deputy ed’s letter
Adversity comes in many forms and is endured and overcome – or not – in different ways by each of us. Handmark Gallery director Allanah Dopson’s experience of her young son’s brain cancer diagnosis and eventual death, at 13, has clearly shaped her but it does not define her. In our cover story this week, Dopson shares her life story on the eve of the launch of her latest venture, the three-day Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival at Evandale. In doing so, she reveals the qualities that have propelled her through grief to ultimately return her to her first love: music. As her friend, mentor and artistic director of the London Philharmonic Orchestra Timothy Walker says: “The breadth of skills required for such an undertaking [as the chamber music festival] is all within her grasp because of her illustrious career.” Also this week, staff writer Tim Martain celebrates the rebirth of Launceston’s 1937 art deco Star Theatre, which will soon reopen its doors (page 14), and delves into our convict past (page 17).