Dianne Sheehan Education & Public Programs Officer , Ellie Ray Director
27.05.16 11:27 pm

Con Rhee, Dove River emerging from its canyon (upper parts, panels 8 & 9, 55x900mm each), 2015, vinyl on HIPS


Exhibition: 4 June – 2 July, 2016 │  Opening Friday 3 June, 6 pm

In Conversation with the Artist: Thursday 9 June, 1.30 pm

Tasmanian artist Con Rhee presents an artist talk about his new exhibition The Wilderness Pill on Thursday 9 June, 1.30 pm.

The exhibition features in the Gallery’s Little Gallery Project Space, which is available to emerging and early career contemporary Tasmanian artists, promoting experimentation in 2D and 3D art, critical thinking and concepts and excellence.

Con Rhee is an emerging artist who began his art career later in life, having studied and taught biology at tertiary level for some time. He works in both glass and photography and has exhibited his works regularly over recent years.

Artist talks by Little Gallery artists are perfect for students and emerging artists, as they provide valuable information for those considering a career in the arts through discussions about their experiences navigating ideas, processes and techniques.

Rhee’s concepts explore such things as health – how it is maintained, and has been maintained in the past. He questions how society managed without pills and medications and from a personal perspective he believes that one way to maintain health is to be at one with nature. With this in mind, Rhee has coined the term ‘The wilderness pill’ which forms the title of his exhibition in The Little Gallery. The exhibition highlights the wilderness through a series of enlarged photographs that surround the viewer within the space and seemingly transport them into a sense of ‘being there’.

“Based on experience, I’ve found a health promoting pill. It cost nothing & is highly efficacious. You absorb it naturally when you are present in the wilderness. It does wonders for your mental state, which in turn is reflected in the wellbeing & longevity of your body – i.e. your health. Given our origins, this “pill” was originally omnipresent in our environment. I call it “The Wilderness Pill”” – Con Rhee, May 2015

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Bett Gallery: NANCY MAURO-FLUDE, marique potens

Emma Bett, Bett Gallery
27.05.16 11:12 pm


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Festival of Voices 2016 Program Announced + Double Pass Giveaway

Ally Kelleher, Festival of Voices
26.05.16 3:40 pm


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Theatre Royal: What’s On ...

Theatre Royal
26.05.16 2:58 pm


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EWAH & THE VISION OF PARADISE’s New Single She Oaks ...

26.05.16 2:29 pm

Photograph, clockwise from top left: Charles Donnelly (keys), Stuart Hollingsworth (bass), Paul Brooks (drums), EWAH (vocals & guitar).

New single - She Oaks - Tasmanian launch with special guest Pete Lyrebird (Melb)

EWAH and Pete Lyrebird both grew up in Tasmania and later in life became friends in Melbourne. Pete still lives there, while EWAH returned to her homestate two years back.

Both performers are most at home telling tales on the dark side. Both spent their formative years growing up in the surrounds of Tasmania, both have a love of word-smithing, story telling, and creating an atmospheric setting with music. They have all this in common, but each performer has a very unique voice, sound and way of telling their dark stories.

After many years of talking about playing a bill together in Tasmania, EWAH & Pete Lyrebird will do a mini-Tas-tour in Hobart and Launceston. Pete introduces “Lyrebird” to Tasmanian audiences for the first time. And EWAH & The VOPs - who Hobart audiences are familiar with - also look forward to debuting their sound to a northern crowd.

EWAH’s latest project, EWAH & The Vision of Paradise, launch their new single She Oaks, the introductions to a series of singles that explore the stories of female murder victims. Inspiration is drawn from headlines, anecdotal accounts and imagined stories responding to photographs and real life locations. But rather than being morbid, EWAH sees them as a celebration of the women depicted. EWAH & The Vision of Paradise’s sound could be described as NYC punk new wave meets 80s Australiana synth pop.

Tasmanian audiences will be the first to see a Pete Lyrebird show. Pete Lyrebird is the new musical incarnation for writer Pete Reid, who formerly appeared as Pete and The Tar Gang. He has performed on stages across the world, both as a musician and actor, including at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where he received highly favourable reviews for his self-penned solo show.
“Whether speaking, singing or acting in character, he’s a classy performer whose deep, rich voice and world-weary expressions you’ll carry for a long time afterwards.’
The Scotsman (UK)

Pete Lyrebird, specialises in wintry, lyric-centric songs best appreciated near the fire on a cold, rainy night. Driven by a rich, distinctive vocal and lush, spacious guitar work, the music can be broadly described as a kind of alternate folk, featuring melancholic romantic ballads, sodden dirges, dark cabaret, gritty rock, and mystical Balkan-esque story songs. Reid says, “Expect a musical experience akin to exploring an old mansion: grand and occasionally beautiful, a bit worn and gritty, filled with strange rooms and stories in unexpected places.”

Tasmanian Tour:

Friday 3rd June - The Brisbane Hotel, Hobart, 8.30pm (with Filthy Little Star),

Saturday 4th June - The Gunners Arms, Launceston, 8.30pm (with Slag Queens)

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Keep One Eye On The Stranger Female Musicians Announced

Ally Kelleher, Festival of Voices
26.05.16 2:23 pm


THURSDAY 26 MAY 2016 - Festival of Voices is thrilled to announce the winners of Keep One Eye On The Stranger (KOEOTS) for 2016.

KOEOTS set out to see four emerging female Tasmanian artists join renowned Australian songstress Abbe May on an exclusive songwriting retreat, before performing at Hobart’s Voicebox.

Proudly supported by APRA AMCOS and Music Tasmania, this year’s competition showcased a great range of female talent with almost 40 entries from around the state. Narrowing it down to just four artists wasn’t easy and after hearing the selection available, Abbe ended up with five artists. The singer songwriter said:

“There were some absolutely amazing artists to choose from in the submissions process.  So much talent in Tassie! However, I have a problem because I want all of them. I am so delighted to be involved and will give it everything I have to make it magic.”

Introducing this year’s musicians:

Maddy Jane
Maddy Jane’s style of honest indie/pop/rock music has captured hearts around Hobart. With relatable lyrics, curious, ironic ideas and catchy hooks pulled from an Australian music background, you’ll hear influences such as Paul Kelly, Little Birdy and Courtney Barnett in her style, with a modern and original take and a lot o’ soul.
Maddy Jane was also the Hobart local ‘Legend Hunt winners’ for Party in the Paddock 2016, where Maddy Jane and the Jane’s got the opportunity to play on the main stage alongside bands such as The Preatures, British India, Violent Soho and many more.

Chloe Wilson
Hailing from Northern Tasmania, Chloe Wilson is one half of Sumner, an alterntive soul duo heavily influenced by hip hop, funk and alternative music. Alongside Jack Mclaine, Chloe began Sumner as a way to explore and tie these diverse influences together. In the past 12 months, Sumner have supported Smith Street Band and performed to enthusiastic crowds at Falls Music and Arts Festival and Party in the Paddock. Listen.

Hayley Couper
Hayley Couper is a captivating performer, vocalist and multi- instrumentalist. 

She’s been described by producer Woody Annison as ‘somewhere between Mazzy Star meets Souxsie & The Banshees’, while Triple J’s Nick Findlay believes she takes him ‘right back to when he first discovered PJ Harvey’.

 While travelling throughout Europe in 2014, Couper, was without a band and began to adapt her live solo shows by incorporating loops, drums machines and samples to fill out the sound. This new electronic approach has since become a permanent fixture, with Couper moving in a new direction, crafting her own blend of ‘hypnotic, dream pop’. Listen.

Claire Jansen
Hobart based indie musician Claire Jansen is the self-taught songwriter of bands Heart Beach and Catsuit. Writing her songs primarily on bass and electric guitar, Claire is drawn to create lyrics that are simple and downbeat, but deeply evocative. The Guardian described Heart Beach’s debut album as ‘oddly and often wonderfully uplifting’ and their music has been compared to that of Joy Division and The Smiths. Recently the band has played at Falls Music and Arts Festival, A Festival Called Panama and Rose Quartz Festival. Listen.

And meet our wildcard: Victoria Geale
Victoria Geale’s voice will blow you away. Using her bathroom as an acoustic setting to record her covers, the 20 year old from Launceston has been playing guitar and singing since she was 14. Victoria’s experience comes from playing pubs, private functions and weddings alongside her brother. Victoria sees KOEOTS as an opportunity to transition to writing her own music. Listen.

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Naomi Parry
26.05.16 2:14 pm



One Friday 10 June, The Artbank Roadshow will launch its national tour with the first stop in Hobart. This unprecedented new initiative that will provide unrepresented Australian visual artists with the opportunity to have their artwork seen and possibly acquired for the Artbank collection, one of the largest collections of Australian contemporary art in the world. The Artbank Roadshow will see Artbank visit twelve metropolitan and regional locations around Australia between June 2016 and June 2017; meeting with artists in short 20 minute appointments to give artists the chance to ‘pitch’ their work. The meetings on June 10 will take place at the Tasmanian College of the Arts, and artists must register at

The Artbank collection includes some of the finest examples of Indigenous and non-Indigenous contemporary artwork produced over the past four decades. As the largest collector of Australian art in the country, Artbank’s support for artists is often applied early in their careers, with further acquisitions made at regular intervals to form an extensive and constantly evolving collection of Australian contemporary art. The Artbank Roadshow will enable artists who do not have commercial gallery representation to introduce/reintroduce themselves to Artbank and pitch their work – with the possibility of it being acquired for the Artbank collection.
Says Tony Stephens of the initiative: “The Artbank collection is unique in that it represents possibly the most comprehensive cross-section of Australian contemporary art practice – year in, year out. This initiative will ensure Artbank’s support for Australian visual artists extends beyond those who have commercial representation and in doing so, assists us to continue building a significant public collection of Australian art that is truly representative of Australian cultural practice.”

Key dates and the locations for the Artbank Roadshow are:

• Hobart June 2016
• Cairns July 2016
• Brisbane July 2016
• Darwin August 2016
• Alice Spring September 2016
• Sydney October 2016
• Newcastle November 2016
• Adelaide February 2017
• Melbourne March 2017
• Kandos April 2017
• Perth May 2017
• Canberra June 2017

About Artbank
For over 35 years, Artbank has been at the forefront of the Australian contemporary art sector. Established in 1980 as a federal government support program, Artbank provides direct support to Australian contemporary artists through the acquisition of their work and promotes the value of Australian contemporary art to the broader public. Artbank funds its operations through a unique leasing programme; working with individuals, companies, governments and embassies in over seventy countries across the globe. With approximately 10,000 works by over 3,500 artists, Artbank holds one of the largest collections of Australian contemporary art in the world, which includes some of the best examples of Indigenous and non-Indigenous artwork produced over the past four decades. As the largest collector of Australian art in the country, Artbank’s support for artists is often applied early in their careers, with further acquisitions made at regular intervals to form an extensive and constantly evolving collection of Australian contemporary art.

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Wrest Point, Country Club, Burnie: Foster and Allen

Paula Xiberras
26.05.16 12:25 am


Last week I had the pleasure of talking to one half of Irish singing duo Foster and Allen, the lovely Tony Allen. Tony tells me the duo and their group love Tasmania and adds the venues, including the casino in Hobart are beautiful, not to mention the wonderful audiences. Tasmania reminds Tony very much of Ireland, especially the friendliness of the people. To top off the connection to Tasmania is the fact that their tour manager, Michael Hayes, is a Tasmanian!

Mick Foster and Tony Allen are legends in the music industry and unique in creating a bridge between easy listening music and Irish music performed with traditional instruments.

Mick and Tony always employ a rigorous schedule when touring, in this particular 5 week tour they will perform 29 shows all over Australia. This touring also means there won’t be a lot of sightseeing except of course of the incidental kind while driving in blocks of two or two and half hours from venue to venue. When they do get the opportunity to stop in smaller villages they like visiting various eateries and meeting the locals.

That’s the easy part of the tour because when the boys do arrive at the venue there is the problem of choosing from a list of song titles from over 30 albums and 13 videos of which to perform! I ask Tony about the group’s favourites from this extensive list, wondering if it might be one of their two most known signature songs, ‘A Bunch of Thyme’ and ‘Maggie’.

Tony, while acknowledging these songs as well as another favourite ‘Black Sheep’, tells me that one of the most requested songs is ‘I will love you all my life’ because it is a favourite of so many, performed for birthdays and anniversaries.

As well as making sure all the favourite songs, which number about 12, are covered Tony says they do some ‘expectations’ as well as ‘a few nice tracks’ off the newest album.

Always keen to evolve and extend their reach, Foster and Allen have done a duet of ‘Galway Girl’ with Shayne Ward (winner of second series of X Factor UK) and sang with British TV personality Gloria Hunniford. Most recently on the new album the duo have done some jamming with those other traditional Irish musicians The Chieftains and Mick has had the honour of performing a duet of his fathers with Jimmy Shand Junior.

Tony himself is a lover of all kinds of music including The Beatles, Elvis and country music and have covered songs from The Beatles and Dire Straits among others. He doesn’t believe in putting music into genres and uses the analogy of someone who loves Gaelic football but also loves golf and horse racing. They all come under the umbrella of sport and he doesn’t believe anyone needs to choose one favourite, similarly a person can love more than one type of music.

Tony always loved music from the time he was at national school and to the time he worked at the hardware store. In a family of nine kids who all played and sang including his brother, who performs under the name of T. R. Dallas and was ‘the brave one’ who wasn’t afraid to get up and sing. Ironically on the morning we speak Tony said he had a call from T. R. Dallas who didn’t realise his brother was in Australia, himself being in New York working on one of the entertainment cruises.

Like his brother Tony still loves travelling and says he can’t understand how some entertainers bemoan the travelling aspect of the business. That being said it looks like we are set to enjoy the combined talents of Foster and Allen and their merry band for many years to come.

You can see Tony and Mick in Tasmania at the following venues:

HOBART Wrest Point Entertainment Centre Thursday 16 June
LAUNCESTON Country Club   Saturday 18 June
BURNIE Town Hall   Sunday 19 June

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Moonah Arts Centre Openings ...

Moonah Arts Centre
25.05.16 5:23 pm


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Dark Mofo: Black Box

25.05.16 3:18 pm


Black Box
A new experimental performance, art,
and music space that’s popping up at
MAC2 for the duration of Dark Mofo. 
Presented by Dark Mofo and Hobart Airport


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Ellie Ray Director Devonport Regional Gallery
25.05.16 2:58 pm

Joe, Enid and Family, 1931, The Robinson Collection.

4 June – 7 August, 2016
OPENING Friday 3 June, 6 pm

The Lyons Share: Photographs from the Robinson Collection
Curated by Ellie Ray

The Lyons Share: Photographs from the Robinson Collection celebrates the centenary of Home Hill which was built for the Lyons family in 1916. The exhibition showcases images made by the Robinson Family Business predominantly in the period comprising the 1930s and 1940s. The featured photographs have been printed from digital scans of the original negatives.

While highlighting certain aspects of the Lyons political life – Joe Lyons when he was Prime Minister of Australia and Dame Enid Lyons when she entered the House of Representatives – the photographs provide a glimpse into Joe and Enid Lyons family life at Home Hill. The photographic reproductions also provide a space for contemplating the role of the photographer in these times – particularly as many photographs of Joe and Enid Lyons were ‘press’ photographs.

The Robinson Family Business catered to a community of people from all walks of life, and it seems there is no end to the subject matter and the innovative ways they were portrayed. The series of family portraits photographed outdoors at Home Hill are testament to a photographer who experimented with poses and compositional arrangements. A selection of photographs also showcase the famous couple at special events either presenting trophies or as guest speakers.

PRESS: Selected Prints from the DCC Permanent Collection
Curated by Ellie Ray
Press presents prints from the Collection including etchings, lithographs, screen-prints and monoprints and highlights the diversity and skill prevalent amongst Tasmanian printmakers practicing over the past four decades. A highlight of this exhibition will be a series of prints by Bea Maddock (1934–2016).

This year, the Print Council of Australia celebrates 50 years by presenting the Year of Print. Press is included in this national program, which also contains competitions, workshops and exhibitions. More information about PCA and the Year of Print can be found online here.

A Twilight Tour that will explore both The Lyons Share and PRESS will be held on Thursday 23 June, 5.30 pm with the curator, Ellie Ray and Erin Wilson, Curator of Collections.

Education and Public Programs will be conducted throughout the exhibition period. For further details on education and programming please contact Dianne Sheehan, Public Programs Officer on 6424 8296

Con Rhee: The Wilderness Pill
The Little Gallery Project Space
Exhibition: 4 June – 2 July, 2016
OPENING SPEAKER: Ellie Ray, Gallery Director

Con Rhee is an emerging artist who began his art career later in life, having studied and taught Biology at tertiary level for some time. He works in both glass and photography and has exhibited his works regularly over recent years.

Rhee’s concepts explore such things as health – how it is maintained, and has been maintained in the past. He questions how society managed without pills and medications and from a personal perspective he believes that one way to maintain health is to be at one with nature. With this in mind, Rhee has coined the term ‘The wilderness pill’ which forms the title of his exhibition in The Little Gallery. The exhibition highlights the wilderness through a series of enlarged photographs that surround the viewer within the space and seemingly transport them into a sense of ‘being there’.

“Based on experience, I’ve found a health promoting pill. It cost nothing & is highly efficacious. You absorb it naturally when you are present in the wilderness. It does wonders for your mental state, which in turn is reflected in the wellbeing & longevity of your body – i.e. your health. Given our origins, this “pill” was originally omnipresent in our environment. I call it “The Wilderness Pill”” – Con Rhee, May 2015

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Playhouse: Habeas Corpus ...

Philip Crouch
23.05.16 4:03 pm


Dear Theatre Lovers,

Hoping this email finds you well and in good health. Introducing “Habeas Corpus,” a BRILLIANTLY FUNNY melodrama, with a great cast, well directed, clever dialogue & script and humorous from the opening scene to the end. Jacqui and I saw this performance on opening night, again last Saturday [volunteer roster] - and we’re looking forward to Friday night [volunteer roster] to see it once more. Read the review by Stage Whispers at:

Jacqui & Philip Crouch


‘Mid 60s Brighton on a balmy summer afternoon and its upper middle-class residents are certainly feeling the heat. The sex-mad Dr Arthur Wicksteed is caught in a compromising position. His wife, Muriel, craves the reawakening of her passion – with anyone from a travelling salesman to her husband’s bitter rival, while his sister Connie is obsessed with developing her flat chest and makes a plan to help nature along. It’s a picture worthy of a bawdy ‘postcard. Directed by Scott Hunt, Written by Allan Bennett


Playhouse Theatre, Bathurst St, Hobart.
Wednesday May 25 at 8.00pm (all tickets $30)
Thursday May 26 at 8.00pm
Friday May 27 at 8.00pm
Saturday May 28 at 2.00pm Matinee
Saturday May 28 at 8.00pm

Adults $33.00
Concession $30.00
Wednesday $30.00
Groups (10+) $28.00
*Rep Members $28.00

book on line, , phone (03)6234-5998, or simply call in to Centertainment, 35 Elizabeth St Mall, Hobart -say hi to Chris, Roger, Stuart.

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Earl Arts Launceston, Theatre Royal Hobart: Tasdance’s evolverevolve

Jane Forrest
23.05.16 3:09 pm

Image from HERE

WHO: Tasdance

WHAT: Tasdance’s upcoming main-stage season evolve : revolve featuring new works from these two sensational young choreographers Liesel Zink and Gabrielle Nankivell.

WHEN: Launceston season 26-28 May 2016, Hobart season 2-3 June 2016 (More details at bottom of this release)

WHERE: Earl Arts Centre, Launceston and Theatre Royal Hobart.

evolve : revolve brings politics, audacity and humour to the stage

Tasdance’s newest production couldn’t come at a more appropriate time given current happenings in Australian politics. This double bill features two works created especially for Tasdance by some of Australia’s best choreographic talent Gabrielle Nankivell and Liesel Zink.

Liesel Zink’s work Plain English is especially relevant given the upcoming Federal election – it puts a microscope on the way Australian politicians speak; the tactics and techniques they use to communicate to the public via the 24 hour news cycle. On the development process, Liesel says “As a starting point for the work, we have deconstructed recent interviews and speeches from federal politicians, using the rhythm, patterns, slogans and stutters to build a choreographic work that takes on a life of its own. Audience members will recognize words, sounds and gestures that they see on a daily basis from our politicians”

Nankivell’s work Thorn takes the audience in a very different direction. Drawing a wavering line between reality and fantasy, the work is a small study of humans, nature and human nature. Nankivell invites the audience to ponder a slowly shifting landscape. She says “The performers draw deeply on thought, imagination and sensory perception as they travel through the choreography. As they do this, their bodies become the landscape of the work. Between the performers and the audience floats shared perception - provoking questions around not just what, but how we experience”.

This will be Artistic Director, Felicity Bott’s first Tasdance season, and she sees it as confirmation of Tasdance’s commitment to contemporary dance excellence. She says ‘In these new works, theTasdance company members put their bodies on the line to explore human behaviour and contemporary politics. Physically articulate and powerfully instinctive, the performances by Bec Jones, Josh Thomson, Alana Everett, Alya Manzart and Rob Tinning are brimming with vitality.


Liesel Zink

Brisbane based dance artist Liesel Zink’s practice is heavily influenced by psychology and sociology research. Her practice seeks to rigorously question and reveal the meaningful complexities of social behaviour. Her choreographic style is derived from her research into body language, drawing from disciplines of drama, sound, science and psychology in order to effectively communicate a concept. Liesel is currently researching the act of protest, questioning its effectiveness in contemporary Western cultures

Gabrielle Nankivell

Award winning Gabrielle Nankivell (2015 Liedtke Foundation Fellow) performs, makes and teaches dance with the same adventurous spirit by which she lives. Her goal is to ignite the imagination of audiences and create continuing avenues of conversation through performance and collaboration. Gabrielle’s performance and collaboration credits are a wide-ranging mix of internationally renowned companies and artists. Honing her career in Europe, she has worked with the Belgian artists Alexander Baervoets and Ultima Vez/Wim Vandekeybus.


Since 1981, Tasdance has embedded professional contemporary dance excellence in the cultural life of Tasmania as art form, career pathway and accessible cultural experience. A respected regional contemporary dance company with national and international reach, Tasdance collaborates to invent dance-for-our-times and to inspire the community to participate.

Launceston, Earl Arts Centre,
May 26, 27, 28 - 8:00pm, May 27 - 1:00pm (schools matinee)
Bookings: or 6323 3666
Ticket Prices - Full $35, Concession $25

Hobart, Theatre Royal,
June 2, 3 - 8:00pm, June 3 - 1:00pm (schools matinee)
Bookings: or 6233 2299
Ticket prices: Full from $30, Concession $25.

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Theatre Royal: Thomas Campbell plays the cast of Misterman

Paula Xiberras
21.05.16 8:14 pm

Pic: by Diana Popovska


Mister Thomas Campbell will return to Tasmania to play at the Theatre Royal as the cast, yes, you read that right, of the Enda Walsh Irish drama ‘Misterman’.

Thomas grew up in Tassie, attending Lansdowne Primary School, Taroona High and Rosny College.

For Thomas a love of acting began at Taroona High; the ‘feeder’ school for Hobart College. However, Thomas discovered that Rosny College offered ‘a gifted and talented program’ with a strong drama component, so it was here he applied when finishing high school.

Through his TCE drama course Thomas acted in a number of school plays including a production of My Fair Lady in 1999 for The Gilbert and Sullivan Society in Tasmania.

When school was over Thomas headed to NIDA. This experience gave Thomas experience in classic techniques of movement, a high percentage of Shakespeare, classical theatre and screen techniques.

The movement technique is very important in Misterman, a play which Thomas describes as ‘an energy-fuelled 75 minutes’ of himself as the coincidently named Thomas, playing a number of characters that he captured on a particular day through a variety of recording equipment.

Thomas says the director has honoured playwright Enda Walsh’s vision of the ‘dissection of a small town community’ in the also aptly named Innishfree in which the main character Thomas’s religious zealotry ensures is not so free, as he offers his views and recommendations for the various transgressions of the town’s people including alcoholism and profane language, while at the same time not seeing that he himself exhibits some of the most unsavoury human behaviour.

Thomas the actor’s amazing feat is in playing all the characters, including men, women, a dog and an angel!

You can see Misterman at the Theatre Royal Backstage Theatre 31st May – 4th June.

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Twins twisted turns in grand ghostly gothic

Paula Xiberras
21.05.16 8:08 pm


‘The Secret Heiress’ is one of the most ‘twisty, turvy’,’ twinful‘novels I have ever read. As author Luke Devenish says he wanted it so that the reader could not see the end of the corridor till they actually walked it and by doing so walked a winding path of delusion and deceit.</b>

The story about a great gothic mansion and the twin sisters who inhabit it, one who seemingly succumbs to a mysterious end, keeps the reader guessing with as many twists and turns as the steps that in the unexpected dénouement a character and ‘ghost dog’ ascend to put the final piece of the puzzle in place.

I recently spoke to Luke Devenish about the book and his love of Tasmania. Luke last visited in 2012. He calls Tasmania “frighteningly beautiful” and singles out Freycinet, the Hobart environs and Longford’s historic houses as favourite haunts. Luke believes Tasmania has that sense or mood of ‘the lost ghost story’ that inspires imagination, perhaps in part because of its relative isolation in a natural gothic landscape.

With a number of historical novels already in print Luke is forever investigating places and time periods to set his novels in and navigating “a path through the forest of history”. He keeps a notebook to collect as he calls them ‘nuggets’ that might be useful to uncover in a novel.

Luke’s interest in architecture and history meets in the Gothicism of ‘The Secret Heiress’. Luke explains that gothic fiction descends from the architecture of the early 19th century that inspired novelists with its’ gripping sense of’ mood’ and ‘dilemma’.

‘The Secret Heiress’ takes place in an era where, says Luke ‘powerful, brainy, clever and beautiful’ women are stifled by a patriarchal society. These women are epitomised in the twins and the female servants Biddy and Ida who although not credited with being smart continue, albeit through naïve eyes, to demonstrate an ability to question and solve mysteries.

Luke says that the books evolving was not easy and took three drafts before he arrived at the version published. The original draft he thought perhaps was overly complicated in its surprises and so didn’t want to scare the agent!

In the end Devenish delivers us a deviously dark and delightful dramatic tale of tormented twins.

‘The Secret Heiress’ is out now published by Simon and Schuster

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Robert Thompson
21.05.16 6:01 pm







Thursday 9th June 2PM
Glenorchy Gardens
26 Vieste Drive, Glenorchy
Show and afternoon tea $5.

Please book by phone 6274 1800 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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Despard Gallery: Wayne Brookes, All That Glitters is not Gold!

Steven Joyce Director Despard Gallery
05.05.16 5:08 am






Opened by Dr Megan Keating, Head of Painting,

Tasmanian College of the Arts



View the exhibition in the gallery between

11th MAY - 5th JUNE 2016


View the exhibition online:HERE

Level One
15 Castray Esplanade

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New Artistic Director outlines exciting new direction for Tasdance

04.05.16 10:24 am


Tasdance’s new artistic director, Felicity Bott, commenced in the role late in 2015 and is now poised, ready to launch a new era for the company.  The months ahead will be a busy and exciting time for Tasdance, as Felicity delivers their upcoming season evolve : revolve, a new experimental piece for Dark Mofo, and pilots a new education programme, Flash Card Dance.

Felicity is excited about being in dance at this point in history. She says “The 21st century has ushered in a wide range of technologies and networking practices that contemporary dance artists have only just begun to explore. What really excites me about this is that the possibilities for connecting artists and audiences are front-and-centre in the making of much public performance these days”. 

“Tasdance will be a vital conduit for these connections in coming years and a vibrant portal for the production and delivery of new work for our state: taking brave new works out and bringing brave new works in, engaging and thrilling audiences every step of the way.”

“evolve : revolve and Hal’cyon are two prime examples of this potent dance exchange, they ensure that Tasmanian cultural values are broadcast within and beyond the island, whilst also bringing others’ perspectives and artistry to Tasmania.”

evolve : revolve features two new works by important Australian choreographers and clearly marks the beginning of a significant new ‘spin of the wheel’ for Tasdance. Felicity considers that this exciting season was perfectly themed by the former director Annie Grieg before her departure late in 2015; “the evolve : revolve main stage seasons in both Launceston and Hobart take Tasdance’s commitment to contemporary dance excellence forward, respecting the history of Tasdance and evolving it into the present.” she says.

Hal’cyon is Tasdance’s first appearance in Dark Mofo. The work itself is a new direction for Tasdance, something Felicity brings from her own practice, but she is excited to embrace Tasdance history within the work. Maggie James, a former dancer, educator, and Tasdance Chairperson, is the subject of the visual imagery of the piece. Felicity says, Maggie’s presence at the inception of this work helps ground it to the history and culture of Tasdance.”

Another priority for Felicity is continuing Tasdance’s 35-year commitment to dance education. “Tasdance was founded on valuing and developing expert knowledge about ways in which children and young people learn about dance aesthetics and participate in physical expression and I intend for Tasdance to continue to be a national leader in this field.”

Mid-2016 will see the pilot of Flash Card Dance, a multi-year proposal that weaves a dynamic performance research thread through dance education practice. Modeled on traditional scholastic ‘flash cards’, this simple education resource is about ‘dance + reading’ with the word ‘reading’ being applied equally to literacy and interpretation. The cards are designed as an integrated set of visual stimuli with words, graphics and drawings. For 2016, the drawings have been commissioned from internationally celebrated Australian dance artist Antony Hamilton.

“My mother and her parents were teachers and it is in my blood want to know how best to trigger the imaginations of children and young people. Through Flash Card Dance, Tasdance will continue to be a part of making art that is connected to students’ lives. Building their skills and capacity is the only, only way forward to futures of sustained wellbeing. Education about dance resonates throughout the whole of a students’ education, building physical and creative confidence.”


Felicity Bott has dedicated almost 30 years to flinging her body and imagination around; as a director and programmer of works in professional and community settings; as a freelance choreographer; and a dance educator of students ranging from pre-school age through to tertiary students majoring in dance. She has a degree in English and Anthropology from the University of WA. Following four years at the helm of of STEPS Youth Dance Company 2000–2003, Felicity was the Artistic Director of Buzz Dance Theatre from late 2003 to mid 2009. Several national nominations and awards including a Helpmann award and an Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance Education evidence her art and advocacy. Felicity is a 2007/8 Churchill Fellow and in 2009 was the recipient of the prestigious Department of Culture and the Arts’ Creative Development Fellowship in Western Australia.  2013 - 2015, Felicity was appointed to the role of Director of Ausdance WA, a peak body providing leadership, support and advocacy for all forms of dance in Western Australia.  In January 2015, Felicity was selected for the Australia Council for the Arts’ Emerging Leaders Development Program in Sydney. She is profiled in both editions of Rachel Power’s Creativity & Motherhood: The Divided Heart, a series of interviews with successful female artist-mothers (2008 & 2015).
Felicity is available for interview or photo opportunities on request. Images can also be provided. Contact Jane Forrest on 0439 862 363 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for further information.

Since 1981, Tasdance has embedded professional contemporary dance excellence in the cultural life of Tasmania as art form, career pathway and accessible cultural experience. A respected regional contemporary dance company with national and international reach, Tasdance collaborates to invent dance-for-our-times and to inspire the community to participate.


Launceston, Earl Arts Centre,
May 26, 27, 28 - 8:00pm, May 27 - 1:00pm (schools matinee)
Bookings: or 6323 3666
Ticket Prices - Full $35, Concession $25

Hobart, Theatre Royal,
June 2, 3 - 8:00pm, June 3 - 1:00pm (schools matinee)
Bookings: or 6233 2299
Ticket prices: Full from $30, Concession $25.

Odeon Theatre, Hobart
20–21 June 2016, 4.45pm–7.40am (sunset to sunrise)

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Dark Mofo
03.05.16 1:22 pm


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Devonport Regional Gallery
02.05.16 5:05 pm

June Wilson, Autumn walks, 2016, pastel

14 – 29 May, 2016
Opening Friday 13 May, 6 pm

Artists in Action: 22 May, 1–3.30 pm
Workshops: 17, 24 & 25 May, 6–8 pm

Devonport Regional Gallery presents the 26th annual North West Art Circle (NWAC) exhibition in the Main Gallery from 14th to 29th May, 2016. The NWAC is a group of close to 60 artists based on the North West of Tasmania that provides opportunities for local artists to promote and further develop their artistic practice.

The NWAC exhibition has developed over the years becoming a well attended and popular community event, allowing exposure and recognition of local artists and their work. Well known and emerging artists exhibit works in oil, watercolour, pastel, acrylic, drawing and sculptural forms. This year’s judges are local North West artists Lisa Garland and Brett Steer. The winning works will be presented at the exhibition opening on Friday 13 May.

A series of programs and events run alongside the exhibition, which includes workshops in watercolour, acrylic paint and drawing and artist demonstrations. The popular Artists in Action will take place on Sunday 22 May, with NWAC artists Deborah Conroy, Sandra Henderson, Dianne Beveridge and Christine Earthrowl demonstrating their artistic processes and practices to Gallery visitors. Artists are also available to answer questions about their practice.

NWAC artists Margaret Coombes, Deborah Conroy and June Wilson will present workshops in various media. People are encouraged to book in advance as places fill quickly.

Watercolour Landscapes (intermediate)  //  Tuesday 17 May, 6–8 pm
Margaret Coombes presents an intermediate watercolour workshop for participants to extend their practice, exploring paint consistency, colour mixing and wet into wet techniques. Participants will work towards completing a landscape painting within the two hour workshop.

Margaret is an experienced watercolour artist who has been producing, exhibiting and selling work for the past 20 years.

Brush Strokes and Blooms (beginner) //  Tuesday 24 May, 6–8 pm
Deborah Conroy will take participants through the various stages in creating a painting with acrylic on canvas inspired by our natural treasures.

Drawing with Charcoal (all levels) //  Wednesday 25 May, 6–8 pm
June Wilson will lead participants in a still life drawing class using charcoal and erasers. Participants will improve your observation skills and learn new drawing techniques working with limited materials.

June Wilson is a pastel artist whose focus is on conveying a sense of beauty, time and place through the exploration of light and colour in her work. She has been a member of the North West Art Circle since 2002.

Bookings essential: 6424 8296 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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Devonport Regional Gallery ... last week to see Katherine Hattam ...

Devonport Regional Gallery
02.05.16 7:08 am


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Devonport Regional Gallery: City of Devonport National Art Award

Devonport Regional Gallery
30.04.16 10:22 am


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Theatre Royal Backspace: Wheeler’s luck

Paula Xiberras
29.04.16 6:42 am


Iron Man Juggles 50 Characters

This week I spoke to Craig Irons of theatre group South Side Players about he and colleagues, Karissa Lane and Antony Talia about their production of ‘Wheeler’s luck’. When we spoke Craig said he was knee deep in rehearsals.

The play presents an all too common conundrum with the debate of development versus preservation. When local lady Nora Cox leaves the ownership of the land to her fellow residents they are divided on whether to succumb to the development plans of mainland blow in Richard Lush or retain the pristine purity of the unspoilt town of Bell End.

Craig tells me the characters in the play make their decision by the running of a horse race. To realise the significance of this solution we have to revisit the town’s past to a time when festivals were celebrated by the running of a horse race. We travel by flash back to Bell End in 1882,  when a young man called Johnny Wheeler steals both a town elder’s horse and his daughter’s heart and attempts to elope. In the process of elopement Wheeler and his girlfriend Lydia stop to help people involved in a shipwreck.  Their ‘halt’ means they don’t make it to the ‘altar’. ‘Wheeler’s Luck’ is a phrase that enters the town’s folklore and refers to the fact that like John Wheeler there are the high points, the lucky moments in life but these are measured by the low points, which are some not so lucky moments.

One of the extraordinary things about this play is that although it only uses three actors (the original play only had two actors but Craig figured they could use some help!) to play 50 characters.

The differences in character portrayal is not by costume or make up but as Craig says by ‘physicality’. Instead of the masks of Greek theatrical performance of ancient times. It is up to the actors to transform into the characters by’ exaggerated, highlighted, physical action’.

With such a litany of characters how do the cast prevent making mistakes? Well, a lot of that is ‘muscle memory’ and of course the character sheets and maps that plaster the rehearsal room!

You can see ‘Wheeler’s luck’ performed by: Craig Irons, Karissa Lane & Antony Talia at the Theatre Royal, Backspace, on the following dates:

Wed 04 May 2016 7:30pm
Thu 05 May 2016 7:30pm
Fri 06 May 2016 7:30pm
Sat 07 May 2016 7:30pm
Wed 11 May 2016 7:30pm
Thu 12 May 2016 7:30pm
Fri 13 May 2016 7:30pm
Sat 14 May 2016 7:30pm

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Moonah Arts Centre: How To Hold Your Breath, Pay What You Want ...

Katie Robertson, Marketing and PR Manager, Loud Mouth Theatre Company
28.04.16 7:15 pm




By Zinnie Harris


Directed by Julie Waddington (Construction of the Human Heart) with sound design by Tim Kling.

With Simone Dobber, Elka Bezemer-Pilkington, Robert Maxwell, Ivano Del Pio, Aleksandra Crossan, and Christopher Forbes.

April 29 – May 7

Moonah Arts Centre, 23 – 27 Albert Road, Moonah.


Embark on an epic journey through Europe with sisters Dana and Jasmine as they discover the true cost of principles in this twisted exploration of how we live now.

Starting with a seemingly innocent one night stand, this darkly witty and magical thriller by Zinnie Harris dives into recent European history.


“Imaginative and pulsing with energy, How to Hold Your Breath is an insightful and powerful play that depicts a dystopian vision of the modern world.” ★★★★  Culture Whisper


Loud Mouth is a Tasmania-based theatre company committed to producing new, collaborative and professional theatre experiences.

Barging onto the local scene in 2014 with their hit debut ‘Venus In Fur’, Loud Mouth have continued to prove that they are here to stay.

“To me, Loud Mouth represents the future of theatre here and in them I see the next generation of professional Tasmanian theatre.”

- Charles Parkinson, Artistic Director, Tasmanian Theatre Company


“The writing is rich, clever and the journey is epic. I hadn’t been so excited by a script for a very long time. It also has two amazing roles for women - that appealed very much.”

“It will be intimate, at times sexy, at times funny and quirky, it is mysterious, a mystery and it asks lots of questions. It is devastating, horrific, violent, raw.  I hope it will be a viceral experience and that it will stay with audiences long after they have left the theatre.  I hope to make theatre that asks questions of the audience rather than assume the answers for them.”

THE PRICE YOU HAVE TO PAY or through Centertainment 6234 5998

$15 - $30
Friday the 29th April: 8pm
Saturday the 30th April: 4.15pm and 8pm
Tuesday the 3rd May: 8pm
Wednesday the 4th May: 6.30pm
Thursday the 5th May: 8pm
Friday the 6th May: 8pm
Saturday the 7th May: 8pm



Ever walked out of a show and thought “that wasn’t worth the ticket price!” or, better, “I’d have paid TWICE the price for that!”?

This year, the power is finally in your hands. Each of our opening nights for our major shows will be door sales only, and you can decide what theatre is worth to you. Instead of paying before the show, we’ll
ask you to pay after, and the amount you fork out is entirely in your hands: with no minimum charge, if you can’t afford to, or don’t want to pay a cent, you don’t have to!

And if you’re so enwrapt you want to hand over your life savings, we will let you do that too! Because we care.

In part, we are doing this to try and make our shows more accessible and affordable. But we are also doing it to start a conversation with our audience about what art is worth, and how we all evaluate it differently.

Remember, this program is only available on our opening nights: standard ticket prices will apply to door sales for all other season dates.



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Theatre Royal: What’s On ...

Theatre Royal
28.04.16 4:52 pm


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Grand Poobah, Fresh on Charles: Tinpan Orange

Paula Xiberras
28.04.16 7:06 am


Marmalade’s Simmering Songstress

Emily Lubitz of folk band Tinpan Orange tells me that she ‘totally fell in love with’ Tasmania on the bands recent visit to participate in the Cygnet Folk Festival. Emily says Tasmania is ‘beautiful’ and ‘like another country’, ‘fresh and crisp’.

Our conversation turns to the origin of the group’s colourful name ‘Tin pan Orange’.

Emily tells me that it was actually chosen from a list of options that performers peruse because it as it ap-pealed (pardon the pun) to them. I say actually because the group used to employ a little creative licence and fun when people quizzed them about the band’s name origin.

They cheekingly credited the name of the band as an homage to their grandmother who lived in Africa and made them marmalade in a tin pan.

The latest single ‘Rich Man’ from the new album ‘Love is a Dog’, Emily tells me the single had very simple production values. Produced in her own kitchen with the aid of some lamps, a camera, a stylist and director and completed in five hours. Emily plays the role of a rich woman who is adorned, by ‘unknown’ hands with fur coats and a jangle of jewellery. Emily’s character accepts the adornments but is weighted down both physically and metaphorically with their physical heaviness and its accompanying responsibility. The woman then removes them to feel freedom that wealth cannot bring or buy.

The conversation turns to creativity and Emily talks about the idea of ‘soft mind’ ie the undirected mind being open to the creative process. She gives the example of the movie ‘Pollock’. In one scene of the movie Pollock, the artist, is seen sitting in the studio staring blankly. A time elapse occurs and we see Pollock still sitting and staring only later to burst into a flurry of creativity. What this scene hopefully demonstrates is the value of what we might consider aimless time which actually is a time of fertile thought of the undirected or soft mind.

See some of that wonderful creativity in performances by Tinpan Orange.

You can see the video of Rich Man here

You can see Tinpan Orange in Hobart on April 29 at Grand Poobah and in Launceston on Sunday May 1 at Fresh on Charles.

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Moonah Arts Centre, Thursday April 28, 6pm: On Albatross Island

Kylie Eastley, Glenorchy City Council
28.04.16 4:55 am


Thursday April 28, 6pm ...

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Devonport Regional Gallery: May upcoming workshops and events

Devonport Regional Gallery
27.04.16 7:25 am


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Emma Wiking
26.04.16 1:52 pm



The Bennies recently wrapped up their Wisdom Machine Australian tour in Maroochydore on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. Two weeks and 15,000 kilometers later they were playing a festival in Berlin, Germany. It’s indicative of the work ethic for the Melbourne band who have earnt a reputation for not only hard partying but heavy touring.

So far 2016 has been a whirlwind for the band. In January, Wisdom Machine’s first single ‘Party Machine’ reached number 88 on triple j’s Hottest 100, some two months before physical copies of the album were even available. They toured the country and sold out shows wherever they went, including Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane and while they have always built their name around their live show, with Wisdom Machine, people were now talking loudly about their music.

They graced the covers of magazines, scored album of the week accolades and even infiltrated the charts, with the album debuting at number 40 on the ARIA Album chart and number 10 on the Australian chart. They drew the attention of Less Than Jake drummer, and owner of Florida based label Paper & Plastic, Vinnie Fiorello, who released their album in the UK and US, and they got invited to play at Belgium festival Groezrock, alongside their heroes in Rancid.

Spending April and May in their fourth continent in as many years, The Bennies will return home from their European and UK tour, to continue the second phase of their Wisdom Machine tour.

Constantly outdoing themselves with everything they do, this will be their biggest and most expansive tour to date, with 27 shows across each state, regional shows and new destinations they have previously never visited, including Townsville, Albany, Karratha, Werribee and, by popular demand, Nimbin.

Proudly presented by triple j, catch The Bennies pack out dance floors this June and July, supported by Poison City label mates Clowns, who are also fresh from European tour dates. Also along for the wild ride will be Perth power pop outfit Axe Girl, featuring Ness from Jebediah. 


Wednesday June 22nd - Club 54 - Launceston, TAS
Thursday June 23rd - Brisbane Hotel - Hobart, TAS
Friday June 24th - Max Watts - Melbourne, VIC
Saturday June 25th - Pelly Bar - Frankston, VIC
Sunday June 26th - Karova Lounge - Ballarat, VIC

Wednesday June 29th - Mynt - Werribee, VIC
Thursday June 30th - Barwon Club - Geelong, VIC
Friday July 1st - The Gov - Adelaide, VIC
Saturday July 2nd - Village Green -  Mulgrave, VIC
Sunday July 3rd - Music Man - Bendigo, VIC

Wednesday July 6th - Mairners - Batemans Bay, NSW
Thursday July 7th - The Basement - Canberra, ACT
Friday July 8th - University Of Wollongong -  Wollongong, NSW
Saturday July 9th - Factory Theatre - Sydney, NSW
Sunday July 10th - Small Ballroom - Newcastle, NSW

Wednesday July 13th - Nimbin Bush Theatre - Nimbin, NSW
Thursday July 14th - Miami Tarven - Gold Coast, QLD
Friday July 15th - Spotted Cow - Toowoomba, QLD
Saturday July 16th - The Triffid - Brisbane, QLD
Sunday July 17th - Sol Bar - Maroocydore,  QLD

Thursday July 21st - Flinders Social - Townsville, QLD #
Friday July 22nd - The Grand - Cairns, QLD #
Saturday July 23rd - Railway Club - Darwin, NT #

Thursday July 28th - Tambrey Tavern - Karratha, WA #
Friday July 29th - Rosemount - Perth, WA *
Saturday July 30th - Studio 146 - Albany, WA *
Sunday July 31st - Prince of Wales - Bunbury, WA *


# The Bennies Only
* The Bennies & Axe Girl only

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Kate’s uncluttered Creativity

Paula Xiberras
26.04.16 6:04 am


Kate Ceberano will return to Tasmania in June as part of the annual ‘APIA Good Times tour’.

It will be a homecoming of sorts for Kate, as Henry Mundy, her maternal great, great, great, great, grandfather, was a painting master, teacher, composer and musician that practised his craft in Hobart, eventually passing away under tragic circumstances. Kate recounts an unusual experience, a strange feeling of sadness that enveloped her when she was in St David’s Park a couple of years ago. She later discovered that St David’s park is Henry Mundy’s final resting place. Kate’s grandad Douglas was also born in Hobart.

Kate’s mum, Cherie, has inherited her ancestor’s visual artistic talent and is a skilled portrait artist who has even done some portraits of her famous daughter! Kate says her mum is quite prolific and is busy with commissions whilst studying additional classes in art.

It follows from this connection that Kate’s family has a great love for Tasmania. They especially love the atmosphere of walking around the dock area and the Henry Jones Hotel. Kate also loves Launceston where every year she takes part in a ‘gorgeous night time’ performance under an Elm tree.

When I ask Kate how it is being the one girl with three male musicians (the tour also features Daryl Braithwaite, Jon Stevens & John Paul Young) in the APIA Good Times tour she is very generous, citing the joy she gets from communal performance.

Kate’s refreshing attitude to performing and lack of diva status continues in her attitude to her unfinished works. Not one to leave them lying around ‘just in case’ she ‘might go back’ to them, Kate calls these uncompleted opuses ‘creative debris’ and considers if she hasn’t done anything with them up to now she probably never will and shreds them!

Kate is a multi-talented woman, performer, song writer, author and mother, Kate exercises her writing talent by writing a regular column for a weekly mother’s magazine.
Kate says soon she will be catching up with a friend that resides in Tasmania and will do pottering around at their house and by that she means the kind of ‘pottering around’ that requires a kiln!

Ever the creative, Kate tells me her family history still has much to be discovered and one could assume this lady has a lot more history to create.

You can see Kate perform in APIA Good Times at Theatre North Friday 17th June Wrest Point Casino Saturday 18th June at 8pm.

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