Peter Lavery Katherine Lyall-Watson, Kathry Kelly and Jennifer Radbourne

Peter Lavery Katherine Lyall-Watson, Kathry Kelly and Jennifer Radbourne

Maleny Arts Council announce that an inaugural Maleny Winter Theatre Festival is on from mid-August to mid-September.

Professor Lavery said feedback from artists indicated Maleny was a special place for them with informed and engaged audiences.

“We are the only arts council included alongside major venues (like the Events Centre) in the Queensland Showcase for selecting major shows and giving us access to a national pool of professional artists.

“This has meant we are able to take a programming leap in 2018 by developing a program of three productions over a four-week period, our first Winter Theatre Festival, spacing them out so you don’t have to see them over one weekend!” he said

The festival would open on Saturday August 18 with a performance of Which Way Home, performed by Australia’s leading indigenous theatre company Ilbijerri. This play draws on writer Katie Beckett’s personal memories of growing up with her single Aboriginal father.

This would be followed, Sunday August 26, by a new work from the creative team that brought Motherland to Maleny, Belloo Creative co-founded by Katherine Lyall-Watson. Katherine, with her dramaturg Kathryn Kelly had travelled to Maleny from Brisbane for the launch to announce their new production.

“Motherland was one of the most successful theatre events we have had, and I am delighted they have offered us their next production Rovers, an original and brand-new work starring Barbara Lowing (Motherland) and Roxanne McDonald,” said Peter Lavery.

On Sunday September 16 the third show of the festival would be a cabaret work by Isabel Hearteg, Death by Soprano, which, according to Peter Lavery, is an irreverent look at the ‘diva’ and her sometimes over-inflated ego. He said Maleny’s opera lovers would enjoy this ‘satirical catalogue of operatic death scenes’.

The first show of the year, on Sunday May 27, would be Lyall Brooks A Prudent Man, award winner from Melbourne and Perth fringe festivals 2016 and 2017.

“We will wrap up the year with baritone crooner Mikelangelo, one of Australia’s rising stars in a stirring homage to Nick Cave, Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen – a show filled with beauty, power and humour. It is titled Cave-Waits-Cohen and we will stage it at 2pm on October 21”, said Professor Lavery.