Stage is right
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.”
Play masters: Peter Cherpillod, Vicki Cherry and Doug Townsend