AN AGE OF EXPERIENCE
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 qpac.com.au