25 September 2023

The force from over the border

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The girls from the QPRC (Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council) might have ‘lost’ their building with a refurbishment happening to the old space in major capital works for Canberra’s next door town, but instead the girls popped into the salubrious surroundings of Queanbeyan’s Q Theatre for their special ‘World’s Biggest Morning Tea’.

I checked it out on my way to another cuppa with the team from Hello Dolly, also at the Q Theatre and in a final whirl for the media before opening night.

Press launches have changed over the years.

Once there was great competition to be innovative and outrageous but now you get the basics and no competition among promoters to step outside the square.

For the Queanbeyan Players this is a grand show with a very big cast and youthful exuberance for the always delightful Dolly Levi, the world’s favourite matchmaker and on at the Q Theatre until 9 June.

So I explored on the weekend to find a cafe treasure across the river from the Q side and right next door to the tiny house that is home for the Queanbeyan Art Society with an exhibition to peruse and enjoy.

Painting now is a real pleasure for ex-Canberra Times’ Ian Sharpe after years of the pressure of cartooning and he’s as happy as any former cartoonist.

What is nice is the intimacy of so much of the inner town spaces in Queanbeyan where it’s at a quieter pace and eschews the towering city builds that overwhelm much of Canberra’s inner city building.

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