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SPEAKING IN TONGUES – THE PLAY THAT BECAME LANTANA OPENS AT THE RONDO IN CAIRNS

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One of the best Australian films of recent times was Lantana – Ray Lawrence directing a stellar cast in a complex and compelling tale of mystery, lust and the search for something more. The film was based on a play by Andrew BovellSpeaking In Tongues. That play opens in Cairns this Friday night at the Rondo Theatre

It’s a truly engaging story, weaving together separate but related threads and characters in an unusual series of coincidences – strangers draw close, while loved ones drift apart. Secrets, deceit, intrigue – all combine in a story that’s ultimately about what we yearn for, what we need, and sometimes can’t find. Speaking in Tongues runs at the Rondo till July 12th.

LISTEN to excerpts and my interview with director Kevin West

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LISTEN to my interview with cast members Natalie Crowe and Warren Clements

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LISTEN to my interview with cast member Kane Sarota

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Posted by on July 2, 2014 in arts & culture, Cairns Queensland, EFFINCUE, rd on the road

 

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TORRES STRAIT MUSICIAN DANNY BANI LAUNCHES FIRST ALBUM AT CAIRNS RECOGNITION DAY CONCERT

recogIt’s a fact of Australian political life that most questions put to voters by way of a referendum will be rejected. But in May 1967, voters overwhelmingly responded “yes” when asked the question “DO YOU APPROVE the proposed law for the alteration of the Constitution entitled— ‘An Act to alter the Constitution so as to omit certain words relating to the People of the Aboriginal Race in any State and so that Aboriginals are to be counted in reckoning the Population”

Just over 90% of voters supported the proposal, which became law in August of that year. There’s still some misunderstanding about what the result meant – but in essence, indigenous Australians were from then on to be counted in the census, and the Federal Government had acquired power to legislate for indigenous people. It was a significant step forward, and is commemorated every year with Recognition Day.

Danny Bani

Danny Bani

In Cairns, the local Tropical North QLD Institute of TAFE has a long tradition of putting on a concert featuring indigenous performers – this year that’s on tomorrow, Tuesday 27th May from 4-11pm. The program features up-and-coming local talent such as Ingrid Piper, Greta & Micki, Folkcentric, Kalen – Ja, Tamarind Rose, Indigenous Young Boyz, Elements and much more. And one of the rising stars of the far north Queensland music scene is on the bill – Danny Bani. He hails from Thursday Island, in the Torres Strait, a man blessed with musical talent who has just released his first album – called db.

LISTEN to my interview with Danny and concert organiser Mark Fuccilli

 

The Recognition Day Concert is held at ‘R’ Block Theatre, entry via Newton Street, Manunda.

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on May 26, 2014 in arts & culture, EFFINCUE, indigenous, music, rd on the road

 

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SHAKESPEARE’S COMEDY OF ERRORS COMES TO CAIRNS AT THE RONDO YOUTH THEATRE

RONDO YOUTH THEATRE CAST OF THE COMEDY OF ERRORS

RONDO YOUTH THEATRE CAST OF THE COMEDY OF ERRORS

Somewhere between 1589 and 1595, a young English playwright by the name of William Shakespeare tried his hand at comedy. The result was The Comedy of Errors – one of his shortest plays, telling a farcical story of mistaken identity gone crazy, with wordplay, puns and slapstick that would have delighted Marx Brothers fans four centuries later. Since then, the Comedy of Errors has been an opera, a film, and a piece of musical theatre many times over. Later this week, it opens in Cairns in the hand of some very talented teenage actors. The Rondo Youth Theatre brings together a cast of 15 talented Cairns high school students, who have also created the posters, original music and handled the choreography, costumes and sound track. And they’ve clearly come to grips with the intricacies of Shakespearean dialogue. It should be a very entertaining production.

LISTEN to excerpts from the play and meet cast members here.

The Comedy of Errors is on at the Rondo Theatre this Thursday and Friday – with performances at 5.30 & 7.30pm each day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on May 20, 2014 in arts & culture, Cairns Queensland, EFFINCUE

 

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MEET INDIGENOUS ARTIST PAUL BONG – COMING TO THE CAIRNS INDIGENOUS ART FAIR THIS JULY

I’m a keen student of the human condition in all its manifestations, and one of the most fascinating is the way we navigate our way through life, charting a course between safety and danger. We take risks, all the time. Without risk, there would be no adventure, no invention, and, quite possibly, no fun. But we all have a deep need to feel safe, and we devise all manner of ways to keep ourselves from harm, from danger.

SHIELD CROPFor generations, the Yidinji indigenous people of far north Queensland used beautifully made wooden shields to add an element of safety to their lives. The Yidinji belong to the country in and around Cairns. When Europeans came to this part of the world, they brought with them a weapon those shields could not block or deflect – guns. Bullets went right through them and felled their bearers in a way that, at least initially, defied their understanding.

It is those often deadly encounters that shape a story being explored by indigenous artist Paul Bong, in etchings now being produced in Cairns. Paul is a Yidinji man, who is exploring the story of those shields, depicting them in breath-taking detail in prints from etchings he’s making at Theo Tremblay’s print workshop. The shields depicted in this series of prints have all the rich texture and colour of the wooden shields that inspired the works, but they’re fractured and damaged, perhaps by conflict, or the passage of time. By depicting them in this way, Paul says he’s finding ways to heal the damage to his people, his culture, and to take that culture into the future. You’ll get the chance to see his current work at the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair in late July.

Paul is clearly an artist of great talent, and a really engaging story teller. I encourage you to listen to my interview with Paul here.

HAVING A YARN WITH PAUL BONG AT THE PRINT WORKSHOP

HAVING A YARN WITH PAUL BONG AT THE PRINT WORKSHOP

 

 
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Posted by on May 20, 2014 in Aboriginal, arts & culture, EFFINCUE, indigenous

 

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COFFEE, TEA AND TEMPTATION – ELIZABETH MARTIN’S NEW BOOK THE TEA HOUSE IN THE LIME TREES

Tea House in the Lime Trees 300Claire Douglas loves coffee. She is almost certainly addicted to the rich black brew. Coffee is the fuel, the life-blood of her adventurous life and new love in tropical far north Queensland. But Claire is about to be tempted – by a bloke, and by tea. Claire hails from Melbourne, she thinks she’s bound for Italy, but she finds herself near Dimbulah, on the high country well west of Cairns. We first met Claire in The Coffeeholic & The Cafe – Cairns author Elizabeth Martin‘s first novel. Today, Elizabeth launches the sequel – The Tea House in the Lime Trees.

Elizabeth and her character, Claire, have a bit in common. They both moved to FNQ from Melbourne, and Elizabeth has an abiding and infectious passion for good coffee and cafes. Both of her novels are set here in Cairns and the far north, vividly conjuring the characters, sights, sounds and scents of our tropical surrounds. It’s always a thrill when our region features in a film, a TV show or a novel – and Elizabeth has distilled the flavours of far north Queensland into The Tea House in the Lime Trees.

LISTEN to Elizabeth Martin talk about her new book, and her journey to becoming a published author.

CAIRNS AUTHOR ELIZABETH MARTIN

CAIRNS AUTHOR ELIZABETH MARTIN

 

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2014 in arts & culture, Cairns Queensland, EFFINCUE

 

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FNQ AVIATOR AUTHOR HELENE YOUNG LAUNCHES HER FIFTH NOVEL – “SAFE HARBOUR”

HELEN YOUNG LAUNCHING SAFE HARBOR AT THE NORTH QUEENSLAND AERO CLUB CAIRNS

HELEN YOUNG LAUNCHING SAFE HARBOR AT THE NORTH QUEENSLAND AERO CLUB CAIRNS

For about three years now I’ve been following the rising literary fortunes of far north Queensland author and pilot Helene Young. In a commendably short time she’s produced five really good mystery romance novels, drawing themes and characters from every day life in tropical Queensland. It’s a place Helene knows well from her extensive travel as a regional airline pilot, and she has a real gift for vividly portraying those people and places.

On Friday night, Helene launched her latest work – Safe Harbour. This one is set further south, in the Bundaberg region, where friends become lovers against a backdrop of drugs in sport and international crime syndicates. Helene’s previous novels are Half Moon Bay, Burning Lies, Shattered Sky, and Wings of Fear (a.k.a Border Watch). Her books fit neatly in the enduringly popular “chick-lit” genre, but Helene describes them as “two for the price of one” books – women like the romance, men like the mystery. Helene’s blend of those two ingredients continues to win her awards and readers.

LISTEN I spoke to Helene Young as she signed copies of Safe Harbour at the Cairns launch at the North Queensland Aero Club.

More about Helene at http://www.heleneyoung.com/

 

HELENE'S OFFICE IS THE POINT END OF A DASH-8 AIRCRAFT

HELENE’S OFFICE IS THE POINTY END OF A DASH-8

 

 
 

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ADAM COUSENS – TRAVELLING MUSICIAN WILL COME PLAY A GIG IN YOUR LIVING ROOM

moreadaA young musician from Tasmania has been living and working here in far north Queensland for a while now – a bloke called Adam Cousens. Down in the apple isle Adam has been a musical star on the rise for five years or so, a folk-rocker with a great voice and a genuinely engaging sound. His music has taken him to many places, and this year he found his way to Aurukun, on western Cape York Peninsula. Adam has been working at the indigenous arts centre, where he’ll stay another month before hitting the road again.

He’s looking forward to getting out and playing some shows – and he’s found a new twist on an old idea to overcome the challenges young musicians face in getting gigs. Back in the 40s and 50s, people used to hold house parties to help raise funds to pay the rent or meet other household expenses. Adam has taken that to a new place, by playing home gigs – where small groups of people put in a few bucks each, Adam plays for them in a home and one of them will put him up for the night and feed him. It’s an approach that makes touring more profitable, and makes for a closer bond between musician and audience.

LISTEN here to Adam sing a couple of his songs and talk about his approach to life on the road
Adam is on Facebook and Myspace and here are some links to his songs on Youtube.

This Road Ahead http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otavKKZT1WY&sns=tw

Travelling long – live http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-X90hLLyiw&sns=tw

Shotgun tour diary http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7FVTFdZvVM&sns=tw

 
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Posted by on November 6, 2013 in arts & culture, EFFINCUE, far north Queensland, music, rd on the road

 

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