Drama Queen

Jack and the Bean Stalk production by Renmark Theatre Group in 1990.
Jack and the Beanstalk production by Renmark Theatre Group in 1990.

Over a drink or two the other night, I was chatting with a friend and colleague about my brief theatrical career.

All throughout high school, I was always one of the kids chosen to “read aloud” when we studied English.

And of course, with my radio background, there was always a bit of drama here and there.

But it wasn’t until I lived in Renmark that I appeared on stage – properly – for the very first time.

Having met some “theatrical types”, I was encouraged to go along to auditon for the Renmark Theatre Group, a local amateur group.

The first production I was involved in was a pantomime: Jack and the Beanstalk which, I recall, went on for an inordinately long time. As I remember now, I think the production probably went three hours or so.

And of course, I was selected for the role of Jack’s mother. Very camp. Lots of fun.

The only other production I was involved in was a play called “Bananas” which was a political critique about racism, Nazism and all that kind of thing.

I have some very fond memories of my time with the Renmark Theatre Group, and went looking online last night to see if I could find anything about the group, including hopefully something about my time there.

I do, however, have a photograph from the Murray Pioneer in 1990 (I think)…

I showed the photograph to my friend and colleague today at work. She thought it was a hoot, and so do I.


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