Karnak curtain falls due to Yasi damage
THE curtains of the Karnak Playhouse have closed for the 2011 season due to storm damage caused by Cyclone Yasi.
Karnak founder Diane Cilento was forced to make the difficult decision this week.
“In the wage of Cyclone Yasi, we find ourselves without cover over the auditorium, fallen fences, still no electricity in any parts of the property due to a lightning strike on the main cable, many fallen trees and impassable roads,” she said.
Karnak Playhouse has set a standard of excellence for live theatre in the Far North for 19 years, hosting performances by David Helfgott, Jane Rutter, Lorna Luft and the Australian Youth Orchestra.
For four years the Karnak Playhouse also employed a whole generation of Aboriginal children from the Gorge Community for the Laser Show Creation and mounted two of Antony Shaffer’s plays.
“It has been a huge challenge to keep the theatre open for some years now, and with the events which have occurred in Queensland and indeed globally this year, we have had to make the logistic decision to suspend operations until we can rise like a Phoenix from the ashes,” Ms Cilento said.
“Of course, we will be focusing all our energies on re-opening for the 2012 season which will be a celebration of Karnak’s 20th anniversary.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our supporters and patrons and hope we shall be able to entertain you again.
“Thanks must also go to Jason O’Brien, member for Cook, who offered his assistance when he saw pictures of the devastation.”
Karnak plans to reopen early next year.