Skase in comeback
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.
Flashback: the Too Good To Be True cast in 2008