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A Few of My Favourite Men for one night only in Sydney




So y’all might have noticed I don’t post too much publicity here ahead of events anymore. This is because


a) I am time poor


b) I am poor


We bloggers and writers take time to write stuff – the sort of time that you spend doing your job that pays you by the hour – and sometimes, like when there are bills to pay and artists to treat on Hastings Street, we need an incentive that is a little more inspiring than, “I’d love you to share this with your networks”. However, there are times when I’m happy to copy and paste stuff for a cause or a company I feel strongly about (otherwise you can enquire about my rates to promote your show or special event. I thank you). The Corrilee Foundation is a fave of mine.




Our good friend, Tanya Lee, has always done incredible work with The Corrilee Foundation (you’ll remember One Night In Emerald City, which gave me another chance to work with the professional Sydney cast of a David Williamson play in our favourite destination to make and stage a show, Noosa), and this month she’s staging an extra special event, featuring a few of her favourite men on stage together for one night only, next week on August 12 at the basement, Sydney.



So far the impressive line up includes Wil Anderson, Mikey Robins, Tim Rogers, Tony Squires, Dave Field, Geoff Morrell, Terry Serio, Jeff Duff, Peter Northcote, Dario Bortolin, Lloyd G & Greg Agar. 


The Evening will include Auction Items and Raffle Prizes.


Join Tanya Lee and a few of her favourite men for an evening of live music, banter and awesome images from Tony Mott



All funds raised will assist the Mirabel Foundation in its vital work to support children orphaned or abandoned due to parental illicit drug use.


The Mirabel Foundation was established in Victoria in 1998. It is the only organisation in Australia specifically addressing the needs of children who have been orphaned or abandoned due to parental drug use.


The tragedy of drug‐related deaths is compounded by the children left behind. Children without family may find themselves in foster care, sometimes separated from their siblings. Many go into the care of extended family (kinship care), usually with elderly grandparents who have little or no financial or social support. These are Mirabel children.


Mirabel is currently supporting over 1400 children and young people, the most profoundly overlooked casualties of substance abuse in our society.


“My Daddy is always sick and his medicine makes him sleepy.” Tahana, 3 years


Tahana is 3 years old and has recently moved to live with her great aunt Ruby. Her Mum is in prison for drug-related crime and her Dad is unable to care for her due to his addiction to drugs. Tahana knows a lot for a 3 year old and has remarkable survival skills. She can find a way to reach food in the highest of cupboards and can work the DVD player like a teenager.


Ruby was asked to care for Tahana when Child Protection found her wandering the streets looking for food. Ruby is committed to the long-term health and happiness of Tahana and says that she wants her to have a normal childhood. She has started attending Mirabel’s kinship carer support groups where she has met lots of people in a similar situation to herself.


Tahana and Ruby spent a cherished weekend together at Mirabel House where they strengthened their relationship away from the stresses of day to day living. They are looking forward to the next Family Day where Tahana can begin to make friends with children just like her – friendships that Ruby hopes will continue when Tahana is old enough to join Mirabel’s Recreation Program and Therapeutic Children’s Groups.




You can support the amazing work the Mirabel Foundation do with kids like Tahana and have a terrific night out with friends when you join Tanya Lee and a few of her favourite men at the basement next week.


Book tickets here








A Little Night of Music – Songs From the Silver Screen



A Little Night Music – Songs from the Silver Screen


Flinders Performance Centre

Friday March 21 2014






Well THAT happened! WOW!



On Friday night at Flinders Performance Centre we welcomed some of Australia’s top musical theatre talent for A Little Night of Music – Songs From the Silver Screen for MontroseAccess.

Thanks to Patrice Tipoki, Simon Gleeson, Amanda Harrison, Chelsea Gibb, Mark Vincent and Laura Tipoki.

Thanks to our host, HOT91FM’s Todd Widdicombe, our SM Guy Harrison, Venue Manager, Sarah Sullivan, and thanks to everybody who managed to get a ticket and support MontroseAccess.

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We heard songs from the movie soundtracks of Frozen, Ghost, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Cabaret, Moulin Rouge and more! And the glorious thing about a show like this is that it’s so good you get that lovely feeling, wishing it would go on forever.

But there is NOTHING like the calibre of this night happening again on the Sunshine Coast until MEOW MEOW returns on April 5 at The J, Noosa. SEE YOU THERE! And in the meantime, I hope you booked your tix for Patrice and Simon’s Les Miserables because the rest are about to sell out!

Thanks to Leanne Liesegang and  MontroseAccess for having us along for the fabulous ride this year!






Don’t miss A Little Night of Music – Songs from the Silver Screen




Starring Patrice Tipoki, Simon Gleeson, Amanda Harrison, Chelsea Gibb & Mark Vincent




At Flinders Performance Centre in Buderim for ONE NIGHT ONLY enjoy an evening of your favourite film songs, hosted by HOT91FM’s Todd Widdicombe and performed by some of the brightest stars of Australian musical theatre for MontroseAccess, supporting children with physical disabilities.


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Flinders Performance Centre

Stringybark Road, Buderim


Show starts 7:30pm


Bookings or call 5477 2964



Motherland Charity Performance for Mater Private Hospital

Melbourne Cup celebrations with a difference: Four anonymous donors buy a night of performance to say thank you.


This year, rather then putting a flutter on the horses, four anonymous donors have bought a theatre for the night to thank the dedicated staff and volunteers from the Mater Private hospital.


Because of their connection to the Mater Oncology Unit, the donors requested that their pledges be used to gift tickets for the Tuesday 5 November performance of MOTHERLAND to staff and volunteers of the Mater Private hospital.

One donor describes this “as a unique gift to thank the people who care for others in their time of need. The theatre is raw and alive with human emotion and stories, much like the inside of a hospital. Some moments are happy, and some are sad. The dedicated staff and volunteers from the Mater are there with you – they support you and your family though your individual journey. Shouting them a night out at the theatre, to see a wonderful new Brisbane play, is a small way we can say thank you.”

MOTHERLAND is co-presented by Metro Arts and Ellen Belloo as part of the Season of the Independents.

Shortlisted for the 2013 Patrick White Playwrights’ Award, Katherine Lyall-Watson’s play MOTHERLAND opened to rave reviews on Wednesday 30 October at Metro Arts. Katherine Lyall-Watson says that she looks forward to “welcoming these special guests to the theatre. I feel humbled by the generosity of the donors who have made this night possible.”

Directed by Caroline Dunphy, and with a stellar cast of Brisbane’s favourite actors; including Barbara Lowing, Kerith Atkinson, Rebecca Riggs, Peter Cossar and Daniel Murphy – MOTHERLAND is an epic story, which spans the twentieth century, World War and the Russian Revolution.

At the heart of this story you will find a rich tapestry of friendship, displacement, home, and identity – a finely- crafted story of the casualties of love, ambition, and politics. MOTHERLAND is a contemporary piece of theatre that brings the stories of three remarkable real women to life.

Timeframes and locations collide and interweave as the actors play multiple characters in this fast-paced and passionate 90-minute theatrical depiction of true stories. Caroline Dunphy’s direction brings rigour and fierceness to this contemporary staging.

Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in Brisbane in 1906 Mater Health Services now cares for more than half a million babies, children and adults each year. Mater is committed to providing compassionate health care with an emphasis on the founding values of the Sisters of Mercy.

Charity Performance Details Event:

Tues 5 November 2013

Time: 7:30pm

Venue: Sue Benner Theatre, Metro Arts (109 Edward St, Brisbane)


Metro Arts is a multi-artform incubator and site for experimentation, supporting and developing independent artists through a platform of space, mentoring, producing support, critical engagement and leadership.


Limited Tickets RACQ Action Rescue Helicopter Gala Ball



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RACQ Careflight Rescue Gala Ball

(previously named the AGL Action Rescue Helicopter Gala Ball)

It is absolutely baffling to me that essential services, such as the Action Rescue Helicopters, are not fully supported by government, and are instead left in dire straits each year unless a naming sponsor and major fundraising is secured! Thank goodness there are ordinary people – business owners and householders – who care enough to contribute to the cause. Will you? While you can still make donations via your AGL bill, it will be SO MUCH MORE FUN to be at October’s Gala Ball!!!

Year after year the Action Rescue Helicopter Gala Ball has adopted a variety of themes and entertainment that has created Sunshine Coast’s night of nights. Renowned for its outstanding entertainment, this true black tie experience brings together a unique audience of some of the Sunshine Coast’s most highly respected and influential members.

In 2013 the event will be elevated to new heights as a dazzling celebration of the sensational work that the team at the Action Rescue Helicopter undertake. With the involvement of a professional event management team, it is White House Celebrations’ intent to delight your senses with an evening fit for a King and Queen.

Date: Friday 4 October 2013


Location: Wandiny Room, Novotel Twin Waters Resort


Theme: A Night of Royal Indulgence


Cost: $199 for an individual ticket or $1990 for a table of ten


As the community rescue chopper, the RACQ Action Rescue helicopter team work across south east Queensland supporting employers, schools and voluntary organisations in safety best practice.  And sometimes even further afield….   And beyond the urgent rescue and aeromedical missions we undertake we also take part in regular training exercises both “in house” and in coordination with other emergency services.


Your attendance at the RACQ Action Rescue Helicopter Gala Ball supports the work carried out by the rescue teams, and helps this invaluable service to continue.


President of White House CelebrationsMin Swan, says her favourite part of becoming involved with Charity Galas is learning more about the community services that exist, which she once took for granted.  “Every night I see the RACQ Helicopter on the news rescuing somebody from the Bruce Highway, from Fraser Island, taking a newborn to Brisbane hospitals etc.  Now I get to see what it takes behind the scenes for this service to save lives.”

With the birth of Min’s son, Smith, and his stint in hospital at 3 weeks old, potentially requiring the services of the Helicopter to transport the family to Brisbane, this service is dear to Min’s heart.  We hope you’ll join the Sunshine Coast’s most generous souls on the 4th October to enjoy a truly beautiful evening of celebration, as well as raise funds to close the $2million shortfall this service experiences each year.

Get your tickets online

Or contact Min at White House Celebrations to take advantage of these amazing sponsorship opportunities:

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    Make a Donation


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