The Maids

I felt instantly at ease upon entering the Woolangabba Art Gallery for the closing night of The Maids, as part of The Anywhere Festival.

The instant rush of comfort stemmed from the sweet welcome, Stephen Nothling’s magical art, and the structural historical nuances of the building.

I had recollections of my elaborate catholic all girls’ boarding school as I walked up the stairs to the garret of the Wooangabba Art Gallery.

The character, Claire (Amy Hauser), of The Maids was walking, humming and ahhing while waiting for the audience to settle in.

On time, Solange (Re’anne Duffy) entered dressed as a maid and the corresponding scenes covered Claire as the Madam and Solange as the maid.

These scenes were alive, real and compelling and erupted to a crescendo, as the elaborate ‘red dress’ was unveiled.

The maids, Claire and Solange were on a path to destroy their ever-elegant Madame (played by Caitlin Hill) while destructing themselves.

Madame swaggered into the room, styled in a gorgeous sequined hounds tooth gown, and immediately sets forth her opinions, lack of empathy and hellish truth upon the fragile maids.

The Maids was directed and constructed to use every tiny bit of space of the upstairs of the Woolangabba Art Gallery with minimal props and appealing over the top creations of wardrobe by Harpi designs.

The actor’s portrayed their characters in realistic and captivating real time.

Spittle, tears, sweat and laughs were authentic and harrowing.

Genet’s The Maids is very much a parable for today with its brutal conflict played out between the haves and have-nots, and it challenges the audience to think about the possibility of change.

The Maids hits Brisbane in style

It is seventy years since Jean Genet’s The Maids was first performed at the Theatre de l’Althenee in Paris and it is now Brisbane’s turn to observe this modern classic.

Theatrical devotees are invited to attend the 2017 Anywhere Festival’s up close and personal version of Genet’s The Maids.

The Maids will be presented upstairs at the Woolloongabba Art Gallery from Tuesday 9th to Saturday 13th of May.

Anatoly Frusin, theatre and opera director and acting teacher at Southbank TAFE (where he is currently directing second year students in A Midsummer Night’s Dream), describes The Maids as a ritualistic and satirical examination of the power structures within society.

Frusin said, “It is wonderful to revisit this intense, confronting and passionate play again, I directed The Maids about 25 years ago in New Zealand, and felt the time was right to have another go with some of the incredible graduates from our Acting and Performance Program.”

“I was then introduced to a fabulous designer and recent graduate from the Fashion Program at TAFE and decided that the production must happen,” said Frusin.

The designer of the moment is Kristy Power of Harpi Designs, and her extravagant creations are crucial to the games of identity that lie at the heart of the play.

“Kristy’s amazing gowns are almost like characters themselves, and are integral to capturing the ritual masquerade of The Maids.

“Being in the non-traditional space upstairs at the Woolloongabba Art Gallery the audience will feel like they are both in the maids’ garret and at an intimate fashion show.

“Plus there is a cool bar downstairs!”

The rest of the creative team that is Mad Women on the Shore consists of Amy Hauser, Re’anne Duffy and Caitlin Hill.

The actors are several generations of graduates and Anatoly is very excited to be working with actors he has helped train and seen develop over the years.

Amy Hauser is an emerging Actor and Performance maker who has recently graduated from the Bachelor of Acting and Performance program at TAFE Brisbane.

She has a particular interest in creating, developing and performing works that are intelligent and are relevant to serious topics in today’s society.

Amy has done the majority of her creative work for stage theatre, some of her work includes, The Frogs (Xanthias), Mother Courage and her Children (Kattrin) and The Skriker (Josie).

She is currently involved in the ongoing performance art project House of Milkand has worked with multiple directors and mentors including Brian Lucas, Norman Price, Lisa O’Neill and Anatoly Frusin.

Re’anne Duffy graduated from Brisbane TAFE in 2014, she has worked with Metro Arts and was granted a two week Short Fuse residency where she created her solo piece Jar’d.

Since graduating, she has been involved in the 2high and FAST festivals.

In 2016, Reanne and Anatoly formed Mad Women on the Shore and debuted their first production One Women Wouzeck for the MELT Queer Artist Festival at the Brisbane Powerhouse.

Caitlin Hill graduated from Brisbane TAFE, studying acting in 2014, she has played Justine in Sven Swenson’s Tiptoe, Willow in Girl cried Wolf’s The Wives of Wolfgang, Ensemble for Belloo Creative’s Hanako and Juliet for Share House Theatre Company’s Romeo and Juliet.

Caitlin created Boys Taste Better with Nutella with Peter Wood for Short & Sweet Theatre Festival, winning Best Script, Best Actress and Best Overall Production whick led to a development at the Brisbane Powerhouse.

Genet’s The Maids is very much a parable for today with its brutal conflict played out between the haves and have-nots, and it challenges the audience to think about the possibility of change.

In this theatrical and dangerous game, will it be the Maids or their Mistress who comes out on top?

Death Shrouds - Latest Collection by Harpi

Death Shrouds – Latest Collection by Harpi. Photography by Nick Green and Bella Cullen

The Maids

The Maids. Photography By Anatoly Frusin

Julie-Ann Ellis is back

18 months later, I am back baby.

I have been judged, tormented and told what a waste of time my blog was, so I stopped.

That doesn’t matter now, what matters is that I am here to please myself (and my audience).

I am more than happy for constructive criticism, feedback and ideas from you.

Let me know what you would like to see!

 

I have chosen a poem to share that is prevalent to my current mood:

 

Let them judge you.

Let them misunderstand you.

Let them gossip about you.

Their opinions aren’t your problem.

You stay kind, committed to love,

and free in your authenticity.

No matter what they do or say,

don’t you dare doubt your worth

or the beauty of your truth.

Just keep on shining like you do.

Scott Stabile

 

Tribute to a beautiful soul

Last Thursday (05.03.2015), this earth lost one of its beautiful souls.

Kris Gray of Lota, lost her quiet and strong battle to cancer.

I can’t pretend to have known Kris really well but what I do know is that she was a pillar of strength in her family, work and social communities and will be greatly missed by many.

My meetings with Kris were usually at her place of work – Wynnum Central Coles.

She always asked how I was doing and was genuinely interested in what was going on in my life and it feels like I just saw her the other day.

The last time I saw Kris, I was wondering around Coles, trying to choose food that would feed an army of sons, with very little money. Kris was empathetically laughing at me while she was packing Peppa Pig stock.

“Eden would love these, I should get her one,” she said.

Kris always leant an ear and helped out her fellow man (or woman) and it is for her beautiful family that I write this tribute. Thank you for sharing your sister/mother/grandmother with me because I appreciate knowing Kris.

Kris and James Gray (stolen from Facebook)

Kris and James Gray (stolen from Facebook)

Brad and Kris Gray (stolen from Facebook)

Brad and Kris Gray (stolen from Facebook)

10 am - 11 am, 21.01.2015, 2.7 m, Photography by Julie-Ann Ellis

My pondering place                                     Photography by Julie-Ann Ellis

Photography by Julie-Ann Ellis

Photography by Julie-Ann Ellis

Photography by Julie-Ann Ellis

Photography by Julie-Ann Ellis

Photography by Julie-Ann Ellis

Photography by Julie-Ann Ellis

Photography by Julie-Ann Ellis

Photography by Julie-Ann Ellis

Photography by Julie-Ann Ellis

Photography by Julie-Ann Ellis

Photography by Julie-Ann Ellis

Photography by Julie-Ann Ellis

Photography by Julie-Ann Ellis

Photography by Julie-Ann Ellis

Photography by Julie-Ann Ellis

Photography by Julie-Ann Ellis

Photography by Julie-Ann Ellis

Photography by Julie-Ann Ellis

Photography by Julie-Ann Ellis

Photography by Julie-Ann Ellis

Photography by Julie-Ann Ellis

High tide at Lota – 2.7 m – 10 am – 11 am (New Moon 20.01.2015)

Wynnum Central State School

MOVE CONCERNS: Gabriel Ellis with her daughter Jaimie at Wynnum Central School (My sister and neice).  December 10, 2010.  Picture: Liam Kidston Source: http://www.news.com.au/national/asbestos-turmoil-at-brisbane-bayside-schools-throws-amalgamation-plans-into-chaos/story-e6frfkp9-1225968534149

MOVE CONCERNS: Gabriel Ellis with her daughter Jaimie at Wynnum Central School (My sister and neice). December 10, 2010. Picture: Liam Kidston Source: http://www.news.com.au/national/asbestos-turmoil-at-brisbane-bayside-schools-throws-amalgamation-plans-into-chaos/story-e6frfkp9-1225968534149

Wynnum Central State School was opened in 1894 and unfortunately closed its doors in 2010.

The Wynnum Central State School badge, now located at Wynnum State School.  Photography by Julie-Ann Ellis

The Wynnum Central State School badge, now located at Wynnum State School. Photography by Julie-Ann Ellis

Many of the memorabilia has been moved to the newly formed school, Wynnum State School.

 

The old Wynnum Central Gates at the new Wynnum State School.  Photography by Julie-Ann Ellis

The old Wynnum Central Gates at the new Wynnum State School. Photography by Julie-Ann Ellis

Gates

The beauty of the old Wynnum Central State School gates. Photography by Julie-Ann Ellis

Old gates at the new school.  Photography by Julie-Ann Ellis.

Old gates at the new school.

Feb, 2013 Comm Report for Foodbank Queensland

Communication Monthly Report

(As at 29thFebuary, 2013)

During the previous month, Julie-Ann has carried out the following tasks:

  • Made amendments to Appendix B (timeline), C (Job description & specification) D (protocols plus the meaa code of ethics) of the original communication plan
  • Please find attached the Protocols and job description for further use by Foodbank, I will also send them in e-mail form so that you have an electronic copy
  • I have taken to daily social media updates as I believe that keeps the Foodbank Qld word out there (with particular attention to mornings)
  • The LinkedIn account is progressing but needs more work
    • I have added as many employees to the site as possible
    • Please find attached an evaluation of LinkedIn’s usage
  • The Pinterest site is progressing but I am open to suggestions of new boards (groups of locations??? etc)
  • The Facebook site has expanded with leaps and bounds, with more and more likes and views each day
    • Please find attached the “View Insights”
  • The Twitter account is progressing but needs a little more work
    • Please find attached
  • The google + account is under way, though I am having a few administration problems but am working on it

 

Discussion topics

  • I would like to start a competition on facebook within the next week so that we may have further social media interaction and a wider audience
  • I am working through the (other) communication plans, taking notes for our use and making recommendations for Gus.
  • Any ideas for stories for social media sites will be greatly appreciated.

Foodbank Communication Progress Report (31.01.2014)

Communication Progress Report

(As at 31st January, 2013)

Referring to the comprehensive Communication Plan (and specifically Appendix B – the timeline), Julie-Ann (the Communication Officer) has carried out the following tasks:

  • Made amendments to Appendix D and E of the plan (see attached)
    • Please make any additional comments to Appendix D – Protocols
  • Survey
    • Constructed a survey and e-mailed it to every business in the salesforce database
    • Correlated all responses, entered them into a database and came up with some figures (see attached survey responses)
    • Correlated all social media responses and promoted each organization accordingly (see attached survey responses)
  • LinkedIn account
    • Updated LinkedIn regularly with stories and links to welfare agencies and food sponsors
    • An evaluation of LinkedIn’s usage (see attached)
      • An “Impression” is the number of times the update has been viewed. “Engagement” measures how people react to the update.  The calculation is “Engagement”/ total “Impressions” = measurement (the analytical data appears about 24 hours after the update is posted and will be posted and will be updated daily)
    • Pinterest site
    • There are three boards; welfare recipients, food sponsors and 2013 floods.
  • Facebook site
    • “View Insights” (see attached)
  • Twitter account
    • All social media sites are linked with each other

Recommendations

  • Need employees to link their personal LinkedIn accounts with Foodbank Qlds’ account, so everyone can have access to it.
  • Is it possible to somehow link the social media sites to the website (pinterest, facebook, twitter and LinkedIn)?
  • Impact Church (Springwood) would like to receive the Foodbank Qld’s newsletters and so on.
  • Is it possible to do a competition on facebook, so that we may have further social media interaction and a wider audience?
    • A prize of a food hamper for a welfare agency?

 

Other topics of discussion

  • Gus, can I look at the other communication plans you have been given and maybe I can use some of the ideas for implementation.
  • Have had a problem with creating a Google + account as I believe it is related to Gus’ google account(?)
  • What do you think of the idea of a blog?
    • Do we need it?
  • Is it possible to plan an event that helps promote Foodbank Queensland?
    • A sausage sizzle for sponsors and welfare agencies?
    • That produces cross media coverage,
    • And networking amongst stakeholders.

 

 

Survey results of Foodbank Queensland

Results of Survey

(as at 17.01.2013)

 

Foodbank Queensland received ninety three (93) replies to the survey from food sponsors and welfare agencies throughout Queensland.

  1. The first question is as follows – How did you become aware of Foodbank Qld?
  • The answers were
    • Newspapers or magazines
    • Online
    • Welfare Agencies
    • Food Sponsors
    • Other
  • The responses were as follows;
    • 11 respondents said Newspapers and Magazines
    • 3 respondents said online
    • 32 respondents said welfare agencies
    • 6 respondents said Food Sponsors
    • 41 respondents said Other (please see database for detailed messages).
  1. The second question is as follows – Are you aware of Foodbank Qld’s current publications?
  • The responses were as follows;
    • 49 Yes’
    • 45 No
  1. The third question is as follows – Do you read Foodbank Qld’s current publications?
  • The responses were as follows;
    • 48 Yes’
    • 42 No
    • 4 Sometimes
  1. The fourth question is as follows – Do you peruse Foodbank Qld’s internet sites?
  • The responses were as follows;
    • 25 Yes
    • 63 No
    • 5 Sometimes
  1. The fifth question is as follows – Are you aware of Foodbank Qld’s social media sites?
  • The responses were as follows;
    • 29 Yes
    • 64 No
  1. The final question is – Would your organization like to affiliate with Foodbank Qld’s social media sites?
  • The responses were as follows;
    • 46 Yes (Julie-Ann has added them to Foodbank Qld’s social media sites, see table below)
    • 34 No
    • 13 Not sure (Julie-Ann has e-mailed these organisations explaining what it is and how they can help – waiting on responses)

Below is a comprehensive table of various organisations and how they are linked to Foodbank Qld’s social media sites (in relation to question 6 on the survey).

Name of Organisation

Linked In

facebook

Piniterest

Twitter

139 Club

Yes

Yes

Yes

Abbotsleigh Citrus

Yes

Yes

Acacia Care and Omega International Church

Yes

Yes

Access Street Vans

Yes

Yes

Annerley Church of Christ

Yes

Yes

Aussie Helpers

Yes

Yes

Yes

Australian Fresh Salads

Yes

Yes

Australian Tongan Association Inc

Brisbane Foster Care Support Group

Brisbane Markets

Yes

Yes

Burnie Brae Centre -Project Pantry

Yes

Yes

Caboolture Community Action

Yes

Catspaw Farm

Chermside Anglican Welfare Ministries

Yes

Community Action in Carole Park Inc

Yes

Education Queensland

Yes

Family Haven

Yes

Global Care

Yes

Yes

HelpForce

Yes

HOPE Community Care

Yes

Hosanna Church Brisbane

Yes

Ipswich Region Community Church

Yes

Yes

Impact Church, Springwood

Yes

Inala Youth Service

Yes

Yes

Yes

Just Squeezed Fruit Juices

Yes

Yes

Yes

King International Operations

Yes

Lighthouse Community Care

Yes

Logan East Community Neighbourhood Centre

Yes

Micah Projects

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

NerangNeighbourhood Centre

Yes

Yes

Perfection Fresh

Yes

Yes

Yes

Reach Out Community and Family Care Inc

Yes

River City Church Brisbane

Yes

Ronald McDonald House – Mater

Yes

Ronald McDonald House – SEQ

Yes

Yes

Yes

Salvation Army – Street Level Mission

Yes

Yes

Salvation Army – Brisbane

Yes

Yes

Sandgate House Youth Emergency Services

Yes

Yes

Sandhurst Fine Foods

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Scripture Union

Yes

Yes

Yes

Set Free Care

Yes

Yes

Shine Community Care

Yes

Yes

Sisters Inside

Yes

Yes

St Bartholomew’s Youth Accommodation

Yes

St Vincent de Paul

Yes

Yes

Yes

Steric Trading Pty Ltd

Yes

Yes

Yes

Suncoast Care

Yes

Teen Mission International Australia

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Independent School

Yes

The Exchange Church

Yes

Yes

Yes

The Rock Family and Community Support Inc ( the welfare arm of the Rock Christian Church)

Yes

Twin Rivers Food Co-op

Yes

Uniting Care Community Refugee Claimant Support Service

Yes

Vibe Care Ltd

Yes

Vita Coco Blue Oxygen

Yes

Yes

We Care 2 Inc

Wickhams Farms Killarney

Yes

Wodonga Park Fruit and Nuts

Yes

Youth Housing Project

Yes

Yes

 

Additionally, while thanking the following sponsors on social media sites (23rd January, 2013), they have been added to the following sites:

Acacia Ridge Community Support Incpinterest –

Brisbane City Council Libraries          Linkedin-  facebook – pinterest – twitter

Goodman Fielder                                Linkedin – facebook – pinterest

Jupiters Casino                                    Linkedin – facebook – pinterest

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk                 facebook- piniterest

SA Contingent Scouts                          Linkedin – facebook– pinterest -twitter