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JUTE Theatre Company presents Paradise is Singing by Kathryn Ash, Mark Gaal and Michael Gow
Paradise is Singing in CAIRNS
JUTE Theatre Company opens its second main stage show, ‘Paradise is Singing’ by Michael Gow, Mark Gaal and Kathryn Ash at CoCA on October 7th for a 2 week season.
‘Paradise is Singing’, is a work for Cairns, about Cairns and the Far North and the people that live and gravitate there. It is a comical look at our place. The ‘‘place’’ we live in, love in, fail in and share.
Exploring our ‘place’ is about seeing our community, by hearing its diversity of experiences and different voices through the wonderful acting talents of the 3 actresses in this cast.
Audiences will recognise themselves in this world of Cairns or know someone just like the characters portrayed. This show presents some delicious writing of locally flavoured yarns.
We have 3 talented local actors to reprise this work, originally produced on stage in 2004 with original cast member Susan Prince back as Moria. The tremendous Roz Pappalardo is playing Sue and Rachel Cleland Terry is on stage playing Rita. The three playwrights, Michael Gow, Mark Gaal and Kathryn Ash take great joy in propelling their characters through the streets of the tourist city that is Cairns.
The story opens with a busker Sue, on the ‘narde painting musical images of a night on the Esplanade where backpackers and locals swim in the tropical miasma that is the wet season. The tension rises as the nightclubs empty and the Esplanade fills.
We are then introduced to our Sydney-sider Rita, a souvenir entrepreneur arriving to open her souvenir (read tacky) emporium. A new business venture has promised to end her money woes but will it come crashing down around her? We are then taken to a winters’ night in Melbourne where lonely Moira has invited her fellow Cairns Reef & Rainforest Tour buddies for a slide night reunion where they all see themselves through Moira’s eyes.
The formidable Dr David Fenton, a national treasure of the Australian theatre scene, former head of Performance Practices at NIDA is directing this show and we are very excited to see his take on this reprisal.
Season opens October 7th and runs till the 22nd. Tickets are available now at jute.com.au. You don’t want to miss this song for Cairns.
JUTE Theatre at the Centre of Contemporary Arts
96 Abbott Street, Cairns
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Phone – 07 4050 9444
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Website – www.jute.com.au
Approx 80 mins with no interval
Theatre, Entertainment, Performance (or as close to it as categories allow)
Rated PG – contains some coarse language
- Paradise is what you make it; so lets hear it sing.
- Let’s get lost in ‘Paradise is Singing’.
- Let’s forget the world around us and make our own little ‘Paradise Sing’.
Kathryn Ash is a founding member of JUTE, a dramaturge, actor and playwright who has written 15 plays in as many years, including Digging in, The Shakespeare Trilogy and Slave. Her play, Bag O’ Marbles, was workshoped at the ANPC National Conference in 2001, co-produced by Queensland Theatre Company and JUTE in 2002, published by Playlab and the play was also winner of the ANPC New York New Dramatist Exchange Award in that same year. Her play Flutter was selected for the Banff Playrites Residency through the Australia Council for the Arts and the Banff Playrites Colony, in Banff, Canada.
Michael Gow’s plays include the Australian classic Away, Toy Symphony, The Kid, On Top of the World, Europe, Sweet Phoebe, Live Acts on Stage, 17 (for the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain), Toy Symphony and Once in Royal David’s City. His plays have been performed in Poland, the Czech Republic, Vietnam, Japan and all over the US.
Michael has been Associate Director of Sydney Theatre Company and Artistic Director of the Queensland Theatre Company. He has directed for all the major Australian theatre companies as well as Opera Australia, Australian Theatre for Young People and the Lincoln Centre’s New Visions New Voices programme.
Michael’s awards include two NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, two Sydney Theatre Critics Circle Awards and an AFI Award for writing the ABC miniseries Edens Lost. His most recent play Once in Royal David’s City premiered at Belvoir in 2014. In 2015 he directed a remount of his production of The Magic Flute for Opera Australia and his translation of Mother Courage and Her Children premiered at Belvoir. 2016 has seen two critically acclaimed productions touring under Michael’s direction with Voyage to the Moon (which he also wrote the libretto for) for Victorian Opera / Musica Vivia and The Pearlfishers for Opera Australia.
Mark is Director of Vocational Studies and a member of the Executive Team at NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art). A graduate of the University of Queensland and NIDA, Mark has directed productions for organisations including Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir Street Theatre, Opera Australia and JUTE Theatre Company. Mark is a regular Guest Director for Sydney’s Pinchgut Opera where he will direct Monteverdi’s Coronation of Poppea in 2017.
Director – David Fenton
David had directed over sixty-five professional productions throughout his thirty years in the industry. Significant positions David has held have both been artistic, managerial and executive. Most recently David was CEO of Metro Arts Brisbane (2014-15) and before that Head of Performance Practices NIDA. (2012 -14) In 2002 – 2004 David was Manager of Events and Entertainment at Sydney Olympic Park Authority. From 2000 – 2002 David was Festival Director for Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival; then the largest professionally curated multi-disciplinary gay and lesbian arts festival in the world. Additionally, David was Artistic Director/CEO of Northern Ireland’s longest running educational theatre company – Replay Theatre Company.
Recently David produced The Empty City http://metroarts.com.au/posts/the-empty-city/, which made its world premiere at the Brisbane Powerhouse in 2013, followed by a season at the Awesome Festival, in Western Australia. Additionally, he premiered his adaption of Oscar Wilde’s De Profundis to a sell-out season at Brisbane Powerhouse 2015 http://www.metroarts.com.au/posts/de-profundis/ through The Human Company, a Brisbane based independent theatre company specialising in live and digital performance.
‘Moira’ – Susan Prince
Susan has been a professional actor, director, producer and writer since 1990. Susan finds that most of the roles she has had the opportunity to play in her life have impacted in ways of making her a better technician in the skill of acting as well as a better observer of the people in her environs. She has written 17 plays and won an award of excellence in writing in 1989 for ‘Aids The Musical’. JUTE Theatre produced her widely acclaimed play ‘Demolition, Pile Driving, Hard Hats and Donkey Dick’ in 1994. She was commissioned by the Education Department – Arts Division through La Luna Youth Theatre to write a film for bus safety, through this process Susan became interested in melding movement, music and action. She is constantly writing and has been part of the Enter Stage Write community for many years and finds this resource a constant inspiration and skill enhancer. Susan has performed in over 70 plays since being 7 and some her most outstanding memories for characterisation were performing in ‘Cake’, ‘Tiptoe’, ‘Surviving Jonah Salt’, ‘The Boys’ and ‘Grace’. As a founding member of JUTE Theatre, Susan has performed in 15 JUTE productions over its 20 year history.
‘Rita’ – Rachel Terry
Rachel graduated from the acting course at Nida in 1995.
Her theatre credits include – After Dinner and Europe for Dirty Bird Productions for the Sydney and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals (producer and actor). Sarah Sprackling in The Art of Success at the Pact Theatre. Beth in Dinner with Friends at the Darlinghurst Theatre and it’s return season the following year. A Foetal Moment for Gestation Productions, which she wrote, produced and starred in.
Plays at Jute have included The Breast Project, The Impossible Dream and it’s remount at Karnak.
In 2011 she reprised her role as Margarita in M and J Productions’ The Impossible Dream at the Shangri La in Cairns. In 2016 she directed The Salt Remains here at JUTE. She is currently teaching drama and dance at Smithfield State High School.
‘Sue’ – Roz Pappalardo
Roz has diversified her extensive 20 yr songwriting experience into writing two plays through JUTE Theatre Company’s Enter Stage Wright program which she has also presented on stage – ‘Rosa’, 2012, toured regional Queensland 2013 and Internationally in 2015, and new work in creative development ‘Banging on the Door’, June 2015. Roz also performed in JUTE Theatre Company’s smash hit, ‘What are the Odds’, 2011. Her first professional acting foray was playing Margarita Paronella in Paronella Park’s presentation of ‘The Impossible Dream’, 2010. Roz is extremely excited to appear in JUTE Theatre Company’s current production, ‘Paradise is Singing’.
For more info and tickets visit Paradise is Singing or 07 4050 9444.
Groups 4+ $28
Student Groups $15
Opening Night + $10 (Red carpet event with glass sparkling + canapés on arrival)
About JUTE Theatre Company
Established in Cairns in 1992, JUTE Theatre Company is a significant regional theatre company driving the development, co-production and national touring of contemporary Australian plays from the regions. JUTE is a house of ideas and action that exists to fan the fire in the bellies of regional theatre artists. JUTE inspires and supports these artists to create new stories that contribute to its regional identity, social history and future possibilities. Passionate, dynamic and savvy JUTE will not rest until all of the stories have been told, until there is no regional artist needing support and the audience and community need for stories is fully sated.