From an in­spir­ing en­counter with Rachael Beck to the im­pres­sive list of cre­atives set to colour GC2018, this town sure isn’t short on stars

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - DRESSING ROOMERS | PLAY - KATE PETERS

Gold Coast Lit­tle The­atre will hold its pop­u­lar Drinks with the Di­rec­tor on Wed­nes­day from 6pm. The oc­ca­sion cel­e­brates their forth­com­ing play Wolf Lul­laby, di­rected by An­nie Lo­tocki. GCLT will also an­nounce its 2017 play­bill at the event and in­tro­duce the di­rec­tors of next year’s shows who will talk about the pro­duc­tions they will stage. Yours Truly caught Rachael Beck in cabaret in Tyal­gum last week­end. A full house in the lo­cal town hall fol­lowed a din­ner at the nearby Flut­ter­bies Café. Rachael’s show was ter­rific – and she di­rected many of her mem­o­ries to times at the Lis­more and Mur­willum­bah Eisteddfods where she ap­peared as a child. Tyal­gum is a vi­brant, cul­tur­ally busy place with a va­ri­ety of events be­ing staged each year for a widen­ing au­di­ence. Next up is the Tyal­gum Dance Spec­tac­u­lar on Oc­to­ber 22. The cast of Spot­light’s end-ofyear mu­si­cal The Mys­tery of Ed­win Drood has been an­nounced. It in­cludes Chris Cather­wood, Sally Wood, Terri Woodfine, Stephanie Toft, Ai­den Os­sa­vani, Nathan Skaines and Lee Pat­ter­son. Still with Spot­light, which held its AGM last week and an­nounced the 2017 play­bill. It in­cludes Ra­pun­zel (di­rec­tor un­known); Satur­day Night Fever di­rected by Clay English; Boy Band, a mu­si­cal di­rected by Katie Stu­art Robins; Jekyll and Hyde di­rected by An­drew Copcroft-Pen­man; The Planet of the Ne­bu­lans di­rected by Ai­den Osso­vani; Nine to Five di­rected by Jamie Watt; Take Chance on Me, a play di­rected by He­len Maden; and Rock of Ages di­rected by Matt Pear­son and Tony Al­cock. A new com­mit­tee has been elected, with former pres­i­dent Dun­can Sim re­turn­ing from sev­eral years in Cairns to take up the role again. Di­rec­tor Shane Cad­daye has held two days of cast­ing for How to Suc­ceed in Busi­ness With­out Re­ally Try­ing. This big-cast mu­si­cal will be on stage at GCLT in Novem­ber and De­cem­ber. A fi­nal cast list is ex­pected soon. Lots in re­hearsal at present – Spot­light’s Breast Wishes, GCLT’s Wolf Lul­laby, Javeen­bah’s Songs for a New World, Nep­tune The­atre’s A Touch of Web­ber and a Side of Rice, Bal­lina Play­ers’ The Given the suc­cess of the Rio Olympic Games, not­with­stand­ing some of the con­tro­ver­sial vari­a­tions pro­vided by some of the ath­letes, it will be in­ter­est­ing to see what comes up as en­ter­tain­ment dur­ing the Com­mon­wealth Games here. We hear that the GC2018 arts and cul­tural pro­gram, called Gen­er­ate, will ex­tend the Games ex­pe­ri­ence beyond the sta­di­ums, trans­form the cul­tural life of the Gold Coast and pro­vide Queens­lan­ders with world-class par­tic­i­pa­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties. Artists lined up for the Gen­er­ate Pro­gram so far in­clude: Ali­cia Min Harvie (dance/per­for­mance), Bec Bar­nett and Tris­tan Schultz (de­sign), By­ron Coathup (vis­ual art/de­sign), Joy Ver­coe (cu­ra­tor/vis­ual art/fash­ion), Ja­son Haggerty video/ in­stal­la­tion), Kyle Slabb and Josh Slabb ( ba­naam), (in­dige­nous cul­tural in­tel­li­gence), Mered­ith El­ton (per­for­mance/in­stal­la­tion/ com­mu­nity-en­gaged prac­tices), Cor­rina Bon­shek (com­poser), Na­dia Sunde (chil­dren’s per­for­mance/ mu­sic) and Lisa Smith (the­atre). An in­ter­est­ing list ...

An­tic­i­pa­tion is build­ing for Gold Coast Lit­tle The­atre’s Wolf Lul­laby.

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