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.
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.