Kar­nak a step closer to home

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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