Com­ing to the party

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

MY FAM­ILY and I are from Cairns and we had in­ter­state guests over the past few weeks.

In order to show our guests a good time we at­tended many events across the re­gion and par­tic­u­larly those in Car­ni­vale.

It was very ex­cit­ing to see the new pro­gram­ming and en­ter­tain­ment hap­pen­ing at the Car­ni­vale Club and other venues.

The fam­ily friendly shows such as the Great Sports De­bate and LIPS en­vi­ron­men­tal pre­sen­ta­tion were great, and we got a real buzz from the adult shows.

Our guests from Mel­bourne were par­tic­u­larly im­pressed with the cabaret by local per­form­ers and the com­edy shows.

I felt proud that this re­gional town was be­ing bold with all of the en­ter­tain­ment and pro­gram­ming but it still had a local flavour which was new for the guests and con­nected with my local cul­ture. I hope the or­gan­is­ers con­tinue down this path. a seven-foot tree branch fell on to my car, smash­ing the left rear in­di­ca­tor light.

On re­port­ing this fright­en­ing in­ci­dent to coun­cil, I was ad­vised to get two quotes for the re­pairs.

Then I re­ceived a let­ter say­ing un­for­tu­nately, although the car park was their land they were not re­spon­si­ble for branches fall­ing as their trees are reg­u­larly checked and main­tained for any da­m­age that might cause prob­lems.

I find their un­sym­pa­thetic at­ti­tude diabolical and felt sure their in­sur­ance would meet the cost of my re­pairs.

One would won­der if I or a child had been in­jured or worse still, killed, would the costs have to be met by our­selves as alas, it wouldn’t have been their fault? one by a thor­oughly unim­pressed viewer.

I can­not con­test Ms Bye’s over­all dis­like of Heav­enly Bod­ies, as an au­di­ence mem­ber’s ex­pe­ri­ence of a per­for­mance is en­tirely per­sonal.

I do, how­ever, feel com­pelled to con­test Ms Bye’s as­ser­tion Heav­enly Bod­ies is a show that is “de­mean­ing to women”.

Although Ms Bye does not spec­ify which part of the show she felt was de­mean­ing, from her dis­claimer that she is not a “prude”, I can only as­sume that her crit­i­cism refers to our opening num­ber, “8 Miles Wide”.

“8 Miles Wide” is es­sen­tially a fem­i­nist protest song. The lyrics en­cour­age women and men alike to ap­pre­ci­ate and en­joy a woman’s strength and the power of her sex­u­al­ity.

One of the high­est func­tions of art is to cre­ate con­tro­versy - to pro­voke thought, chal­lenge the sta­tus quo, and in­spire dis­cus­sion of con­tem­po­rary is­sues.

Port’s res­i­dents will have an op­por­tu­nity to see our ver­sion of “8 Miles Wide”, and make their own minds up about LUSH Cabaret, in mid-July, when we run our sec­ond sea­son of Heav­enly Bod­ies. We love what we do, and gen­uinely hope that you will love it too.

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