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JACK and Agnes McKech­nie/Boucher kept the theatre alive in this dis­trict through the 1950s and 1960s.

Bare­foot in the Park was to be their mas­ter­piece of theatre be­fore a fam­ily tragedy oc­curred.

The play is now be­ing brought back to the stage this May, with pos­si­bly some of the orig­i­nal props found. Quot­ing from the Bor­der

Post in De­cem­ber 1969:

“It was as a play­wright and pro­ducer that Jack was best known and for many years with his wife Agnes, they took parts in plays and mu­si­cal pro­duc­tions en­ter­tain­ing thou­sands of peo­ple.

“For a long pe­riod, they pro­duced the ‘Gam­a­ton­ics’, which were bright en­ter­tain­ment and greatly en­joyed by au­di­ences. These

were con­ducted for char­i­ties.

“Jack was also a mem­ber of the Stan­thorpe Reper­tory So­ci­ety, and pro­duced many plays for them.

“His last play, Bare­foot in

the Park, was pre­sented on Thurs­day and Fri­day the 27th and 28th of Novem­ber 1969.

“There was no pre­mo­ni­tion that tragedy was about to fall on the Boucher fam­ily.

“Un­for­tu­nately, Jack was killed in a car ac­ci­dent on open­ing night, Novem­ber

27th 1969.

“It was the ex­pressed wish of Mrs Boucher that the play go ahead, as un­doubt­edly it would have been the de­sire of Jack that there would be no can­cel­la­tion.”

This play is be­ing brought back to the stage by Stan­thorpe’s Lit­tle Theatre group on May 12, 13, 19 and 20 as a trib­ute to Jack and Agnes and in mem­ory of their son John, who re­cently died from cancer.

It is be­ing spon­sored by the Bendigo Bank. Tick­ets will soon be avail­able from Deb­bie Wil­mot at Gra­cious Giv­ing in Mary­land Street.


IN TRIB­UTE: Orig­i­nal pro­duc­ers Jack and Agnes McKech­nie/Boucher.

Cast mem­bers Pauline Leigh and Robert Chan­non won­der if this chair, stored in Gil­lian Boucher’s shed, is from the stage of the orig­i­nal pro­duc­tion in 1969.

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