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200 followers – thank you!!

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This is us at our fave cafe in Istanbul , more later 🙂

Tracey and Marty in Istanbul
Tracey and Marty in Istanbul

Turning Tables: A Photo Essay by Tracey O’Keeffe

Here are some great images from the preview of Turning Tables at Bendigo Theatre Company by photographer Tracey O’Keeffe. You can also read my review of Sue Walker’s brilliant debut play.

Thanks Bendigo Theatre Company for sharing our review

Turning Tables: Bendigo Theatre Website
Turning Tables: Bendigo Theatre Website

This morning when checking our web analytics, I noticed that we had some traffic from the Bendigo Theatre Company. I was very curious, so headed to their website to find they had put a link to my review of Turning Tables on their front page!

Thank you so much for sharing my review BTC and I hope that Turning Tables is a roaring success.

365 Places: Shamrock Hotel

Day 15: Shamrock Hotel, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia

Today I am posting again about a place in Bendigo – the Shamrock Hotel, where we stayed when we visited. As mentioned in and earlier post 365 Places: Bendigo, this hotel is known as the “Grand Old Dame”. Indeed she is grand, it was a treat staying here. Hope you enjoy the photo essay.



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365 Places: View Street

Day 14: View Street, Bendigo, Victoria Australia

Today we had a great day discovering a little of Bendigo. We loved visiting this elegant regional city and hope to drop in again one day soon.

My post is about a wonderful street in the middle of town – View Street. What I loved discovering about this place was the many interesting shops and galleries. A lot of the shops have vintage and antique wares, which I adore fossicking through – to discover treasure. In particular, I loved the incredible amount and diversity of vintage jewellery and furniture that we saw. For me these ‘precious’ objects tell a story of a town that was very wealthy, steeped in culture and opulence.  Many of the older buildings also tell this story, with their beautiful stained glass windows and an abundance of copper and wrought iron work.

Back to View Street. We also discovered a great art exhibition in a gallery close to the Bendigo Arts Centre. The exhibition was titled The Beauty in Decay and put together by the A7+ Artists’ Collective. The gallery is located on 60 View Street. Here is a Facebook page with more details. The artist in the exhibition are: Belinda Fraser, Lisa Guzzardi, Sandra Hosking, Jodie Louise Knight, Pat Thwaites, Sarah Wallac-Smith and Judith Warnest.

Here are some pictures of the work in the gallery, including one of Sandra Hosking working in the gallery.

Review: Turning Tables – A Play by Sue Walker

Tonight we were very privileged to be invited to the preview of emerging playwright Sue Walker, titled Turning Tables. The play is being held at the Art Shed of the Bendigo Theatre Company.

I will say up front that I am a friend of Sue Walker. I was very fortunate to work with Sue last year when I was seconded to the Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation and we became good friends – sun sisters we call each other. It was a strange combination of having creative passions outside of the 9-to-5, a belief in the workings of the universe and a united love of the ridiculous that somehow cemented our relationship. During the time we worked together, we formed a bond that we knew would continue long after the 6 week secondment.

Bella, Sue, Tracey and Marty Image Credit: © Tracey O'Keeffe 2014
Bella, Sue, Tracey and Marty
Image Credit: © Tracey O’Keeffe 2014

Sue had given me a copy of the script last year when we were working together, so I had a good sense of the story but for some reason to see it live gave me an entirely different perspective on the story; as it literally ‘came to life’.

Now I am no theatre critic by any means, but I love a good story and strong characters, especially female characters. Turning Tables has all of this. Add in a stellar cast and you have an evening of tears and laughter with a conclusion that makes you believe that there is justice in the world. The story centres around the family matriarch Ettie, who is dying. Despite efforts to diminish her authority by a number of family members, she is able to have the last word, and does it ‘her’ way. Margaret Trainor who plays Ettie is delightful in the role as the straight talking, whisky sneaking, sharp as a whip protagonist. I could not help thinking of my own Yorkshire born grandmother who is now 93 and very frail but who still manages to call the shots. There is a big message about respect in this play – respect for each other and respect for the wisdom of elders. In a society where age equates with diminished human value, this is a refreshing point of view.

The set design is sumptuous, flowers in vases, a mantle filled with family pictures and a gorgeous leather couch which is the centre of the action. What is really lovely is that the mantle is filled with pictures of the cast and Sue’s family in years gone past, which speaks of Sue’s sharing nature. On the sideboard there is a photograph of the real Ettie, Sue’s Irish great-grandmother, watching on with approval I am sure.

Set of Turning Tables
Set of Turning Tables

Sue Walker is a wordsmith who has an uncanny ability to understand the intricate workings of family and the human condition: telling the story with both humour and heart. That is no mean feat. I see big things for Sue’s future as a playwright and who knows; maybe I will be seeing her next play in London’s West End. Now there’s a nice idea 🙂

It was a great night, meeting lots of lovely people and catching up with some familiar faces. Also met the local MP, Lisa Chesters who seemed to have a great time at the play.

The play opens to the public on May 9 and continues until May 16. If you get in quick, you can win tickets to the opening by liking a post on the Bendigo Theatre Company’s Facebook Page.

Details: Turning Tables

Written and Directed by Sue Walker
Bendigo Theatre Company Arts Shed
15-17 Allingham Street, Golden Square

Contact: bendigotheatrec@tpg.com.au

Website: http://www.bendigotheatrecompany.org/current-production.html


Turning Tables Poster
Turning Tables Poster

365 Places: Bendigo

Day 12: Bendigo, Victoria, Australia

Today’s post is focused on a journey we will be making very soon – to Bendigo to see a preview of a friend’s first play. The play is being presented by the Bendigo Theatre Company, and I am really excited to be there with her to share this momentous occasion.

As we had never been to Bendigo before, I was keen to soak up some of its rich history as a gold town in the 1800s. I booked us into the Shamrock hotel, which has many stories to tell. Melanie Ball’s article in the Sydney Morning Herald titled Nothing Like a Dame, details the history of this magnificent building in terms of its musical heritage. She also refers to the Shamrock as the “Queen of Bendigo Accommodation”.  I can’t wait!

The Shamrock Hotel in Bendigo.
The Shamrock Hotel in Bendigo. Photo: Melanie Ball

Ball goes on to say:

The Shamrock – the third hotel on this site – was designed to outshine all other Bendigo establishments and rival Melbourne’s Grand (now Windsor), and the opulent, five-storey Italianate landmark opened in 1897.

I truly love discovering new places, especially if it involves a road trip. As the Dalai Lama says “Once a year, go some place you’ve never been before.”

Here are the details of Sue’s play:

Turning Tables
Written and Directed by Sue Walker

Bendigo Theatre Company Art’s Shed
15-17 Allingham Street, Golden Square

Contact: bendigotheatrec@tpg.com.au