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| BNE July/August 2016


Country music


The McClymonts, sisters Mollie, Brooke and

Samantha (

pictured below

), 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 see


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

has sailed.

Award-winning singer-songwriter Lior has composed the score.


Wider Earth

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 see






Rhonda Burchmore sings the hits

backed by the Queensland Pops

Orchestra, 13 August at the

Concert Hall, QPAC.

Tickets from $82 plus

fees, bookings at

Puppet captain Anna Straker with

one of the ‘stars’ of

The Wider Earth


Photography by Stephen Henry