Stage is right

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - ENTERTAINMENT - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

TO CEL­E­BRATE the first use of the new the­atre stage in Ju­lat­ten, the Ju­lat­ten The­atre Group is or­gan­is­ing a night of one-act plays.

Af­ter a 20-year hia­tus, the group has de­cided to put on a show with two con­firmed plays and are in the midst of or­gan­is­ing two more in­clud­ing a per­for­mance from the Table­land’s One Act Play Festival.

One of the di­rec­tors Peter Cher­pil­lod, along with a dozen ac­tors who will take to the new stage, said he was ready to re­vive the­atre in Ju­lat­ten.

“There will be four per­for­mances to make a night of it and cel­e­brate the be­gin­ning with the first per­for­mance in the new ex­ten­sion to the the­atre hall,” he said.

“We are go­ing to be do­ing a se­ries of one act plays and go­ing to the One Act Play Festival in Ma­reeba in early Au­gust.

“We’ll fol­low that up do­ing our three per­for­mances here at Ju­lat­ten and the lead group in the One Act Play Festival will also come up and do their play.

“I’m di­rect­ing a 1930’s play called A Dol­lar and Vicki Cherry is di­rect­ing the first one called the Physics of Jump­ing, writ­ten by local Port Dou­glas play­wright Sally Mac­Don­ald.”

And there is room for ex­pan­sion of the new fa­cil­i­ties with the the­atre group in dis­cus­sion with local coun­cil to make the stage a the­atre.

“We’re in the process of deal­ing with coun­cil and try­ing to fin­ish the new con­struc­tion and try­ing to ar­range funds to get new cur­tains and what­not to ac­tu­ally present a stage,” he said.

“I’ve also had the idea we could ex­tend the stage as well, which is also in dis­cus­sion with the coun­cil at the mo­ment, to get a few things go­ing all at once.

“It’s all start­ing to come together and we’re try­ing to in­spire the place, which has been wan­ing for a lit­tle bit and needs a bit of fresh blood and we’re try­ing to in­spire some younger peo­ple to get in­volved.”

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

Play masters: Peter Cher­pil­lod, Vicki Cherry and Doug Townsend

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