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Garden of delight

 

 

We live in a landscape full of drama – its grand forms, rich and
changing colours, its dazzling light deepening at dusk, softened at
dawn, its ancient stories imprinted in the sand and rocks, its
spaciousness and then its more intimate folds. No genius of stagecraft
could ever equal it – all credit to the team behind The First Garden for
recognising this and risking the challenges for the presentation of
their play.

The gods were with them on Saturday evening for the premiere of the
play, written by husband and wife team, Chris and Natasha Raja. It tells
a story about Olive Pink and the creation of the botanical garden that
bears her name and is staged right there, where she once lived, at first
in a tent, later in a rudimentary hut. KIERAN FINNANE reviews. PHOTO: Natasha Raja as Miss Pink. Courtesy Ben Convery.

Veteran designers triumph

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Mother, father and three daughters came together to win the Fantasia
category and were chosen for acquisition at the annual Wearable Arts
Awards on Saturday. Mother is Colleen Byrnes, a veteran of the
awards and multiple prize-winner over the years. Husband Tony joined her
as creator and together they fashioned from metal pieces, test tubes,
wires and crystals exquisitely detailed bird-like forms to adorn Shae,
Bec and Nikki in their Fluoro Swan Trilogy (pictured).
The trio's appearance on stage was greeted with gasps of awe and
appreciation from the audience, the only time this happened en
masse  during this year's presentation, no doubt helping to assure
them of a win. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

Slideshow photos in order of appearance: Fluoro
Swan Trilogy by Colleen and Tony Byrnes (two shots); Wings in Flight by
Colleen Byrnes; Aurora Solaris by Liza Balmer, Julia Burke and Jo
Boniface; Lady (ooh) Lala by Carmel Ryan; From Rags to Glad Rags by
Philomena Hali;  Tie the Knot by Carmel Ryan; Nomadic Goddess by
Tamara Burlando; Down the Rabbit Hole (Alice) by Mikael Bennion; The
Future is Fantastic by Alecia Mc Nuff; Paradise Lost / Ulysses is Dying
by Marge Coogan and Laurel Clegg; ensemble shot, showing Duprada Ballet
Company dancers and Master Class entries. PHOTOS by KIERAN FINNANE. 

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