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ENTERTAINING, INFORMATIVE & EMPOWERING THEATRE
Shouting a resounding ‘no’ to violence against women and children
A joyous celebration of women’s sexuality, strength and humour
Spellbinding, funny and incredibly moving
Main Street Revelations, Foster
Created by Eve Ensler
LAST year saw the return of the St Laurie’s Par-
ish/School Fete in Leongatha after a brief hiatus.
“Under the circumstances, it was a wonderful
community day and the sheer numbers of people
participating demonstrated there was local sup-
port for this fundraising event,” fete committee
member Sam Wright said.
“With nearly $20,000 raised it was a fantastic
parish community fundraiser.”
Held in late October last year the inclement
weather unfortunately saw the cancellation of all
the rides for the kids to do on the day.
This was the key impetus for the committee to
search for a better time of the year.
“After much discussion at planning meetings it
was decided that a Twilight Fete should be trialled
earlier in the year in the cross over time between
the conclusion of summer sporting activities and
those of the winter,” Mr Wright said.
“This year this date happens to coincide with St
Patrick’s Day (March 17) so a focus of green will
be a highlight.”
Mr Wright said the fete is a great way for all the
St Laurence’s school and parish families to come
together and share their time, talent and treasures
with the rest of the community.
“The fete fosters positive relationships and also
enables school families to meet each other and in-
teract with the school staff in another positive light.
“It is also a great time to pick up a bargain, share
in some wonderful foods and crafts and let the
kids run free and burn up their energy on a num-
ber of rides and activities.”
Kids will get an opportunity to purchase ride
bands which enables them free turns of jumping
castles, go-karts, bungee run, and mini-golf as well
as access to the barn-yard buddies and animals
This year the committee has secured the ser-
vices of Ray from ‘Snakebusters’ to run the wild-
life animal/reptile demonstrations which is always
hands on and very interactive.
Other fete favourites will be balloon animals and
face painting by Luke and Kim Geddes, a photo-
booth and build-a-bun from bakers delight.
Inside the large hall will be the ever-popular
spinning wheel, some craft stalls and raffles.
Children’s and kids at heart can also try their
skill at the side show alley activities including the
ever popular chocolate bed.
There will also be a silent auction for various
larger goods and services including accommoda-
tion, a trailer load of wood and carpenter for a day
thanks to Considine & Johnston.
Towards the end of the evening the major raffle
will be drawn with ticket sales starting earlier in
Given the new twilight time a greater focus on
providing various different foods will be a priority.
The Leongatha Lions Club will be running a hot
food barbecue, CWL will provide baked goods and
Devonshire teas and hot potatoes and hot quality
coffee will also be on hand from the mobile coffee
Committee member Sam Wright on the wheel at last year’s fete. It will be spinning again
when the fete returns on St Patrick’s Day; Friday, March 17 for what will be a twilight event.
St Laurence’s to host St Patrick’s Day Fete
MARCH 8 is International
Women’s Day and the next day
FAMDA hits the stage of the
Foster Arts Centre with a play
inspired by interviews with hun-
dreds of women worldwide.
‘The Vagina Monologues’
is spellbinding, funny and at
times an incredibly moving
play by American actor and
writer, Eve Ensler.
An assortment of real life sto-
ries of intimacy, vulnerability
and sexual self-discovery, the
monologues portray both the
positive and negative aspects
of being a woman in contem-
porary society and do this with
both humour and compassion.
Catherine Enter, said as a keen
supporter of locally produced
theatre, she was looking for-
ward to the show.
“Through my professional
role as Women’s Health Nurse
advocating for women’s well-
being, I anticipate some strong
messages in support of wom-
en and lots of healthy, robust
conversations will follow this
latest provocative FAMDA pro-
“I understood from the on-
set, when the first meeting and
earlier rehearsals took place,
that FAMDA’s production of
Eve Ensler’s work will be a
very sensitive play and pas-
sionately performed by a keen
all female cast.
“It’s great that FAMDA has
supported Brad Beach in his
eagerness to bring this pro-
duction to our local commu-
nity,” Catherine said.
The play’s director, Brad
Beach, is convinced of the
play’s social value having been
involved professionally in de-
veloping programs seeking
to address the issue of family
“What I learnt during this
time was that it is critical that
men are active in the commu-
nity, and with each other, to re-
duce violence against families.
“Staging this play is my at-
statement to other men - be
brave and do something that
publicly displays your disap-
proval of other men’s violent
behaviour,” Brad said.
He has been working hard
with his talented cast of six
women to ensure that the ‘The
Vagina Monologues’ will be
highly entertaining as well as
Whatever your gender there
is something for you to discov-
er and enjoy in this powerful
play with its messages and its
FAMDA’s production of this
entertaining, informative and
uplifting play runs from March
There are special incentives
to see the show this week with
a post-show supper with the
cast included in the admission
price on opening night, Thurs-
day, March 9.
Friday March 10 is a Super
Special Discount Night – tick-
ets are $20 for women and just
$10 for men!
Bookings for this compelling
show are available online via
www.famda.org.au or www.try-
booking.com/OPNK, at Main
Street Revelations in Foster or
Note: ‘The Vagina Mono-
logues’ contains strong lan-
guage and adult themes un-
suitable for children.
Director Brad Beach speaking with cast members, Alison
McIntyre, Dianne Berryman, Nicole Cooper and Laura Mu-
ranty while rehearsing at the Foster Community Health Cen-
tre. Photo: Robert Paragreen.
Important messages in Vagina Monologues
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