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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
COMMUNITY Music Victoria will be hold-
ing its amazing annual community music
making event in Grantville over the weekend
of March 31 to April 2.
It’s been hailed by Music Australia as one of
the Top Community Music Festivals to attend
and join in for 2017.
It will be a celebration of all things com-
munity music with a weekend of fully par-
ticipatory workshops open to singers and
instrumentalists of all levels, from absolute
This includes six sessions of instrumental
and singing based workshops for kids across
the course of the weekend, a street band style
procession as well as a party on Saturday night.
There’s also a ‘Buddys for Beginners’ pro -
gram where people are encouraged to buddy
up with a more experienced player to try a
Stay for the whole weekend or purchase a
one-day-wonder ticket and come along to the
camp either on Saturday or Sunday.
Workshops will run for two full days.
There are seven indoor venues and plenty
of choice for players of all instruments, from
brass and strings to accordions and ukuleles
and plenty of singing too.
There will also be more opportunities to
play marimbas at this year’s camp as they
are extremely accessible to anyone playing
for the first time, they’re played easily in a
group, and they’re fun! Last year they went
down a storm.
There will also be six separate fully facili-
tated singing and playing sessions across the
weekend for kids of all ages, a Saturday night
dance party and a street band-style proces-
sion on the Sunday.
“The aim of the camp is to get people of
all levels of ability to participate,” said Jane
Coker, chair of Community Music Victoria.
It also offers a great opportunity for anyone
interested in teaching, mentoring, leading
workshops and starting community music
groups to come along, find support and learn
The camp is a family friendly event, open
to everyone, members and non-members of
Community Music Victoria, regardless of age,
ability or skill level.
Connect with the Facebook event page to
stay up to date.
For more information, contact Deb Carveth
on 0410 735 331 or Community Music Victo-
ria on 9662 1162.
Music camp for everyone
The Community Music Camp at Grantville is open to people of all ages and levels of
YESTERDAY we travelled well over an hour to
Foster to attend the opening night of FAMDA’s lat-
est theatrical offering, The Vagina Monologues.
It was well worth the trip!
Undoubtedly the title must have intrigued, sur-
prised and even shocked some members of the
Prom Coast community, many of whom were al-
ready assembled in the foyer of the Foster Memori-
al Art Centre when we arrived, and there was quite
a buzz of excited anticipation in the air.
It was an interesting crowd – lots of women,
of course, and a handful of brave men who were
accompanying their partners, looking anxiously
around to make sure they weren’t the only male
present at such a gathering.
There were quite a few young mums, talking and
giggling in tight groups, a good number of older
women as well.
We were particularly interested to observe what
must have been a grandmother and her grand-
daughter chatting animatedly to each other as they
were shown to their seats.
As the stage was completely open, we were able
to settle down and take in the beautifully balanced
set, designed by Colin Mitchell, and, as the house
lights began to dim, the cast began to assemble,
coming together from several points of the hall,
and finally all sound died away as the atmosphere
changed to one of nervous expectation.
A small bespectacled figure stepped forward
into a spotlight, and glanced slowly around at the
audience, took a deep breath and declared, “I’m
terribly nervous!” and scuttled out of sight behind
the set curtain. What happened next is for other
audiences to find out for themselves – suffice to
say the tension was broken and we were off and
running, cast and audience alike.
What followed was one of the most remarkable
pieces of theatre ever attempted by FAMDA.
Brad Beach, the director, has been deeply in-
volved in the development of programs designed
to alleviate the issues of family violence, and this
play is obviously a work that he feels strongly
about because of its content, and the important
message that it sends to its audiences, both male
It has also given Brad a deeper understanding of
the some of the subjects that women, represented
by his actors, are dealing with.
He has been extremely fortunate in his choice of
the six strong, capable and gifted actors, who are
able to take the audience through a wide range of
emotions from full-on laughter to gut-wrenching
sadness, and still remain upright at the end of the
Although the subject matter is basically serious
there is plenty of room for comedy and all cast
members are able to sit back from time to time,
and enjoy the presentation of a fellow actor.
There is a palpable rapport between the six
women at all times, and the ensemble work is ex-
We all enjoyed the finale that involved the full
cast, initially one by one, and finally coming togeth-
er, really hamming it up, obviously having great
fun. It was probably cathartic for all concerned,
including the audience.
The Monologues were a brave choice for any the-
atre company, but FAMDA can rest assured that
the first night audience fully appreciated all as-
pects of the performance – which can be measured
in terms of the wide ranging discussions that took
place during the interval, and afterwards as well,
Here’s hoping the word will get around so
that many more men and women will be able to
experience a really strong and surprising theat-
rical performance and the worthwhile discus-
sions that must follow. Congratulations to all
The cast of The Vagina Monolgues, from left, Laura Muranty, Nicole Cooper, Cindy Hasthor-
pe, Alison McIntyre, Dianne Berryman and Hadassah Wanstall have earned rave reviews af-
ter the opening weekend. Photo: Benjamin Cooper.
earns glowing review
By Paddy Broberg,
opening night audience member
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