Coming to the party
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.