The­atre was dy­namo’s big pas­sion

Kalamunda Reporter - - News - Sarah Brookes

THE com­mu­nity is cel­e­brat­ing the re­mark­able legacy of the­atre leg­end Terry Hack­ett, who passed away at Kala­munda Hos­pi­tal on July 20 af­ter a short bat­tle with cancer.

Daugh­ter Car­rie Ri­d­ley-Clis­sold said from the mo­ment her mum ar­rived in Kala­munda from Syd­ney in 1969, she be­gan to leave an in­deli­ble thumb-print on the sleepy vil­lage.

“In 1970 she opened the Les­mur­die Play Cen­tre with her friend Mor­ven Bryce af­ter they were un­able to find a kinder­garten for their daugh­ters,” she said.

“Mum then had work­ing moth­ers beg­ging her to let the chil­dren stay over the lunch break, as it was im­pos­si­ble for them to work full-time, so in 1973 they opened up the Les­mur­die Day Care Cen­tre, only the sec­ond long-day care cen­tre in Perth at that time.

“Mum al­ways said that this was her fem­i­nist con­tri­bu­tion, help­ing women to be able to work full­time.”

Mrs Ri­d­ley-Clis­sold said as well as rais­ing four daugh­ters and run­ning a busi­ness, Terry al­ways found time to be ac­tive in the com­mu­nity.

“She was in­volved with the Kala­munda net­ball and bas­ket­ball as­so­ci­a­tions, Ki­walies Net­ball Club, Ray Owen Re­serve, Kala­munda Swim­ming Club, and helped es­tab­lish the Aces Bas­ket­ball Club,” she said.

But Mrs Ri­d­ley-Clis­sold said her mum’s pas­sion lay in the the­atre and it was the fledg­ling Kala­munda Am­a­teur Dra­matic So­ci­ety (KADS) where she found her creative home.

“Over the years they trans­formed the lit­tle church in the town square into a the­atre which holds a special place in the hearts of the com­mu­nity,” she said. “She won many awards over her 45-year in­volve­ment in the club but she was most proud of her three Fin­ley Awards, the high­est ac­co­lade for com­mu­nity the­atre in WA.

“She also taught drama in Bandyup and River­bank Prison and re­ceived recog­ni­tion for a play writ­ten by the pris­on­ers ti­tled Mates for Life.”

“Her most re­cent achievement was win­ning the Nor­folk Is­land One Act Play Fes­ti­val with her best friend Dee How­ells in a play specif­i­cally writ­ten for them by play­wright Yvette Wall.”

The In­de­pen­dent The­atre As­so­ci­a­tion will name a State The­atre Award for Best En­sem­ble Pro­duc­tion in Terry’s hon­our.

Mrs Ri­d­ley-Clis­sold said her mum did not slow down in re­tire­ment, rather de­vot­ing even more time to the com­mu­nity.

“She was a reg­u­lar vol­un­teer at the Catholic Church in Les­mur­die, the lo­cal Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Cir­cles, Meals on Wheels, Kala­munda High School can­teen, the Vis­i­tors Cen­tre and the Kala­munda Hos­pi­tal can­teen,” she said.

“She was also an ac­tive mem­ber of the Kala­munda Learn­ing Cen­tre and Choir.

“And she vol­un­teered for over 15 years on the Red Cross Soup Pa­trol, feed­ing the home­less in the city, work she was very proud of. Mum was of­ten the kind stranger, giv­ing to oth­ers with­out fan­fare.

“When she would go out to feed the home­less, she would of­ten take off her woollen scarf or warm jacket and give it to those do­ing it tough.”

Terry Hack­ett’s funeral will be Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 2 at 11am at Our Lady of Lour­des Catholic Church, Les­mur­die. This will be fol­lowed by a ‘Cel­e­bra­tion of her Life’ at the KADS The­atre at 12.30pm.


Car­rie Ri­d­ley-Clis­sold with some mem­o­ra­bilia.

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