Big day looms at Karnak
THE renowned Karnak Playhouse takes another step this month on its road of re-awakening, with an open day.
The community is invited to a fun day at the Playhouse in Whyanbeel on Saturday, August 26, from 10am to 4pm.
Live music, theatre, workshops and circus performances will take place under the trees at this wonderful theatre in the rainforest, 20 minutes north of Port Douglas.
After years of disuse, the Karnak Playhouse is being renovated under a plan to make it a vibrant performing arts venue.
Giovanna Volpe, daughter of founder Diane Cilento, will be giving talks about the history of the Playhouse and there will be a special cameo performance by world-renowned flautist Jane Rutter, Chevalier des Arts et Lettres (French Knight).
Performers are flying in from around Australia to perform and teach workshops and there is a program of roving artists and pop-up performances for all ages.
There are lots of workshops to participate in – children can decorate their own Karnak butterfly to dance on your fingertips, or make a bubble wand, juggling balls, ‘poi’ or a hula hoop to keep for free.
Karnak invites all local artists to present up to 15 minutes of theatre, poetry, vaudeville, dance, circus or song.
Bring a picnic rug and a packed lunch, or purchase a treat from the food stalls. Families and children are very welcome, the organisers say.
Entry is by donation, with all funds going towards the renovations of the site.
If you cannot afford to donate please come and enjoy regardless.
Alison Wilde and Nick Cilento take time out amid renovations at Karnak