| BNE July/August 2016
The McClymonts, sisters Mollie, Brooke and
), were discovered while
performing at the Gympie Music Muster almost 20
years ago, and this year the award-winning country
music band returns to help celebrate the 35th
anniversary of the event.
More than 120 artists, including perennial
favourites Kasey Chambers, Adam Harvey, Beccy
Cole and Troy Cassar-Daley, are on the playbill at
the not-for-profit music festival which has raised
more than $15 million for charities since it began.
This year proceeds will be donated to Mates4Mates,
the support program for Australian Defence Force
personnel facing physical and mental health issues.
Gympie Music Muster, 25-28 August, at
Amamoor Creek State Forest, about two hours from
Brisbane in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Tickets
$85-$370 per person includes camping. Call 1300
438 849 or seewww.muster.com.au
hen Charles Darwin embarked on his first exploration as a
young naturalist aboard the HMS Beagle in 1831 the journey
would take him five years but it changed his way of thinking
about the origin of living things. When innovative theatre group Dead
Puppet Society set out to explore new ideas for their next work it didn’t take
quite five years – but almost.
Darwin travelled to South America, the Galapagos Archipelago, the
South Pacific and, of course, Australia. The Brisbane-based team from
Dead Puppet Society found their inspiration working alongside the
Handspring Puppet Company in South Africa – and travelling to the
Galapagos – and during a residency at experimental theatre haven St
Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, New York.
Almost three years later the new work, written, directed and designed
by David Morton, will have its world premiere in July at the Queensland
Theatre Company’s Bille Brown Studio in South Brisbane.
The Wider Earth
, commissioned by Queensland Theatre Company, is
the Dead Puppet Society’s most ambitious production to date and brings
together a cast of eight actors and more than 30 custom-made puppets
to tell the story of the curious young naturalist who journeyed from the
dizzying heights of the Andes to the depths of the Amazon rainforest,
through the storms of Tierra del Fuego to the Galapagos Islands
studying an assortment of creatures along the way.
The puppets bring to life the amazing creatures Darwin would have
seen – from tiny longhorn beetles to a majestic southern right whale and
the ancient Galapagos tortoise – and there’s drama aboard the Beagle
as well as Darwin clashes with his captain but finds an ally in second-
in-command John Wickham. It’s a coming of age tale not just a history
lesson – and it’s a story you’re more likely to remember long after the ship
Award-winning singer-songwriter Lior has composed the score.
previews from 9 July, season until 7 August, at Bille Brown
Studio, South Brisbane. Tickets from $45 (previews), or $59 (and $68
with a copy of Darwin’s book
The Origin of the Species
). For details and
to book seewww.queenslandtheatre.com.au
Rhonda Burchmore sings the hits
backed by the Queensland Pops
Orchestra, 13 August at the
Concert Hall, QPAC.
Tickets from $82 plus
fees, bookings atwww.qpac.com.au
Puppet captain Anna Straker with
one of the ‘stars’ of
The Wider Earth
Photography by Stephen Henry