 million to the Queensland economy,” Minister Enoch said.

The exhibition includes eight interactive projects developed by artists especially for children and families in APT9 Kids, regionally-focused cinema programs such as ‘New Bollywood: Currents in Indian Cinema’ and ‘Microwave Films of the Marshall Islands’, and a public program of artist talks, tours, discussions, performances and drop-in workshops.

‘A quarter of a century on from its inception in 1993, APT has now been seen by more than three million visitors and remains the pre-eminent recurring exhibition of contemporary art from Asia, the Pacific and Australia,’ Mr Saines said.

Arts Minister Leeanne Enoch said audiences travelling to Queensland from interstate and overseas to visit the APT,could anticipate an enlightening and immersive exhibition full of surprises.

‘We encourage everyone to come and experience the Triennial this weekend and return for visits all through summer,’ Minister Enoch said.

Selected highlights of APT9 include:

  • APT9 Artist Conversations. This weekend, hear from artists: Kim Beom, Nona Garcia, Tada Hengsapkul,Jonathan Jones, Karrabing Film Collective, Yuko Mohri, Anne Noble, Lisa Reihana and Areta Wilkinson.
  • This weekend, Marshallese poet, teacher and artist Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner will give two performances of Lorro: OfWings and Seas 2018 highlighting her engagement with JAKI-ED weaving as a site of cultural resistance andexpression.
  • Unveiled for the first time in APT9 are Iranian-born artist Iman Raad’s riotously colourful mural andembroidered velvet banners referencing Persian miniature painting, Iranian folk art and Pakistani truck painting.
  • Encounter a huge, hand-rendered map on GOMA’s Long Gallery wall by leading Chinese artist Qiu Zhijie thatdepicts an archipelago of technology-related moral quandaries.
  • Filipino artist Nona Garcia’s graphic installation for APT9 utilises the Queensland Art Gallery’s large glasswindows as light boxes for a mandala installation created from X-rayed animal bones.
  • For the duration of APT9, Japanese artist Yuko Mohri’s sound installation of modified pianos and found objectswill play an elegant musical composition in GOMA’s River Lounge extending onto the outdoor veranda.
  • Women’s Wealth is a specially commissioned project for APT9 that includes the premiere of a new video byTaloi Havini textiles, pottery and body adornment by women artists from the Autonomous Region ofBougainville in Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands archipelago as well as Australia.
  • Australian artist Jonathan Jones’ installation untitled (giran) 2018, is a major new work for APT9 comprisingsound and almost 2000 winged sculptures evoking birds in collective flight.
  • New Zealand photographer Anne Noble’s Conversation: A cabinet of wonder 2018, is a multi-part installationthat includes a fully functioning bee hive.
  • The APT9 all-ages Summer Festival from 18-20 January 2019 will include artist workshops, performances,tours, live music, films and storytelling. A special one-night only edition of Up Late with live music by Ngaiire (Syd), Bottlesmoker (Indonesia), May Lyn (Brisbane), plus performances, DJs, talks, art-making and more willbe held on 18 January. Up Late tickets on sale Friday 23 November www.qaogma.qld.gov.au/uplate.

The artists participating in APT9 are:

Jananne AL-ANI, Zico ALBAIQUNI, Sadik Kwaish ALFRAJI, Monira AL QADIRI, Rasheed ARAEEN, Martha ATIENZA, Kushana BUSH, CAO Fei, Gary CARSLEY, Roberto CHABET, CHEN Zhe, Kawayan DE GUIA, Enkhbold Togmidshiirev, ERUB/LIFOU PROJECT, Nona GARCIA, Simon GENDE, Lola GREENO, GUNANTUNA (Tolai people) led by Gideon KAKABIN, Shilpa GUPTA, Tada HENGSAPKUL, Gavin HIPKINS, Joyce HO, HOU I-Ting, HTEIN LIN, IMAGES OF THE CRISIS, Zahra IMANI, Mao ISHIKAWA, JAKI-ED PROJECT, JEONG Geumhyung, Kathy JETÑIL-KIJINER, Jonathan JONES, KARRABING FILM COLLECTIVE, Ali KAZIM, Aisha KHALID, Naiza KHAN, Waqas KHAN, KIM Beom, Meiro KOIZUMI, Kapulani LANDGRAF, Idas LOSIN, LY Hoàng Ly, Gregory Dausi MOAH, MOCHU, Yuko MOHRI, Vincent NAMATJIRA, NGUYỄN Trinh Thi, Anne NOBLE, Aditya NOVALI, Elia NURVISTA, Shinro OHTAKE, Donna ONG and Robert ZHAO Renhui, Alair PAMBEGAN, PANGROK SULAP, Bona PARK, Bounpaul PHOTHYZAN, Souliya P HOUMIVONG, QIU Zhijie, Iman RAAD, Margaret RARRU and Helen GANALMIRRIWUY, Lisa REIHANA, Peter ROBINSON, Handiwirman SAPUTRA, Mithu SEN, Hassan SHARIF, Tcheu SIONG, Jakkai SIRIBUTR, SOE YU NWE, Herman SOMUK, Harit SRIKHAO, Ayesha SULTANA, Latai TAUMOEPEAU, TUNGARU: THE KIRIBATI PROJECT led by Chris CHARTERIS, James TYLOR, VUTH Lyno, Munem WASIF, Boedi WIDJAJA, Areta WILKINSON,

WOMEN’S WEALTH, Sawangwongse YAWNGHWE, Pannaphan YODMANEE, YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES and ZHENG Guongu.

The Queensland Government is the Founding Supporter of the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art series.

APT9 is made possible with the support of Strategic Partner Tourism and Events Queensland, Principal Partner the

Australia Council for the Arts, and Major Partner UAP. APT9 Kids is supported by Principal Benefactor the Tim Fairfax

Family Foundation.

Sunshine Coast stars at smart city awards

The Sunshine Coast has been recognised as the nation’s leader in smart cities at the inaugural Australian Smart Cities Awards in Sydney.

Council won the coveted Leadership City category for its commitment to smart cities through its “Smart City Implementation Plan – not rhetoric” which encompasses data sharing, investment in loT technology and free public Wi-Fi.

Council collected the ‘Regional Leadership Award’ for the 15-megawatt Sunshine Coast Solar Farm – the first to be built by a local government in Australia – which offsets more than 100% of council’s total electricity consumption. Council’s Smart City co-ordinator, Michael Whereat, also took out the ‘Smart Cities Leader – Government’.

Council’s Smart Region Management Platform, which shares disparate data to provide a bird’s eye view of the smart solutions and systems across the region, also won a highly commended award.

Economic Development Portfolio Councillor Stephen Robinson said it was a tremendous honour and a great achievement for the Sunshine Coast to win three awards, including the top prize, at Australia’s first Smart City Council Awards, which recognise leadership and best practice in the smart cities movement.

“This is an outstanding feat for our region and especially given that we were up against two capital cities in Brisbane and Adelaide for the top prize ‘Leadership City’ award,” Cr Robinson said.

“We believe that adopting smart city technologies will provide real opportunities to build a stronger economy, develop a stronger and safer community, improve service delivery to residents, businesses and visitors.”

“Significant progress has been made in our region since council launched the Smart City Framework in 2015, which was introduced to help create a smart and digitally connected Maroochydore City Centre.”

“Council has harnessed a host of technologies to create a more liveable region, including the first whole-of-region smart Wi-Fi, smart bins and water meters, street lighting as well as sensors for parking and to monitor wildlife and waterways.

“The Aura, Palmwoods and Landsborough developments also have smart city solutions either installed or planned for the future and council’s Smart Centre in Bulcock Street, Caloundra has welcomed more than 2,500 visitors since opening in 2016.

“The Smart Centre also became Australia’s first smart city urban streetscape demonstration and testing facility in 2017 and in July this year it hosted the first public demonstration of light fidelity (Li-Fi) technology in the Asia-Pacific region.

“In 2017, Sunshine Coast Council became the first local government in Australia to build a utility scale solar farm at Valdora (14km west of Coolum Beach). It’s the largest solar farm built in South East Queensland and the first in Australia to operate at 1500 volts for greater efficiency.

“The solar farm has enabled council to offset around 107% of its electricity consumption and in its first year since opening has generated more than 30GW hours of energy with resulting carbon savings of more than 24,000 tonnes.

“So, it’s absolutely terrific that council has been recognised for its hard work and foresight in the smart cities space and we can now proudly say that we’re a national leader for smart city technologies.

“These awards come hot on the heels of the Sunshine Coast again being named one of the Smart 21 communities of the world (2019) for the fifth time in the last six years. This is another tremendous result for the Sunshine Coast and recognises council’s work in the delivery and implementation of the Regional Economic Development Strategy (REDS), the Smart Cities program, as well as social and cultural development and quality of life elements which are all considered.”

 

Grab a unique gift at the gallery

Avoid the last-minute Christmas rush and head to Caloundra Regional Gallery for the final Friday3Live event of the year – the It’s a Wrap Artisan Market – on November 16 from 5.30-8pm.

Why not indulge in a little retail therapy and tick a few items off your gift list, meet the local makers and gallery store artists at the pop-up artisan stalls all while enjoying live music, complimentary snacks and drinks at bar prices.

Whether you love stationery, ceramics, jewellery, tea or homewares, there will be 15 amazing stalls to browse in addition to the gallery store.

Free gift wrapping will be available for your purchases.

Artisan stalls include:

Notely

RillP Design

Succulent Artistry

Tootzzi – jewellery

Rebecca Ward

Jan Roebuck

AR-T

Pottery for the Planet

Tamaryn Goodyear

Asha Jane & Co

Aileen Greig

Sarah Sheppard

Mood Macrame

Coastal Studio

Juwel

Friday3Live is held at the gallery on the third Friday of the month and includes a changing program of interactive activities, music, talks and performances.

For more details on all of the programs and workshops held at the gallery, visit the gallery website – gallery.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.

You can also follow the gallery on Facebook and Instagram.

Brisbane audiences are in for a Christmas treat this year with a brand new theatre production of Charles Dickens’ belovedA Christmas Carol coming to the Playhouse at Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) from 7 to 16 December2018.

shake & stir theatre co, renowned for their innovative adaptations of popular fiction, is bringing the world premiere of this nostalgic Christmas story to Brisbane following recent page to stage co-productions with QPAC including George’s Marvellous Medicine and Dracula.

Directed by award-winning Michael Futcher and adapted for stage by co-Artistic Director for shake & stir theatre co Nelle Lee, audiences can expect a sumptuous and surprising reimagining of Dickens’ classic story of compassion, forgiveness and redemption.

The tale begins on a cold and gloomy Christmas Eve. Ebenezer Scrooge is spending his evening hunched over his coals, counting his fortune and cursing the happiness of others. After a ghostly night of unexpected visitors, each with an important lesson for Scrooge direct from the grave, Scrooge awakens on Christmas Day with a whole new outlook on life.

Acclaimed Brisbane actor Eugene Gilfedder will star as Scrooge alongside a stellar cast including Ross Balbuziente, Salliana Campbell, Arnijka Larcombe-Weate, Nelle Lee, Bryan Probets and Nick Skubij.

Hailed as one of Dickens’ most popular pieces of fiction, the book and its timeless reminder to honour the spirit of Christmas and remember those less fortunate are as relevant today as in 1843 when Dickens put pen to paper.

Ms Lee said she was delighted to be bringing such an iconic Christmas story to the stage this December.

“Throughout the world, theatre productions of A Christmas Carol are brought to life at Christmas time – we are excited to give Brisbane audiences the opportunity to enjoy this tradition at the Playhouse QPAC this December,” Ms Lee said.

“Audiences will enjoy the transformation of Scrooge from a greedy, selfish humbug to someone who truly understands and upholds the Christmas spirit.”

Featuring live musicians, yule-tide carolling, lavish costumes and of course, snow, A Christmas Carol will be a visual feast with set design by Josh McIntosh and video design by Craig Wilkinson. The production will also include a new atmospheric composition from composer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Salliana Campbell (The Switch, Shotgun Shirleys).

QPAC is passionate about the success of Queensland artists and companies and has been working with shake & stir theatre co to develop new works for eight years. A Christmas Carol will mean yet another great new work is developed in Queensland with local artists and will attract new audiences to the theatre.

Book now to guarantee the best seats for this Christmas classic at QPAC. Suitable for ages eight and over.

-ENDS-

 

shake & stir theatre co and QPAC present

A Christmas Carol 

by Charles Dickens

adapted and created by shake & stir theatre co

 

7-16 December 2018

Playhouse, QPAC

World Premiere | Only in Brisbane

 

Adaptor | Nelle Lee

Director | Michael Futcher

Designer | Josh McIntosh

Composer | Salliana Campbell

Lighting Designer | Jason Glenwright

Video Designer | Craig Wilkinson

Sound Designer | Chris Perren

 

Hit Productions presents

HOTEL SORRENTO

By Hannie Rayson

 

Hit Productions returns to the Sunshine Coast with their new award winning comedy play Hotel Sorrento performing at The Events Centre, Caloundra on Thursday 20 September at 7.30pm.

 

Written by Hannie Rayson, this play is inspired by the AFI award winning Australian film and stars Joanne Booth as Pippa (Neighbours; House Husbands), Ruth Caro as Hilary (Home & Away; The Glass Menagerie), Dennis Coard as Wal (HIT’s Australia Day; Home & Away), Kim Denman as Meg (HIT’s All My Love; West Side Story), Saxon Gray as Troy (Twelfth Night), Dion Mills as Edwin (HIT’s All My Love; Eurydice), Jenny Seedsman as Marge (Inheritance; Patient 12), and Mike Smith as Dick (HIT’s The 39 Steps; Billy Elliot – The Musical).

 

The play boasts an exceptional creative team led by critically acclaimed director, Denny Lawrence who has directed several productions for HIT including All My Love, Glorious!, Shirley Valentine, Always… Patsy Cline, and Educating Rita. The playwright, Hannie Rayson, is a celebrated Australian playwright and has won awards for a number of her works. Hotel Sorrento alone has afforded her an AWGIE, a NSW Premier’s Literary Award and a Green Room Award for Best Play of 1990.

 

Producer, Christine Harris, is this year celebrating her 25th year as a significant Australian producer and is dedicated to delivering Australian works to Australian audiences. Hotel Sorrento is HIT Productions’ 100th tour!

The 2018 Eastern seaboard tour runs in three blocks across 16 weeks between April to October incorporating 34 capital city, metro, outer metro and regional venues. This tour is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria. 

“HIT Productions first toured Hotel Sorrento in 1999. In twenty years of touring plays, this company has dedicated itself to producing the work of Australian playwrights. My plays have been seen by audiences across the country as a result.  Always in any work of art we are looking for questions that go to the heart of our humanity. HIT Productions have dedicated themselves with great skill and open-heartedness to this quest. They have been tireless in their commitment to sharing the stories of Australian lives and have enriched our national theatre culture immeasurably.” Hannie Rayson, 2018

Local business HeliMods has been catapulted into the national spotlight as it heads to Melbourne next week to compete for the for the title of 2018 Telstra Australian Business of the Year.

This home-grown talent has gone from strength to strength through its rapid growth, taking out Sunshine Coast Business of the Year in 2017 and Telstra Queensland Business of the Year earlier this year. Now up against some of the best businesses in the country, HeliMods is poised to take out Telstra’s highest national award as 2018 Australian Business of the Year.

“This award should really show that any business into tech, that has a global market, can do it from a regional area,” Founder and Managing Director, Mr Will Shrapnel said after receiving the State-based awards at the Telstra gala dinner earlier this year.

“It’s just incredible, to be a regional business, a tech company in the regions, and to be recognised at a significant awards ceremony like this, that’s just massive, that means so much to us.”

This sentiment could not be more relevant now with the recent announcement of the international broadband submarine cable, which will see the Sunshine Coast delivering Australia’s fastest telecommunications connection to Asia and second fastest to the United States.

This technology will provide a game-changing platform for high-tech businesses like HeliMods preparing for the next frontier of transformation to Industry 4.0, enabling further rapid innovation and growth.

“I believe the Sunshine Coast is capable of hosting the most advanced and technology-intensive industries in the world. I also believe that innovative and progressive companies that choose to invest in this region will gain an enduring and increasing competitive advantage over their city-only counterparts”, said Mr Shrapnel.

Founded in 2002 by multi-generational Sunshine Coast local Will Shrapnel, with $5,000 on a credit card and a vision for building high-tech capability in the regions, HeliMods is now at the forefront of its field globally and is rapidly becoming a multimillion dollar business.

HeliMods is recognised as a world leader in the helicopter modification and special missions’ space. It takes helicopters from factory and its specialist team converts them into hi-tech emergency medical, search and rescue, or disaster relief machines in Australian and around the world.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said HeliMods was a true Sunshine Coast success story and one that would represent the region well in the upcoming national awards.

“HeliMods is a progressive business which continues to showcase the latest technologies and innovation – and by their efforts demonstrate how leading innovative businesses can succeed on a national and global stage from operating on the Sunshine Coast.

“It’s great to see local businesses like HeliMods being recognised for their hard work.

“HeliMods’ success demonstrates the Sunshine Coast offers great opportunities to establish, grow and operate a global firm, making us Australia’s healthy, smart, creative region.

“With our recent announcement that an international broadband submarine cable will be installed and in service from the Sunshine Coast from the first half of 2020, there will be even more opportunities to expand.

“Sunshine Coast Council is the first local government in Australia to secure an investment in an international submarine cable and, in an increasingly digital world, the value of this investment in the region’s future cannot be understated.

“Without a doubt, this investment will result in a significant point of difference for the Sunshine Coast.

Mayor Mark Jamieson is also encouraging the Sunshine Coast community to get behind HeliMods and contribute in their own way to supporting the local business in the lead up to the National Awards.

“We strongly encourage our community and local business people to get behind HeliMods by voting for them in the People’s Choice Awards on the Telstra Awards Website”, Mayor Jamieson said.

All 2018 Queensland winners will join other state and territory category winners at the National 2018 Telstra Business Awards in Melbourne on 20 September.

People’s Choice voting closes at 5pm (AEST) on Wednesday, September 19. To vote for HeliMods in the People’s Choice Award visit: https://www.telstrabusinessawards.com/peoples-choice

 

QUEENSLANDERS CHRISTEN O’LEARY AND LEON CAIN TO JOIN STAR STUDDED LINE UP FOR BLOCKBUSTER BRISBANE SEASON.

 

Queenslanders Christen O’Leary and Leon Cain will join a stellar line up of talent announced for the triumphant stage adaption of Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwestfor the strictly limited season at the Lyric Theatre, Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) from 27 November to 9 December 2018.

Christen O’Leary, a multi-award winning musical theatre star most recognised for recent roles in A Twelfth NightScenes from a Marriage, and the popular seasons of Ladies in Black and End of the Rainbow among many more, as well as her television credits (Blue HeelersState Coroner), will play the role of Maggie and other female parts in this Hollywood classic Queensland stage premiere.

Leon Cain will showcase his talent in the role of Janitor and various other roles. Cain frequently treads the boards at QPAC, most recently in Roald Dahl’s George’s Marvellous Medicine with shake & stir theatre co. His career has earned him two Matilda Awards and will bring his diverse experience to the stage once more.

O’Leary and Cain join previously announced leads Matt Day (Roger O. Thornhill) and Amber McMahon (Eve Kendall) who reprise their roles from the Melbourne season of North by Northwest.

The stellar cast line-up announced today also included Abigail McKern (Mrs Thornhill), Robert Menzies (Professor), Tom Davey(Leonard), Nicholas Bell (Newsreader), Peter Houghton (Gruzinski), Ezra Bix (Budnikov) and Roddy Peters (Bell Boy).

Combining the magic of film and theatre, this incredible production of Hitchcock’s supreme comedy of suspense will be presented live on QPAC’s Lyric Theatre stage from 27 November 2018 for two weeks only.

Brisbane is only the second Australian city to experience this celebrated production following sell out seasons in Melbourne, the U.K. and Toronto.

Every twist, every thrill, every hairbreadth escape from Hitchcock’s original genius work is retained for this stunning new stage production by director Simon Phillips and adapted for the stage by Carolyn Burns; the creative team behindLadies in Black.

Don’t miss this lightning paced thriller that combines glamour with espionage for a truly irresistible cocktail. Playing in QPAC’s Lyric Theatre for a strictly limited season from 27 November, tickets are selling fast so you’d better run! To book go to qpac.com.au or phone 136 246.

-ENDS-

‘Brilliantly reimagined … A-grade entertainment’ –★★★★
Herald Sun

‘Strokes of theatrical genius … slick and thoroughly entertaining’- ★★★★
The Age

“Hitchcock’s glamourous thriller… Slick, wry and clever!” ★★★★★
Daily Mail UK

 

By special arrangement with Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures.

Originally produced by Kay & McLean Productions in association with the Melbourne Theatre Company.

 

QPAC and Kay & McLean Productions present:

North by Northwest

 

WHEN:                                                                        27 November to 9 December 2018

WHERE:                                                                     Lyric Theatre, QPAC, Cultural Centre, South Bank, Brisbane

NOOSA ALIVE

20 – 29 July 2018
AUSTRALIA’S PREMIER REGIONAL PERFORMING ARTS AND CULTURE FESTIVAL

Welcome to Noosa Long Weekend Festival, a 10 day festival of theatre, literature, music, dance, film, visual arts, cuisine and barrier-breaking forums – in one of Australia’s most enviable destinations: Noosa Heads, Queensland.

Founded by prominent Australian playwright David Williamson, author Kristin Williamson, internationally renowned violinist Brett Dean, environmental activist Dr Michael Gloster, restaurateur Leonie Palmer-Fisher together with Rick Clayton and Ros McCauley.

March 2018, Pre-Cursor and Fundraiser performances for NOOSA alive!

 NOOSA alive! proudly presents the QLD Premiere performances of

David Williamson AO’ most recent triumph – his latest play

 SORTING OUT RACHEL

Coming to Noosa direct from the World Premiere of  SORTING OUT RACHEL at the Ensemble Theatre in Sydney, NOOSA alive! Australia’s foremost regional community performing arts and culture festival proudly presents four ‘only’ exclusive fundraising performances, taking place at The J Theatre, in Noosa on Wednesday 21 March 2pm (matinee) & 7.30pm, Thursday 22 & Friday 23 March, 7.30pm.

SORTING OUT RACHEL opened in Sydney on Wednesday, January 24 to resounding success with the Sydney season already close to totally sold!  By all accounts this show is not to be missed! With only four performances in Noosa (with no possibility of extension), we urge you to book quickly to avoid disappointment.

These performances of SORTING OUT RACHEL honour David Williamson AO, the most produced playwright in the history of Australia (amongst his many other accolades across literature, theatre, film and television).

A fierce believer in ‘giving back’ and in the importance of culture to community, David has generously donated royalties from SORTING OUT RACHEL to NOOSA alive!

‘Culture needs to be supported and encouraged by community, without it we risk being an empty shell. The greatest fun of all is to get involved and to create ‘occasion’. The Festival, now in its 17th year is something for Noosa to be proud of. It’s the only festival of its kind in Australia and it has been delivering the very best of culture and performance to the Noosa community for a very long time. It’s great to see the recognition it gets and the calibre of performer, local and visiting, that the festival attracts and showcases. Jump on board to support the Festival’s future – You will have a great time doing something truly valuable for our community!’ David Williamson AO.

Named as one of Australia’s living national treasures, David is no stranger to Noosa, in fact he and wife Kristin are synonymous with Noosa having lived locally for many years and remain founding Patrons of NOOSA alive! (formerly the Noosa Long Weekend Festival).

To get involved, please contact the NOOSA alive! office E: admin@noosaalive.com 

P: 07 5473 0989

SORTING OUT RACHEL by David Williamson AO

Director: NADIA TASS, Designer: TOBHIYAH STONE FELLER, Lighting & AV Design: CHRISTOPHER PAGE, Sound Design: DANIEL NIXON

Cast: CHENOA DEEMAL (Tess), GLENN HAZELDINE (Craig), JOHN HOWARD (Bruce), JENNA OWEN (Rachel) & NATALIE SALEEBA (Julie)

 In this Queensland premiere production, David Williamson cements his place as one of Australia’s most masterful storytellers with a brand new social comedy about legacy, entitlement and making good on past relationships.

When it comes to business, Bruce (John Howard) knows what to do. You’ve got to out-bite the sharks and twist a good deal before you get screwed. But as the years go by and his legacy starts to loom, his thoughts turn to his exasperated daughter Julie (Natalie Saleeba), her social climbing husband Craig (Glenn Hazeldine) and his granddaughter, Rachel (Jenna Owen) who unfortunately takes after him. Perhaps it’s time to make amends. Can Bruce solve his family issues without giving away a long-held secret? Chenoa Deemal makes her debut in a Williamson play as Tess – how does Tess fit into the picture? The plot thickens!

DIRECTORS NOTES BY NADIA TASS

I have always loved David Williamson’s work, the issues he concerns himself with, and the careful balance he creates between gravity and humour.

Williamson insists that issues he resents, cannot be shelved or ignored, so he orchestrates situations that are strange, uncomfortable and grittingly real. And it is within those situations our characters are forced to confront the issues, even if they are potentially detrimental to their personal lives.

Each of the characters in SORTING OUT RACHEL is facing a mammoth personal dilemma. And each of these dilemmas mirrors the prevailing social issues in Australian society. One has too little money, another too much: and the question is – how is that money best used for the greater food of the community? (please see extended notes attached)

Multi award winning film director NADIA TASS (69 awards so far directs her very first Williamson play. She has directed for MTC and QTC as well as many other theatre companies in Australia and in London. Nadia’s best known films include:  MALCOLM, RIKKY AND PETE, THE BIG STEAL, URE LUCK, MR RELIABLE, AMY, MATCHING JACK, FATAL HONEYMOON and THE MIRACLE WORKER.

Nadia has assembled a stellar cast including JOHN HOWARD who’s film credits include MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, LAST CAB TO DARWIN, THE MAN WHO SUED GOD, A MAN’S GOTTA DO and JINDABYNE: his television credits include: WARRIORS, SOUL MATES, JANET KING, CROWNIES, SEACHANGE, ALL SAINTS, ALWAYS GREENER, PACKED TO THE RAFTERS and CHANGI.

NATALIE SALEEBA plays Bruce’s daughter Julie. Natalie spent the last 5 years appearing in CH 9’S HOUSE HUSBANDS.

GLENN HAZELDINE plays Julie’s husband Craig, SORTING OUT RACHEL is Glenn’s 16th David Williamson play. Glenn most recently appeared in Sydney Theatre Company’s THE FATHER with John Bell which also toured to Melbourne.

Newcomer JENNA OWEN plays Bruce’s granddaughter Rachel, of the play’s title. Jenna appeared in the television remake of PUBERTY BLUES and this year appeared in ABC-TV’S FRESH BLOOD. She has performed in the Sydney Fringe and Sydney Comedy festivals.

CHENOA DEEMAL recently appeared in the one woman show 7 STAGES OF GRIEVING which she toured nationally then performed in London at ORIGINS: FESTIVAL OF FIRST NATIONS. Chenoa’s other theatre credits include productions at QTC and Darlinghurst Theatre.

 Australia’s most enduringly popular social comedy writer…. Keenly observant and satirical.’ SMH (for Operator)

 ‘His genius has been to define for us, in advance of our own recognition, the qualities which make up the Australian character.’ The Australian

 

Jandamarra Cadd: United Journey
Caloundra Regional GallerOfficial Opening (starting
with a Smoking ceremony
and dancers Wednesday 20 June, 5.30 pm
Exhibition – Thursday 21 June – Sunday 12 August  

This exhibition of new paintings by Sunshine Coast-based artist Jandamarra Cadd considers relationships between Indigenous and Non-indigenous people, not one of more value than the other but in true harmony and equality. Cadd’s paintings depict a moment in time that tells of a journey of embracing, learning and understanding from one another in a truly symbiotic relationship – a United Journey.

The exhibition will include an interactive, children’s art activity space and will be accompanied by a fold-out catalogue with a new text by author Nycole Prowse.

Creativity, Community, Culture