About a Baby
Mother-of-two Bettina Warburton on making one-on-one time
JULIE Johnston’s passion for amateur theatre didn’t take a backseat when she became a first-time mother.
Ms Johnston said she was an advocate for mothers maintaining a sense of individuality outside of family responsibilities.
She said although her family was her priority, sustaining her interest in theatre was vital for her sense of wellbeing.
‘‘ For me personally, I feel I’m a better mother and wife by having a hobby outside of my family duties,’’ the mother of Riley, 15 months, said.
Ms Johnston is involved with community theatre group, the Outback Players, which is performing its new theatre restaurant Pirates of the Coral Sea on Friday and Saturday, and April 1 and 2, at the Aitkenvale PCYC.
Ms Johnston is not the only first-time parent involved in the Outback Players.
Pirates of the Coral Sea’s music director Cory Olsen’s wife Noni just gave birth to a baby boy Sebastien two weeks ago, so Mr Olsen has been juggling his rehearsal commitments around the newest addition to his family.
Ms Johnston, who left a high-profile career in marketing to care for her family, has also encouraged two of her m o t h e r s ’ g r o u p f r i e n d s , T r a c e y Robertson and Amy Coleman, to join the Outback Players’ team.
‘‘ I met Tracey and Amy at the new baby course at the Kirwan Health Campus 15 months ago and we have maintained a firm friendship and support to each other,’’ she said.
‘‘ It’s nice that our bond has expanded to other things besides just talking about babies in our mothers group. While meeting other mums to talk about babies has its place and is important, so is meeting other people and other mums and not talking about babies. It’s about achieving a balance.’’ Ms Coleman, mother to Rubie, agreed. ‘‘ It’s a really good creative outlet to ‘ get away from it all’,’’ she said.
‘‘ I’m a single mum and had a year off to look after my daughter and found that going back to work part time, I needed to do something for me to get out there and meet new people. I made it a New Year’s resolution to get into things and start doing things that make me happy and to also help get me out of the ‘‘ mum role’’ that can totally take over your life if you let it.’’ tions for a creative outlet outside the home,’’ she said.
‘‘ After spending time with the Outback Players, I come back home feeling refreshed and invigorated.’’ Tickets are still available for the upcoming shows. Contact 0457 284 800 for details.