Tropical Arts 2021-2022 AGM

Our Annual General Meeting for 2021-2022 will be on at ARC Community Hall, 52 MacNamara St, Manunda, at 6pm on Monday 5th December. Arrive 15minutes early to renew your membership or to join if you are not already a member. Friends who are not members are very welcome to attend.

Contact for nomination forms and more information about volunteering on our committee. Current committee members: Douglas Robins (President), Alicia Jamieson (Secretary), Tahni Rush (Treasurer), Kevin West, Matt O’Connor, Barb Smith, Fujie Sato, Owen Allen, Anne Eaton (Committee Members).

Presentation at ARC Disability Services, Community Hub, 52 MacNamara St Manunda.

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Aaron Lee is a 26-year-old Cairns local, first-time playwright who has put his creativity out there after pouring his “heart and soul into this play”.

True Friends invites the audience into a quirky, fresh but recognisable world in which 2 young women become friends and flourish. The play explores the journey of their friendship and takes regular dives into the unremarkable, often invisible tech we use on a daily basis, without thinking. Characters sing when they want to, and the play builds to a frenetic climax with Aaron inserting a play within a play. Borrowing from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and transforming it into something with his unique spin, Aaron Lee takes the comedy to another level of nautical twinsanity.

The True Friends presentation will showcase scenes from the play, read and performed by a Tropical Arts ensemble cast who have come along to the exploration over 6 weeks. We are bursting to share scenes we love and get some audience feedback. A limited number of seats are available, so bookings are essential – please click “Going” on Tropical Arts Facebook page !

2021 marks the 11th year of the Tropical Arts/ARC partnership. Come along and find out how we are creating pathways into theatre.

2020 AGM

Current management committee members renominating: Velvet Eldred (President); Avril Duck (Artistic Director); Martin Rhodes (Treasurer); Alicia Jamieson (Secretary); Irene Johnstone (Fundraising Officer); Douglas Robins; Matt O’Connor; Barb Smith; Kevin West.

2020 Annual General Meeting

 Tropical Arts is getting ready for 2020 with our Annual General Meeting (AGM) at Deaf Services, 37 Pease St, Manoora. Arrive at 5.30pm for a 6pm start on Monday, 3rd February.  All members are welcome to join us to elect our management committee for 2020.  New members are always welcome.

Members can nominate to join our committee.  Please email for nomination and proxy forms or for more information about positions available on the committee. Nominations and proxy forms can be handed to the Secretary at the AGM.  


Tropical Arts latest Shakespeare at the Tanks production featured on the local Channel 9 television news where players can be seen rehearsing, Tropical Arts president provides some words of wisdom on how the performing arts are so good for well being, and emerging Tropical Arts star provides some possibly even wiser, joyful words wanting people to enjoy the show and bring smiles to peoples faces!

“Real people – Real theatre – Real inclusion”

Avril Duck (Artistic Director) and Velvet Eldred (President) recently returned from presenting at the 15th National Rural Health Conference. Each biennial conference, the NRHC have a program featuring Arts & Health practitioners from across the country.

Theatre makers based in Cairns, Queensland, with a combined practice experience of 60 years, they both understand the impact that the Arts can have on an individual’s wellbeing and that of the whole community.

Avril’s teaching background and Velvet’s art therapy and counselling background are the pillars of their current arts practice for Tropical Arts. This collaborative theatre organisation has a 10-year reputation of fulfilling a promise to the community to include everyone who wants to be in and find them a place to belong. Their presentation delved into the way they practice and the case studies are lit by beautiful photographs of their 10th annual Shakespeare at the Tanks production.

“What’s our style?” – Ensemble workshop

A series of 3 workshops spread over Wednesday evening’s 20 and 27 February and 6 March 6 – 9 pm, 2019. ARC Hall.

Led by Avril and Velvet, these workshops are a series of play dates to discover ‘what is our style?” You are invited to share any exercises from past training that you loved and explore what you learn’t from it. Avril and Velvet also have “goodies” to play with . We are planning to write up and share some of our processes around creating Shakespeare at the Tanks.

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