Skase in come­back

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

FOUR Dou­glas projects will be­come re­al­ity af­ter re­ceiv­ing just un­der $30,000 col­lec­tively in Re­gional Arts De­vel­op­ment Fund grants.

Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil last Thurs­day handed out $86,000 in grants, in­clud­ing $7791 for the Dou­glas The­atre Arts Group to re­vive their suc­cess­ful com­edy play Too Good to be True as part of the Eclipse Fes­ti­val in Novem­ber.

The group ap­plied for the grant to put on their biggest­selling show about Christo­pher Skase to cel­e­brate their 20th an­niver­sary, which falls seven days be­fore the solar eclipse on Novem­ber 14.

DTAG and Clink spokes­woman Claire Tier­ney said the grant came un­der cul­tural tourism as the play shows the his­tory be­hind Port Dou­glas - through the eyes of Mr Skase.

“It’s his­tor­i­cally im­por­tant to the Clink cel­e­brat­ing its an­niver­sary and his­tor­i­cally im­por­tant to the town, how the town was built through the eyes of Mr Skase - it’s a very funny play,” she said.

“We’ve been given sup­port to join in with the solar eclipse entertainment and tie the show into the solar eclipse.

“We are go­ing to ask the old crew if any­one is still in­ter­ested in do­ing it and throw out a cast­ing call mid-Au­gust.”

The fund­ing will be go­ing to­wards pro­mo­tion and pub­lic­ity of the play and DTAG will be also tak­ing the op­por­tu­nity to men­tor new back­stage crew, light­ing, spe­cial ef­fects peo­ple and men­tor­ing a new direc­tor to bring a new an­gle to the play.

“It’s very ex­cit­ing, we have a new direc­tor An­drew Pater­son who is a drama teacher at the high school and NIDA trained, very ex­pe­ri­enced and Jack (Hey­wood) is go­ing to work with him,” Ms Tier­ney said.

The other lo­cal projects given money were lo­cal pro­ducer Mar­i­lyn Dav­i­son, who re­ceived $10,948 for the pro­duc­tion and pro­mo­tion of a record made of orig­i­nal com­po­si­tions.

The grant will en­able her to also men­tor a young in­dige­nous singer who will per­form on the record.

The Dou­glas Shire His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety re­ceived $3000 for their pro­ject to help re­search new tech­nolo­gies to present the so­ci­ety’s his­tor­i­cal facts and pho­tos.

The Dou­glas Arts Base also re­ceived $6250 to en­gage a se­nior press print­maker at DAB in Moss­man to con­duct print­mak­ing work­shops and learn how to re­pro­duce saleable and col­lectible prints.

Photo by SHERRAN EVANS

Flashback: the Too Good To Be True cast in 2008

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