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Make Merry

Local Makers share their stories ahead of Christmas


Theatre iNQ’s next offering may make you blush


It’s not all booties, bling and bad language

A UNI THAT KNOWS CREATIVE AND PERFORMING ARTS At CQUniversity we know you’re looking for a course that can help you land the career of your dreams. In 2019 you can choose to study acting, dance or music right here in Townsville or study music or theatre online. Courses available in Townsville include: » Bachelor of Creative Arts (Acting and Contemporary Dance majors) » Bachelor of Music (Performance specialisation). Polish your performance skills with practice-based tuition under instruction from renowned industry professionals. You will also cultivate a diverse performance portfolio and gain the theoretical knowledge to forge a career in the arts and entertainment industry at a local, national or international level.

“I like to get into character, I like to portray a different person and I like the energy – especially with the theatre.” Find out more about our student Lucy and her CQUni story online.

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They’re two of my favourite things and I feel we’ve really embraced them in this issue – firstly because they seem to be a little more prevalent as we head into the Festive season (or at least I would like to believe so) and secondly because the Arts just couldn’t exist without them. Even solo artistic endeavours rely on some form of collaboration and some sense of community – between colours, between words, between bodies, between themes, between the artist and the viewer. No work and no meaning spring from a single origin. Our team was thrilled to collaborate with some more incredible local artists for this issue. At long last we had the chance to work with special effects make-up artist Cassie Harris who painstakingly painted actor Lucy Guerin for our cover image. Cassie’s work took more than four hours, before the wonderful Roslyn Budd arrived to take photos and we handed her finished images over to our own creative Director, Kieran Thomas to complete the effect. The level of enthusiasm from each artist along the chain to work with the others was incredibly heartening to witness and I’m so thankful to all four for bringing their ideas to the table. It was a similar story for our Artist in Focus this issue, Tina Maher. We saw the Christmas issue as the perfect opportunity to give our


pages a second life and invited Tina to paint a custom tear-out wrapping paper as her Artist in Focus contribution. Wonderfully, Tina accepted the challenge and along with her own long-time collaborator, graphic designer Kyla Flanagan, created the beautiful wrapping paper you’ll find in the centrefold of this issue. We would love for you to tear out that page, wrap your gifts in it these holidays and share your photos with us – then you will also be part of the reinterpretation of Tina’s beautiful work. Of course, it’s not just this issue that sees our HUXLEY team working with other passionate, dedicated artists within our community. We couldn’t do what we do without the support and generosity of many others – the photographers who kindly (and quickly) provide photos, the artists who allow us to share their work, the writers who are happy to have their words printed in our pages, and all those people who give tip-offs about the inspiring people we should be talking to. Thank you all. As we begin to close off another wonderful year in for Townsville’s Arts community, I look forward to seeing what 2019 will bring. On behalf of our little team – Kieran, Nathan, Sarah and myself – I wish you all a wonderful Christmas and a brilliant new year.

Sarah Mathiesen.


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Vince Bray, Graeme Buckley, Heather Byrne, Gai Copeman, Jim Cox, Harry, Ed Kulpa, Anne Lord, Steve Maguire, Lynn Scott-Cumming

image: Jim Cox, Big Leaf (detail).





CALL FOR EPHEMERA ENTRIES Townsville City Council is calling for submission concepts from artists interested in being part of Strand Ephemera 2019. Artists are asked to consider the specific site for which their work is intended, as well as how the work will appear at day and at night. Successful submissions will be included as part of the sculpture festival from 26 July - 4 August 2019, and receive a $5,000 Artist Fee to support the making of their work. For more information and to submit a concept, visit Townsville City Council’s website. GOING ONCE... Umbrella Studio contemporary arts’ annual Compact Prints auction raised $3,317 for the gallery in August. The quick-fire evening saw 182 prints by 130 artists find new homes, with bidders picking up a wide array of short run pieces for the average sale price of $18.20. Umbrella's final fundraiser of the year, A Taste of Art, will be held on 24 November with tickets available at

The final exhibitions of the year at Umbrella Studio contemporary arts will include a collection of printed posters from Townsville’s Red Rag Press, in a series providing a commentary on life in North Queensland. Commentary features 15 letterpress posters from different local artists, with each showcasing a small insight into its creator’s life or ideals. Red Rag Press founder Sheree Kinlyside said one reason for the group exhibition was to encourage locals to make use of the Press equipment. “One of the reasons I organised this poster project was because if people don’t come and use the press and the type fonts in my studio, then they’re just sitting out there waiting for me and it seems like a waste,” said Sheree. “You may ask yourself, ‘why would you go to the effort of doing this when you could create posters quicker on a computer,’ but it’s not the same. You don’t get the embossed imprints, or the unique imperfections on every print – each poster is unique and has its own characteristics. “There’s an integrity about the creation process that appeals to me – not to say that we’re against computers at all, as one of the posters was almost completely designed digitally and

image // Detail from Sandra Wright's poster in Commentary. IMAGE: Red Rag Press



| NATHAN TOLL in most cases we do combine the traditional and digital approaches. But there is something about manually arranging the letters, rolling your paper through the press, and uncovering the final product that is really exciting and you just can’t get with digital prints.” Red Rag Press began as a means for its members to express their views – which is continued through Commentary. “When we started I wanted to give women a platform to use text and type to say whatever they wanted – but that fell by the wayside when my husband and other men found an interest in it, because the objective was never to exclude anyone. Red Rag is all about being a conduit for opportunity, to say what you want. “With artwork, you don’t often get the chance to express how you’re feeling in words. Commentary is a rare chance for our artists to make their own comments on social situations. At their core, they are hand-printed posters from North Queensland artists. “I think people need a didactic or some sort of written anchor to prompt them; art is an important way of starting conversations.” Catch Commentary in the main gallery space at Umbrella Studio contemporary arts from 9 November – 16 December.



The next exhibition to showcase at Pinnacles Gallery is repurposing unlike you’ve ever seen it.

has many works based on colour, light, sound and movement, where I use technologies more as a material rather than a tool,” said Ross.

Ross’ most recent works in the exhibition, Wave Opus I and Wave Opus II, focus on this marriage between sound and movement.

Ross Manning’s Dissonant Rhythms utilises everything from fluorescent light tubes and pedestal fans to the glass and filters from inside projectors to immerse viewers in the artwork. Ross said the survey exhibition featured work that spanned 10 years of research and creation.

“One of my first works, Sad Majick, was based on how colour electronic imagery was made. The work kicked off a whole investigative period working with electronic image and the technologies that create and display them, which is now a theme that runs through Dissonant Rhythms.

“These are self-playing ‘instruments’ which I think of more as automated compositions, which utilise modified clock chimes among other things as a sound source. I’ve been interested in sound for a long time and was making instruments and audio electronics long before I began visual art.”

“Over the period these works were created, I was interested in contemporary technologies with a focus on the electronic image and the machines that generate them – so the exhibition

“Seeing all the previous work together is satisfying, but I’m currently interested predominantly in sound and movement, and the relationship between the two.”

Experience Ross Manning’s Dissonant Rhythms at Pinnacles Gallery from 1 December 2018 – 27 January 2019.

image // Bricks and Blocks (detail), 2016, LCD TV, video camera, fluorescent lights, and mirror. Image courtesy Milani Gallery, Brisbane.



James Cook University’s Bachelor of Creative Media students will showcase their work in what may be the final student exhibition before the course becomes extinct.

“An important of being a creative is simply getting out there and just doing. Our degree has provided us with the skills and knowledge in our respective practices,” he said.

“We essentially have to organise the exhibition from start to finish – and for many (if not all) of us, it’s our first time putting an event like this together,” Jason said.

For many students, Mobius will be their first opportunity to publicly exhibit their work.

The work of 25 third-year and honour students will be showcased in the exhibition including photography, video works, graphic design and sound projects.

“Working closely with the Townsville City Council’s Gallery service has been a beneficial insight into the local creative community, and we’re looking forward to a really successful opening night in November,” he said.

JCU Creative Media Association President, Jason Hill, said the exhibition played an important role in the students’ transitions to professional artists. “The exhibition is one of our first major realworld opportunities to explore and showcase our abilities,” said Jason.

Not only do the students provide all the artwork for the exhibition, they also are responsible for the entire planning and execution of the event – a skill that will serve them in their future Arts practice.

Mobius will be on display at Pinnacles Gallery 3-25 November 2018.

ARTIST IN FOCUS Tina Maher has always found herself drawn to creative endeavours. Starting out in textiles, Tina later discovered painting and her passion was fuelled for various mediums when she enrolled in painting, drawing and illustration subjects at TAFE. Tina is an intuitive painter, working from memories and imagination rather than from reference photos and pre-planned images. “Layers are built and shapes added from childhood drawings which adds a sense of playfulness to the art,” said Tina of her process. “While mixed media is such a great way to explore and express your thoughts, lately I have found myself totally consumed with all things watercolour. The colours, gradation and layering

process are truly captivating.” Tina said she loves the freedom of expression she finds in her practice. “With Art, it is ok to just be you and not have to fit into any mold,” she said. “Nature is a constant source of inspiration, working with often bright colours in a fun way. I guess it’s how I like to see the world.” While Tina has been selected as a Finalist in the Percival Portrait Artist Awards twice, she said getting great feedback from her customers is the greatest reward. “Having people tell me ‘it just makes me smile’ is something I will never get sick of hearing. I kind of feel that’s my purpose.”

“I am grateful for the support that Townsville community has given me, including that of Karissa Chase at Renegade Gift Shop who gave me the opportunity to showcase my art and get the ball rolling when I first started out. There are so many opportunities for fellow creatives and small start-up businesses in Townsville which I am thankful to be a part of.” IN OUR CENTREFOLD: Tina has created custom tear-out wrapping paper in this issue, with the help of graphic designer Kyla Flanagan of The Content Stylist. Share your photos of the wrapping paper in action using @huxleypress and @tinamaherart





Les Ballet Eloelle will bring their hilarious and role-reversing Men in Pink Tights to the Civic Theatre as part of their Australian tour this November – with their only Australian cast member hailing from right here in Townsville. Shaughn Pegoraro, who has been a member of Ann Roberts School of Dance, Extensions Youth Dance and the Ulysses Dancers locally, will return to where it all started under the alias of ‘Natalia Aussiepova.’ “I auditioned for Les Ballet Eloelle in 2012 on their last Australian tour following a company class at the Civic Theatre, when their Director mentioned he liked the way I danced. Over the years we have kept in touch and I continued to express interest in the company – before he contacted me explaining they were coming to Australia and he’d love me to join them for this six-week tour,” Shaughn said. “Les Ballet Eloelle mixes comedy and classical together, making it a family-friendly evening of entertainment that is easy to understand. It’s rare you get to watch classical ballet and enjoy

| NATHAN TOLL the hard work and beautiful technique while having a good ol’ laugh at the same time. “Because I’m the only Australian in the company, having ‘Aussie’ in my name was a must. Lucky for me there’s a Russian ballet dancer who is a soloist at the Royal Ballet in London called Natalia Osipova. How much of a perfect fit is that?!” Shaughn said the chance to return to his hometown with a touring show was an opportunity like no other. “To be able to perform in front of my family, friends and ex-students is going to be amazing. Stressful, but amazing. I’m lucky enough to have had so many opportunities over the years to perform in front of Townsville crowds. I’m so excited to be able to bring [my] enjoyment back to the local stage again.” Catch Men in Pink Tights, featuring Townsville’s own Natalia Aussiepova, at the Civic Theatre on 13 November. Tickets are now available through What’s On Townsville.

Because I’m the only Australian in the company, having ‘Aussie’ in my name was a must. image // Sasha Kane from Lumi Studios


| NATHAN TOLL A Townsville dancer will take the next step in his professional career next year, after being accepted into the graduate program at Canada’s prestigious Alberta Ballet School.

other people your age experience, plus often means having to move away from family and friends. You have to be strong-willed and prepared to do what it takes to succeed.“

Rory Neville, who has spent the past six months training at the Perth School of Ballet, will begin the graduate program at the Alberta Ballet School in February next year. Rory said he was extremely humbled and grateful for the opportunity.

Despite studying at Melbourne’s National Theatre Ballet School and Perth School of Ballet for the past two years, Rory discovered his passion for ballet while still living in Townsville.

“It was always a dream of mine to pursue dance – growing up in such an art-oriented family, I was always strongly encouraged to pursue my dreams. To be honest I never doubted I would do something arts-related after high school, because it was always made clear that those paths were options for me,” said Rory.

“I started dancing when I was 10 at Ann Roberts School of Dance and while I began in jazz and modern, I soon realised my passion was for ballet. I also joined the Ulysses Dancers, who I travelled to the Aberdeen Youth Arts Festival with in 2015. After graduating high school in 2016, I was accepted into a full time dance course in Melbourne to complete my Certificate IV in Elite Performance.

“Being accepted into Alberta’s graduate program has really shown me that it’s possible to achieve your dreams if you focus, work hard, and stay determined. Studying dance does mean you have to sacrifice many things

“Dance is a tedious, sometimes cruel and extremely taxing sport. But nothing beats the beauty and fulfilment of it. I always say us humans are so lucky to have been blessed with something as divine as ballet.”

image // DancePro Photography image // Alison McDonald,Voyages. Photography: Andrew Rankin



NOTHING MILD ABOUT CURRIE “One day I just realised there was so much culture and innovation in Townsville largely undiscovered or which was flying under the radar – so I thought starting a short series showcasing them would be really helpful not just to me in improving on my own skills, but showcasing the incredible opportunities on our doorstep.” Despite still studying at university, Townsville film maker and animator Mathew Currie is already making a name for himself. Between honing his skills completing a Bachelor of Creative Media at JCU and regular film and photography work for clients, Mat releases short films telling the stories of people and organisations he believes are worth sharing.



“When I started uni, I realised you had to work your butt off to get a job in this industry no matter where in the world you are, so started working on a portfolio of my own work. I found the easiest way for people to find all of my work in one place was to start my own page, so launched OneT Creations – and wanted to make sure I would have content to post on a regular basis,” Mat said. Mat launched a short film series, Connections, earlier this year to apply skills he was learning through his work and studies to projects he had complete creative control over. “Connections started while I was watching 60-second documentaries on Facebook – I realised that a lot of people I knew locally had really unique traits and stories, from athletes to singers and circus performers, and there was a whole culture in Townsville that was unexplored for the most part. “I thought if I started a series of short, snappy videos showing what these people or organisations did and the benefits they had for the community, it would help locals begin to appreciate where they live more and realise there was so much to do on their doorstep. “There has been a lot of amazing feedback ever since I released the very first video: it started with me just wanting to focus on athletes, but then I spoke to a couple of different festivals and not-for-profits, and now has steered towards singers and musicians too. As soon as I lit the spark, everything picked up and our city’s diversity was really highlighted for me – we’re more than just a Garrison city.” Find Mathew Currie’s short film series Connections on his Facebook page: OneT Creations. If you know someone worth featuring, nominate them at

image // Blurr



WALTZ IN, MATILDA A Townsville teenager will join The Rubens on stage to sing a duet of their platinum single Never Ever after unwittingly entering her original track in a Triple J Unearthed competition. Matilda Duncan had no idea she was in the running to be one of nine Unearthed artists chosen to support The Rubens on their forthcoming LO LA RU tour, until she received the call from an Unearthed Exec offering her a spot. “I’d uploaded the track for Unearthed High a couple of months ago and I didn’t realise that being up there put me in the running for this,” explained Matilda.


“I won’t have much time to play a heap of gigs between now and [The Rubens shows]. It would be nice to get some more gigs before I go up to Cairns, but we’ll see whether that happens.” The shock of the win is still sinking in, especially since Matilda has never been able to see The Rubens perform live before. “They’ve come to Townsville a couple of times, but they’ve always been 18+ venues, so I haven’t been able to get in. I think I’ll have a good view this time.”


image // Mathew Currie

“This guy just called me and said ‘We’d like you to open for The Rubens’ and I said ‘That would be incredible. I’m definitely in.’ Empty is the only track Matilda has uploaded to Unearthed to date, although she has penned a number of original songs. Triple J’s Dave Ruby Howe reviewed the song, saying: “Beautiful work, Matilda. The track’s got an effortless strum to it and then you come in with some casually killer vocals.” While she has a few weeks to prepare her set for the LO LA RU tour, Matilda has a few competing priorities between now and then. “I’ve got to graduate high school, first!

MALAYSIA EYES GRIFFIN They say good things come in threes, but Blues muso Tim Griffin has gone one better, clinching four big achievements in four weeks to round out his biggest year yet. Tim was recently invited to perform at Malaysia’s Langkawi International Blues and Roots Festival (LIBRA) with his wife, international standard belly dancer Cara Griffin; as well as receiving Endorsements from Maton Guitars, Wazinator Stompboxes and Batik Clothing. A chance YouTube encounter by LIBRA’s organisers was the catalyst that started it all. “The organisers of LIBRA saw YouTube footage of Cara and I performing on the main stage at Airlie Beach Festival of Music,” said Tim.


"The festival is into its second year and they are largely funded by Tourism Malaysia and Corporate sponsors. It’s an initiative to attract more tourism to the Langkawi area. Playing at the festival means that Cara and I can keep working on building our international profile and networks, and hopefully be able to share the insights and knowledge with local business and entertainers.”

product. Maton and Wazinator are two great Australian companies that I am happy to be representing internationally and Batik clothing are one of several Malaysian companies that are going to use us to help broaden their exposure.”

With the growth of his international profile, Tim was also able to catch the eye of some of the biggest brands in the Australian music biz.

“It’s a result of years and years of hard work and networking. In the music business at an independent level, everything is hard fought for and either you give up or you become tenacious and bold. I’m very happy to start seeing some reward for the thousands of hours of work put in behind the scenes, but the reality is that the hard work has only just begun!”

“Endorsements, or Artist support as it is now termed, is something that really comes down to the business concerned seeing value in you as a performer and as an ambassador of their

While Tim says he is lucky be gaining greater support, luck has nothing to do with making it happen.

image // Nicole Zicchino






It’s not about money. It's not about fame. It’s about diverse culture in rap and how we all get together Rap music is a divisive genre. Despite having a few decades of runs on the board now, and having proven its massive commercial appeal, to the uninitiated, rap still demands a wide berth lest listeners should come into contact with ‘bad people’ singing about ‘bad things’. While some may argue that rap is all about bling, bitches and bustin’ caps, there’s also elements of healing, self-expression and unity to the art, as a collective of promising young Townsville rappers is finding out. The Towns Villains is a newly established collective of formerly solo artists, who are together unpacking new techniques to strengthen their craft including building their stage presence; evolving their recording and production techniques; blending trap, Oz-rap, RnB and soul sounds; and navigating (and celebrating) language barriers. Founder of the group, Samson, and Producer, Milo, said they’re constantly surprised at how well each of their differences compliment the others’. “It just flows so easily with all of us in the group,” said Samson. “We all have our own styles which separate us, but for some reason each one of the sounds feels as though it was meant to be on the track. We’re really happy with what we’re coming up with. I'm constantly shocked every time we go to the studio, not just by the rappers we’re working with, but Milo’s productions just evolved, too.” “It’s a nice environment,” adds Milo. “Because doing anything creative, you sort of need that positive energy so it’s really comforting when you go in and all our ideas match up. There's never really been anything where someone’s

put an idea forward and someone’s just hated it. We're willing to try pretty much anything.” Each of the Towns Villains found their own way into music. For Samson it was through writing poetry, for Milo through the love of making beats, for Gidz it was a way to escape some trouble he’s been getting into and for Fidele, who hails from Africa, it was part of learning English. “I started rapping when I was 14 years old,” Fidele said. “I would listen to different rappers like Lil Wayne and then I started writing. It's very difficult for me to write in English because I speak four languages. Swahili is my first language, which is like the international language of Africa. I do write in English, but I’ve been mixing the language [in my writing].” “When I first heard Fidele, I was completely blown away,” said Milo. “He keeps coming to us – yes, his first language is what he likes to write with the most, naturally – but he has been working super, super hard to try and create some English lyrics for us and it’s absolutely mind-blowing. Even in Swahili we love it, but obviously there’s a lot of people out there who don’t quite understand what he’s saying, so he’s incorporated the both of them. We get the best of both worlds and it’s come out amazing.” Gidz adds that the crew is united by their love of music. “It’s not about money. It's not about fame. It’s about diverse culture in rap and how we all get together,” he said. “I started off when I was in about grade 9. I got into a bit of trouble down in Brisbane and found it was a good way to escape all my

problems and put some words on a page and show them how you really feel. I had a crew down in Brisbane called Home Brew – they're pretty established down there – but I thought I’d come up here and switch it up and show Townsville what’s up.” Samson said he was hesitant to ask Gidz to leave his own crew and join the Towns Villains. “Because that’s his family in a way and I see this as a family,” Samson said. “But I was super happy that he was able to come join us and be able to put his brand of input into this whole group. It's an extra touch.” “I have that Aussie style of hip-hop whereas Samson has the trap, more of an American feel to the beats,” added Gidz. “I put my unique, diverse style onto the tracks and they flow together perfectly.” The group all agree that while they’d like to make an album and clock up some more live performances, for the time being they're enjoying making their own unique brand of music together. “I think the more and more we work together and the more we grow, we are so much less focused on appealing to other people and more just wanting to make music that we ourselves enjoy,” said Milo. “It's like, if we leave the studio and it sounds good to us, then we’re happy with it.” “The main thing we’re doing it for is just to have fun,” said Samson. “It’s just the love of the music and I see that in each and every one of these people and that’s the main reason I wanted to come together as a group, because I know their dedication to music is just as strong and passionate about mine is.


Let's Taco 'bout it

Take my hand, come with me, let’s explore our vaginas! | SARAH MATHIESEN How are The Vagina Monologues presented? Terri: Our cast includes nine women performing one monologue each, and four members of a band who are all male. It was originally performed by one woman doing all the monologues herself and now, more often than not, it’s done by three women who are usually all white and usually all about 20 years old. I wanted there to be much more cultural diversity, much more age diversity and, with the talent we have access to, why not have each monologue done by a different woman? Was that a deliberate decision to involve four male musicians? Terri: Absolutely! I am not a fan of the idea of feminism that doesn’t include men and so I’m very much for the fact that they need a voice at the table and need to be encouraged to join in the battle cry. So what are some of the issues being tackled in The Monologues? Jennine: Geez Louise! Terri: Everything! Most of the speeches are about the ways that women have decided to self-hate and then discovering their love for the vagina, or their freedom to love themselves. I think they’re about that liberation really, and the joy in it and the discovery of it. Nim’s monologue is a beautiful one: Nim: My monologue really shows off the power and the amazingness of the vagina in a way that it’s not always given credit for. It’s about looking at the vagina from a different angle to give it the respect and the admiration it well and truly deserves as an organ. Why this show? It’s a bit out of the ordinary, even for Theatre iNQ. Terri: I wanted to work with a whole bunch of women that I hadn’t worked with necessarily one-on-one. I also wanted to address, I suppose, the Me Too movement and the things that are affecting my life as a woman in the Arts. I always feel a great responsibility in the choices that I make for Theatre iNQ, that it’s about the community and what should the community see and what can we do well that the community can then have access to. This ticked every box for me in that respect. How do The Monologues hold up in terms of the issues women face today? Terri: There was some thinking that “OK, these Monologues are 20 years old now. Are they

still relevant and how ground breaking are they now?”. When you watch a lot of female comedians on Netflix, as I do, they’re continuing to break new ground … being able to talk about your vagina with such bravery comes from this movement. The other important thing about us casting a multitude of women from different cultures and different age ranges is that – I hope – it will unite us as women across the board. A lot of our self-hatred is insidious, and we don’t know quite where it comes from, but it certainly continues within each other and we judge each other and pick on each other and are very unkind to each other and I think that’s changing. Beth: The show doesn’t just cross the barriers, it pushes them down. That’s what we should all be doing today. There are so many problems in the world, that we should all be helping each other and not putting any barriers up. That’s what this does, I think. Anna: I think it frees women from shame. That shame of being able to talk about your vagina, that shame of being able to say ‘I was hurt by a man’, freeing all of that shame and being able to find some sort of comfort in being able to talk about that with other women. No, not just women; being able to talk about that freely, without that judgement. Terri: Yes! And the Vagina in the Vagina Monologues, symbolises what it is to be a woman. It’s been vilified for so long. It’s seen as ugly, unattractive, smelly, disgusting … We give it all these stupid names, so that we don’t say vagina and it’s like ‘What are we so hideously afraid of?’ Are you finding your own relationships with the word changing? Terri: We’ve only just started rehearsals and every rehearsal I had with the women today, we had a massive long conversation about our vaginas. Wonderful. I know so much about the women in this room! (all laugh) and it’s completely destigmatised the discussion already. And if that can continue through to the audience then that’s the best thing we can possibly achieve. Most good theatre promotes discussion, that’s how you know you’ve succeeded. Like when we’ve done shows about World War Two, people were compelled to come up and tell us about their grandfather in World War Two – it’s the need to share. I’m really excited about the post-show conversations from The Vagina Monologues (all laugh). It courageous really. How do you all feel? Rita: I’m looking forward to it. I’m normally

cast for really light stuff so to be asked to do something that’s so important and so integral to being a woman is a big thing. It’s so much TMI even to speak with each other, because you have to discuss it so you can get to a place where you’re like ‘Oh, that’s what that bit in the script is about. Oh! I get that now, that makes sense!” It’s a big thing for us as actors and even a bigger thing to say to the audience “Take my hand, come with me, let’s explore our vaginas!” Terri: I love that. When I leave the house I say “I’m going to work on Vagina.” Jennine: When I asked my boss for a couple of weeks off I said “I’ve been asked to be in the Vagina Monologues. I’m gonna be in the Vagina Monologues. Can I have two weeks off to be in the Vagina Monologues” and she said “If you say that word one more time, you’re fired”. Now I call it The Begonia Monologues at work. And how do you think audiences will take to the subject matter? Nim: It’s something that especially this generation, where we are in the middle of the social media storm of the Me Too movement, it’s the right time to do it. But people who you wouldn’t expect are also excited for this to come about. Terri: I hope men will come. I know they’ll be the minority, but I do hope they come. Beth: They will! I read it to my husband and he just roared with laughter the whole way through and he finished up by saying ‘if you don’t want to do it, you go off to Paris or something, but I’m going to the show!”. And he is 82. Terri: I think men are far more relaxed talking about vaginas, but if they think it’s a big antimen project that’s when they turn away. It’s not that at all. It’s a really funny, humorous, very loving and gentle way to engage in these issues and, for the men, it’s like the Carole King song: this song is not about you! I think we’ll attract some new faces. I hope we do, but if nothing else…. I’m woke. That’s one down. It’s not every day that you get to do a show that is both a successful Broadway show, but also in your community is still actively doing its job in talking about taboo topics. On Broadway it’s probably yesterday’s news, but here, even in this room, these issues are still present in our lives and these stories still need to be told and they’re really fucking funny. And that humour packs a punch. Catch The Vagina Monologues from 21 November - 2 December at Theatre iNQ, with tickets available from



| NATHAN TOLL Kids and kids at heart will be kept entertained over the Christmas break, as Props Youth Theatre stages Mother Goose and the Beanstalk at the Old Courthouse Theatre this December. The play, fusing two classic tales and featuring a cast of Townsville’s most talented youth, is one which Director Todd Barty said hadn’t been performed here since 2004. “This plot mixes the story of Jack and the Beanstalk with the very English tale of Mother Goose – which is about a kindly old woman who is gifted a goose that lays golden eggs, but is warned to never change … before her fear of aging gets the better of her. There are a few other familiar fantasy faces appearing in what is quite a madcap story,” Todd said. “There are around 35 young people in the play – including a few Props performers who have been growing in talent in the last few years. We also have a bumper crop of new faces too, which is always exciting.”

Theatre opportunity for me as a young actor and budding director. I honour Michelle Weaver and Karen Vane, the founders, for their vision and want to continue to extend this opportunity for training and experience to future generations.” Catch Props Youth Theatre’s Mother Goose and the Beanstalk at the Old Courthouse Theatre from 19-22 December, with tickets available at

Providing opportunities to younger actors is something Todd advocates strongly for. “Props Youth Theatre was a fantastic

MURDER SHE WROTE A banana fetish. A tea addiction. An attraction to panic. ‘Murder mystery’ probably isn’t the first thing that springs to mind upon reading this list, but local Playwright/Director Teri Galea-Thorne is the first to admit her mind works in mysterious ways. Teri’s next play to grace the local stage, In the Spirit of Murder, is one of six full-length plays she’s penned in the last 12 months. The show follows the highly dysfunctional Van Rooken household, a group of six characters engaged in a battle of strangely contrasting objectives, and one dead body. Teri said while she had originally set out to pen a more traditional murder mystery, In the Spirit of Murder ultimately took a different direction. “People who read my earlier drafts said it’s got

those farcical elements – ‘a little tweak here and a little change there, you could make it into a farce’,” said Teri. “I’d always wanted to write a farce so that’s what I did. “It was actually inspired by a four-second segment of Heart and Souls [the 1993 film starring Robert Downey Jr.] One character simply said ‘You are a dead man’ and that’s what sparked the entire play.” It’s not the first time Teri has found inspiration in an unlikely place. “I’ve got a Physics for Dummies book; I read the first paragraph and I got an idea, so I put the book aside and wrote the play instead,” she said. “I can’t read anything because it just sparks ideas of ‘this’ll work!’.

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In the Spirit of



| SARAH MATHIESEN “Another play Shaming of Pot Luck was sparked by the audition for Townsville Little Theatre’s Bloody Murder. I went to the audition and Director Eric Blythe was asking what parts we wanted to read for. One person said ‘oh I’ll just take pot luck’ and Eric goes ‘we don’t have a character called pot luck’. I said ‘well you can just create one’ and so I did.” Teri will be at the helm of bringing her own work to life when she directs In The Spirit of Murder this December and, with some of Townsville’s most exciting young actors and experienced regulars, it will be one worth catching. In the Spirit of Murder will be presented by Townsville Little Theatre at PIMPAC on 5-8 December 2018.

5-8 DEC Pimlico Performing Arts Centre

An original play written and directed by Teri Galea-Thorne.

NEW COMMITTEE FOR ARTS FUNDING Townsville City Council’s Community and Cultural Development Committee recommended 14 local community members be appointed to Townsville City Council’s new Regional Arts Development Fund committee (RADF) in October. RADF Committee Chair Cr Margie Ryder said the proposed committee members were chosen for their dedication to arts and culture in Townsville and experience with a variety of art forms. “The RADF Committee members are selected based on a number of criteria, but mostly we look for their involvement and their understanding of the needs of the community,” Cr Ryder said. “The new members will provide valuable advice to Council on community priorities and will help decide how the grant funding is allocated.”

The proposed new RADF Committee members bring with them expertise from a range of disciplines from sculpture and printmaking to playwriting and dance. The RADF Committee recommendations went to a vote at the end of October, with the new members announced on the Townsville City Council website in early November. RADF is a unique partnership between the Queensland Government and Townsville City Council to support local talent, unite communities and celebrate the arts across the state. The Queensland Government, through Arts Queensland, is contributing $2.08 million in 2018-19 in partnership with 58 councils statewide to help deliver cultural experiences which align with local priorities. The latest RADF round is now open, with submissions due by 19 November 2018.

ELIJAH MAKES HIS MARK Elijah Clarke has always enjoyed being creative. Originally it was as an actor, but when he bought his first camera in grade 12, photography became his new outlet. A final-year Bachelor of Creative Media student, Elijah believes he is the only tintype photographer in North Queensland. Tintype photography is one of the earliest photography techniques, predominantly used in the 1860s. A single tintype photo requires dedicated time and precision. Tin plates, which the photo is

taken onto, need to be correctly sensitised so that they are light sensitive, before the image is shot and processed onto the plate; if the process takes any longer than five minutes, the image is discarded. Being possibly the only tintype photographer in North Queensland has meant Elijah had to travel to Melbourne in order to learn the craft. Elijah’s most recent works both take a look ‘beneath the surface’: Enterprise of Despair is a tintype photo which examines careers that


Creatives | NATHAN TOLL at first seem rewarding, but which often lead to depression, anxiety, and a range of mental illnesses. Another work, A Dying Feeling, is a photo book which contextualises death through both positive and negative perspectives. Elijah’s work will be on display in the 2018 JCU Graduate Exhibition Mobius, which he hopes will lead to further commercial opportunities for more creative free rein. To view more of Elijah’s work, visit

image // Tintype Photography by Elijah Clarke



Jennifer readies for Publishing


Local writer Jennifer Barrett has been working on her first novel for six years. The manuscript, currently titled Fly Away Birdie, is set in Townsville during World War Two and lead Jennifer on some nail-biting research expeditions to ensure it’s authenticity. Jennifer is currently completing the ACT Writers Centre’s HARDCOPY programme, with hopes it will lead to the traditional publishing of her work.

You’re about to head into the final round of HARDCOPY. What exactly is that? Every year, the ACT Writers Centre runs a manuscript development programme called HARDCOPY and we weren’t told numbers, but we were told ‘shitloads applied’ from around Australia. Thirty writers across the country are selected – and I was in that 30. Then from that 30, 10 are selected to go to the last round where we have half an hour one-on-one interviews with editors, publishers and agents. And I’m one of the 10 – there are two from QLD, but I’m the only one from North Queensland. I made it all the way through from Townsville, with a story about Townsville. Can you tell me about the story? It’s about two sisters who run away from Bowen and arrive in Townsville in 1942, at the same time that tens of thousands of Australian and US soldiers land here after the fall of Singapore … One of the sisters falls in love with an American, who then disappears on a plane. I’d actually interviewed my great grandmother’s cousin who married an American during the



war and I got some information and inspiration from her. When I needed to kill off this US soldier I thought “Wow. How am I going to do this?” and then I remembered that during the war a plane crashed on my great grandfather’s property out west. It wasn’t until about five years after the war that they were mustering and rode over the hill chasing some poddy cows, that they discovered the plane crash and the bodies and everything still there. In our family, the story goes that there was an Australian on the plane who was flying from PNG to Brisbane to see his six-month-old daughter who he’d never seen, and there was also an American who wasn’t on the manifest. So I went hunting and I found that daughter and I interviewed her and I found out what her mother had been through and how badly [the Army] had treated her to the point where all she got was a letter saying her husband was missing, presumed dead. When they found the plane, nobody bothered contacting her. She knew instinctively that that was the plane he was on and it was found west of Bundaberg. She got a train up to Bunderberg, she got herself an interview with the bloke who was head of the search party … she identified [her husband’s] dog tag and some other personal items that they’d collected, and then they were happy to confirm that he was on the plane … The stuff I discovered in the research, I could write a whole non-fiction article about that, it‘s just amazing.

Where did the idea for this story spring from? About six years ago there was a reading at

Mary Who? Bookshop one Saturday and instead of reading short stories and things I’d read before, I wanted to come up with something new and fresh, so I just wrote 1500 words: it was just a dump from my head about an abusive father, I set it in Bowen for some reason, but it was about this abusive father coming home from work and hitting the mother and everyone really responded to it so I thought ‘oh, maybe I should see what I can do with this’. It just went from there. I thought ‘what can I do with these girls? Where can I put them? What will be interesting?’ So I brought them to Townsville during the Second World War and just went bang. What are you hoping to achieve with the manuscript? I have to go back to Canberra in November [for the last round of HARDCOPY] and my work will be discussed with me by editors, publishers and agents. It’s putting me in the best position I really could be to get it published. I want this to be traditionally published, then the rest that I write – I’ve got lots of ideas, but I’m just waiting to get this one put to bed before I start on something else – the rest, I will self-publish. I’m sort of hoping that Townsville people will relate to the story. I’ve already had some people be the readers to see whether it sounds authentic, whether it flows, whether there’s any lagging spots, and everyone has said they can just picture where they are. I’ve referenced buildings, streets, places and they’ve said “Yep, I know exactly where I am”. So I’m hoping of nothing else, it’ll be popular in Townsville.

FLY AWAY BIRDIE excerpt I settled on the step above Bertie. A crease of sweat and dirt lined the base of her neck. She stared at the ground, her hands dangling between her knees. The neighbour’s old white cat slid out from under the bottom step and slowly lifted itself towards her fingers, rubbing its cheek against them. The dirty patch in the triangle of its forehead started moving, rippling with fleas disturbed by the brush of Bertie’s knuckles. ‘Disgusting old thing,’ I said, wondering how a white cat could be as yellow as my father’s nicotine-stained fingers. ‘Poor old thing.’ Bertie rubbed her thumb over the cat’s forehead, making my skin crawl and the fleas scatter like refugees. ‘You know,’ she said to the cat, ‘I could make you look almost brand new.’ She kept patting it, a dusty smell rising with each stroke. Without looking at me she said,

‘Put some more Ricketts Blue in the rinse water, we can make this sad old cat look young and fresh.’ ‘I wouldn’t waste my time.’ ‘Humour me,’ she said. I dunked the little cheesecloth bag of blue in the end tub a few times, and when I put it back on the timber ledge above the sink, Bertie scooped the cat up and plunged it into the water in the first tub. It twisted and turned in her hands, kicking at her with its hind feet. ‘Grab the soap,’ she said, while the water-soaked and shockingly skinny cat hissed and growled at her. I lathered it with the yellow Sunlight soap while she held it. The fleas scurried to the top of the cat’s head or floated in the scum on the milky water. Eventually the horrid old thing stopped struggling but kept growling.

Then Bertie lifted it out and plunged it in the tub of blue. It kicked and coiled in her hands but she held it while I scooped water over the top of its head to kill the last of the fleas and to get the blue rinse all over its body. ‘Grab a towel.’ Bertie nodded at the faded, rough old towel that hung from a hook on the tank stand. I wrapped it around the cat and Bertie’s hands. She hugged the miserable bundle close and even though the cat still struggled and snarled cat-curses at her, she whispered to it and gently rubbed it dry. When she put it down the ungrateful thing bolted for home in a flash of virtuous white as if Bertie was the devil’s imp. But it was the first time since the news about Abe that I’d seen her smile like she felt it in her heart.

JENNIFER BARRETT Jennifer has a BA in English Literature and an MA in Writing from James Cook University and has won or been a runner-up in many short story competitions. She is on the board of the Townsville Writers and Publishers Centre and is the facilitator of the Verb Writers group that sits under the umbrella of the TWPC and meets monthly at the Riverway Arts Centre. Jennifer has finally finished her first novel, an historical fiction about two sisters in Townsville during WW2, and has been selected as one of 10 participants in the ACT Writers Centre’s HARDCOPY program, a professional development program for Australian writers..



Make Merry Spread your Christmas cheer even further this gifting season by supporting Townsville’s own local makers and retailers.

We caught up with just three of the thousands of local makers to learn a little bit more about the people behind your potential presents.

Long Dog

Growing up, Janelle Beasley helped her parents renovate houses – but when they moved and flipping entire homes was no longer reasonable for her, she set her sights on furniture – and LongDog Creations was formed. How did LongDog Creations start? I started rejuvenating pieces of furniture for myself, to suit newer modern trends, and when friends would come over they always complimented my work and would suggest I sell them. It was then that my Facebook Buy Swap Sell addiction began and my garage filled with more pieces than I knew what to do with. I spent months preparing for my first market; the stress was unbelievable, but an hour into the markets I was standing there with all 20 pieces sold! I was so overwhelmed, and decided to just sell my pieces from home. All of the hard work and love that goes into my pieces pays off the moment someone wants to buy them. The demand has been so high for my work, I’m unable to find the unique pieces to keep up with it. Because of this, this year I have taken on custom orders, where people bring their own pieces to me to be done. It’s great that people trust me to be able to do that for them, often to pieces that have been passed down in generations and hold great value. Your dogs clearly play an important role in LongDog Creations – are they more of a help or hindrance in the workshop though? We have very different definitions of help in our household! The number of toys that have been dropped


into open paint tins, masking tape rolls chewed, piles of saw dust laid in… but I would not have it any other way! After sitting at a piece painting for a few hours, there’s nothing better than them coming up for a cuddle and checking out what I’m doing. I’m that crazy dog lady who talks to them as I’m working and asks them what they think of what I’m doing! What sort of process do you go through to decide how to reinterpret or restore pieces of furniture? It just sort of happens. I have a few set colors that I love and have found really work with the types of pieces I do and suit most homes. I start all pieces by completely stripping them back, sometimes there’s layers and layers of paint which tell many stories! I like leaving small details of history to pieces where I can, like leaving the backs unpainted so you can see the age and detail to them. I’d love to say that I sit down and draw and plan out what I’d like to do but to be honest when I see a piece I instantly know what color will complement it and how it will look. Even when it comes to taping out my patterns, I basically just roll with whatever comes to mind. I’ve had a few pieces where I’ve stood back and questioned what I’ve done, but the great thing is that everyone has different taste and someone has loved it. Where can people find your creations? I dream of having a shop to sell my pieces from one day, but for now they can find me on my Facebook page, LongDog Creations.

Rachel Mahoney While you may not recognise Rachel Mahoney’s name, there is a good chance you’ve spotted one of her designs on the streets of Townsville before. The local fashion designer creates garments suitable for every size woman to be comfortable in the Townsville climate. We caught up with Rachel to see what she’s been working on.

Why did you fall in love with clothing design? When I was in year four, I decided I wanted to design wedding dresses for people and make them feel beautiful on the most special day of their lives. Then as I got a bit older and brides started to scare me a bit more, I asked myself: why couldn’t women feel special every day of their lives? How has R MAHONEY DESIGN grown over the years? RMD has had many names since its inception. It started when my friends and I entered a couple of pieces in the Fashion Bash and it’s slowly grown from there for about

13 years. From entering one outfit at the Fashion Bash to selling at a couple of markets, then entering more and more designs in these shows and designing one-on-one for people, it’s all just grown as the years have gone on. What are you working on at the moment? I don’t know what I can say but I’m working on an awesome project with a team of other locals that will challenge me, pull me out of my comfort zone, and that will be how I spend most of November – hopefully I can reveal more soon so stay tuned on Facebook! Can we expect more designs from you soon, too? I’m hoping to launch a collection in December in time for New Years, inspired by Studio 54 – minus the orgies and drugs! It will feature really disco-like, breathable fabrics perfect for the Townsville weather, really comfy jumpsuits and clothes that will make you feel great about yourself.

Crossword Creations Chantelle Bakis is a fresh face at local markets after launching her personalised frame business, Crossword Creations, just months ago.

Where did the idea for Crossword Creations come from? I had seen a few ideas on Pinterest and wanted to make a gift for someone. I was so happy with the way it turned out and really enjoyed making it so decided to see if I could take it further. Can you tell us a little bit about your history? I always enjoyed art in school but afterwards I guess my creative side got a little squashed with the monotony of life, so it’s been really good to find a creative outlet again. I work with numbers all day, so it was definitely nice to have something to break that up a bit. I really enjoy seeing the look on people’s faces when they collect their frames and wanted to get my name out there, so thought the markets

would be the next step. How did your first market go – can we expect to see you at more in the future? My first market went great! I was so nervous at first but everyone was so lovely and my products were really well received. I have already had quite a few orders come through from the market as well which is great. You can definitely expect to see me at the markets in the future and I may even have my little side kick come along with me, my son Ezekiel who loves helping me sort out my letters at home. Is there still time for people to order a frame for Christmas? Yes of course! I will take orders all the way up until 6 December. If anyone wants to get in touch with me, I regularly check my Facebook page: Crossword Creations.





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Merry Christmas May your Festive Season be filled with passion projects, bright new brainwaves, and a recharged sense of creativity.

We look forward to celebrating and elevating the North’s creative culture with you again in 2019. Seasons Greetings, The HUXLEY team.












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HUXLEY 011 - Nov/Dec 2018  

This issue, it's all about making merry - and supporting local makers this festive season. We also go behind the scenes with Theatre iNQ's T...

HUXLEY 011 - Nov/Dec 2018  

This issue, it's all about making merry - and supporting local makers this festive season. We also go behind the scenes with Theatre iNQ's T...