Saturday, January 27, 2007

Guild at Government House Australia Day Celebrations

Storytelling was alive and well at the Government House Australia Day Celebrations. I was pleased to be asked by the Queensland Governor, Ms. Quentin Bryce, to tell stories for families and children at the Australia Day Government House Open Day.

(photo - Karen Tunny © 2007)

My request to be listed as representing the Qld Storytelling Guild was only too happily agreed to. The venue was the Pool Pavilion in the gardens. It is a quite pleasant, modern wood and steel structure that opens out all around to the gardens and bush. It has quite a bit of room and reasonable accoustics given that it is basically open on three sides. There was a pleasantly cool breeze coming up the hill and through the pavilion.

Probably the only drawback with it as a venue is that the floor is concrete and although the mainly child audience coped OK, if I was doing it again, I would ask for or take rugs or carpet. My Australiana backdrop worked really well and blended in with the wood panelling.

The Vice-Regal Golf Buggy did excellent service chugging up and down the hill with all the gear. There has got to a new story in there somewhere.

(photo - Jan Amies © 2007)

I did three shows in the morning to enthusiastic audiences of mainly children and parents. I stuck to Australian stories as requested and was pleasantly surprised to find how many I still had in my repertoire. The younger children got 'The Little Blue Train Goes to the Beach' and 'ditto to the Farm', 'Kookaburra Sits on the Old Gum Tree', 'The Possum and the Garbage Truck Driver' and 'Going Fishing with my Dad'. The older children got 'The Gindie Silos', 'The Ghost of Vulture Street' and some improvisations.

All in all it was a pleasant gig and hopefully a sign of things to come.


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