Karnak a step closer to home
THE Karnak Playhouse is a step closer to being gifted to the people of the Douglas region after the Queensland Government’s lawyers indicated they were interested in taking over the theatre.
The late Diane Cilento, who built the theatre in the 1980s, died on October 6 last year without leaving a will, causing a new drama to be played out in the Supreme Court according to her daughter Giovonna Volpe.
Ms Volpe and her brother, Jason Connery, now have to attend the Supreme Court and have the theatre and its title of ownership secured in their name before they can gift it to the State Government.
“It’s turning out to be a bit of a process because mum died without leaving a will,” Ms Volpe said.
“We are working hard to make this happen because Jason and I then want to gift the theatre to the people of Port Douglas and Mossman because we are sure that’s what mum would have wanted.
“At least the Government’s lawyers have been in contact with our lawyers and said they are interested but need to see the finer detail of what taking on the theatre would mean and whether they can afford to run and maintain it.”
In the meantime, Ms Volpe said her mum had also gifted more than 1000 drama and art books to the Queensland University of Technology.
The collection also contains original scripts by Anthony Shaffer, her second husband, who wrote the British cult thriller The Wicker Man.