Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Slalom Run

  Now into the second half of a BIG year, it's gathering speed for the downhill run!
Despite a VERY wobbly opening, the Wallycom gremlins were purged and the team delivered a great entertainment experience to our audiences.  It seems though, that the technological demons are extracting their revenge this week by creating chaos in all my gadgets ...computers/printers/phones/ etc!  sigh!

Coming Up Next

  •  ...AUGUST:   Blues for the Blues - at Souths, Merewether on Sunday 20th 2pm - an afternoon of classic Blues with profits being donated to HEADSPACE {youth mental health organisation}  Tickets $20 at the door
  • ...SEPTEMBER:  Sat 9th - The Voice of Spring -annual concert with my combined chorus groups - a fundraiser for LIFELINE.  This event has been running for a few years now and guests thoroughly enjoy the relaxed afternoon of music, games & quizzes, and a generous prize pool.... not to mention the delicious afternoon tea. The laughs are free. Tickets $20pp must be purchased in advance - direct from any of the choristers or by contacting Maureen
  • ...SEPTEMBER:  Sun 16th 2pm - The Original Ms O - at The Dungeon, Glebe Rd Adamstown.  An all-originals gig showcasing the plethora of new works over the past 5 years and some old favourites.  With guest musicians/singers.
  • ...OCTOBER:  the final theatre piece for the year - Ladies Who Almost Lunch  - a comedy/drama with original music.  6 performances over the last 2 weekends.  Check details on the Theatre page which will be updated progressively

From November it will be time for a long and well-earned rest break ....and time to catch up with my social life!  

Friday, March 10, 2017

Still breathing!

As the song goes "There's life in the Old Broad Yet"...and that was certainly the case for this month's themed concert:   CRAZY:The Life and Music of Patsy Cline!    Now in it's 7th Season the show attracted a near-full house at The Dungeon last weekend. Nice to see it still getting support.
 If you missed it, there are 2 more shows at The Buttai Barn 16/17 May -
lunch/show package only [$45pp]  -
bookings to the Barn on 0249 303 153

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Coming up next is another themed concert that has already been drawing lots of interest. This is the songs and stories of 3 extraordinary women who shaped a generation -
 Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon
They had plenty to say and said it through their music,  driving  a revolution of feminism into the 70's and providing a soundtrack to our lives.For anyone who grew up in this era, this is your life in music.  Younger generations are still discovering the magic of this music and it's relevance in their own lives.

ONE SHOW only - on Sunday May 21st at The Dungeon, Adamstown 2pm start
Tickets are available online at
Be quick, this one could book out early!

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Meanwhile, back at the ranch! 
The new theatre production WALLYCOM is now underway.  This is a parody of the Telecommunications industry - the industry that we all love to hate!  The necessary evil in our existence in a modern world.  There's a great Cast on board for this one - and quite a few new faces - plus some new songs that just may tickle your funny bone.

The show will open on June 28 and details will be made available in the next few weeks.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Jumping in to 2017

It's going to be a BIG and BUSY year ahead with many new projects on the drawing board.

Thanks to all who managed to get along to Speakeasy over the holiday break ....I know you enjoyed it .....and so did WE!  It was a hoot to do.  So much so that we're going to proceed to Version II later in the year.  Stay tuned for that one.

In the meantime - check out the program for 2017:

Monday, November 21, 2016

in December

an unexpected hybrid show just for laughs over the Christmas/New Year break.
Co-written by Grant Bailey ... Don your Boas and Spats and be prepared to be a participative radio audience!

Monday, September 26, 2016

The last word

"I laughed and I cried"  JJ , RM
"We loved the show, so much undercurrent of real life stories, gentle opening but then a nice pace as the stories unfolded. We had a tear in our eye in the closing scene, was very poignant " S&J
"Loved this show - thank you for writing such an eye-opening, heart-warming story"  KN
"Loved it from start to finish ....never saw that ending coming!"SG
"...the characters were so real.....loved the songs ... " RR
"...I think this is your best work to date - so very different from the last 2 productions....can't wait to see what you come up with next" JB

At the end of the Season, Table Manners received wonderful audience response - these are just a few of the written comments.
Huge thanks to a highly dedicated and committed Cast and hard working crew.  I've loved working with this team.
The Set worked surprisingly well in this venue - it made for a very intimate audience experience which everyone loved.
In typical theatre tradition, we toasted the end of the show with a celebration at the local pub - along with the expected 'show awards' .....and a witty ditty from Marise! [a tradition of her own!]

And for those who couldn't make it to a performance, the
Table Manners CD  is now available for purchase.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Just a few weeks away from opening night for the new production Table Manners and we're excited!  
After a couple of BIG productions - in pure farce - it feels good to be getting back to an intimate and meatier project.  
A great Cast is doing a grand job, an album of new songs has been recorded and the discs are on their way, and our first Tech/Dress session is coming up this week.
Here's a potted summary of the show:
It's all happening at the Jazz Piano Bar and Restaurant where Jane is haranguing Cyril, Sydney is waiting yet again for another no-show, Flick is skulking with greedy intentions, Arthur can't figure out what day it is, and Jasmine is daydreaming over a charming Dane as she keeps the orders coming.  There's travel plans, and wedding plans, and secret development plans ....and many a slip twixt the cup 'n the lip!  There's daydreams, 'n sweet dreams, 'n fond recollections, and a nightmare or two for some! 
.....There's plenty of laughs to go around, some great songs to enjoy, and lots of food for thought.
Opening September 16 for a 2 weekend season - just 5 performances.  The Dungeon, Adamstown.
Tickets are available online at a generous discount: 

 Cast:  Karen Hall; Marise Wilson; Harold Von Finster; Grant Bailey; 
Cherie McKinnon

Friday, July 8, 2016

Soup's up

As I'm head down-tail up getting ready for this year's SOUP! event, I'm reflecting on the fact that this is the tenth year of the annual winter event.
Where the heck did that decade go?!?!?
And I'm thinking of all the people that have participated in SOUP! over the years .... some have gone on to bigger and better, some have plateau'd, and some have faded into obscurity.  Bit like the rest of life really.
And how adventurous we were with SOUP! in some years - especially when we moved from the Teralba hall into the quaint and charming ReX theatre in Bolton Street.  How tiny is that stage?!  Yet we managed to get dance troupe's, circus performers, theatre sets, and full bands accommodated for some zany nights. 
The city logistics have forced a move to The Dungeon this year and who knows what the next 10 years [if there IS another decade of life left in SOUP!] will bring to the event.  But omigosh.... 'the
little event that could' has certainly grown legs!  And it's walking through it's community - as a true community music event should.

{check the SOUP! page on this blog for details}