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DAME Quentin Bryce and her 10year-old grand­son Char­lie are of­ten at QPAC to­gether, but never usu­ally on stage. But that all changes this week­end with Drawn To­gether, a special event hosted by QPAC and the Coun­cil for the Age­ing (COTA) to cel­e­brate Se­niors Week from Au­gust 15 -23.

Drawn To­gether fea­tures a hosted in-con­ver­sa­tion event over morn­ing tea. It will be streamed free online on Satur­day at 10.30am from the Con­cert Hall at QPAC. As a cel­e­bra­tion of in­ter­gen­er­a­tional in­spi­ra­tion, Dame Quentin will chat with Char­lie, child of her son Tom Bryce and his wife Lucy.

Dame Quentin (who has 12 grand­chil­dren) and Char­lie will be joined by QPAC’s el­der in res­i­dence Aunty Colleen Wall and her grand­daugh­ter Josephine, 9, mu­si­cian David Wil­liams and his daugh­ter Lilly, 5, and per­former Fez Fa’anana. The con­ver­sa­tions will be in­ter­spersed with per­for­mances, in­clud­ing by fusion en­sem­ble JADE New World Col­lec­tive and Townsville mu­si­cal theatre star Sarah Murr.

Dame Quentin, 77, for­mer gov­er­nor of Queens­land and gov­er­nor-gen­eral of Aus­tralia, said she was look­ing for­ward to the event. It will be hosted by QPAC’s scholar in res­i­dence Prof Ju­dith McLean.

“It will be so lovely to be back at QPAC. I take Char­lie to a lot of con­certs and mu­si­cals at QPAC. He loves them.”

Dame Quentin said tak­ing her grand­chil­dren to mu­si­cals at QPAC is a way of in­tro­duc­ing them to the per­form­ing arts. She said hav­ing young ones in­volved in Drawn To­gether was “a lovely idea”. “These in­ter­gen­er­a­tional re­la­tion­ships are so im­por­tant,” she said.

QPAC chief ex­ec­u­tive John Kotzas said: “The no­tion of bring­ing peo­ple of all ages to­gether over a shared love of per­for­mance is hard­wired into all we do … We love to cel­e­brate fam­ily so it was a nat­u­ral fit for us to de­liver this event with Se­niors Week.”

Drawn To­gether is on Satur­day at 10.30am. De­tails at

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Quentin Bryce with her 10-year-old grand­son Char­lie. Pic­ture: Richard Walker

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