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Women of their Word

Women of Their Word is a celebration of Australian women poets, writers who captured their times and their experiences in verse that still delights lovers of language.

Devised as a series of individual vignettes interwoven with music, Women of Their Word brings to life five notable women – Louisa Lawson, Maybanke Anderson, Dorothy Hewett, Judith Wright and Leona Kyling – who found their muse, their solace and their power in poetry.

The premiere production, originally planned for March this year, has been postponed due to the Covid 19 crisis but Redland Museum and Theatre Redlands are still committed to staging this production for you as soon as conditions allow. The curtain will rise again!

We are extremely privileged to have Jan Nary on board who researched, adapted existing scripts *, wrote original material and directed the show. Since joining Sydney’s New Theatre fifty years ago Jan has indulged her love of theatre in acting, writing, adapting, directing, producing and wardrobe along with her work as a media professional.

*Maybanke Anderson and Louisa Lawson adapted from Phyl Lobl’s Dames and Daredevils for Democracy.

Below are interviews by Jan Nary with the Cast and Crew of this fabulous production by Theatre Redlands. To make a booking Visit our What's On page and choose your date from the Calendar! Bookings are essential and and seating is limited.

Dorothy Hewett

A NIDA graduate who first performed on stage at the age of three, Penny Everingham is a professional actor, director, writer, puppeteer, puppet and mask maker and teacher. Theatre Redlands is extremely fortunate to have her in this production straight from a role in Antigone at Queens
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Louisa Lawson

Popular folk singer and performer Maxine Chisholm plays Louisa Lawson – mother of Henry Lawson and a notable woman, activist and writer. Despite a hard upbringing she developed her artistic and literary skills to support the suffragist cause – and her son’s writing – with the wo
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Sound and Light Maestro – James Auld

James Auld is best known to audiences as the Sound and Light Maestro, a skill set he developed while studying chemistry and physics at high school and Sydney University– and running 35mm film projectors for film nights in “The Barn” (the S.U. New Medical School Annexe Lecture Theatre)
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Music Director – Donna Magrath

Many singers and musicians in the Redlands owe much of their musical development to Donna Magrath. Musician, singer, composer, music director and tutor, Donna has impeccable musical intuition and a repertoire that covers a wide range of genres. She is the Music Director and one-woman
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Ray Noonan & Ian Munday

Ray Noonan is well-known to Redland audiences as an experienced director and actor. His acting career started south of the border but he has been gracing local stages since his role as a scurrilous judge in Sweet Fanny Adams. A versatile talent, his most recent role was his memorable
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Judith Wright

Judith Wright, one of Australia’s leading and most highly awarded poets, grew from a pastoral life of privilege and power to become a leader in literature and environmental activism and an advocate of the rights of Australian Aboriginal. A founding member of the Australian Conservatio
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Leona Kyling

Our next interview looks at the Remarkable Life of Leona Kyling played by Ann-Marie Andersen. Ann-Marie is an actor and workplace teacher and trainer. Her vibrant, energetic personality is a perfect fit for the role of Leona Kyling, a Redland business woman, philanthropist and diverse
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Maybanke Anderson

Our first interview looks at poet Maybanke Anderson, played by actress, folk-singer and social activist Christine Venner-Westaway. Maybanke was an outstanding Australian suffragist. The mother of seven children, she saw poetry and song as natural tools for education, which was her gre
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