MacBeth

This years Shakespeare at the Tanks launched with all battles, murder and mayhem for which Shakespeare’s infamous “Scottish Play”  is reknown launched on Friday 23 October with an all inclusive caste delivering a dramatic performance of the kind that only the Tropical Arts can deliver .. this time also  in Auslang

Come along to any of the performances at Cairn’s Tanks 3 (see the poster above), noting that the final performance will be on this years Halloween Saturday 31 October 2015

FNQ One Act Play Festival

FNQ One Act Play Festival

Celebrating its 59th year, the Annual FNQ One Act Play Festival is a proud tradition in our region that Tropical Arts has the pleasure of hosting in 2015. Join us at the Centre of Contemporary Arts from the 24th to 26th of July and celebrate the diverse talent this region has to offer.  For more information go to the COCA website.

Applications for the festival close June 14th.

Much Ado About Nothing/Dragon’s DVD released

Relive the experience of Tropical Arts Shakespeare at the Tanks’ 2014, “Much Ado About Nothing/ Dragon’s’.  Come to our final theatre workshops at ARC Hub, 52 McNamara St for your MAAD DVD and bring your own USB (8GB) .   Arrive in the morning from 11am to 12pm, before the Adult workshop or in the afternoon between 1.30 and 2pm before the Youth workshop.

Let me know you’re going to be there via email to the Secretary: LiciJ@bigpond.com

Silent Auction Fundraiser

Silent auction fundraising for Tropical Arts Inc., Environmental Defenders Office of Northern Queensland (EDO), and local artists during Shakespeare at the Tanks 2014.

In 2014 Tropical Arts is producing its 7th Shakespeare play at the Tanks, ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ with a theme of ‘Dragons’. Tank 3 will be transformed into a Dragon Nest and Auction House, inhabited by a cast of Dragon Riders.

During the performance the dragon artworks will be for sale, pinned with a silent auction list.

Artists are invited to create dragons close to their hearts, and explore themes around the defence of environmental or personal issues. Your dragon can be of any breed, creed, colour, race, land, heritage, background, mixture, ideology, fashion, element, spirit.  Groups are invited to contribute a collaborative dragon or a collection of works themed around dragons.

Delivery Dates

Monday 6 October 2-4pm: Early delivery to Tanks Pump House

Monday 13 October 9am-3pm: Delivery to Tank 3

Much Ado About Nothing Dragons

Tropical Arts reimagines Shakespeare’s biting romantic comedy, Much Ado About Nothing in a world with Dragons.

Prince Don Pedro and his officers are on furlough after a successful war campaign. They ride in, on Dragons. Their chosen retreat – Governor Leonato’s Dragon Auction House in Messina. The happiness of the host’s daughter, Hero, seems secure in her love match with Claudio, a young officer in Don Pedro’s company. But the bitterness of Prince’s bastard brother turns savage and shreds Hero’s dreams into tatters. The Dragon hearts of Benedick and Beatrice must break through their icy egos in order to feel their own love and restore order and joy into the Dragon World.

Friday 17 October: Opening Night – Opening talk 6.45pm AUSLAN
Saturday 25 October 2014: Closing Night – Auction Close AUSLAN
Sunday 26, Monday 27 October: Buyers collection of winning bids Tank 3
Tuesday 28 October to 14 November: Buyers collection of winning bids EDO office 96-98 Lake Street
28 November: Finalisation and distribution of monies

Dragon Artists-Submission Form 2014

TICKETS ARE ON SALE!

Yes you heard right! Tickets are on sale for the 2014 production of “Much Ado About Nothing/Dragons”. Join us for our 7th annual Shakespeare at the Tanks Arts Centre. Follow the link and visit us in our dragon auction house.

http://www.ticketlink.com.au/whats-on/drama/much-ado-about-nothing-dragons

Much Ado About (Nothing) Dragons – Ticketlink

Tropical Arts presents the 7th annual Shakespeare at the Tanks. This year they reimagine Shakespeare’s biting romantic comedy, Much Ado About Nothing, in a world with Dragons

www.ticketlink.com.au

Winners!

3 Amazing members of our Tropical Arts family flew down to Brisbane in March to receive the Queensland Disability Award for Arts and Education.  This honour was awarded by the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services because of our inclusive theatre model.

Velvet Eldred, Warren Clements and Matty Rundle collect the Award in Brisbane

When the communications officer from the Department called me to organise who might be attending to collect the award, I was so surprised because I hadn’t realised that anyone had put in a nomination!  We are usually so busy trying to get the production up or apply for grants or coordinate lots and lots of people, that singing our own praises slips past too easily.  But bless the wonderful being of Douglas Robins for making sure that quietly, our Tropical Arts magic was in the running…. and you’ve got to be in it, to win it!

I was quite sad when I realised I was unable to take time off the Sentinel Chickens production I was  directing at JUTE.  However this gave way to a great thrill of asking some very special people to go down and represent us:

Warren Clements:  has been in all 6 of the Tropical Arts productions as a professional actor, mentor and tower of strength.

Velvet Eldred:  the 2012 Cairns Woman of the Year who first asked the question “Does inclusive mean that EVERYBODY can be included?” back in 2010 when she was the connector between ARC Disability Services and Tropical Arts

Matthew Rundle: the amazing first trailblazer – the first ARC trained performer to lead the way into our community theatre.  Now each year the ARC Ensemble represent 30% of our cast.

Congratulations Tropical Arts

This award recognises the beautiful human spirit of creativity in community.

That’s every one of us shining on stage or helping to make it happen.

[blog by Avril Duck]

Ensemble Training Workshops

Workshops have already begun, slowly sending the word out to test the waters… and the water is fine!  Between 9 and 12 participants per workshop means that we have a robust enough base to send out the word.

So come along to our ensemble training workshops – the foundation of Tropical Arts community engagement process – skilling up the people who would like to feel into their performance selves, and building a sense of ‘ensemble’ – a team which performs together.

All welcome.

Look to this mans face!

Dates:
Saturday the 15th of February
Saturday the 22nd of February
Saturday the 1st of March

Times:

Please arrive 15mins early to ensure we start on time!
Children’s and youth ensembles: 2:30pm – 4:30pm.
Adults ensemble: 5:00pm – 7:00pm.

Venue: ARC Disability services hub. 52 Macnamara Street.

Cost: $5 for members and $10 for non-members.

Who:  People interested in performance training.  Tropical Arts community based Ensembles are open to experienced actors and raw beginners alike.  All welcome.

What:  Come and experience inclusive community theatre – connect with your own creative impulses and the energy of an ensemble working together.  Find out more about Shakespeare at the Tanks 2014 and other performance opportunities.

Contact:
Heidi Davies: 0430787817 heididavies12@gmail.com
Avril Duck: 0418765588 avrilduck@gmail.com

2014 – This Year’s Show is…..

Over the Christmas and New Year break, Tropical Arts’ members and many others interested, who enjoy our work, continued to ask THE question, “What’s next??”  Many suggestions were made, both in formal feedback sessions and social conversation.  The list was long, including one of the most popular requests – the famous Scottish Play – (I’m not sitting in a theatre now, so I may avoid various curses and type,) “Macbeth”.  “Othello” always got a mention with Warren Clements in the same breath, and “Twelfth Night”, “The Merry Wives of Windsor” amongst other comedies and histories – so the same dilemma arose – how do we make this call?  Do we need to do Shakespeare at all?  What about the wonderful “Star Wars by William Shakespeare”? or just a Dr Who version of anything would be fine…. such is our eclectic mix of madness at Tropical Arts… how do we make the decision?  And our community said, basically, collectively, “I just want to be in it!”

As nobody else was seen putting their cap in the ring to Direct the next production, it seemed that the final suggestion to the Tropical Arts Committee would fall to me.  So it was imperative that I think it through for myself too – and here’s what I came to:

  1. It should be Shakespeare to build on community anticipation.
  2. And anyway, Shakespeare is great for diversity, self expression and Humanity
  3. Should be a comedy – I’m personally not sure (yet) about how to direct kids in the kinds of tragedies Shakespeare writes.
  4. Should be more well known – tends to do better at box office.

For this reason, “Much Ado About Nothing” was high on my list.  And then, I had a discussion with our recyle nut designer, Ruby Boussard and she mentioned in passing a desire to make dragons.  Well, that was it – Benedick and Beatrice a definately dragons!  So there we have it folks, it’s been approved by the committee…

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING DRAGONS!!!

Get on board!

See you in workshops and rehearsal, backstage or in the audience!

Avril

All’s Well that Ends Well

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Epic romantic comedy – photo by Matt Bond Photography

The 6th annual SHAKESPEARE AT THE TANKS: “It’s an epic journey for love” says Director, Avril Duck, “but it’s madcap and full of dubious motives and uncomfortable clinches.”

VENUE
The Tanks Arts Centre, Tank 3, Collins Ave Edge Hill 4870
TICKETS
$12 | $ 15 | $ 20 | $25
At the door & at http://www.ticketlink.com.au 1300 855 835
EVENING PERFORMANCES 18, 19, 24, 25 & 26 October
TIMES 6.30 pm to 9pm including interval.
Bar open from 6pm
MATTINEE PERFORMANCE 22, 23 & 26 October
TIMES 11.00 am to 1.30 pm including interval.

Featuring: Amelia Pegrum as Helena, Jesse Cook as Bertram, Warren Clements as the King of France, Sarah Urquhart as The Countess of Rousillon, Zelda Grimshaw as Parolles, Kevin West as Lord Lafeu, Velvet Eldred as the Widow of Florence, Heidi Davies and Mike Gleed as the split Clown and others include Douglas Robins, Dez Green, Alicia Jamieson, the Tropical Arts’ Children’s Ensemble and ARC Ensemble, Song Connection members and many more talented community actors. Keep tuned for the full cast list!

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