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 secretary.tropicalarts@gmail.com 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.

A RADF-funded project.
The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and [name of council] to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

Tropical Arts Charity Race Night

Official Disability Action Week Event
“Tropical Arts Charity Race Night”

A night of fun, food, entertainment and horse racing! Come join Tropical Art’s in the Trinity Room of the Rydges Tradewinds for their 1st Annual Charity Race Night on Friday September 16th as part of Disability Action Week.

Your $10 Ticket includes finger food AND Entry to Fashions on the Field, where the best dressed male and female will win a fantastic prize!

Place your bets and hold your breath as we run 8 races, the luckiest punters with the most wins at the end of the night can take home some MAJOR prizes. Bets only $2

There will be a cash bar on the night, Food will be provided by ARC Disability Services and the fab crew at Cafe Connect!
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Major Sponsors

Major Prize Sponsors:

1st Prize – 1 Nights accommodation for 2 at the newly renovated Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas, Breakfast included.



2nd Prize – Trip for 2 on a Pak 1 thanks to Big Cat Green Island Reef  Cruises valued at $180.00
“Snorkel, swim, dive or relax on a Great Barrier Reef tour to Green Island with Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises for a day in tropical paradise”

3rd Prize – Trip for 2 on our Calm Water Cruise or Sunset Cruise with thanks to Cairns Harbour Cruises valued at $92.00

“Cairns Harbour & Sunset Cruises offer a scenic Cairns half day tour spotting crocodiles and other stunning wildlife in the Cairns waterway or relax and unwind at night on one of the top ten things to do in Cairns the Cairns Sunset Cruise. If you wish you can also combine our popular Cairns Sunset Cruise with optional Dinner at one of Cairns top restaurants Dundee’s on the waterfront for our Sunset Dinner Cruisepackage.”

Tropical Arts’ “MacBeth” has opened & is playing now!

Tropical Art’s “Macbeth” has very successfully launched with speeches from all the key participating partners including ARCs Disability, Deadly Hands/Deaf Services, the RADF Designers, and the Cairns Regional Council, followed by all the infamous and reknown Scottisch murder and mayhem.

It opened on Friday 23 October 2015 and is playing through to a final night on Halloween, 31 October!  Have a look at the poster and come along!

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